By Jennifer R Jones | Posted on April 01, 2010 8:00 AM
In the market for a new car? Just like to check out the latest models? The 2010 International Auto show opens to the public tomorrow with a sneak peek (Friday, April 2), with a media preview held earlier in the week, and the official opening day coming up on Saturday. The show features more than 1,000 cars, including a wider selection of new, environmentally friendly models. Also new: a free downloadable auto show app for the iphone. If you were wondering, some automakers actually let drivers, yes, test-drive the cars. While many consumers use the opportunity as a chance to merely window shop the latest models, others view it as a kind of one-stop shopping showroom. Companies ranging from Chevy to Chrysler, Dodge to Honda, are represented, as are Jaguar, Porsche, Rolls Royce and Lexus. Our favorite? The mysterious and alluring “Exotic cars,” rumored to be on Level Three. Watch for such other crowd favorites as Concept Cars; Just Revealed; NY Debut; and the 2009 world Car of the year (Ta Da! the Fiat 500). In addition to ogling cars, visitors can stop by the classic car museum (April 2-4); enter various contests; and participate in a live game show. No, we don’t know what that last one means--you’ll have to find out for yourself. The show is at the Jacob Javits Center (11th Avenue, between 34th and 39th Streets) through April 11. Check autoshowny.com for more information. Oh, yes, one more thing--despite the all-car, all-the time atmosphere, there’s one thing you can’t do at the show--and that’s actually purchase a car.