4 things you shouldn’t miss at the New England International Auto Show

The show will feature about 600 cars.

A little boy listens to a demonstration at last year's New England International Auto Show.
A demonstration at last year's New England International Auto Show. –New England International Auto Show

$25 million worth of automobiles from 37 manufacturers will be on hand at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center this week for the 2017 New England International Auto Show. The five-day event, which is sponsored by Boston.com and The Boston Globe, will offer attendees a chance to view 600 autos, from compact cars to SUVs to vans, trucks to electrics to hybrids.

So where should attendees start? Barbara Pudney, vice president of Paragon Group, the organizer of the New England International Auto Show, shared some of this year’s must-sees.

The exotics

The 2017 show has “probably more exotics than any other auto show around the country,” Pudney said. “This is the place to dream.”


The show will feature the likes of Porsche and Lamborghini. One of the exotic brands Pudney is most excited to showcase: Ferrari.

“We haven’t had Ferrari at the show in years,” she said, “so I’m thrilled.”

A Porsche Panamera will be on display. —New England International Auto Show

Autonomous vehicle technologies

“Artificial intelligence is really where the future is,” Pudney said, noting that the 2017 car models have incorporated autonomous vehicle technologies more than ever before.

Though self-driving cars will not be on the floor, attendees will get an up-close look at self-braking, blind spot monitoring, drowsiness alert, lane departure warning systems, and traffic jam assist. Traffic jam assist helps drivers in congested stop-and-go traffic avoid collisions.

“[It’s] one of my favorites, considering Boston traffic!” Pudney said.

Alternative fuel vehicles

“Almost every car line has a plug-in of some sort these days,” Pudney said. “Fuel economy has made great leaps and strides.”

More than 100 alternative fuel vehicles will be on display, including the Chevrolet BoltEV, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, and the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, and experts will demonstrate their use of electricity, diesel, fuel cells, and hybrid technologies.

A Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid will be on display. —International New England Auto Show

The classics

Attendees will have the chance to check out 12 rare cars from The Boston Cup. Step back in time with classic models of Rolls-Royce, Porsche, and more.

The auto show begins Thursday at 4 p.m. and wraps up Monday at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 6 and under are free.

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