I'm not being biased, but the New York International Auto Show is the only Auto Show (other than Detroit) that matters the most. Here's why: If a car makes it's "North American Debut", 75% (if not more) debuts in New York, followed by Detroit. Example: the car I've been waiting to see, the Nissan Juke (Don't judge), makes it's debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show. The same car will not be seen at the AJC International Car Show, until 2011, IF Nissan shows up that year. (I say that because Nissan didn't show up to the 2010 one).

Let me rewind the tapes a little. Even though Car and Automobile means virtually the same thing, an Auto Show and a Car Show are two different shows. Car Shows tend to customized vehicles (I.E. Dub, Hot Import Nights, NOPI, Funkmaster Flex), while Auto Shows are primarily stock vehicles as well as Concept vehicles that may not get the green light for production (Still crying over the Chrysler Imperial). Got it???

Alright, back to the NYIAS. The New York International Auto Show will be held to the public April 2-11 (Open on Easter, you know New Yorkers don't take a day off for NOTHING), but media has two days before (March 31 and April 1st), and I'll be a part of media next year.

Production Car Introductions are:
  • 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
  • 2011 BMW 335is (North American debut)
  • 2011 BMW X5
  • 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS package
  • 2011 Hyundai Equus
  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo
  • 2011 Infiniti QX56
  • 2011 Kia Optima
  • 2011 Lexus CT200h (North American debut)
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
  • 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (North American debut)
  • 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
And the one vehicle I'm waiting to see in person, the 2011 Nissan Juke (as it makes it's North American debut) Location: It's always at the Jacob Javits Convention Center which is on 11th Ave, up the street from Chelsea Piers and the Bentley of Manhattan Dealership. (Javits Convention Center Photo by Jim Henderson/Wikipedia)

Bernie's Safety Tip: If you'se going to walk to the Auto Show from your hotel/ nearest subway stop, BE CAREFUL around the Lincoln Tunnel entrance ramp, because it is not far from the Convention Center. Sometimes NYPD is there to direct traffic, and sometimes they're not, so pay attention when you'se crossing the street, unless if you'se want to get cursed out.

I'm going to the 2011 New York International Show, but until then....