The first day of the 2012 New York Auto Show has come and gone, and once again the sheer number of new product and concept reveals has consolidated the event’s position amongst the world leaders of international auto shows.

There are nearly 100 separate events, conferences, industry forums, symposiums, award ceremonies, roundtables, and parties taking place during the show preview days--in addition to the more than two dozen press conferences hosted by the automakers.

Among the major U.S. shows, the New York’s has a reputation for being a haven for luxury-brand and sports-car introductions, as well as the place where some interesting concepts and special editions rolls out.

This year was certainly no different with the introduction of the 2013 SRT Viper supercar, 2013 Acura RLX flagship sedan concept and Fisker Atlantic prototype just some of the major attractions.

Our dedicated team of editors are doing their best to hot foot it around all the events and bring you the latest details and live photos.

Here’s a rundown of what they saw on day one at the show.

2013 SRT Viper: Undoubtedly the most anticipated car of the show, if not the year, the new 2013 SRT Viper has finally been let loose. The car’s arrival marks not only the return of the iconic nameplate after a two-year hiatus but also the launch of Street and Racing Technology (SRT) as a standalone brand. The important numbers for the new Viper are its peak output of 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, derived from an 8.4-liter V-10, 100-pound weight saving over its predecessor, and expected 0-60 mph time of less than four seconds. The iconic supercar will be hand built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit starting later this year.

2013 Lincoln MKZ: The latest addition to the Lincoln lineup, the all-new MKZ, is crucial as it not only represents the future of Lincoln in both style and substance, but the car's success is also key to the future viability of the brand itself. So does it have what it takes to compete in the hotly-contested mid-size luxury segment? That’s hard to answer just yet. Reactions towards its styling were mixed in New York though its specs, on paper at least, are impressive. However, with the stunning job Ford did on the MKZ’s cousin, the 2013 Fusion, will enough buyers be convinced to pay extra for this luxury version? Only time will tell.

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class: If you’re looking for the utmost in luxury in a three-row SUV, look no further than the all new 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class. It’s both bigger and more powerful than the model it replaces, and this time its styling is rather bold and crisp and actually suits the big utility quite well. Atop the range is the GL550, which uses the same 4.7-liter V-8 as its midrange brother, but with output boosted to 429 horsepower and 516 pound feet of torque. Compared to the 2012 GL550, that’s a gain of 47 horsepower, but an even more impressive gain of 125 pound-feet of torque. First sales being this fall.

2011 Infiniti Zero Emission Concept: Infiniti’s version of the Nissan Leaf, the Zero Emission Concept, was unveiled briefly late yesterday although its official debut is actually pegged for later today. The concept vehicle previews Infiniti’s first electric car due out sometime next year but it also showcases the latest styling trends the automaker will be implementing in its future models. The concept sports a fairly conventional sedan body though from some angles it looks rather awkward. Let’s hope the production version of the Zero Emission Concept doesn’t turn out to be the next Lexus HS 250h.

2013 Lexus ES: The latest generation Lexus ES bowed in at New York and this time it came in two different flavors: an ES 350 and ES 300h. The ES 350 model continues with a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine while the ES 300h is a new hybrid ES model that pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a Lexus Hybrid Drive system. If you hadn’t already guessed, the latest ES once again shares much in common with the more humble Toyota Camry, though the car’s styling has finally taken a turn for the better, ensuring it will be competitive in the premium sedan segment.

That's it for now but remember to stay glued to our dedicated show page for all the latest updates direct from the show floor.

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