Live from New York auto show

Paul W. Smith

“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin’ ”

It’s hard to believe I lived in this city for five years a couple of lifetimes ago. Even harder still to believe there are those who wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Every time I come for the New York International Auto Show, like right now, I look around this vast metropolis, breathe it all in and get a little melancholic, wondering why I ever left.

By the time I exhale, I am fully aware of why I’m happy to be headed back home to Michigan. New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world to visit. Period.

They do a great job with their auto show, now open to the public through April 3.

One headline said it all: “Utility vehicles to rule N.Y. Auto Show.” That being the case, Fiat Chrysler held up its end of the bargain with exciting news about its Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit packages, and the North American debut of the Maserati Levante SUV.

General Motors is featuring a 2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition and an incredible 640 horsepower 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

(OK, the Camaro is not a “utility vehicle,” but I assure you it hauls!)

Rounding out the new and or refreshed SUVs and trucks would be the Nissan Titan fullsize pickup, Toyota Highlander and the perennial all-time leader of the pack, the Ford F-150.

In a class of its own, designed and brought to life by a man in a class of his own, is the Spyker C8 Preliator.

Victor Mueller, the colorful Dutch entrepreneur, is at it again with this hand-built supercar of which only 50 will be made and 30 are said to be already sold.

Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.