The 2010 New York Auto Show turned out to be one of the most exciting and product-filled North American shows so far this year, with the industry bootstrapping itself out of the depths of 2008 and 2009. With nearly as many new cars, concepts and special editions as Detroit and Chicago combined, it turned out plenty for enthusiasts and shoppers to ogle.

This year’s event will include no less than 18 world premieres as well as an additional 14 North American debuts.

Aside from those major introductions to the press, the 2010 New York Auto Show has played host to more than a million visitors. Also, running once again for its seventh year is the World and Performance Car of the Year awards--an independent global accreditation to name the best new car on the market, as selected by a voter group composed of established automotive journalists from around the globe.

This week, High Gear Media brings you our full coverage of the New York Auto Show. We'll update this page as frequently as we receive new information. We'll be bringing you all the news and photos and Tweets we can from the show floor. Click through these pages for a preview of what's to come--and stay in touch for the rest of the week right here via CoverItLive:

2010 New York Auto Show: New Cars

2011 Kia Optima

2011 Kia Optima

Kia Optima: Kia’s new mid-size sedan turned out to be one of the big surprises of the show. Kia has come a long way since its bargain basement roots, with its latest Optima showing a style that even the luxury makes can’t match. Going from a boring whitegoods-on-wheels look of previous generations, the new Optima is svelte, sophisticated and very sporty and should be on sale this fall. The Optima will remain Kia’s flagship and in keeping with this positioning the car gets a longer wheelbase than the current model. It is also wider and sits lower. Power comes from a direct injected 2.4-liter engine with 278 horsepower on tap. All transmissions for the new Kia Optima, both manual and automatic, will have six speeds.

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Mercedes-Benz R-Class: Sales figures for the R-Class haven’t managed to live up to the expectations of the German luxury brand, but Mercedes-Benz is determined not to completely write-off its ‘Grand Sport Tourer’ just yet. An extensive facelift has been implemented for the 2011 model year, with a new front-end added as well as a slightly revised rear and interior. The R-Class still gets two engine choices: a 268 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 or a 210 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel. A newly available AMG sports interior is being offered for the first time and includes sporty bucket seats up front, Nappa leather, a sports steering wheel with shift paddles, stainless steel pedals and ambient lighting. Blind Spot Assist is also available, as are new NECK-PRO head restraints.

2011 BMW 5-Series

2011 BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series: A class leader since its inception, the BMW 5-Series remains a crucial vehicle in BMW’s lineup and is now into its sixth generation. Like the 5-Series GT, it features a platform shared largely with the new 7-Series. That means lots of space, good handling and plenty of appealing style, inside and out. The new nose of the 5-Series certainly resembles that of the new 7-Series, though the lower air dam/fog light area is styled differently as are the headlights. Also like the 5-Series GT, the new 5-Series features both the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine in a 550i model and the new N55 single-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. The big V-8 gets a 400 horsepower and 450 pound-foot rating in this application, while the 535i's six-cylinder checks in at 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. A 240-horsepower 528i will arrive later in the year, at the same time the xDrive all-wheel-drive option becomes available.

2011 Infiniti QX56 leak

2011 Infiniti QX56 leak

Infiniti QX56: For its next-generation QX luxury SUV, Infiniti has decided to borrow a platform from the Nissan Patrol SUV sold overseas. This means that the new 2011 Infiniti QX56 will feature much more rugged off-road capability than the outgoing model, which should keep it up-to-date with its closest rival, the Lexus LX SUV. It also means that the new QX56 will be imported from Japan rather than built locally, which could mean a slight rise in prices. Nevertheless, the latest 2011 model is vastly improved over its predecessor and it comes with a thumping 400 horsepower 5.6-liter V-8, the same unit found in the new 2011 Infiniti M56 sedan.   

2010 New York Auto Show: Sports Cars

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

Subaru Impreza WRX: Subaru fans have a lot to look forward to with the latest updates to the potent Impreza WRX model. Coming in for the 2011 model year, both the WRX Sedan and Hatchback receive the same widebody styling found on the more extreme STI model, along with a wider track and tires for enhanced grip. In fact, an approximately 1.5 inch increase in front and rear track, firmer rear subframe bushings and wider 17 inch wheels and tires all add up to deliver improved grip in the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX. The drivetrain has been left unchanged but with 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque coming from the car’s 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, it certainly didn’t need to. A five-speed manual and Subaru’s trademark symmetrical all-wheel drive system remain as standard, as does a viscous coupling locking center differential.

2011 BMW 335is Coupe

2011 BMW 335is Coupe

BMW 335is: Available exclusively in Coupe and Convertible body styles, the new 335is promises to deliver even more performance to the masses while leaving off some of the sharp edges found in the more focused M3. Output is rated curiously at 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, despite using the same engine as found in the Z4 sDrive35is, where it gets a 335-horsepower rating. It's still more than enough to have some serious fun, however, as the full 332 pound-feet of torque are available from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm thanks to the quick-spooling turbos. A special overboost function cranks things up even further, pushing peak torque to 370 pound-feet for short stints.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition: When the 2006 Corvette Z06 was introduced, it represented the closest connection to the Corvette race cars ever. The 2009 Corvette ZR1 closed the gap between racing and production even further. This year, Chevrolet continues its tradition of track-to-street technology transfer with the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition. The car is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and essentially combines the 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 from the Z06 with the suspension and brake package of the ZR1. No changes have been made to the powertrain, which means peak output still stands at 505 horsepower. Production will be capped at just 500 units and the first example will be up for grabs at the Barrett-Jackson vehicle auctions taking place in Palm Beach, Florida on April 3.

2010 New York Auto Show: Green Cars

2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid: The U.S. usually misses out on ‘niche’ models like hybrids and diesels and while the Cayenne Diesel still won’t be arriving Stateside, at least the almost as efficient Cayenne S Hybrid will be. The Cayenne S Hybrid is undoubtedly the highlight of the new 2011 Porsche Cayenne lineup. It features a sophisticated parallel hybrid drive system that combines a supercharged 333 horsepower 3.0-liter gasoline V-6 with a 47 horsepower electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries. The end result is a V-8 like 380 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which is available from a low 1,000 rpm. All in all, the North American 2011 Porsche Cayenne model range will include four models: the Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo and the Cayenne S Hybrid. The S and Turbo models go on sale in July, with the Cayenne and Cayenne S Hybrid in dealer showrooms this fall.

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: Hailed as Lincoln’s first-ever hybrid vehicle, the new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid comes onto the market with the same gasoline-electric powertrain found in the Ford Fusion Hybrid and is touted as the most fuel efficient luxury sedan in the U.S. Lincoln has also packed its hybrid with an assortment of standard features including the new SmartGauge with EcoGuide, which helps drivers to save fuel with visual displays coaching optimal driving styling for fuel efficiency. The new MKZ Hybrid is set to go on sale this spring and when it does, expect fuel economy as high as 41 mpg on the highway.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

Chevrolet Cruze Eco: The new Cruze compact sedan hasn’t even gone on sale in the U.S. but already the first variants are being revealed. One of them will be the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, a special high efficiency model that’s expected to offer the best fuel economy in its class. Full fuel economy figures will be finalized closer to launch but we can reveal that models equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission should return numbers as high as 40 mpg on the highway.

2011 Lexus CT 200h

2011 Lexus CT 200h

Lexus CT 200h: Lexus’ new entry-level model is a premium, compact, dedicated hybrid, powered by a 1.8-liter gasoline engine and a hybrid drive system. It features four selectable drive modes: ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and EV, and in the latter electric-only mode should be able to carry the car for 1.2 miles at speeds of up to 28 mph. Lexus is essentially gearing up to do battle with the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series in the growing premium compact segment, and though the CT 200h lacks the sporting promise of the German rivals, it is expected to be the only hybrid on the market in the segment at its debut. First sales should start early next year.  

2010 New York Auto Show: Concept Cars

Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Show Car

Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Show Car

Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon: Although technically a “show car” and neither a concept nor production car, the new CTS-V Sport Wagon is a certainty for showrooms. The CTS (non-V) Sport Wagon is already a head-turner, and its V variant adds a definite note of aggression to the mix, in addition to a heady brew of supercharged power. The same 556-horsepower, 551-pound-feet 6.2-liter LSA V-8 engine that powers the CTS-V sedan and coupe lies under the hood, and can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto--no watered down auto-only tourer here, though opting for the auto is no dent to performance, with the Performance Algorithm Shifting working the same magic it does in the CTS and CTS-V sedans. Production of the CTS-V Sport Wagon will most likely start in late 2010, likely as a 2011 model, with the North American markets getting the first crack at the order lists.

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2011 BMW X5 Preview

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2011 Buick LaCrosse Preview

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2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe, Convertible: Engine Changes For 335i

New York Auto Show To Launch iPhone App

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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan: The Wing Is Back

2010 New York Auto Show: Mazda Confirms New Gas And Diesel Engines For U.S.

2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon Live Gallery

2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T

2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Acura TSX Wagon

2010 New York Auto Show: Best Performance/Luxury In Show

2010 New York Auto Show: Worst Performance/Luxury In Show

2010 New York Auto Show: Stay Updated

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