Highlights from the New York International Auto Show

May 11th, 2012 | News & Events | auto show, new york

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The New York International Auto Show is the last major auto exhibition of the season, which essentially affords several benefits to manufacturers who want to debut vehicles that were not ready earlier in the year. The New York International Auto Show is usually the event that boasts the highest attendance if the season and also holds the title of the oldest automotive exposition in all of North America. With auto makers such as Nissan, Honda, and Chrysler looking to break into and sustain position in the fuel efficient and small car markets, this year’s show debuts several new models.

There were a few higher end models revealed at this year's show including the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, 2013 Lexus ES-Series, 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel and the 2013 BMW X1. The SL65 AMG is replacing the SL63 AMG which was just debuted this year at the Geneva Motor Show. The Lexus ES- Series includes the ES 350 and the ES300h. As a first for this model line, these include the Hybrid Drive.

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The Porsche Cayenne Diesel is the first time that the diesel version of the Cayenne will be available in the United States, even though it has been available for a number of years in Europe. The BMW X1 will be available in the United States in the fall but is still undergoing changes to various parts of the new model.

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Chrysler unveiled a model using street and racing technology, the 2013 SRT Viper, which is touted as being lighter and faster than its earlier version. Hyundai also surprised media experts with its launch of two models, the 2013 Santa Fe and the 2013 Santa Fe Sport, which offer small but rather distinct variations between the two.

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Acura is attempting to capitalize on new innovation with its RLX Concept, which seeks to add additional comforts and performance to the new version. Nissan presented two models, the 2013 Nissan Altima and the 2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi. The Altima really only presents minor differences in the new model. Chevrolet also debuted a new 2014 Impala while Lincoln showcased a new MKZ.

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