Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today kicked off the official opening of the 114th New York International Automobile Show at the newly renovated Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
More than 1 million visitors are expected to attend the unprecedented 10-day event, the largest show of its kind in the country. The dynamic show features nearly 1,000 of the world's latest automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and concept cars, as well as cars owned by New York Governors Franklin D. Roosevelt, Nelson Rockefeller and Andrew M. Cuomo.
Additionally at the Show, Governor Cuomo joined Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association Chairman Neale Kuperman to award wounded U.S. Army Specialist Robert J. Loria an honorary license plate for his brand new 2014 Toyota RAV4, which was donated by Toyota today at the Auto Show. The vehicle has been specially equipped with a spinner knob and crossover directional. Loria, who was medically discharged in 2005 after sustaining wounds as a result of an IED explosion, has been honored with a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star of Valor. The Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization designed to provide help and raise public awareness for injured service members, selected Loria as the vehicle recipient.
"The New York Auto Show embodies the energy and excitement of the Empire State and I am personally thrilled to participate in such a time-honored New York tradition," Governor Cuomo said. "As the proud owner of a 1975 Corvette Stingray and a 1968 Pontiac GTO Convertible, I know how much New Yorkers love their cars, and that's why this wonderful show has continued to expand throughout the years, generating hundreds of millions in economic activity for the state. With state-of-the-art exhibits and the world's most sought-after vehicles all under one roof, this truly is the greatest Auto Show in the world."
"We are honored to have Governor Cuomo officially open the 2014 New York International Auto Show," said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. "Each year, since 1900, the New York Auto Show celebrates the automobile industry by showcasing the latest, most advanced new vehicles in the world. Just like the one million people who will be visiting the Show this year, Governor Cuomo's passion for cars and his love of driving inspires this great industry to push the boundaries of innovation and new technology. We are thrilled he's here to kick-off the Show at the fantastic newly renovated Javits Center, and we look forward to welcoming the public inside to take a look at all the exciting new vehicles on display."
"Toyota is honored to support the Wounded Warrior Project and its vitally important work in aiding America's armed forces," said Bob Carter, senior vice president, automotive operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. "We thank Governor Cuomo for joining us in recognizing Robert Loria, one of the many worthy men and women who have made great sacrifices in defending our nation's freedom."
As a part of today's opening day ceremony, Governor Cuomo led the traditional parade of vehicles through the Javits Center by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Governor Cuomo's personal 1975 sky-blue Corvette Stingray, which he had restored, and his 2011 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide will be on display for the duration of the show, as well as a 1932 Packard Phaeton once owned by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and a 1967 Lincoln Executive Limousine once owned by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. The vehicles once owned by Governors Roosevelt and Rockefeller were provided by the New York State Museum.
The 2014 New York International Automobile Opening Day Parade included the following cars: Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Scion FR-S, Alfa Romeo 4C, Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang Special Edition 50th Anniversary, 2015 MX-5 Miata 25th anniversary edition, 1990 Miata, Audi R8 V10 customized by D2 Forged Wheels of Yonkers, BMW i3, Bugatti Veyron, and a 1959 Ford Custom 300 Police Car from the NYPD the New York Police Museum.
The Auto Show runs from April 18 - 27, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.