Cleveland Auto Show kicks off Friday evening

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CLEVELAND (WJW)-- The Cleveland Auto Show officially opens its doors Friday night at the I-XCenter.

“We use over 600,000 square feet of this building, We have over 850 new vehicles on display," said Lou Vitantonio, president of the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association.

It’s hard to miss the 2021 Chrysler Pacificia. It sets a new standard in the class by delivering all-wheel drive combined with class-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating with 97 safety features, more than any other vehicle in the industry.

“We’ve taken the vehicle to the next level," said Brian Swanson, chief engineer of the Chrysler Pacifica. "We have 97 standard safety features on the car, 116 safety and security features on the Pacifica, we have the industry leader for standard safety features on the vehicle and we are really proud of that.”

There are at least five manufacturers that have brought hybrid vehicles to the auto show. That includes Ford, which for the first time in 55 years, is bringing the Mustang into the electric age with the Mustang Mach-E.

“There is true DNA under this hood, under the foot, in your hands for the driving dynamics. It’s fast, it’s fun, and the best thing about it, because it has a 300-mile range battery, there is freedom," said Lisa Teed, Ford Mach-E brand manager.

When it comes to SUVs, Toyota is sporting its all-new 2020 Highlander, one of their top SUVs.  This year’s model has a new sophisticated look.

“The best thing I like about this vehicle, it’s built on the new Toyota Global Architecture, which really allows our vehicles to have a greater capability, greater comfort level and what’s important to me, a greater sense of safety," said Dante Wyatt, the district manager of Toyota.

The event also features the indoor ride attractions Camp Jeep and the Ram test track, as well as six outdoor ride and drives. There are dozens of classic cars in the South Hall, plus Millionaire's Row with the latest Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Bentley models. The celebrity cars include KITT from "Knight Rider" and the Delorean from "Back to the Future."

The Cleveland Auto Show kicks off the spring selling season here in Northeast Ohio and with close to 900 vehicles on display there is certainly something for everyone. 

The show runs until March 1. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on opening Friday, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $12 for children 7 to 12, and kids 6 and under are free.

More information on the Cleveland Auto Show here

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