Cleveland Auto Show, 2007
On February 27th, 2007 the Stylin’ Trucks Truck Show Team attended the Cleveland Auto Show and had a blast.
If you’ve never been to any of the major auto shows around the country, then you are surely missing out. The Cleveland Auto Show is no exception.Concept vehicles? Check.
Shiny new cars and trucks? Check.
Today, the Cleveland Auto Show is held in the I-X Center, a 900,000 sq. ft. facility that started life back in 1942 as the Cleveland Bomber Plant. So a building that was once used to build vehicles of destruction is now used to showcase vehicles of inspiration. How pleasant.
Unlike the Chicago Auto Show and the NAIAS, which are media shows, the Cleveland Auto Show is a full-on SUV-in-the-parking-lot, bring-the-wife-and-kids, don’t-forget-the-stroller, “Hey, Honey, check this out,” consumer-type of show.
Average Joe? This is the show for you. Love that new-car smell? This is the show for you. Want a chance to sample all of the domestic (and some non-domestic) vehicles produced? This is the show for you.
They also each have tons of floor space with lots of cars and trucks on display. Some vehicles are on the show floor while some are up on well designed stages and platforms. The cars and trucks on the show floor are obviously there for you to look at, touch, get into and check out. The vehicles up on stages and platforms are usually only on display and not for you to touch or get into, but there are great presentations.
I don’t know the schedule, and it’s not posted anywhere, but every once in a while people will go up on the various stages and do presentations about such and such vehicle. And each manufacturer has their own set of mini stages and presentation areas. So anywhere you go you will most likely get a chance to see a new vehicle presentation.
It doesn’t matter if someone is talking about the newest technology used to power the Chevy Volt concept, or giving a presentation on the high-points of the Chevrolet Silverado line of trucks. They’re all very informative and interesting.
Aside from the special guests that we missed, the auto show had three other events that we did get to see: A Classic Car Show in the basement, the Cleveland Dodge Dealer’s Test Track, and the Jeep Off-Road Experience.
Classic Car Show
Dodge Test Drive
Was it awesome? Yes. Would I do it again? Yes. If I had the money, would I now be in the market for a Dodge Charger SRT8? You bet I would. Would I like a Dodge representative to loan me one for an extended test drive? Of course.
Jeep Test Drive
Anyways, so you stand in line outside the barriers and wait your turn. When you get to the head of the line, you are ushered to a waiting Jeep vehicle for a nice, off-road test drive. They had quite a few Jeeps available and I may not remember them all, but there was a Grand Cherokee, a few Wrangler Rubicons, some new four door Wranglers and maybe a Liberty or two.
Let me tell you, if I was in the market for a Dodge or Jeep vehicle, these exhibits would have sold me. Feeling the full onslaught of the Dodge Charger’s impressive acceleration and braking really brought that car out of the magazine pages and into reality. Having never thought about buying a Jeep, I could now see myself fording streams and climbing over hill and dale in pursuit of happiness. Thanks, Dodge and Jeep, you done well.
Check back for Cleveland Auto Show, Part II, where we talk about each manufacturer's area and some of the hot trucks and SUVs that were on display!Related Links: