What to look for at this year's Auto Show

  • Updated: March 10, 2014 - 10:20 AM

The 41st Twin Cities Auto Show (twincitiesautoshow.com) started Friday, March 8 and runs through Sunday, March 16 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We asked Scott Lambert (pictured), Executive Vice President of the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association and the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association, which produces the Show, what to look for.

Q: What’s new at the Show this year?

A: The Show itself is bigger, as the factory displays grew. Also we moved our popular Green Room to a larger room to accommodate the growing demand to show hybrids, electric and diesel vehicles.

Q: What else have you got going on, apart from the cars?

A: A few celebrities will be showing up including players from the Minnesota Wild, and an appearance from one of the stars of the Disney Channel, Laura Marano. We’ve also placed food trucks in the Food and Fun area. Finally, we are very pleased to see the return of Camp Jeep.

Q: Should I bring the kids?

A: We work hard to make this a family friendly Show. You’ll find a big presence from Radio Disney. And finally our Food and Fun area will be full of kids’ activities including face painting, kids tattoos and some music.

Q: Will I be able to take a test drive?

A: Yes, Scion is offering Ride and Drives every day of the Show and Mazda will be conducting Ride and Drives the last weekend of the Show. Also, don’t pass by the opportunity to take a ride in Camp Jeep.


Q: How many dealers are participating this year?

A: Every new car and truck manufacturer that is represented by a franchised new car dealer is on the Show floor.

Q: What do you personally look forward to?

A: I enjoy the Friday afternoon right before the Show opens. The cars come pouring into the Show floor and get all shined up for the Saturday opening. It’s an exciting time. □

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    Saturdays: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Sundays: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Monday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

    Tuesday: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

    Wednesday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Thursday: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

    Friday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Buy tickets online at twincitiesauto.show.com


    Food & Fun will have food trucks (Tot Boss, Seven Restaurant & Brew Pub Pizza), a bar station, photo booth, music and much more.

    Minnesota Wild players meet and greet. Visit the Toyota display to meet Ryan Suter, Keith Ballard and Matt Cooke. Suter will be signing autographs Wednesday, March 12 from 3-4 p.m. and Ballard will be there with Cooke Friday, March 14 from 3-4 p.m.

    Radio Disney. An interactive, hands-on experience for children and their families, including DJ music, dancing, games, contests and prizes. Join Radio Disney and Disney Channel star Laura Marano from the show “Austin and Ally” on March 15 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. She will be signing autographs for the first 200 guests.

    iHeartRadio Listening Lounge. Located in the Food & Fun area. Live broadcasts with on-air radio personalities from Cities 97, K102, KFAN, KOOL 108 and NewsTalk.

    Goodwill. Bring items to the Show such as household goods, clothing, and coats for Goodwill and receive $2 off admission. (No food products.)

    Camp Jeep. Get a 4WD-off road adrenaline rush, from right inside the Show’s main hall. This is NOT a simulator — it’s the real thing.

    The Green Room returns this year, showcasing the latest in green automotive technology.

    Luxury Lane. Over $1 million worth of luxury vehicles in one room.

    Ride and Drives are being offered by Scion and Mazda.

    Child Seat Check. A complimentary drive-up child seat check from accredited safety experts will be on the Grant Street side of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Each child seat check gets one free ticket to the Show. Checks are each Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Job Fair. Find your new career at the only auto industry job fair in Minnesota. Friday, March 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on the Upper Level of Lobby C. Admittance to the Auto Show is not a requirement to participate.

    Classic Cars. See some of the best next to the Camp Jeep in Hall B.

    Race and Dragsters. The Sports Car Club of America and the Gopher State Timing Association are racing to the Auto Show with their sport racers and drag machines.

    Source: twincitiesautoshow.com

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