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Go fast or go green at the New York International Auto Show

BMW i8 Concept car at the 2012 North American International Auto Show
BMW i8 Concept car at the 2012 North American International Auto Show

Car companies are pushing their new wares this week at the annual New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Never mind that most of the locals don’t even own a car. However, they will join tire kickers from all over the east coast to see the latest cars that promise to go fast or go green. See for more information on the NYIAS.

Want to go fast? Check out these very fast and super sexy 2015 models: Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT, Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible, Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition and the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe. We opted to exclude from the list the limited production cars with giant price tags such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. They also can go very fast.

Check out these eco-friendly cars that get really good gas mileage. The Cadillac ELR is like a rebadged Chevrolet Volt with a luxury cabin. Cadillac set the price at around $75,000 and claims 90 mpg. BMW has two models to consider. The i3 is an all electric battery powered car that has a 100-mile range, takes 3.5 hours for a full recharge and cost about $42,000. The high performance hybrid BMW i8 will be in showrooms later this year but carries a hefty price tag of $135,000. Its combination of gasoline engines and electric motors results in about 90 mpg.

Next year, you can expect a Toyota FCV hydrogen powered vehicle that can go 300 miles on a single hydrogen fill. The only tailpipe emission is water. No price has been announced. Also, Volkswagen has a European only model that gets 260 miles per gallon. It is in limited production, only seats two and costs over $100,000.

The entire automotive world is not focused entirely on New York. Chrysler, Ford and GM are using the concurrent Beijing International Auto Exhibition to heighten Chinese interest in American cars. See for more info.