New England International Auto Show Drives Back to Boston

The area’s biggest car show returns to Boston, with $16 million worth of this year’s newest models on display through Monday.

McLaren 12C SpiderThe McLaren 12C Spider can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds—not that we recommend testing that out on Comm. Ave. (All photos courtesy of New England International Auto Show)

This month and next, Boston will be taken by land and by sea. In February, the New England Boat Show will come to town, but today, the largest car show in New England returns to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

This year’s New England International Auto Show (NEIAS) boasts 500 of the year’s newest models from around the world. Everything from luxurious Bentleys to specialty Chevys, and a wide variety of energy-efficient cars will be on display.

Through Monday, the public can look, touch, and test drive these beautiful vehicles. Present a valid driver’s license, and you can take one of 40 select cars—including the 2013 Cadillac Escalade, the 2013 Chevy Camaro, and Cars.com’s Best of 2013 winner Scion FR-S—for a spin around the convention center. (Check out the Ride & Drive schedule to see when the models you want to test drive are available.)

With hundreds of cars on the showroom floor, which ones should visitors keep an eye out for? Here are a few of this year’s standouts, along with some fun trivia so you can sound like an expert at the show:

2013 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

The most expensive car at this year’s NEIAS is this Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe at $469,900. The cheapest vehicle at the show will be the $11,990 Nissan Versa. In total, the cars at the show are valued at about $16 million.

2013 Ford Fusion Energi

This 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid can get up to a staggering 108 MPGe. The most fuel-efficient vehicle at this year’s NEIAS will be the Mitsubishi I-MiEV with 112 combined MPGe. The winner for least fuel efficient? The Bentley Mulsanne with a measly 13. (But you know what? She’s really pretty.)

2013 Scion FR-S

2013 Subaru BRZ

On Tuesday, Cars.com named the 2013 Scion FR-S (orange) and the Subaru BRZ (blue) their Best of 2013 winner. “Nearly identical, inside and out, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ sports cars provide a driving experience that is second to none,” said editor Patrick Olsen.

Bonus: The Scion FR-S is one of the cars that visitors can test drive this year at the NEIAS.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera

Drive around Boston in this Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera and you are sure to be the envy of all your friends. It’s lightweight, powerful, and just plain sexy. The car weighs less than 3,000 pounds and can travel up to 202 mph.

If you added together the weight of all of the cars at the New England International Auto Show, the sum would be about 800 tons, with enough towing capacity to pull the U.S.S. Constitution.

MINI Paceman

Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Mark Wahlberg’s version of The Italian Job came out? Imagine how many gold bars Marky-Mark could have hauled in this 2013 MINI Paceman.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

LED headlight accents, 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts… The Turbo version of the Hyundai Veloster isn’t so much about making the car more powerful as it is about attention to detail and design. Just ask that grille up front.

Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Concept

Hot Wheels collectors old enough to remember the ’60s might find this car familiar. The Chevrolet Hot Wheels Camaro concept was inspired by one of the original 16 Hot Wheels toy cars released in 1968. Feeling nostalgic? We are too. Forty-five years later, the kids are all grown up, and so is the car.

 

The New England International Auto Show takes place today through Monday at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St. in the Seaport District. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12. For specific hours and other event details, visit paragonexpo.com.

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