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I grew up in the Detroit area, my father was an engineer at GM. We went to NAIAS every year, it was the most important event in town (since a Lions home playoff game has never been a thing). I'm thankful for having experienced the glory days of auto shows. They were so over-the-top back then.
Thanksgiving parade #3? Not holding my breath for an Alfa-sponsored float or balloon.
 
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Auto shows are dead men walking. Mercedes, BMW and Audi didn't bother with LA.
Alfa was part of the FCA/Stellantis space, which was dominated by the Jeep and Ram brands, which are clearly better suited to the audience that goes to car shows.
A couple of years ago Alfa had a better presence and even showed a Tonale prototype, but seriously, there was no point this year. The attendance was sparse. The only interesting stuff is the emergence of EVs and the attendant charging technologies and companies that are coming with the new cars. My son works for Mullen and they showed a really nice new EV SUV but it will only be available in two years.
The cheeseburger at the Compass Cafe was really the highlight of the show for me, but if we didn't get comped to go the show I would not have wasted an afternoon.
 
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I can tell you this about Tesla however as one of my employee's son just got recruited by Tesla away from Merc as a Tech. Their service side, at least around here, is pretty thin..sound familiar
BTW below is my favorite Alfa marketing that was done for the launch at the NYIAS...big billboard literally across the street from the main Javits entrance...LOL
Not in southern NY. On Long Island we have Syosset, Smithtown and technically Brooklyn for service. Westchester has Mt. Kisco and White Plains. I can make an appointment via the app, it's very easy. There is some room for improvement.
 

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Not in southern NY. On Long Island we have Syosset, Smithtown and technically Brooklyn for service. Westchester has Mt. Kisco and White Plains. I can make an appointment via the app, it's very easy. There is some room for improvement.
I'm in Westchester and his son will be based out of Mt. Kisco, once he finishes training in Oakland Cali.
Haven't seen many service/pick-up facilities for TESLA, but I have seen the one in Mt. Kisco next door to the hardware store.
 

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I go to the NYIAS every year…but you are correct. A 15 minute live-streamed event, good social media and an open ordering website does a lot more to sell a new product. Elon has taught the industry a hard lesson.
It has nothing to do about Elon. Quite a number of brands realized autoshows are money-wasters and stopped showing up on many of the non-major international shows years ago, before Tesla was even a pipe dream in Elon's brain.
 
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It has nothing to do about Elon. Quite a number of brands realized autoshows are money-wasters and stopped showing up on many of the non-major international shows years ago, before Tesla was even a pipe dream in Elon's brain.
And yet they continue to spend millions at Auto Shows, which don’t drive sales. Elon pioneered automotive live-events with fans (not just press) that are live-streamed, offer ride-alongs and include online ordering. Which leads to 100s of thousands of orders.
 

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And yet they continue to spend millions at Auto Shows, which don’t drive sales. Elon pioneered automotive live-events with fans (not just press) that are live-streamed, offer ride-alongs and include online ordering. Which leads to 100s of thousands of orders.
They wouldn't be attending these shows if there wasn't at least some ROI. The value of auto shows has greatly diminished but it isn't nil.

Tesla operates like a tech firm with some Elon cult mixed in. They play by their own rules which nobody else can.
 

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Tesla displayed in Detroit for several years, if memory serves initially in the lobby.
 

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Tesla displayed in Detroit for several years, if memory serves initially in the lobby.
Not since 2014, I think? I’m not saying I don’t like Auto Shows, I do. I have gone to the NYIAS almost every year for two decades.
 

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Funny thing about the Tipo 33 that was there is that it doesn't belong to Alfa Romeo LOL
Famous collector of Alfa Romeo(s) Lawence Auriana is the owner. Let them display it during the show...
That was such a cool display....
2018 was the last time I attended a NYIAS....every year it just got thinner and thinner....
 

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Not in southern NY. On Long Island we have Syosset, Smithtown and technically Brooklyn for service. Westchester has Mt. Kisco and White Plains. I can make an appointment via the app, it's very easy. There is some room for improvement.
Just got back from taking the Guilia to visit relatives in Manhasset. Very refreshing to see all the new Alfas on the road down there. Quite a contrast from Boston where you can easily go a couple of weeks without seeing another one. I also liked the fact that a couple of the neighbors recognized the car and came over to check it out. Here, very few people even know Alfa is still in business.
 

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Just got back from taking the Guilia to visit relatives in Manhasset. Very refreshing to see all the new Alfas on the road down there. Quite a contrast from Boston where you can easily go a couple of weeks without seeing another one. I also liked the fact that a couple of the neighbors recognized the car and came over to check it out. Here, very few people even know Alfa is still in business.
Roundtrip between Detroit and Rochester, NY. Spotted one Giulia and two Stelvios. I saw more Maseratis. The most interesting vehicle seen was one of those hulking “survivalist” off-road beasts towing (no, I am not kidding) a Suzuki Samurai.
 

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Just got back from taking the Guilia to visit relatives in Manhasset. Very refreshing to see all the new Alfas on the road down there. Quite a contrast from Boston where you can easily go a couple of weeks without seeing another one. I also liked the fact that a couple of the neighbors recognized the car and came over to check it out. Here, very few people even know Alfa is still in business.
Yea I see Stelvios daily. Giulias are rarer but definitely around.
 

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