2013 New York Auto Show

Everyone loves to go to the New York International Auto Show, the last big international show of the season, because it's in New York City. I'm not immune.It always opens right around Easter break, so it's a very popular place to take the kids, in a town where cars are typically yellow and it costs money to ride in them. The New York show is also the place where kids know they're going to find supercars. Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Porsche, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini, Ferrari—all the dreamy cars are there.New York Auto ShowTraditionally, the New York International Auto Show has been the showcase for the European carmakers. They not only like to launch world previews in New York City, but they also bring cars that were just revealed in Geneva in early March that have yet to be seen in the U.S. One example was the Rolls-Royce Wraith, which was an absolute stunner, as you see here.2013-new-york-auto-showThe star of the show came from Detroit, surprisingly. General Motors split its big model news by revealing the 2014 Corvette Stingray in Detroit and holding the spectacular 2014 Cadillac CTS for a New York debut. Sadly the entire GM exhibit was tucked away in a remote hall, away from the razzmatazz of the rest of the show. They ought to rethink their strategy of having an exclusive place to show their cars and move back where all the action is.2013-new-york-auto-showThe second really big piece of news, amusingly enough, was the central vacuum in the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan. The van itself got a mild refresh, but the on-board vacuum made it to national television. Why didn’t somebody think of this ten years ago? you ask. They did: the American Honda Motor Company people all thought it was a good idea, but the Japanese rejected the idea out of hand every time it was brought up. American Honda finally figured out that culturally, women do the cleaning in Japan, and here in the U.S., men typically clean the cars. In any case, its time has come, and Honda made a deal with Shop-Vac for its vacuum.New York is a cozy show that can be visited easily in a day. Despite the fact that there are typically very few big launches, there’s a disproportionate number of European executives who show up with their entire families and continue on to vacations.I like to go to New York because I live on a farm, and getting to New York to look at the cars means I can take in a Broadway show. We've done that frequently. Every one I have seen has been right in the middle of the New York Auto Show. I didn't get to any Broadway shows this year, but I did go hat shopping.2013-new-york-auto-showThis was my big chance to meet up with two famous milliners whom I had been dying to meet for the past year: Jasmin Zorlu, who brought her rolling hat show to my hotel room, and Barbara Feinman, shown at right, who has been making hats in the back of her little hat store at 66 East Seventh Street since 1998. Luckily, my husband and I drove with JKC videographer Scott Allen in Automobile Magazine’s Range Rover Evoque, a Four Seasons long-term test car, so I had room for "a few" purchases.People think it’s amazing that we drive from Michigan to the show, but we do it every year. I love the road trip, and it’s a rare opportunity to hang out with my husband and not be in a big hurry. And if we hadn’t driven, well, I wouldn’t own six new hats.And, yes, we got it all on video. Stay tuned to Jean’s Driveway for the road trip, coming soon.
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