Last Impressions of the 2013 New York Auto Show

The second day of press days is over, and when I left, workmen were putting up everything needed to accommodate the hordes of paying customers during the public access part of the show over the next week.

I am going home exhausted; nothing new there as I always leave all the big shows exhausted. There’s a lot to see, lots of press conferences to attend, lots of writing, lots of thinking about what to write, etc.

The second day was more lively than the first day at the show for me, and that’s unusual. The first day at every show I’ve been at is the big one, but not this year at this show.

There seemed to be a higher energy level, and it seemed like everyone relaxed a little bit and started enjoying themselves.

Some things I liked about the show this year:

The 1963 Corvair Greenbrier Van interactive display over at Chevrolet where the staff would give you goofy props and take sequential photos of you in the van, which they would then give to you in the form of a flip book. Everyone (staff and the photo subjects) was having a pretty good time with it.

The new full-size Ford Transit Van. What a beast.

Subaru’s free silk-screened t-shirts – silk-screened right in front of you.

The Mopar version of the Fiat 500.

The purple Bentley Flying Spur.

The electric B-Class Mercedes-Benz Wagon (parked in the no-mans land of the Smart display).

The fact that many more food trucks were allowed to park right outside the main building this year and the food from those trucks was so much better and cheaper than what you could get inside the building.

We’ve still got stuff in the queue from the show which we’ll finish up during the upcoming public days, but just thought I’d give you my recap of the media days.

See you next year!

Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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