As a commuter, cars have only held a passing interest to me because I’m always waiting for the bus or running to catch the train—I know next to nothing about carburetors, rims or spark plugs. My knowledge is mostly based on the catchy tunes of car commercials featuring Kia’s dancing chipmunks or the sultry, southern accent of Mathew McConaughey driving a Lincoln vehicle. Come to think of it, my favorite commercial is the British villain segment by Jaguar, starring Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong, Nicholas Hoult and Ben Kingsley. It’s probably my favorite commercial because I view cars as something of a spectacle seen in movie theaters or on TV. Maybe that’s why I found myself intrigued while attending the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, which is a grand affair with every type of car imaginable.
On April 12th, I had an opportunity to gather with fellow journalists, dealers and other car company officials to tour the various caverns of the Javits Center. There were vehicles from the early 1900s, muddy pick-up trucks, racecars, and even futuristic concept cars. I was very surprised that attendees were allowed to sit inside some of these automobiles.
I must confess, I do not have a driver’s license, but that didn’t stop me from hopping into a pick-up truck, which in my eyes looked a lot like a monster truck, and testing the steering. The cars smelled like fresh leather and carpet cleaner—everything had a just-opened, new scent. In addition to pretending to drive cars like a little child, I was able to see Andra Day perform for the grand unveiling of the Genesis GV80 SUV Concept car. According to the Genesis’ website, the GV80 is a luxury crossover between an SUV and a sports utility car, which includes custom inlayed touch control, curved Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) digital speedometer display, hydrogen fuel, cell power-train, and more.
Similar to car commercials, every vehicle company had their own gimmick—Nissan developed the limited edition Star Wars Rogue One cars, Toyota had their mud covered pick-up trucks and then there were the posh untouchable cars, which included Lamborghini, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce.
Overall, the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center is a great place to spend the first weeks of spring with family and friends.
Photos by Amanda Moses