Auto Show: Test Drives Mean Local Sales

Posted on: 5:30 pm, February 28, 2013, by

CLEVELAND — There are more “ride and drives” at the Greater Cleveland Auto Show than any other show in America.  That’s probably why more people head straight to the dealership and buy new cars from Cleveland as well.

“We have 13 brands that are offering you the ability to go outside the I-X Center and take a test drive of the vehicle in the Cleveland weather,” said Lou Vitantonio, President of the Cleveland Auto Show.  “You actually leave the I-X Center and go up and down 237, into the Metroparks.”

There are more than 60 models to choose from including the indoor Jeep Adventure interactive exhibit.

You ride along with the Jeep experts as they’ll take you straight up an 18-foot hill, then straight down and show you the automatic hill descend feature.

It’s cool.  The Jeep I rode in was the 2013 Jeep Rubicon.  It has a 3.6 Liter motor, 285 HP and 260 lbs. of torque.

It’ll set you back around $32,000 — but you’ll never have problems with potholes in Northeast Ohio.

Nina Rogers, of Strongsville, took a drive in a Toyota.

“I thought it was a great experience to be able to drive a car I’m thinking about buying.  As well as get to see many models and the Toyotas,” she said.

The test drives are free, as is the parking at the Auto Show.

The show ends on Sunday, so hurry up and get out there and sign up for the car giveaway.  It’s free too!  That happens Sunday at 4:30.

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