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Auto News: New York Auto Show Is Anything But Boring

Auto News: New York Auto Show Is Anything But Boring

Automakers are taking a bite out of the Big Apple at this year’s New York Auto Show. It’s been anything but boring, with a healthy dose of new model reveals. If you’re in the New York area you can check it out until April 3rd.

Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks are on display at the show, which happens to be North America’s first auto show dating back to 1900. The very first show was held at Madison Square Gardens. In total sixty-nine exhibitors displayed approximately 160 finished vehicles. They ranged from $280 – nearly 6 months salary at the average annual wage of $589 – up to $4,000.

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2016 NYIAS

At this year’s show, Acura rolled out its updated 2017 MDX. It’s the first vehicle in Acura’s lineup to sport the automaker’s new diamond pentagon grill. The midsize SUV arrives this summer and a sport hybrid model will follow later in the year.

Toyota gave Prius lovers something to talk about — with the 2017 Prius Prime. It’s a plug-in with a 22-mile electric range.  Toyota claims its upgraded hybrid system will get 120 miles-per-gallon equivalent, the highest of any plug-in hybrid out there. 

In the sportster department, Audi wowed the crowd with its new 2017 R8 Spyder. It has a powerful 5.2-Liter v10 under the hood that delivers 540 horses. What really sets the R8 Spyder apart from the Coupe is the cloth soft-top. It folds away underneath the rear deck-lid in a mere 20 seconds. It can also open or close while the car is going as fast as 31 mph.

Mazda turned more than a few heads, too, with its slick new 2017 MX-5 RF “retractable fastback”.  It combines a retractable targa top, like the kind on a Porsche which trademarked the name, with a fastback roofline. Pre-orders start this summer, but no pricing is out yet.  For reference, the soft-top MX-5 runs from $25,000 to $31,000.

Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off its new 2017 GLC Coupe. It’s the automaker’s answer to the BMW X-4 and expected to the road by early next year. It’s naturally sportier and more aggressive looking than its older brother, the GLC compact crossover, and has some styling tweaks from the S-Class.

Head to the Car Pro website for more reveals.

Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz