The 2012 New York Auto Show is well under way and is attracting worldwide attention. The show is dazzling attendees featuring a wide variety of new technology including a new zero emissions vehicle, a car that can travel at 253 MPH, and a $279,000 flying car!
This year’s NYAS showcases 1,000 new vehicles from 43 international manufacturers.
A flying car from Terrafugia called The Transition steals the show and demonstrates what the future of transportation could entail. While on the ground the vehicle cruises with rear wheel drive quite normally, the automated electromechanical folded wings invite stares from onlookers and look peculiarly space-like. The estimated cost for The Transition is $279,000 and already has 100 pre-orders.
If you think $279,000 is a lot of cash, take a wild guess at how much a 50 year old Shelby Cobra costs? Clearly the most expensive vehicle at this year’s NYAS, the Ford automobile rings in at $25 million dollars! That’s enough money to purchase over a thousand 2013 Ford Mustangs.
The environmentally conscience automaker Nissan continues to make strides in electric car technology with their new vehicle, the Leaf. The completely electric sedan has absolutely zero emissions, no tailpipe, and currently has a battery that can produce enough energy to travel 100 miles fully charged. The Leaf’s starting cost is $27,000 but purchasers can apply for up to a $7,500 federal tax credit and other incentives.
The fastest automobile at the show reaches speeds of 253 MPH and has a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds. The Bugatti Veyron is the fastest street-legal car in the world, but don’t get too excited. The blazing fast vehicle has a price tag of $2 million dollars.