Sports Cars Make Splash at Auto Show

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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Auto Show has something for everyone:  fuel-efficient cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and yes, even sports cars.

If you have the need for speed and you have a few bucks in your pocket, the Maserati might be for you.

"These cars evoke so much passion," said Eric Gorham, general sales manager of Maserati Cleveland.

You won't confuse a Maserati for just any car.

"The appearance the style, they are both sexy looking cars, very modern styling," said auto-enthusiast Dennis Dickey of Akron.

From the exterior to the interior, the Maseratis have it all.

"The use of premium leather, premium woods, really a personalized vehicle and people are really, really excited about it," added Gorham.

"If you get out of one of those cars, people notice," said spectator Dennis White of Middleburg Heights.

The new Maseratis were made to be more fuel-efficient despite a V8 engine and plenty of horsepower.

"The use of light weight materials really enhances the fuel economy," Gorham said.

If a sports car isn't your thing but you like to drive something sporty, perhaps the Range Rover Evoque will catch your interest.

It's a crossover that is getting rave reviews.

"The Car and Driver Sport Utility of the Year, Motor Trend Car of the Year, North America Auto Show Sport Utility of the Year," said Gorham.

The Evoque may look like a Range Rover but it has upscale features, like the all-glass moon roof and it's more city friendly.

"It's for somebody conscientious about the environment," Gorham said.  "But also wants the fun, the all-wheel drive."

The car was launched as two distinct models, the five-door Evoque and the three-door Evoque Coupe.

Each model is available in three different grades:  Pure, Prestige and Dynamic.

"It's got a sporty look to it, it kind of has a combination, it has an SUV, it has a car, it's sporty car, too.  It's everything wrapped up into one," said Matt Taylor of Akron.

"The Evoque is completely ground up technology and this is the direction we are going with with Land Rover," said Gorham.

You can check out the Maseratis and the Range Rover all week at the Auto Show.

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. each day and close at 10:00 p.m.

On Sunday, the Auto Show runs from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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