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The 2015 Ford Focus is one of the many vehicles being unveiled at the New York International Auto Show (Ford)
The 2015 Ford Focus is one of the many vehicles being unveiled at the New York International Auto Show (Ford)

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The New York International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday and the unveilings will be fast and furious, with more than 30 cars making their debuts.

Among them: A restyled 2015 Ford Focus sedan and a Ford Focus Electric; a 500-hp Bentley Flying Spur V-8; a lighter, more powerful 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe; an Acura TLX mid-size sport sedan; Land Rover’s Discovery Vision Concept SUV; a new Jeep Renegade; a 2015 BMW X3 luxury crossover, an M4 convertible and an X4 Sports Activity Coupe; a 563-hp Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II; Dodge Challenger and Charger muscle cars; a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible and a reworked Cruze; a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta; a Nissan Murano crossover; and a limited-edition Scion xB Release Series 10.0. For the latest updates on Gotham’s car show, watch GlobeDrive.com.

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