The New York Auto Show is Here!
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo kicked off the official opening of the 116th Annual New York International Automobile Show at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side on Saturday, March 26. More than one million visitors are expected to attend the ten-day event, the largest show of its kind in the country. The show, which runs until April 3, features nearly 1,000 of the world’s latest automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, and concept cars at the convention center and is expected to generate more than $300 million in economic activity for the Empire State. To kick-off the opening ceremony, Governor Cuomo drove a Silver Camaro ZL1 Convertible in the annual parade of cars.
“The New York Auto Show is a time-honored tradition that continues to serve as an important economic generator for the Empire State,” Governor Cuomo said. “By showcasing the industry’s best manufacturers and state-of-the-art designs all under one roof, this event keeps visitors and car enthusiasts like myself coming back year after year. I am proud to kick-off this year’s show and I encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to take advantage of this can’t-miss opportunity.”
“The Auto Show generates economic horsepower for New York State, and we are proud to help coordinate and construct this spectacular event," said Alan Steel, President and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, which operates the Javits Center. "The mission of the Javits Center is to support the Empire State’s economy, and with our upcoming expansion, we look forward to the Auto Show expanding and generating even more economic activity throughout the New York region. With the world’s most sought-after vehicles under one roof, there is no event on Earth quite like it.”
With an illustrious history as America’s first and largest-attended auto show since 1900, the event will showcase more than 60 new vehicles making their world and North American debuts. As the largest event hosted at the Javits Center, the Auto Show occupies nearly one million square feet, and thousands of Javits Center electricians, carpenters, cleaners and teamsters participate in the construction, deconstruction, transportation and cleaning of the various exhibits, vehicles and related materials. In 2015, members of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association sold more than 600,000 vehicles, supported more than 65,000 jobs throughout the New York region and contributed more than $2 billion in local and state tax revenue.
“The New York International Auto Show showcases the latest, most innovative vehicles in the world, and we are honored to have Governor Cuomo officially kick-off our opening ceremony," said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. "The engines of the automobile industry power the economic engines of New York State, and like one million people who will be visiting this year, Governor Cuomo's passion for cars and driving continues to push this amazing industry to develop new designs and technologies. We are very excited to have Governor Cuomo open this year's show, and we look forward to an expanded Javits Center when we can expand the Auto Show to unprecedented levels."
For the third consecutive year, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is operating an exhibit at the Auto Show and showcasing the agency’s most recent services, such as ordering a replacement driver license and signing up for electronic notifications when vehicle registrations and inspections are due.