Members of NADA Used Car Guide’s valuation staff are eagerly gearing up to attend the annual New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), which kicks off next week at the Jacob Javits Center in downtown New York City. Press preview days begin on Wednesday, April 16 and will run through Thursday; on Friday, the show will transition to public days which run through April 27.
Prior to the press days, the NYIAS is hosting the 2014 Automotive Forum on Tuesday, April 15, sponsored by NADA and J.D. Power. This one-day event brings together leaders from OEMs, suppliers, retailers and the media to discuss how industry and economic conditions will shape the future. NADA Chairman Forrest McConnell will kick things off early Tuesday morning, while Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, is the featured industry speaker. With everything that’s happened with GM over the last few weeks, we’re excited to hear her speak.
The NYIAS has a rich history of bringing new and innovative ideas to a national and world stage. Kicking off in 1900, the show became North America’s first automotive exhibition, and for over 100 years since, it has continued the tradition.
Lots of exciting new product introductions are scheduled, which should make for a great event. Looking at the press conference schedule, three models stand out because of the importance to their respective brands.
2015 Acura TLX - The all-new TLX will make its production debut next week after being teased in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The TLX slots in right below the RLX in Acura’s lineup, and will offer four- or six-cylinder engines; both will be offered in two- or four-wheel drive. After several years of somewhat bland product offerings, the TLX marks Acura’s return to the sports sedan market, something brand loyalists have been waiting for.
2015 Subaru Outback - Subaru plans on unveiling a production-ready version of their Outback, expected to go on sale near the end of 2014. We’ve recently published a few articles dealing with retention, and Subaru models always seem to land near the top of the list. Some of the best new cars go on to become the best used models, and from the looks of it, the sixth-generation Outback has all of the right ingredients to be successful on both counts.
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C - Alfa Romeo is coming back to the U.S. market nearly 20 years after the last model was imported. The Italian automaker plans to start selling a new coupe named the 4C toward the end of 2014. The new 4C features a carbon fiber body and turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 240 horsepower. Sales of the 4C were originally set to begin in the fall of 2013, but the brand’s stateside launch has been delayed. Alfa Romeo plans to release other models in the coming months, but Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hasn’t revealed which ones just yet. Initially the 4C will be sold through high-end Maserati dealerships before it’s offered to Fiat’s top-performing dealers.
Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@NADAusedcargde) next Wednesday and Thursday for on-the-spot first impressions and pictures of these and other exciting new products, as well as a follow-up blog entries where we’ll share a more in-depth analysis of the new products unveiled.