First and largest-attended auto show in United States showcases latest vehicles worldwide
Ten-day event expected to generate $300 million in economic activity across New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today kicked off the official opening of the 116th Annual New York International Automobile Show at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side. The Governor drove a Silver Camaro ZL1 Convertible in a brief parade to kick-off the opening ceremony. More than one million visitors are expected to attend the ten-day event, the largest show of its kind in the country. The show features nearly one thousand 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.
“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.”
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.
Additionally at the show, Governor Cuomo awarded wounded U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jeffrey Hackett with an honorary license plate for his new 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, which was donated by Toyota. Hackett, of Mexico, NY, was serving in Afghanistan in August 2011 when an improvised explosive device detonated, causing him to lose his right leg and suffer serious injuries across this body. To assist Hackett, the RAV 4 has been equipped with special steering controls and pedals that all can be used with a left foot. During his 19 years of military service, Hackett earned more than a dozen awards, including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart.
Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, said, “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. 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."
Alan Steel, President and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, which operates the Javits Center, said, “The Auto Show generates economic horsepower for New York State, and we are proud to help coordinate and construct this spectacular event. 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.”
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to serve visitors at the New York International Auto Show. After enjoying a look at the latest vehicles the auto industry has to offer, visitors can stop by the DMV exhibit and conduct a number of online transactions with staff assistance or on their own through our self-serve kiosk. We’re excited to offer these services at a world-class event like the Auto Show, which helps us better meet the needs of New Yorkers and show visitors what DMV can do for them.”
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.
In January, Governor Cuomo announced a $1 billion expansion project for the Javits Center, which will include five times more meeting room space, the largest ballroom in the Northeast, an outdoor rooftop terrace and an on-site truck marshaling facility that will relocate 20,000 trucks off local streets each year. This expansion will enable the Javits Center to attract new events, improve its operational efficiency, create 6,000 full-time and part-time jobs and generate nearly $400 million in additional annual economic activity. Construction is set to begin later this year.
At the DMV exhibit in the Crystal Palace near the front entrance of the Javits Center, staff equipped with tablets and laptops are available to assist customers with a number of transactions, including registration renewals, MyDMV address changes, road test scheduling, title duplicates, accident report searches, photo document duplicates, and custom license plate ordering. Vision screenings will be offered so customers can renew their driver license online without having to visit a DMV office or an eye-care provider. Customers can also conduct business without staff assistance on a self-serve kiosk, which was introduced at the 2014 show. Kiosk transactions include license and non-driver ID renewals; registration renewals; license, non-driver ID, and learner permit replacements; and registration replacements. With every kiosk transaction, customers are given the option of changing their address and signing up for electronic notifications when vehicle registrations and inspections are due. Customers renewing a license or ID also have the options of registering to vote and signing up to be an organ donor.
Known as the “Marketplace for the World,” the Javits Center was originally designed by I.M. Pei & Partners and opened in 1986. The iconic facility has since become New York’s primary venue for large conventions, trade shows and special events and serves as home to many of the world’s top 250 trade shows, hosting millions of visitors a year. Located on 11th Avenue between West 34th and West 40th streets. In Manhattan, the Javits Center generates up to $1.8 billion in economic activity and supports more than 17,000 jobs a year. The New York icon has 840,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space, 102 meeting rooms and four banquet halls, as well as a range of technology services, including state-of-the-art WiFi capabilities. For more information, visit www.javitscenter.com.