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News Release: Ohio Innovation on Display at the Cleveland Auto Show
February 15, 2013

News Release: Ohio Innovation on Display at the Cleveland Auto Show

 

NEWS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Sara Panza
Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association
440.746.1500
 
 
Ohio Innovation on Display at
The Cleveland Auto Show
 
 
Cleveland, OH (February 15, 2013) – If you’d like to see a product of Ohio’s automotive research and design expertise, head to the Acura booth at the Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com. The brand new Acura MDX Prototype, a creation of Honda R&D America’s facility in Raymond, OH, is coming to the 2013 Cleveland Auto Show.
 
It’s just one of the many pre-production vehicles on display this year.
 
“This is yet another example of a pre-production vehicle at the Cleveland Auto Show that the public will soon be able to buy,” said Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the 2013 Cleveland auto Show. “What’s even more significant is that it was designed right here in Ohio.”
 
Making its Ohio auto show debut, the 2014 Acura MDX Prototype offers a strong indication of the styling and design direction for the third generation of the popular, seven passenger Acura MDX performance luxury SUV that is expected to launch in mid-2013 in both all-wheel drive and front wheel drive layouts.
 
“Our goal is to advance on MDX’s already great dynamic performance while improving fuel economy and luxury comfort,” said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations for Honda. “Building on the great momentum we established in 2012 with the launch this year of our flagship RLX, followed later this year by a terrific new luxury SUV in MDX we are very excited about the direction of the Acura brand. And we are truly looking forward to a great 2013.”
 
The “Aero Sculpture” styling of the 2014 MDX Prototype pursues the direction of a smart, compact and premium appearance with low, wide and sleek proportions; a clean, efficient and uncluttered design; and elegant, premium detailing, including the signature Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights. This “aero” image also reflects significant gains in aerodynamic efficiency, up 16 percent compared to the outgoing 2013 MDX, achieved through extensive testing in Honda R&D America’s new wind-tunnel laboratory in Raymond, OH.
 
The 2014 MDX Prototype’s sculpted exterior and arcing roofline is 1.5-inches lower than the outgoing model, but it encases what will be an even more spacious and versatile cabin compared to the outgoing 2013 MDX. The 2014 MDX Prototype features a longer wheelbase that enhances ride quality, increases second-row legroom, and improves third-row seat access.
 
You can find out more about the new 2014 Acura MDX Prototype at the company’s booth during the Cleveland Auto Show, which runs from Saturday, Feb. 23 through Sunday March 3 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.
 
The Acura MDX Prototype is just one of several new concept/pre-production vehicles being shown at the Cleveland Auto Show this year. There are also more than 1,000 brand new models on the show floor as well. In addition to all the vehicles on the Show floor, the Cleveland Auto Show also offers a full slate of entertainment for the entire family. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
 
Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10.50 for seniors and pre-teens. Children six and under get in free. Parking is free for the duration of the show, courtesy of your franchised new motor vehicle dealers.
 
If you would like more information on the Cleveland Auto Show, or if you would like to purchase e-tickets online with no convenience 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, OSU and NASCAR. The Cleveland Auto Show is a consumer show and a favorite family tradition since 1903.  
 
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 250 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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