New York Auto Show Returns and Electric Vehicles Take the Spotlight

By Jonathan Spira on 16 April 2022
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Lincol has Elvis Presley’s 1956 Continental Mark II on a rotating turntable at the show.

NEW YORK — The New York International Auto Show returned this week after a pandemic-induced three-year hiatus and electric vehicles are commanding the spotlight.

The show opened to the public on Friday following two press days and runs through April 24. The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.

Organizers said they expect over 1 million visitors to the show, which is, according to their reckoning, New York’s largest publicly attended consumer event and generates hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact for the city and state.

This week’s show will be light on anything new from the high-end automakers who previously would make a big splash here. Among others, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Cadillac, Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, and Volvo will not be debuting any new models.

But all is not lost.  Alfa Romeo will show a new Tonale hybrid SUV, while BMW will display its new X7 SUV and i7 electric sedan that follow the iX SUV an i4 sports coupe it unveiled last fall.

Mercedes-Benz is officially skipping the show but the folks from Stuttgart will preview the all-new electric EQS days later, on April 19 as a concept car at the Beijing Auto Show later this month.

Lincoln, which has Elvis Presley’s 1956 Continental Mark II on a rotating platform at the show, will debut its new all-electric model on April 20 in Hollywood.

What the show does have, however, is the largest indoor EV test track ever built, covering nearly 250,000 square feet (23,226 square meters).

“This year, more than ever before, the New York Auto Show is elevating electric vehicles to new heights by dedicating nearly an entire floor to EVs, charging solutions, and consumer awareness programs,” said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, which operates the show.

Ford will display its F150 Lightning truck, first revealed a year ago online, just weeks before deliveries will begin. (The vehicle’s production run is, at this time, officially sold out.)

Nissan, an EV pioneer with the humble battery-powered Leaf will showcase its new electric SUV, the Ariva, while General Motors will show off the electric version of its Chevrolet Silverado, which was originally unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)