Auto Show Opens Amid Economic Uncertainty

And the New York International Auto Show is on at the Javits Center, today is the first day it's open to the public.

REPORTER: New Jersey resident Sandy Profetto was checking out the new Mini Cooper for strictly professional reasons. She's a manager at ISO, an insurance ratings company.

PROFETTO: Right now we're looking for what new vehicles are coming out because the insurance industry relies on us to develop like the base pricing and evaluate the vehicle characteristics.

REPORTER: Profetto says this year the show seems a little lower key than in years past.

Many auto companies have cut back on dry ice and flashy demonstrations, instead emphasizing reliability and price.