2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ
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The last major American Auto Show of the 2011 model year opens on April 22 in New York City. While the cars expected to debut there may not be the ones to set enthusiast hearts aflame, they will have a significant impact on the choices of thousands of car buyers in the coming year.
New versions of two mid-size titans will be on display for the first time. Chevrolet will show the 2013 version of its Malibu sedan. To underscore the Malibu's global significance, Chevy will simultaneously present the new Malibu in Shanghai, China.
Toyota may show the first new version of its Camry in more than five years. The Camry has been one of America's best-selling cars for decades and its continued success is crucial to Toyota.
Speaking of Toyota, the earthquake-battered automaker has more in store for New York than just the Camry. They plan to show the Lexus LF-Gh concept, which will preview the next Lexus GS-series. Also, possibly on display will be another version of Toyota's back-to-basics sport coupe concept, the FT-86 II. This one may be badged as a Scion.
As gas prices climb back to 2008 levels, several highly fuel-efficient vehicles will make their debut. The ninth-generation Honda Civic will make an appearance as well as new versions of the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio.
Luxury car fans will get some new eye candy in New York thanks to the U.S. debut of the new Mercedes SLK and an all-new Mercedes concept car.
There should also be numerous new trim packages and face lifts on display in addition to these all-new vehicles. The New York Auto Show should give car shoppers plenty to think about until the next round of shows begins in eight months.