The Transition, a roadable aircraft and flying car, is seen during the press preview of the New York International Auto Show in New York, the United States, April 5, 2012. This is a highlight of the 2012 New York International Auto Show, which has always been a significant landmark in the automotive market. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)
The 2012 New York International Auto Show started here Friday, showcasing more than 1,000 car varieties, including the world's first flying car.
Dubbed as "Transition", the two-seater flying car by a Massachusetts manufacturer named Terrafugia has two fold-up wings. It gets 35 miles per gallon on the road and can reach 65 miles per hour. In the air, it can reach a 490-mile flying range.
"Transition" is regarded as a transformative vehicle for sports pilots who can get certified with 20 hours of flight training. " Transition" pilots could land at one of the 5,200 public airports in the U.S. and continue their journey on the roads.
"New York Auto Show is doing the best advertisement for the car, " said the Chief Test Pilot Phil Meteer in an interview with Xinhua.
According to him, about 100 customers have each paid 10,000 U.S. dollars in deposits for ordering the car, which will cost 27.9 million U.S. dollars each.
Other new cars include the open-top, two-seat Porsche Boxster with an entirely new longer and wider lightweight body, Mercedes- Benz SL produced for the first time almost entirely from aluminum that provides the basis for even more agile and sporty handling, as well as the all-new, sixth-generation BMW 3 Series.
As the second largest Auto Show in North America, the 2012 New York International Auto Show runs from April 6- 15 at Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, New York City.