New York International Auto Show (NYIAS)

General Motors showed off their new 2015 Corvette Z06 convertible and Chevy Trax, a compact SUV that will be coming to America standard with a backup camera. Barra was there and answered all the recall answers – ad nauseum. All the behind the scenes chatter is that Akerson still knew about the impending recall issue and that is why he left, but Barra will do a better job at reconstructing General Motors anyway. There’s a big difference between taking a company into bankruptcy and running an ongoing concern.

Barra knows the world is watching GM and said so at the Automotive Forum before the auto show.

McLaren showed off their new 650S that you can own for a mere $265,500

Fiat Chrysler showed off the most product including the Alfa Rome C that they say will be coming to the United States. Expect fiat Chrysler to bring their IPO out within the year. You don’t bring that much product out in one setting, in the heart of the banking world, in the heart of Wall Street where all the investors are and not think IPO.

While many of the journalists were oogling the two-door Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, that will be available in 2015 with 47 Swarovski crystals in the headlights black Nappa leather upholstery, and 455 horsepower from a 4.7-liter bi-turbo V8 I was at the Smart department.

For only $99 a month, practically how much a New Yorker spends on Starbucks coffee, you can lease a Smart car that gets 38 mpg.

Watch John Batchelor and I talk about this and more.