Need to Know for the Auto Show
The Twin Cities Auto Show will roar to life Saturday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The annual week-long show, presented by Speedway and produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota Inc., is the biggest consumer show in the upper Midwest. And attendance for this year is expected to be up by 30 percent based on presale numbers, GMADA president Scott Lambert said. Trucks are a huge focus for this year’s show, reflecting the 82 percent of Minnesota’s new car sales that are light trucks.
“Besides trucks, we’ve got one of the hottest cars on the planet on display here,” he said. “We have a mid-engined Corvette, and sports car fans and Corvette aficionados will know that this is a big big deal for General Motors to release this vehicle. And there’s only a few of them around in the country.”
The new Mustang Mach-E, a crossover electric Mustang, will also be on display.
“That’s a little more controversial, Mustang fans are not happy they turned that into an electric vehicle,” Lambert said.
More auto show highlights:
- More than 600 vehicles are featured.
- More than 35 domestic and imported brands are gathered in one place.
- Two indoor test tracks are on site for comparing vehicle capabilities-–only a couple other shows in the country have two.
- Camp Jeep’s 30,000 square foot obstacle course includes an 18-foot indoor “mountain.”
- The new RAM Truck Territory 30,000 interactive ride features a 13-foot tall “mountain.”
- The new Truck Country area features pickups, SUVs, and crossovers.
- More than $2 million woth of luxury vehicles are showcased.
- The Custom Garage presents the opportunity to explore vehicle personalization.
- Find a new furry family member for that new vehicle at the shelter pet adoption events.
- Test drive more than two dozen vehicles on the street in the Ride & Drive segment.
- About half the attendees are in the market to buy.
“The beauty of the auto show is that you can come down, and if you’re looking for an SUV, you don’t have to run all over town looking at different manufacturers of SUVs. You can simply go from one booth to the next, and do all the comparisons right here on the show floor,” Lambert said.
The auto show runs from March 7-15, and tickets for adults are $12 or $10 in advance online, youth tickets are $6, and children 10 and under are free. Hours and promotions are different each day, so check the website for more details.