CLEVELAND -- If you’re in the market for a car, truck or SUV or just like looking at what the automotive industry has to offer for this year and beyond, the Cleveland Auto Show is the place to be.
Ford, Chevy, Chrysler, Hyundai, Toyota, you name it, they have it at the Cleveland Auto Show. Everything from this year’s models to what the future of the automotive world holds.
“You’ll see a lot of different concept cars, pre-production cars, a lot of good product that is going to be hitting the showrooms in a year or two that are at the show that you can see,” said Lou Vitantonio President of the Cleveland Auto Show.
Included in the 750 new vehicles on display here at the Auto Show, an increase in the number of Sport Utility Vehicles.
“The resurgence of the SUVs, some of the larger models have become very popular because of gas prices,” Vitantonio said.
On Friday, Ford announced that the Ford Cleveland Engine Plant will begin production of the new Twin-Scroll 2.0 Liter Eco Boost ad 2.3 Liter Eco Boost Engines, marking the first time these engines are being produced in the U.S.
“There is no doubt the eco-boost has changed the driving experience giving customers greater power of choice regarding the fuel efficiency vehicle that best fits their needs, in changing the perception of Ford, one engine at a time,” said Kevin Bicking, Director of Ford's North American Engine Operations.
The new and improved Chevrolet Colorado is making its North America Auto Show debut at the I-X Center. The Colorado is the most capable, most versatile and most technologically advanced midsize truck in the market.
“Cleveland is a really important market for us because at Chevrolet we have several products that are built in the area and the door panels on this truck are actually stamped here so to give back to the community and to show our appreciation for all the hard work that they have done creating this game changing vehicle,” said Tony Johnson, Chevy Colorado Marketing Manager.
There is plenty of Northeast Ohio flavor at this year’s Auto Show including The Chrysler 300, an automotive icon. The design of the car is the work of Brandon Faurote, the head of Chrysler Brand Design; he was born in Canton and grew up in Bath Township.
“A new design that we put a lot of heart and soul into and developed a new front end with a really bold character,” said Brandon Faurote, head of Chrysler Brand Design.
WHAT TO KNOW:
- The Auto Show officially begins today and runs through March 15
- The show is open to the public from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Adult tickets are $13; kids 7-12 and seniors over 62 are $11. Children under the age of six are free. Parking is also free.
- Tickets can be purchased in advance or the day you choose to attend.
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