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NY Auto Forum Returns to NYC on August 18



Abram Olmstead, Senior Director

Abram Olmstead

Senior Director, Digital Media

After a year hiatus, the NY Auto Forum is roaring back into New York City this summer with a new date and a new location.

The 11th annual Automotive Forum – hosted by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), J.D. Power and the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) – will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 18 in New York’s largest convention center, the Javits Center.

Held on the eve of press days at the New York International Auto Show, the Auto Forum brings together automotive executives, new-car dealers, thought leaders and other industry stakeholders for a full day of speaker presentations and panel discussions on current industry and economic conditions that will shape the future of the automotive market.

The OEM speaker lineup for 2021 includes:

  • Jose Munoz, Global COO/President CEO, Hyundai North America
  • Josh Tavel, Executive Chief Engineer, Battery Electric Trucks, General Motors
  • Bob Carter, Executive Vice President of Sales, Toyota Motor North America

Other speakers include NADA Chairman Paul Walser, President and CEO Mike Stanton and Industry Relations Committee Chairman Geoff Pohanka; J.D. Power President, Data and Analytics Division and Chief Product Officer Thomas King; and Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association President Mark Scheinberg; The Alliance for Automotive Innovation President and CEO John Bozzella and Chairman Chris Reynolds; Citi Research Director Itay Michaeli; and BoA Merrill Lynch Managing Director John Murphy.

The registration fee includes a networking breakfast and lunch, the forum’s keynote and panel sessions, and a credential to attend press days at the auto show.

To register or to review the full agenda, click here.

Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the return of the New York International Auto Show at full, pre-pandemic attendance levels. After keeping the doors closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show got the green light to go ahead at the Javits Center, Friday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 29.

More than 1,000 vehicles in one million square feet of exhibit space at the newly renovated Javits Center, including an entire floor dedicated to electric vehicles. Sponsored by ConEdison and the New York Power Authority, the EV Hall will have five indoor test tracks to give show attendees the opportunity to experience first-hand the feeling of an all-electric vehicle or a micro-mobility option such as an e-bike or an e-scooter. Nine OEMs will be participating in this multi-brand EV demonstration.

The expansion also means that all the OEMs will be on the same level and have more exhibition space. Subaru’s exhibit is 50% larger than previous years, while Toyota and Chevy’s exhibits will both be 30% larger, according to Chris Sams, a spokesman for the show. “The participation from OEMs has been phenomenal,” Sams said.

Longtime fan favorites including Camp Jeep and Toyota’s Outdoor Ride and Drive will also return to NYIAS, bringing the total of test tracks up to seven.

Tickets to NYIAS will go on sale June 17. For more information on safety measures being taken at Javits Center, click here.

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