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Last week, the 2013 New York International Auto Show was blazing down the hallways at the Jacob Javits Center, marking the 113th anniversary of the show. A benefit to toast the East Side House Settlement, the gala preview night kicked off the week of the show before it officially opened to the public.

This year featured over 1,000 vehicles, from cars with all the newest tech, to eco-friendly and budget-friendly options, to the luxury cars showcased by private dealers for people to gape at longingly.

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Jeep was the headlining sponsor for the evening with the anticipated arrival of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Jeep took guests on a mini-terrain obstacle course ride right out front of the Javits Center to get a feel for what it would be like to go off-roading – albeit at a very slow, safe pace facing 11th Avenue.

The folks at Mazda also provided some entertainment in the form of a “simulated racing course.” Strap your kids in and hang on tight!

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Guests also had the opportunity to preview the sleek NSX Concept by Acura, the next evolution of its hybrid sports car, boasting a new interior design. Word on the street is that it is still two years away from production, and the cost is still TBD. Don’t hold your breath anytime soon for this one.

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Some fun cars included the Kia and DC Comics collaboration, aka the Optima Hybrid Superman One, adorned with the signature Superman S. Kia and DC also collaborated to create an entire lined of cars based on the entire Justice League, including Batman, The Flash, and Green Lantern in order to draw in donations for DC Comic’s “We The Pledge” charity. All of the proceeds go to the children in the Horn of Africa, who are suffering through both a drought and famine.

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There was also the colorful Toyota racecar that appeared to have had M&Ms thrown up all over it.

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 What people love to see are the aspirational luxury cars that most people can only ever dream of owning and driving, from BMW and Mercedes to Aston Martin, Jaguar, Lotus, Lamborghini, Bugatti, and many more.

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After putting a down payment on my brand new Lambo, I moseyed over to the section reserved especially for the East Side House Settlement Gala preview night for cocktails. Proceeds from the Gala went to support East Side House Settlement’s highly successful college preparation programs, which are crucial in promoting education and employment for the residents of the South Bronx and surrounding communities.

The event was made possible through the generosity of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association and the New York International Auto Show, as part of a proud tradition of dedicated community service. The evening was chaired by Philip L. Yang, Joan P. Young, Chris LaSusa, and Elia Zois and the benefit committee is chaired by Fe Fendi, John Munson and Mariana Zois.

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The 2013 New York International Auto Show is open to the public now through Sunday, April 7th.

Yours,
Von

         

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