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New York Auto Show boasts impressive innovations

Designs push the limits of technology

The New York Auto Show is readying itself to show the world some rather impressive and innovative designs this year. From newly redesigned classics to futuristic concepts of transportation, the automobile of tomorrow is clearly about to have a facelift.

Cars that run off an electrical grid are one of the hot topics. The idea behind these cars is that they would all be powered from electricity beneath the road, they would never crash and ideally, they would drive themselves.

This years New York Auto Show is also to debut a flying car, which is seems like something more out of James Bond or Back to the Future. But, the Terrafuguia is making this idea a reality. Their concept can fly 100 miles per hour with a range of roughly 500 miles. And, while firmly planted on terra firma the vehicle gets an eco-friendly 35 miles per gallon on premium gas.

“This is what we can do today with existing technology inside the existing regulatory structure that we have and the physical infrastructure with airports and air space,” Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich says. “It’s something that actually works.”

Nissan has also thrown its hat into the ring at the New York Auto Show, hoping to dethrone Ford and its Crown Vic with their NV200. They plan on having their cab on the streets by 2013, selling between 3000 to 4000 this year, reports Popular Mechanics. The new taxis will sell for $29,700 and feature passenger reading lights, USB chargers and a separate heating and air conditioning unit for passengers.

BMW is also plans on unveiling it’s new X1 SUV crossover, which starts at an incredibly affordable price of $31,345. It boosts a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, putting out an impressive 240 horsepower.

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