Do you love checking out what’s new in the auto industry?
Are you in the market for a new vehicle?
You will definitely want to see what is new at the 2016 Cincinnati Auto Expo!
This is a great way to compare a lot of vehicles in one location.
The Cincinnati Auto Expo presented by Enquirer Media & Cars.com returns to Duke Energy Convention Center February 17-21, 2016. Brought to you by the Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association (GCADA), more than 400 new vehicles will be represented by 35 manufacturers on the show floor.
The only annual automotive industry event in Greater Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Auto Expo displays the latest model cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers, hybrids and vans available on the market today. Dealers and manufacturers will highlight 2016 models as well as limited edition and pre-production vehicles for 2017 and beyond.
New for 2016! Visitors will have the opportunity to Ride n’ Drive select Ford and Toyota makes and models while at the Expo. Sign-up booths will be marked on the show floor for visitors to register to test drive select vehicles on downtown streets surrounding Duke Energy Convention Center. There is no additional charge to Ride n’ Drive.
In addition, Dream Machine Boulevard (located in the lobby) adds a new element of elegance and style. This section will feature rare and exotic vehicle offerings from Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes and Porsche.
“We wanted to bring some new experiences to the 2016 Cincinnati Auto Expo,” said Charlie Howard, executive vice president of the Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association. “Dream Machine Boulevard will display a group of vehicles that would be on anyone’s wish list and the Ride ’n Drive feature offers visitors yet another way to evaluate and compare vehicles.”
Family Fun. Enjoy a sneak peek of the Expo with $1 admission, $1 hot dogs and soft drinks, and $3 domestic beers at the“Rev it Up!” Preview Party on Wednesday, February 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will benefit the Child Passenger Safety Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In 2015, the GCADA presented a $30,000 check to the program which helped purchase more than 850 car seats for in-need families in the Greater Cincinnati region.
The Expo isn’t just for mom and dad. In its third year, the Safe Travel Family Zone will feature family-friendly activities and educational opportunities for children and their parents. Grab a Safe Travel for Kids Passport when you arrive and cruise the show floor to discover six “passport” locations where children can learn more about child passenger safety and earn a special prize. A custom yellow Dragonfly Foundation fire truck from The Stonelick Township Fire Department will highlight the passport route. Children are invited to meet firefighters, climb on-board and learn about fire safety.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the show’s charity partner, will promote its Child Passenger Safety Program with child car seat safety demonstrations and activities for children in the main lobby of Duke Energy Convention Center. Be sure to stop by their booth for your chance to enter to win one of four EvenFlo car seats to be given away during the Expo.
Auto Industry News and Projections. According to National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA) forecasts, U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks will set an all-time record at 17.7 million in 2016. If so, it will be the seventh consecutive year of auto sales growth.
In 2015, a record 17.47 million new light vehicles were retailed, up 5.8 percent from 2014, according to WardsAuto. The average transaction price of a new car and light truck was $33,269 in 2015, according to NADA.
“The auto industry has seen a consistent upswing in sales since 2010,” added Howard. “Lower gas prices, advances in connected-driving technologies and interest rates remaining at historical lows for new vehicles are driving sales projections for 2016. The market is poised for another great year.”
Vehicle specialists and representatives will be on-site at the Expo to answer visitors’ questions and provide comprehensive information about new model features, innovation and technology on display. Vintage car dealers, insurance agencies and other industry-related companies will also be on-site.
Official show dates and times are as follows:
- Wednesday, February 17: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Thursday, February 18: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Friday, February 19: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Saturday, February 20: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Sunday, February 21: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission for adults is $11 (Save $3 by buying a ticket at Cincinnati-area Kroger stores.). Children age 12 and under are free with a paying adult. From 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (Feb. 18 and 19), adults can buy two tickets for the price of one onsite.
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Disclosure: I received tickets for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own.