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2015 New York International Auto Show

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No sooner has the Geneva Motor Show closed its doors than the auto industry is gearing up for its next big event. The New York International Auto Show takes place in the first two weeks of April and is expected this year to be the scene of debuts from Jaguar, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz.

While the big motor shows may appear to be largely irrelevant to the average car buyer, they do showcase where the auto industry is heading and give a good idea of what we will be driving over the next few years. It also allows the introduction of the advanced technology which becomes commonplace a few years down the line. Manufacturers go to great lengths to arrange exciting debuts for their wares and create wild concepts to titillate show audiences. The New York event, which became America's first motor show in 1900, is growing in prestige and importance every year, and 2015 is scheduled to be the biggest yet.

Jaguar's new XF saloon is, stylistically at least, an extension of the new compact XE saloon. It will also share the smaller car's platform in lightweight aluminium. McLaren will be travelling to the Big Apple to introduce its new 'entry level' range, the Sports Series. Industry rumour reports that the range will, in time, feature a choice of three body styles, with the coupe to be revealed first.

Mercedes-Benz will take the opportunity to introduce both the facelifted version of the old ML-Class and its new naming structure, in the form of the GLE. Stylistically, this will follow the lead set by the GLE Coupe.

Apart from luxury brands, there will be plenty of mainstream metal on display too. Mitsubishi will be showing off its facelifted Outlander in production format for the first time, having hinted at what to expect with the PHEV Concept S at last year's Paris Motor Show. Kia will be showcasing the fourth generation Optima, having teased the estate version with the Sportspace concept earlier this month in Geneva.

Cadillac hopes to take on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with its CT-6, a task more likely to be successful on home ground than in European territory, which tends to be rather anti-American when it comes to cars. The US firm has high hopes for the CT6 and has already started a major publicity campaign by previewing the car with an Oscars awards ceremony advert.

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