FCA Portal Concept at CES 2017 Had Me at Group Selfies

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Chrysler Portal Concept Exterior

Chrysler Portal Concept user experience. Once at the destination, interior and exterior cameras can capture the moment with a selfie, which is then automatically downloaded to everyone’s personal device and can be shared via social media

By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

FCA US announced today at the CES 2017  in Las Vegas a new concept vehicle designed by their own in-house millennials for millennials and their future families. You know, that group of young adults between age 18-33 — tech savvy and environmentally conscious — who are highly self aware and known for their uniqueness and willingness to embrace everything “next.”

So do you have to be a millennial to understand what millennials desire in a future vehicle? Probably not, but FCA US wasn’t taking any chances.  

These designers and engineers dreamed up the ultimate future family mode of transportation, They decided to kick on the time machine and turn up the social media game and give the Chrysler Portal concept the features millennials and their future selves will love. My favorite features are the internal and external cameras (which can be used to take personal or group selfies), the facial and voice biometrics and the personal zoned audio, so I can listen to Janet Jackson without headphones and not disturb the rest of my family, who’ve grown tired of my playlist.

Chrysler Portal Concept Interior

And because this is a battery-operated (pure EV), autonomous vehicle with a suite of sensing technologies, the thought is that less time will be spent driving and watching the road during a commute, and more conversing, learning, and catching up with seamless wireless networks between vehicles, even the external environment. So the interior becomes even more important — with more flexibility between seating and cargo, techy features, social networking features and an open atmosphere — creating what FCA’s young millennial team is calling the “third space.” Continue reading

Alfa Romeo unleashes the fastest SUV on the planet at the 2016 LA Auto Show

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Posted 11/16/16, Autoshowglobal.com

The official press release from Alfa Romeo:

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Born from the World’s Greatest Driving Road – Stelvio Pass –
the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sets a New Benchmark
in Performance, Style and Technology in an SUV
that could only be Italian

The SUV for the S-Curves

Built in Italy, the top-of-the-line Stelvio Quadrifoglio delivers
a class-leading 505 horsepower and 0-60 in just 3.9-seconds

  • Building on the excitement of the award-winning 4C and the all-new Giulia premium mid-size sedan, Alfa Romeo – the heart and soul of the automotive industry – introduces the all-new Stelvio premium mid-size SUV
  • The all-new Stelvio is the second of a new lineup of vehicles built off a
    world-class architecture that embodies the brand’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit
  • Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature an all-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-liter,
    direct-injection turbo engine delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to achieve a top speed of 144 mph
  • Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with best-in-class
    505 horsepower, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph
  • State-of-the-art technologies, including Alfa DNA Pro selector, torque vectoring differential, Chassis Domain Control (CDC), and aluminum
    column-mounted paddle shifters with 100 millisecond shifts maximize the
    all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s driving pedigree
  • The innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides additional driving confidence and superior control
  • Iconic Alfa Romeo design and genuine Italian craftsmanship combine to create a premium mid-size SUV that truly stands apart
  • Stelvio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus
  • Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Frosinone, Italy
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

 

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

As the As the second of a new-generation of vehicles built on an all-new platform, the 2018 Stelvio epitomizes Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, delivering race-inspired performance, real-world driving confidence, state-of-the-art technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size SUV segment.

“The all-new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Stelvio is uniquely engineered to challenge two-door sports cars on the track, without sacrificing any of the characteristics you would expect from a premium SUV, resulting in the perfect mix of high performance, capability and Italian design.”

Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio will conquer the winding road for which it is named.

Three exhilarating, capable Stelvio models showcase Alfa Romeo’s captivating mix of Italian performance, style and technology

Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio lineup is a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium mid-size SUV for driving enthusiasts that stands out in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the U.S.

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We’re Back In Texas for the Big State Fair and Auto Show

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featureimg3-1By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

Back in Texas, y’all. It’s been a couple of years since the Auto Show Global team has travelled to the big state of Texas. As natives and visitors alike always say: “Everything’s big in Texas” and the State Fair of Texas and its grand auto show never disappoints. The Media Day starts early tomorrow morning, so look out for the latest in big truck news as we make our way around to the press conferences.

More about the 2016 State Fair of Texas

Celebrating 130 years of tradition, the State Fair of Texas returns this fall for another round of food, festivities and family fun. Themed “Celebrating Texas Agriculture,” the 2016 exposition kicks off on Friday, September 30 in historic Fair Park. Although it seems far away, the State Fair team is already in full Fair mode, prepping and planning for the big event. Before Big Tex makes his annual debut, the State Fair has a few announcements about the latest and greatest attractions lined up for this year’s event.

After a history-making run at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, The Taylor Swift Experience™ is making its way to the Lone Star State with a brand new collection of memorabilia from the superstar’s archive as a featured exhibit at the State Fair of Texas. The famed exhibit takes fans through her journey as a singer, songwriter and global superstar, showcasing memorable performance costumes, tour photos, and instruments. The exhibit also features a special collection of memorabilia that has never been displayed in this unique combination before, such as the light blue Reem Acra gown she wore at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas during the ACM Awards 50th Anniversary. The Fair is thrilled to host this one-of-a-kind exhibit in the historic Hall of State building, with the excitement of providing an attraction that appeals to all ages. Diehard fans are sure to recognize some of Taylor’s trademark wardrobe pieces, from the rhinestone-studded ringmaster ensemble she wore for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” on The RED Tour, to the custom-beaded outfit she wore at the 2014 American Music Awards when she premiered “Blank Space.” Regardless of age or musical preference, visitors will gain a better understanding of Taylor’s achievements that led her to super-stardom and her impact on the entertainment industry worldwide.

In addition to hosting The Taylor Swift Experience™ at the State Fair of Texas, the Hall of State brings fairgoers a taste of Texas with three other exhibits dedicated to the Lone Star State and its history. “Six Nations over Texas” tells the story of the six countries whose flags have flown over Texas and includes rare artifacts from each nation. Fairgoers can learn all about the American West and its prevalence in Texas culture through the “Ways of the West” exhibit. Guests looking to brush up on their cow herding skills can learn all about the traditional cowboy lifestyle in “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy.”

The Lords of Gravity Basketball Slam Dunk Show joins the list as one of the Fair’s new daily shows for 2016. Hailing from Budapest, Hungary, the Lords of Gravity group has become one of the most well known acrobatic basketball teams in Europe. Each high-energy show brings jaw-dropping hoop skills and high-flying acrobatics to the court. The talented troupe will be performing daily in Chevrolet Park Plaza. The action continues with Xpogo, another extreme sports show coming to the Fair this fall. Fairgoers can catch this action-packed performance daily, featuring two pogo professionals showing off their skills with gravity-defying tricks, flips and spins. Also joining the 2016 lineup is the Lone Star Stampede, an all-new show hosted in the Pan Am Arena. Guests can watch the tale of the American West come alive through this award-winning performance, featuring quintessential Western themes like stagecoaches, horses, cowboys and bandits. This can’t-miss event showcases traditional Native American dancers, sharpshooters and a Texas Longhorn cattle drive.

As a nod to its agricultural roots, the Fair chose “Celebrating Texas Agriculture” as its 2016 theme. With this year’s theme in mind, the State Fair is implementing more agricultural-related activities around the grounds, in addition to the many exhibits and events that have been around for years. Fairgoers can learn all about Texas agriculture and natural resources at “I Spy Texas,” a new interactive exhibit in the Science Place building. City-dwellers can get a glimpse of life on the farm by attending one of the Fair’s daily Milking Demonstrations, moving to an all-new location in front of the Science Place building. Educational opportunities also include Farm Day at the Fair, a TEKS-based program providing in-class lesson plans focused on the importance of agriculture. With additional days offered this year, teachers have their choice of 15 different dates to schedule a classroom trip to the Fair for their students to learn all about agriculture through hands-on activities at the Science Place. Farm Day at the Fair is open to 3rd and 4th graders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and includes a learning excursion to the Fair to build upon their in-classroom lessons. The Livestock 101 Stage marks another new agriculture initiative, offering daily presentations from resident livestock experts. Visitors can head to the Livestock 101 Stage at Ag-Power Plaza to learn about the animals being exhibited in the barns that day, then attend a Guided Livestock Tour to get up close and personal with some furry friends.

Football fans have a lot to look forward to this year, with not two but three games scheduled during the 2016 State Fair. Opening weekend of the Fair brings devoted fans from Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M University for the annual Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic on October 1. The rivalry continues on October 8 when the Cotton Bowl Stadium hosts the Red River Showdown, where the University of Texas Longhorns face the University of Oklahoma Sooners. The historic Cotton Bowl Stadium welcomes a new matchup on October 15, when the Air Force Academy takes on the University of New Mexico.

In addition to the traditional State Fair staples, Fair food fanatics can look forward to a few new food locales debuting this year. Trio on the Green brings a new concept of “bites and flights,” serving trios of appetizers and drinks. Located under three oak trees outside the Coliseum, this shady destination will serve everything in threes, from sliders and fries to flights of beer and wine. Fiesta Grande will open next to the Hall of State, offering a selection of both Mexican and domestic beer and assorted snacks at a shaded outdoor location. The cantina-style patio features tables and umbrellas perfect for relaxing, with live acoustic music on weekends.

After launching a fourth through eighth grade curriculum last year, the State Fair is expanding its classroom initiatives to the high school level, with a new curriculum for ninth through twelfth graders. In partnership with Big Thought, the Fair offers a TEKS-aligned program that focuses on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) along with other core disciplines like social studies, English, language arts and visual design. The online curriculum connects classroom learning with student experiences at the Fair, including in-class lesson plans as well as materials and activities for out-of-school time. The new high school lesson plans will be available on BigTex.com/educators for download by September 1, with fourth through eighth grade curriculum guides available now. All teachers are invited to attend a free training seminar on August 27, which will cover all the basics of the curriculum.

Returning for its third year at the State Fair is Canstruction®, a unique exhibition displaying art structures made entirely of canned food items. The exhibit will once again be hosted in the Science Place building, featuring structures that have been created in line with the theme “Celebrating Our Past, Present and Future” which honors the 20th build for Canstruction®. At the end of the competition, all canned food will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank. In addition, the State Fair is continuing its partnership with the North Texas Food Bank to present “It’s A Fair Deal Wednesdays,” offering discounted admission every Wednesday throughout the run of the Fair. Visitors can bring four canned food items and get in for just $4, with all donations going directly to support local families in need. After a successful debut in 2015, the Thrifty Thursdays food discount program will be returning for the 2016 Fair. Through this initiative, participating food vendors are offering one of their signature menu items at a reduced price, ranging from mini versions to regular-size items. Perfect for fairgoers wanting just a tiny taste rather than a full-size meal, or families looking for new ways to save while still getting to enjoy their fair food favorites.

 

Your trip to the Fair is your ticket to Texas-sized fun – with hundreds of events included in the price of admission, you’ve got an all-access pass to free entertainment. Season Passes are available now at BigTex.com/seasonpass for only $29.95 with promotional code “BigTex10.” This limited-time discount will save you $10, with the regular price set at $39.95. Hurry and get yours today before this promotion ends July 31!

About the State Fair of Texas

Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with proceeds helping to preserve and improve Fair Park and underwrite museum, community and scholarship programs for inner city youth and students pursuing agricultural careers. The 2016 exposition runs September 30 through October 23 in Fair Park. Visit BigTex.com for more information.

Eyes without a Face: The New Tesla Model 3

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New Tesla Model 3


By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

So once again it’s Friday, I’m checking out the morning news. The new Tesla Model 3 is all the rave, big deal, right? Another electric car from Tesla, awesome to look at, hard to buy, and expensive as hell. Since gas prices have dropped, the push for electric cars has waned. Sure, car companies are still selling them, but it’s more of an option to buy than an alternative to have.

I’m looking at thisthumbnail-4 new offering and something seems to be real weird at first – there’s no grille. As a matter of fact, the surface appears that there wants to be an opening in the front, but there isn’t one.

You really don’t need a grille for a car that doesn’t really need tobreathe to function. Most cars have a signature look, an expression, a personality, something that says either, “I’m fierce, ostentatious, or really happy.” The grille is the face of the car; it tells the story. Some luxury cars have the look of a “braced faced” teenager, to convey a look of luxury. Tesla’s Model 3’s futuristic, upscale styling is just absent of a mouth. It’s not a bad look, its different.

Now further into the news story we find that this new product from Tesla is only $35k. That’s’ right, $35k. Slightly cheaper than the Chevy Bolt and Volt and let’s be honest, a whole lot better looking. Comparable specs ad performance to the Chevy Volt and Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 12.45.48 PMcheaper should make this an easy purchase decision for those in the market for an electric car. With the cost and name “Tesla” attached to Model 3, another argument could be made as to whether or not an entry-level car from a luxury brand is worth crossing over from combustible fuel to electric. Think about it, for $35k, a person could buy a Cadillac ATS, or an Audi A3, but we thumbnail-2now have another choice. The Tesla brand is slowly becoming coveted among car enthusiasts. It’s rare, its exclusive, and the styling is phenomenal. The brand doesn’t scream sheet metal, batteries and a lot of plastic. I don’t see repurposed utility or rebadging to make an upscale version. I see a Tesla, and I don’t have to look at a grille to figure that out.

2016 New York International Auto Show: Big reveals in the Big Apple

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By Sydnie Coleman, Auto Show Global (Photos by Jonathan Morales, Auto Show Global)

We traveled to New York City for the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) last week and, as always, there’s lots to see in the Big Apple. After the Lion King, the Statue of Liberty, and a emotionally moving tour of the 9/11 Memorial, we made our way to the Javits Center on the west side of the island.

The spacious convention center allowed for test tracks in the lower level for ride-a-longs in FCA vehicles. Outside, cars and trucks were displayed, with fashionable experts on hand to answer any questions.

Inside, NYIAS boasted some crowd-pleasing exhibits, such as an awesome Trans Am  display, featuring three intricately designed models — including the Bandit edition — that stayed true to their original roots with a nostalgic throwback feel.

As seen at other shows this year, the automotive manufacturers found creative ways to incorporate social media into their showcases. Chevy’s team utilized selfie sticks and iPads to allow media to take “selfies” with the vehicles and then easily post to Facebook, Twitter, or send via text or email. The photos, when sent, also included links to information and specifications about the particular vehicle or Chevy’s entire line.

And, of course, there were the reveals, including the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1, 2017 Acura MDX, 2017 Chrysler 300S with an all-new Appearance Package, 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (we forget about that brand being from the Midwest), 2017 Subaru Impreza, 2017 Kia Cadenza, 2017 Nissan Titan, the new Mercedes GLC43 AMG and many more (see gallery). Of course, the big talk of the show, which never made it to the show floor but still made a big buzz, was the Lincoln Navigator Concept. I was disappointed that it was not on the show floor during media days. Maybe we’ll see it at the next big show. Alfa Romeo had a beautiful full-color book dedicated to their stylish new Giulia models,.

After all of the excitement, our photographer and I took a break in the sleek Cadillac lounge, decorated with pristine white chairs and couches, and an open bar serving small plates, beer, wine, and other beverages.

As we looked around we reflected on the similarities and differences between NYIAS and the other shows we have covered this year. NYIAS definitely has its own swag and personality that makes it uniquely chic. We weren’t disappointed!

Public days for the 2016 New York International Auto Show run through Sunday, April 3. For ticket information, go to www.autoshowny.com.

 

Lincoln Navigator Concept at the New York Auto Show: Suit and Tie

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NEW YORK, March 23, 2016 -- €“Mark Fields, President and CEO, Ford Motor Co. reveals the Navigator Concept, introducing quiet luxury to full-size SUVs and offering a glimpse at what comes next for the brand’s best-known nameplate. Lincoln invented the large luxury SUV in 1997, and now is reimagining Navigator for modern clients interested in better performance, more space and further refinement. Lincoln'€™s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside. The Navigator Concept is engineered to provide drivers peace of mind. It features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine delivering more than 400 horsepower and smart new technologies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on different road surfaces and in changing weather conditions. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen - See more at: https://media.lincoln.com/content/lincolnmedia/lna/us/en/multimedia.lincoln-auto-products:concepts~navigator-concept.html#sthash.OUmCkAF2.dpuf

NEW YORK, March 23, 2016 — €“Mark Fields, President and CEO, Ford Motor Co. reveals the Navigator Concept, introducing quiet luxury to full-size SUVs and offering a glimpse at what comes next for the brand’s best-known nameplate. Lincoln invented the large luxury SUV in 1997, and now is reimagining Navigator for modern clients interested in better performance, more space and further refinement. Lincoln’€™s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside. The Navigator Concept is engineered to provide drivers peace of mind. It features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine delivering more than 400 horsepower and smart new technologies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on different road surfaces and in changing weather conditions. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen – See more at: https://media.lincoln.com/content/lincolnmedia/lna/us/en/multimedia.lincoln-auto-products:concepts~navigator-concept.html#sthash.OUmCkAF2.dpuf

By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

So I’m watching the news coverage of the New York Auto Show, and there’s the unveiling of the New Lincoln Navigator Concept. All I can say is: It’s about time Lincoln.

Once again Lincoln appears to be going after the Cadillac Escalade, and this time, if production schedules are in place, this should be an interesting offering. What I could see had that “wow” factor that I’ve been looking for. The pillowed interior, and the cascading running boards, had a nice classy retro feel. The grille, complementary to the new Lincoln Continental is part of the new iconography for Lincoln.

This SUV comes at a time where large luxury SUV’s losing a little popularity and while the new Cadillac Escalade isn’t as visually moving as it used to be. The rivalry between the two brands have been going on for about 20 years. The Navigator striking the first blow in the large SUV market and Cadillac was try to convert a GMC Yukon into an Escalade in the late 90’s. At the beginning of the new millennium, Cadillac finally pulled Lincoln’s number due to the long product cycle of the Navigator and bad designs. Cadillac gained and also enjoyed popularity due to the unintended advertising it received through celebrity sightings and mentions in popular music. No one was or is rapping about driving Navigators. Maybe after this reveal in New York, somebody just might have something to rap about.

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Hometown girl hits the brakes in Columbus to check out the auto show

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2016 Columbus International Auto Show is all about cars, trucks, fun attractions and — motorcycles?

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Frank Lark, VP of Marketing, Iron Pony Motorsports, next to the Polaris Slingshot at the 2016 Columbus International Auto Show.

March 17, 2016

By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

Back in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio to see the annual Columbus International Auto Show, and instead of car watching, I’m gawking at motorcycles.

This is the local (Westerville) Iron Pony Motorsports’ sixth year on the show floor and they’re getting lots of Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 12.53.29 PMattention. For 2016, Frank Lark, VP of Marketing for Iron Pony, brought in for show-n-tell this three-wheel badass, the Polaris Slingshot, with a 2.3-liter DOHC engine and weighing in at only 1,700 lbs. It’s equipped with a back up camera and heated seats.

If you don’t want to drop the $21,999, you can rent the Slingshot for a day for less. It’s street legal, but not part of the ride and drive experiences at the show. Sorry.

The Columbus International Auto Show opens today, St. Patrick’s Day, and runs through Sunday, March 20.

Thanks, Frank!

2016 Columbus International Auto Show to offer new Ride & Drive experiences, giveaways, a design contest and lots of hot new cars and trucks

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Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 12.53.29 PMLast year automakers sold more than 17.4 million vehicles – surpassing the record set in 2000 – and the Columbus Automobile Dealers Association is hoping for another record year as consumers check out the newest rides at the 2016 Columbus International Auto Show, March 17-20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The annual event, sponsored by Huntington Bank, will feature the newest domestic and imports, three exciting ‘Ride & Drive’ experiences, a unique student design competition, a Honda Civic giveaway, and engaging attractions for the whole family.

Subura Ride & Drive Event is new to the Columbus International Auto Show

Subura Ride & Drive Event is new to the Columbus International Auto Show

Show-goers will have the chance to get behind the wheel at the Subaru “Love Spring” Ride & Drive and the Toyota Drive Center, where guests can choose from five Subaru and five Toyota models to take for a test drive through downtown Columbus. Toyota will feature the Camry, all-new next generation 2016 Prius, 2016 RAV4, the redesigned 2016 Tacoma, and Tundra. Subaru plans to showcase its new 2016 Subaru Outback, Legacy, Forester, Crosstrek, and Impreza. Both Ride & Drives are new to the Columbus show. In addition, the popular RAM Truck Experience will once again take passengers on an indoor obstacle course that includes suspension from the RAM “mountain.”

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Chevy reveals all-new 2017 Corvette at the Geneva International Motor Show

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Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter introduces the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. Like the Corvette C7.R race car, the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package and a naturally aspirated engine. The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the U.S. and in the fall in Europe. (Photo by Thorsten Weigl for Chevrolet)

Auto Show Global (March 1, 2016)

Chevrolet revealed the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva International Motor Show today in Geneva, Switzerland. On the scene was Oliver Gavin, driver of the #4 Chevrolet Corvette Racing C7.R and Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, who introduce the new performance vehicle to the world.

“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”

The Grand Sport Collector Edition features an exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes and black wheels. the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.

Here’s the official press release from the manufacturer:

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Burn rubber in Ohio at the 2016 Cleveland Auto Show — opens to public on Saturday

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By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

February 26, 2016

Say you live in Ohio and you want to test drive a lot of cars and trucks all at one time but you don’t want to drive around town burning up your precious fuel — even with the low gas prices.

Well here’s a hack — go to the 2016 Cleveland Auto Show.

One of the biggest “new car” shows in Ohio, each year the manufacturers not only bring the hottest new products just revealed in Detroit and Chicago and put them on display, they also bring this year’s cars for show goers to drive and drive and drive.

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Floor plan of the 2016 Cleveland Auto Show

Again this year, Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Subaru, Mazda and Toyota, as well as all of FCA, including Ram, Dodge, Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep, will have their 2016 cars and trucks lined up around the IX Center in Cleveland, Ohio with product specialists ready to hand you the keys.

Once you’re done burning up their fuel around town, go on to the floor and see the new 2017s and the concepts, like some of our favorites — the Acura Precision Concept, Lincoln Continental, Chrysler Pacifica, Cadillac XT5, Mercedes SLC300, and Lexus LC 500 — just to name a few. You can also hit the Jeep and Ram inside test tracks. The Jeep track has been updated with new, more extreme conditions for the off-road simulation course. Our team had a chance to experience the updated course at the Chicago Auto Show in both the 2016 Renegade and Wrangler Rubicon.

The show runs from Feb. 27 – March 6. Cost for adults is $13.00. Pre-teen and senior are  $11.00, and kids are free. Go to http://www.clevelandautoshow.com for more information about the show.