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. □