In 1900, the New York International Auto Show (NYIS) became North America’s first automotive exhibition. In its first year, the auto show, originally held at Madison Square Garden, drew in 69 exhibitors, 48,000 visitors and had approximately 160 cars on display. More than 100 years later, the New York International Auto Show has become one of the industry’s most important showcases, attracting car enthusiasts from all across the globe.

The 118th Annual New York International Auto Show, which will run through this Sunday, April 8, is expected to attract more than one million attendees. Held at the newly-expanded 950,000-square-foot Jacob Javits Convention Center, this year, the NYIAS is bigger and better than ever before. With nearly 1,000 cars on display and more than 60 world and North American debuts, this event is one you will not want to miss.

“From our discussions with the OEMs throughout the year, it’s clear that the 2018 New York International Auto Show is going to be one of our biggest yet, giving automakers an unprecedented opportunity to tap into the incredible media and advertising blitz that the Show creates in its 10-day run,” Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) president Mark Schienberg, said.

According to Schienberg, approximately 64 percent of NYIAS visitors indicated that they are in the market to buy or lease a vehicle within the next 12 months. But whether you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, or simply window shopping for the sports car of your dreams, the 118th Annual New York International Auto Show has something for everyone.

The all-new, 100 percent electric Kona EV, produced by Hyundai, made its world debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Starting at just $19,500, this sleek electric vehicle is not just affordable - it is paving the way for electric vehicles in the automotive industry
The all-new, 100 percent electric Kona EV, produced by Hyundai, made its world debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Starting at just $19,500, this sleek electric vehicle is not just affordable – it is paving the way for electric vehicles in the automotive industry

New Electric Vehicles & Hybrids

Signifying an important shift in the automotive industry, electric vehicles and hybrids are dominating this year’s NYIAS. Headed full-speed into the public mainstream, EVs are becoming increasingly popular. Nearly 200,000 electric cars were sold in the U.S. last year, and that record-breaking number is expected to grow as they become more affordable.

From the world’s first self-driving, all-electric smart car, to EVs with a driving range of more than 200 miles with a single charge, attendees at this year’s NYIAS will get a glimpse at the most innovative, eco-friendly vehicles the world has to offer. For the environmentally-conscious consumer on a modest budget, the 2019 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, the 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid, the all-new Hyundai Kona EV and the all-new Lincoln Aviator are definitely worth checking out. And if you’re seriously looking at making an EV purchase, the all-new Nissan LEAF, which was named World Green Car of the year, is a must-see.

For the environmentally-conscious consumers who can afford EVs and hybrids with heftier price tags, Jaguar unveiled its new I-PACE – the world’s first self-driving, all-electric smart car. The first-ever BMW i8 Roadster, which also made its debut at the NYIAS, combines emission-free mobility and high-performance engineering for the ultimate hybrid sportscar. The i8 Roadster will hit the market later this spring, but if you plan on adding this BMW to your sports car collection – it’ll cost you. With a base price of just under $150,000, the i8 Roadster 2019 is poised to be the most expensive BMW product to ever be sold in the U.S.

Concept Cars

Most of today’s most innovative vehicles began as a mere concept. While we may be decades away before flying cars are a reality, the concept car line-up at this year’s New York International Auto Show is pretty impressive. Five concept cars – the Genesis Essentia, the Lincoln Aviator (production preview), the Mini Electric Classic Cooper, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport and the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak truck – made their world debut at this year’s NYIAS. And another two vehicles – the Mazda Kai and the Mini John Cooper Works GP – made their North American debut. While these cars won’t be available for purchase in the near future, they are definitely setting the tone for a new generation of smart cars.

Luxury & Sports Cars

The New York International Auto Show would not be complete without an exciting line-up of luxury and sports cars the majority of us could only ever dream of owning. A whopping 25 cars made their world debut, and another 22 vehicles made their North American debut. While it would be safe to say all of the cars to make their debut at the NYIAS are worth checking out, car enthusiasts with a taste for luxury and sport are in for a treat.

Be among the first in the world to view the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Audi RS5 Sportback, the 2019 Cadillac CT6, the 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo, and the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 at this year’s NYIAS. If you’re looking to find an athletic car engineered to perfection, these global debuts are stealing the show.

As for notable North American debut highlights – the 2019 Audi A6, the 2019 Audi R8, the 2019 BMW X4, the 2019 Bugatti Bugatti Chiron Sport, the 2019 Genesis G70, the 2019 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder and the 2019 Rimac C Two (all-electric) will blow you away – and we aren’t just talking about their price tag. These cars pack some serious heat, and while the average consumer might not be able to afford these breathtakingly beautiful exotic cars, it certainly doesn’t hurt to look!

You still have time to purchase tickets to this year’s New York International Auto Show. Day passes start at $17 for adults, and $7 for children. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.autoshowny.com/tickets/.