Information about this years Cleveland Auto Show
Cleveland, OH (February 22, 2012)—If you’re seriously in the market for a vehicle, a visit to the Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com, can help in selecting the vehicle that is right for you. Cleveland Auto Show management just announced the dates, times and vehicles that are expected to be at the Cleveland Auto Show this year.
The 2012 Cleveland Auto Show will host more than seven Ride-N-Drive events with access to more than 11 major brands at this year’s show. Among the brands offering Ride-N-Drive events at this year’s 2012 Cleveland Auto Show are Buick, Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, GMC, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru and Toyota.
In addition, one of the show’s most popular indoor ride attractions, Camp Jeep, will be back this year. This indoor event, hosted by skilled Jeep drivers, allows show attendees to experience the trail-rated capabilities of Jeep vehicles.
The course traverses a number of obstacles, showing capabilities such as vehicle articulation, ground clearance, maneuverability and traction. While on the course, riders will learn how to negotiate off-road challenges such as steep grades, rocky trails and log crossings.
“Interactive Ride-N-Drives offer show attendees the opportunity to actually get behind the wheel and experience the vehicle on the road,” said Brian O’Donnell, president of the Valley Automotive Group and chairman of the 2012 Cleveland Auto Show. “There is simply no better way to see if a car suits your needs than actually taking it out on the road.”
The large size of the I-X Center, home of the Cleveland Auto Show, makes it possible to easily host multiple outdoor Ride-N-Drives. Other cities simply don’t have a facility that can accommodate as many events.
Many of the brands offering Ride-N-Drives are bringing multiple vehicles to the events. Chevrolet Buick and GMC have combined to offer a Ride-N-Drive called “Experience the Drive.” The event runs from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26. While closed during weekdays, the “Experience the Drive” reopens on Friday, March 2 and runs through Sunday, March 4, with hours once again from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. The entrance is located on the North wall of the I-X Center.
Chevy will offer the chance to drive the Camaro, Cruze, Malbu, Equinox, Traverse, Silverado, Volt and Sonic. Buick will have its Regal, LaCrosse, Enclave and new Verano on hand, while GMC is bringing the Terrain Acadia and Sierra.
Chrysler’s Ride-N-Drive event is also open on the weekends, running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, and re-opening on Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4. Hours are from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. Head to the entrance on the I-X Center’s North wall.
Here you will be able to drive the Chrysler 200, 300, Town & Country. Dodge will have its Challenger, Charger, Durango, Journey and Ram 1500. If you’re a Jeep fan, you can test drive the Compass, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler. Fiat will have its 500 for those looking for something small and sporty.
Kia’s Ride-N-Drive event is open all show days. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26; and Monday through Thursday from noon through 6:30 p.m. Next Friday, March 2 and through the end of the show, the Kia Ride-N-Drive opens at 11 a.m. and runs through 6:30 p.m. This Ride –N-Drive is located on the I-X Center’s East Wall. Among the cars offered are the new Kia Optima SX, the Optima Hybrid, the Kia Soul and the new Kia Rio.
Hyundai’s Ride-N-Drive event runs every day of the Show from noon to 6 p.m. It’s located on the East wall of the I-X Center. Vehicles on hand include the Sonata, Elantra, Tucson, Veloster and Genesis.
Subaru’s event takes place every day of the show from 11 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. Subaru will have its Outback, Forester, Impreza four-door and Impreza five-door available for Ride-N-Drive on the I-X Center’s East wall.
Toyota’s Ride-N-Drive is also open all week, starting today at 11 a.m. and running through 7 p.m. Located on the I-X Center North wall, it will be open those identical hours every day of the show, offering test drives of the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Prius, Prius v, RAV4 and Tundra.
Vehicles are subject to change, and may not be available at your time of visit. Check with www.clevelandautoshow.com for the latest updates.
The Cleveland Auto Show runs from Saturday, February 25 through Sunday March 4 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10.50 for seniors and preteens. Children six and under get in free. Parking is free for the duration of the Show, courtesy of your franchised new motor vehicle dealers.
The Cleveland Auto Show is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you would like more information on the Cleveland Auto Show, or if you would like to purchase e-tickets on line with no additional charge courtesy of Huntington Bank, head to www.clevelandautoshow.com, and click on “Buy Tickets”.
About the Cleveland Auto Show
The Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com, marks the start of the spring selling season in Northeast Ohio. Featuring concept, pre- production and production vehicles from the world’s auto manufacturers, the show is held annually at the I-X Center with nearly 1.2 million square feet of exhibits. The Show also features an array of entertainment including sports celebrity appearances from the Browns, Cavs and OSU and NASCAR. The Cleveland Auto Show is a consumer show and a favorite family tradition since 1903.