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April 13, 2011

And so the auto show season winds down for another year. Its swan song is the 2011 New York International Auto Show. This is the last major show until Los Angeles in late November. But it looks to be a good one.

There are no less than 11 world debuts scheduled for New York, seven production models and four concepts. Ten North American unveilings are also scheduled, six production cars and four concepts. This may seem odd, considering New York City is hardly the most car-friendly of places, but there has been a show here since 1900, its current home can house 1,200 cars and attendance tends to be high. The Big Apple still has a capacity to surprise.

Production car debuts

Cars that were still in development when the Detroit and Geneva auto shows took place earlier this year will have one more chance to be introduced to the public in New York, like the 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S. This is the new flagship of Porsche’s luxurious/sporty sedan/hatch range, priced at a Park Avenue-esque $174,175 and capable of 550 horsepower.

The 451-hp 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe struts its stuff in Manhattan before going on sale in September. And just after handlers recovered the cobra that had escaped from the Bronx Zoo, a Super Snake appears. The 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, to be precise. Don’t expect much change from $100,000.

On a more realistic note, there’s the all-new 2012 Nissan Versa to check out, as well as the 2012 Kia Rio, another next-generation subcompact. But the big news from the Far East has to be the re-designed Subaru Impreza. For years, the all-wheel-drive Impreza has been great to drive, but its looks have let it down. If the styling from the Impreza design study that appeared at last year’s Los Angeles show make it into production, then this 2012 model – due to go on sale later in 2011 – might be able to change all that.

North American debuts include VW’s new New Beetle, a convertible version of the teeny Fiat 500, plus the official BMW 6-Series. And if time doesn’t fly fast enough already, there’s the 2013 model of the Chevrolet Malibu.

Concept car debuts

In this category, the big one has to be the Lexus LF-Gh. The initials stand for “Lexus Future Grand Touring Hybrid.” Perhaps we will find out where the “T” disappeared to when we see the whole car, which is supposed to point toward a “new face of Lexus vehicles.” Incidentally, parent company Toyota made its US debut at the 1959 New York show.

There’s a bit of sneakiness going on with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class concept. As well as being shown in New York, it will have a simultaneous unveiling at the Shanghai motor show. This VW Golf-sized car may not even go on sale in the United States, should it ever become a production model, but it makes an interesting design study.

As perplexing as it is interesting, there’s a rumor about a new Lotus concept. Lotus, of course, is that British company whose philosophy is to make lightweight sports cars, but the machine supposedly heading for New York is an SUV. We’ll post a full report once we’ve breathed into a paper bag a few times.

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Jacob Javits Convention Center
11th Avenue (between 34th and 40th Streets)
New York City, NY 10001

Get directions to the show

Public Show hours:

Friday, April 22 to Sunday, May 1: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (Sundays: 10 am to 7 pm)


• Adults: $14
• Children (2-12): $4
• Infants (1 and under): Free
• Group rate $12 (10 tickets or more)

More information about the show:

Visit the official New York International Auto Show website

COLIN RYAN has driven hundreds of cars thousands of miles while writing forBBC Top Gearmagazine,Popular Mechanics,theLos Angeles Times, European Car, Import Tunerand many other publications, websites, TV shows, etc.

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