Head to the Big Apple this August.
In a clear sign that life is beginning to return to normal, the New York State governor's office has confirmed the 2021 New York Auto Show is set to take place from August 20-29. A press day is scheduled for August 19 and tickets will go on sale starting June 30. The initial announcement for the 2021 show was made last October but that was before the mass vaccination campaign currently happening throughout the country. In other words, those dates were still pending but show and state officials remained hopeful. The last time the Big Apple hosted its annual car show was back in April 2019.
The 2020 show was canceled because packing thousands of people from across the world into a building during a global pandemic isn't the best idea.
Initially, the 2020 show would have seen some big reveals take place, specifically the Acura TLX and Ford Bronco. Both reveals took place online instead, as has been the case for every new car debut over the past year or so.
This year's show will be different than past events thanks to a 100,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Javits Center's main showroom that includes five indoor electric vehicle test tracks where attendees can go for a short test drive. While the move from April to August at one point appeared to be a permanent one, we've been informed otherwise. According to the NY Auto Show press department, the 2022 show will return to April and will remain an Easter/spring show.
Hosting such a huge event in the summertime should allow for even more visitors. State officials, area dealerships, and show organizers have been desperate to get the event back up and running because it's a major economic engine.
It generates over $300 million for the local and state economies. Some 72 percent of those who attend indicate they intend to buy a new vehicle within the next 12 months and 85 percent of them admit the show helps them decide their next purchase. The show further supports 72,000 local dealership employees whose economic contribution is in excess of $53 billion a year.