By Kevin Kelley
The Cleveland Auto Show, running through Sunday at the I-X Center, features more than 1,000 vehicles from a variety of manufacturers, as well as test-drive events from 14 major car brands.
Ed Babcock, the Cleveland Auto Show’s chairman, said it’s a great opportunity for consumers to see a variety of vehicles under one roof.
“With the slightly later timing of this year’s show, our show management ensured that we would get the very latest displays and vehicles from virtually all manufacturers,” he said in a statement.
Many manufacturers’ display areas will feature a single model above the rest. At Ford, the focus is on the new 2015 F-150 truck.
Built using advanced materials, such as high strength-steel and military grade-aluminum, the F-150 offers greater fuel efficiency and greater toughness, Ford officials said.
“It definitely is the future of toughness,” said Doug Scott, Ford’s truck group marketing manager.
By using advanced materials during production, Ford was able to reduced the truck’s weight by 700 pounds. This allows the F-150 to haul and tow more, Scott said.
The truck is a vital piece of Ford’s lineup. 2013 marked the 37th straight year a Ford F-series truck was the best-selling truck in the U.S., and the 32nd straight year as the best selling vehicle overall here.
“This is a vehicle that has a big impact on America,” Scott told reporters Friday.
Ford is also using the 50th anniversary of its Mustang to market the car internationally, Ford officials said.
Chrysler is featuring its new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan. Unveiled at Detroit’s auto show in January, the car will be in showrooms by late spring, said J.T. Delcamp, Chrysler’s brand manager for the vehicle.
“There’s not a part of the car that’s carryover,” Delcamp said, referring to the second generation of the vehicle that was first introduced for the 2011 model year. Chrysler’s focus on the 200’s makeover was to provide value to the mid-size sedan segment, he said. The 200 is the only vehicle in the segment to offer nine-speed automatic transmission, Delcamp added.
At the GM display, the eye-catching 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is featured. The all-new model is a performance version of the iconic sports car.
This year at the Auto Show, a visitor will win a two-year lease for either a 2014 Buick Verano or 2014 GMC Terrain every day of the show. The promotion is conducted in conjunction with the Northern Ohio Buick GMC Dealers.
Cleveland Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo is scheduled to greet fans at the Ford display Thursday evening. The Auto Show includes a classic car show, with judging taking place Saturday.
Show hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $13 for adults, $11 for those 7 to 12 years old and seniors 62 and older. Children 6 and younger are admitted for free. Parking is also free.