Auto show welcomes Chinese firms

Two attendees at 2019 New York International Auto Show. Photo: IC

The New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) is expecting more Chinese automakers, which are indispensable to the dynamic industry and the diversified market, the exhibition’s president said.

“We hope to see more Chinese exhibitors showing their products,” Mark Schienberg, the NYIAS president, told the Xinhua News Agency in an interview at the 2019 NYIAS.

The 2019 NYIAS began on April 19 and will run through April 28 in New York City.

“I think the Chinese manufacturers would do extremely well here,” he said, adding that the Big Apple is an international city with diversified taste and the 119-year-old New York auto show is an ideal platform to connect global carmakers and consumers “under one roof.”

“The public and people who are in the market to buy a car usually start their journey … at the New York auto show,” said Schienberg.

Based on feedback from the show, manufacturers can turn a design concept to actual production much quicker than before, he added.

The first auto show in North America, the NYIAS is also one of the best-attended auto shows, attracting more than 1 million people every year, according to the president.

The event showcases the latest in innovation and design with more than four floors filled with nearly 1,000 new cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles.

The show also features an incredible line-up of world debuts from numerous automakers around the globe.

Schienberg said the car sector “is probably the best example of a real global industry” in which companies from different countries can play a part, jointly contributing to the vibrant industry.

The show organizer said he has witnessed massive changes in the sector, citing the robust development of electric vehicles (EVs) as one new trend.

With more manufacturers investing in producing great EVs, “you’re even seeing electrification in crossovers and pickup trucks,” said Schienberg, noting the booming EV sector would change the landscape of the automotive market.

“Soon we’re going to see a major change, though there are still infrastructure issues such as charging stations that have to be dealt with,” he said.

An Edison Foundation report based on five independent forecasts projects that EVs will account for 30 percent of all new vehicle sales by 2030, if not before.

According to Schienberg, this year’s NYIAS has two new exhibitors, Mullen and Rivian, both debuting their high-end electric vehicles.

Hoping to introduce more boutique-type companies with great technology and great design to the public, the president also said his team is working to strengthen coordination with counterparts from the rest of the world, including Beijing and Shanghai, so automakers and car fans can enjoy the excitement from every event.