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New York Auto Show Shifts Into Gear At Javits Center

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The New York International Auto Show will bring plenty of extra traffic to Manhattan's West Side this week.

Starting Friday, nearly a thousand vehicles will be showing off the latest in fuel efficiency, safety, and performance at the Javits Center.

Organizers of the 2013 Auto Show say more than 60 new vehicles will be on display.

Among this year's vehicles is the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan. While it may not be the sexiest vehicle around, it does have a feature that might just come in handy for families -- a built-in shop vacuum.

The idea was developed by a Honda engineer after a long family road trip.

"When they got back and looked inside the car there were just remnants of food everywhere. And the thought was the vacuum cleaner would be great for cleaning that up. And so they did some research with some customers and found that would be a really great addition to a minivan," said Chris Naughton of Honda.

Whether domestic or foreign, the show's president says market trends are changing as technology improves.

"What's happening in the auto industry is, there's such new technology that's coming in and especially on the luxury car market. What we're seeing from a lot of those manufacturers is that they're bringing in cars that are real affordable, really great design, really great performance, really great technology, but at prices in which consumers who would love to get into the luxury market can finally do," said Auto Show President Mark Schienberg.

Car industry experts also note as the U.S. economy begins to bounce back, so does the market for new sets of wheels.

"For what it's worth, since the recession started there's been a slow rebuilding in automotive sales. Every year it gets stronger, actually much faster than I expected," said Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder.

Those interested in the higher end of the auto spectrum can check out the latest models by luxury makers Bugatti, Lotus, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin.

There's also the 2014 Chevy Corvette, which is being called the Stingray for the first time in decades.

"The Stingray name had gone away in the 70's actually, and it was after this car was finished that Ed Welburn, the chief designer for General Motors, stood back and said this car deserves the name Stingray," said General Motors Head of Consumer Affairs James Bell.

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