REVIEW | The Twin Cities 40th Auto Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center: Spring and cars are in the air


Now that we are in March, Spring fever has set in for many of us and the thought of driving a new vehicle this Summer is exciting. The Twin Cities happens to host one of the biggest auto shows in the country and this year marks its 40th year in action. Having more than 450 vehicles under one roof at the convention center is a far more enjoyable experience then driving around to car lots and it’s probably even easier than trying to do a thorough search and comparison online. The show covers approximately 400,000 square feet and there is a lot to see considering every manufacturer selling vehicles in Minnesota is represented.

This year’s Official Auto Show Vehicle is the Audi A4 and they have a nice selection of vehicles to see from their whole line. Ford is excited to show the innovation in technology and fuel efficiency (40 mgp) in their 2014 Fiesta. Scion is offering the Live Drive program allowing participants to take vehicles out on the road for an actual test drive. You can even keep the driving experience inside at Camp Jeep, where they have assembled a unique and thrilling ride-along test track to fully experience the vehicle capabilities and learn some driving safety tips. Mitsubishi is unveiling their first production 311RS Evolution X, built on the foundation of Minnesota native Ryan Gates’ motorsport program. There are three additional exhibit halls featuring a Biodiesel Green Room (clean diesel, electric and hybrid technology), a luxury car room and a product vendor market.

There is also entertainment beyond the vehicles including a nice variety of live music entertainment at numerous times during the event and a kids entertainment stage including free airbrush tattoos and face painting.


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