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News Release: New Production Vehicles Make Debuts At The Cleveland Auto Show
February 22, 2011

News Release: New Production Vehicles Make Debuts At The Cleveland Auto Show


NEWS RELEASE           
Sara Panza                                                                                             
Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association                                                                           
New Production Vehicles Make Debuts
At The Cleveland Auto Show
Cleveland, OH (February 22, 2011)—If you’re seriously in the market for a new vehicle, there is no better place to shop than the upcoming Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com. The Cleveland Auto Show is the one place where you can see virtually all makes and models of vehicles all under one roof, and this year is no exception.
“With more than 1,000 vehicles on display, the Cleveland Auto Show is really a one-stop place to shop,” says Bill Burke, chairman of the Cleveland Auto Show. “This year, we’re expecting more new production vehicles than ever before, including the brand new Chrysler 200, the Car of the Show.”
The completely redesigned Dodge Durango is the Truck of the Show, one of 16 brand new models in the revamped Chrysler lineup. Of course, if you want to see the latest in new vehicle technology, stop by Chevrolet’s booth to see the new 2011 Volt or Nissan’s display to see the brand new all-electric Leaf.
If you like the functionality of a minivan, but are looking for something that gets a little better fuel economy and is a little more stylish, visit the Ford display where you’ll get a look at the all-new seven-seat C-Max mini/utility van. There will be three distinct models in the C-Max lineup, including the electric C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrid, which are expected next year.
The totally redesigned Passat leads Volkswagen’s new offerings at the Show. Unveiled at last month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, this updated version of Volkswagen’s popular sedan is much larger than its predecessor. VW is billing the new sedan as “the only midsized German sedan that offers superior German engineering at an accessible price.” Arriving in dealerships later this year, the new 2012 Passat is expected to carry a price tag in the $20,000 range. And while it was designed in Germany, it will be built in the U.S. at the company’s new Chattanooga, TN plant.
General Motors is bringing new vehicles in each of its brands, including the new Buick Verano, a compact sedan that represents the brand’s third all new sedan in three years. Buick will also be showing off its new LaCrosse with something the company calls its new eAssist technology.
Fans of the Buick Regal will be happy to hear that the new Regal GS will be at the Show as well. This sporty new edition of the redesigned Regal has a new front fascia that makes the car look, “just a whole lot more aggressive,” according to Ralph Wilson, operating partner of Classic Buick GMC in Painesville.
Powered by a high-output, exclusive Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the GS delivers an estimated 255 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque for a 0-60 mph performance of less than seven seconds, according to company estimates. Buick’s Interactive Drive Control System is standard on the GS, allowing drivers to customize the driving experience by changing the suspension settings and steering sensitivity between three modes: standard, sport and GS.
GMC will have its new Sierra All Terrain HD Concept at the show, with Cleveland being just one of the few shows that will be able to put the vehicle on display. In addition to the production version of the Volt, Chevy will feature its American Pride, Bumblebee and Convertible Camaros as well as the Cruze Eco, Sonic, and Stingray Concept. Cadillac will have its sporty new CTS-V Coupe and CTS-V Sport Wagon.
Those are just a few of the more than 1,000 new production and concept vehicles expected to this year’s Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com. The Show opens its doors to the public on Saturday, February 26 and runs through Sunday March 6.
If you’d like to see some more vehicles expected at this year’s show, click on to www.clevelandautoshow.com. In addition to the new vehicles you’ll see under the “Vehicle Galleries” heading, you’ll also find a lot of information about the show, including a listing of special events and celebrity appearances. You can also buy tickets on line, courtesy of Huntington Bank. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and pre-teens. Parking is always free at the Cleveland Auto Show, courtesy of your Northern Ohio new motor vehicle dealers.
About the Cleveland Auto Show 
The Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com, marks the start of the spring selling season in Northeast Ohio. This year’s show runs from February 26th through March 6th, 2011. 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, with free parking compliments of your new motor vehicle dealer. 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. Buy tickets online at www.clevelandautoshow.com.
About the GCADA  
The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association (GCADA) has served the retail-automobile industry and community with integrity and distinction since 1903. Today, located in Brecksville, Ohio, GCADA represents 240 franchised motor vehicle dealers, which includes new-car, truck, motorcycle and RV dealers in a 21-county region of northern Ohio along the Lake Erie shore and beyond.  More information on the GCADA can be found at www.gcada.org.
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