The New York International Auto Show is the last chance before fall for automakers to showcase new models to the markets of the western world. Which is why this year's show, which opens to the media today and to the public on Friday, is crammed full of new-vehicle debuts.
There are still two more International shows to go – Seoul. Korea, which also opens this week and Auto Shanghai, in China, which begins with press day on April 20 – and both will host some international debuts.
But for our market, New York truly is the Big Apple.
Following is a listing of some of the new vehicles, both production and concept, that we consider highlights of the New York show.
We'll update details of these cars as the show progresses, so check back regularly:
- Acura MDX - New York gets the production version of the MDX prototype that made its debut in Detroit in January.
- BMW 328d -
- Buick LaCrosse - The full-size 2014 LaCrosse features new interior and exterior design cues, advanced safety technologies and enhanced in-vehicle connectivity.
- Buick Regal - Mildly refreshed inside and out, the 2014 Regal adds refinement, safety features and availability of all-wheel-drive.
- Cadillac CTS - All-new for 2014, the CTS gets a new Twin-Turbo 3.6-litre V-6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission – both firsts for the brand.
- Chevrolet Camaro - Refreshed 2014 Camaro revives the iconic Z/28 nameplate with a 500-horsepower LS7 engine and a sole focus on track capability.
- Chevrolet SS - Although it made its public debut at the Daytona 500, this is the first auto-show appearance for Chevy's new, Australian-built, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan.
- Dodge Durango -
- Honda Odyssey - While not an all-new design, the 2014 Odyssey includes some innovative new features, including a built-in on-board vacuum cleaner, further strengthening its position in the minivan class.
- Hyundai Equus -
- Infiniti QX60 - Infiniti is adding a hybrid model to its QX60 CUV/SUV - formerly known as the JX before the brand initiated its new model naming system.
- Jaguar XJR - As the flagship of the series, the 550-horsepower XJR will be the highest performing XJ sedan model.
- Jeep Cherokee - Jeep is reviving its popular Cherokee nameplate for the next-generation, 2014 Liberty replacement, which will go on sale in the third quarter of this year.
Kia Soul - Riding on a chassis that is longer, wider and stiffer and taking design cues from the Track'ster concept, the all-new 2014 Soul has grown up without losing its edge.
- Land Rover Range Rover Sport - Daniel Craig (James Bond) himself was on hand for an auto-show-eve trek through Manhattan to introduce the new Range Rover Sport in its biggest single market.
- Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG - Making its world debut in New York, the CLA45 AMG is said to have the world's most powerful production four-cylinder engine, with 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.
- Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid - Nissan adapts the hybrid system used in the Infiniti M Hybrid to its mid-size utility vehicle, in conjunction with a supercharged four-cylinder engine.
- Scion tC Sports Coupe -
- Shelby 1000 S/C -
- SRT Viper TA - The Viper TA (Time Attack) spec-package, designed for extreme performance in a special road course focused handling package, will be offered as a very limited-edition model.
- Subaru Crosstek XV Hybrid -
- Toyota Highlander - The all-new third-generation Highlander mid-size SUV is available with a choice of three powertrains, including four-cylinder and V-6 gasoline engines and a V-6 hybrid.
- Volkswagen Golf VII - Volkswagen's seventh-generation Golf has been on sale in multiple markets around the world since late in 2012, but it won't be available in North America until early next year as a 2015 model.