The Columbus Automobile Dealers Association will bring new vehicles, the latest automotive technologies and interactive attractions to consumers and car enthusiasts at the 2017 Columbus International Auto Show (ColumbusAutoShow.com).
The show will run from Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 19 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Featuring a variety of concept, green-fueled and specialty-edition vehicles, as well as interactive exhibits, contests and entertainment, the annual event, presented by Huntington Bank, will feature the newest makes and models from more than 34 manufacturers that include the highly-anticipated Audi Q5 and Porsche Panamera, the world’s fastest Corvette, a Drive Electric Showcase from Clean Fuels Ohio, and the ultimate dream machines and tailgate RV.
Guests will have the opportunity to drive a Toyota, Subaru or an all-electric Nissan Leaf from inside the showroom through downtown streets with the new indoor/outdoor ride and drives. Carlyle Racing will offer a supercharged Corvette ride-along and the RAM Truck Experience will showcase its indoor off-road adventure.
In addition, this year the show will address the important issue of distracted driving by featuring interactive distracted-driving simulators from Maria’s Message, an organization whose goal is to end teen distracted driving. As always, there will be plenty of family entertainment including Columbus Zoo animals, Stinger from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Matt the Balloon Guy, face painting and more.
2016 marked the seventh consecutive year of growth for the U.S. auto industry, with new vehicle sales reaching 17.55 million — topping 2015’s already record-breaking numbers.
The auto industry continues to play a vital role in Ohio’s economy, accounting for $31.1 billion in sales and 17.6 percent of total retail sales statewide.
“The auto industry remains an essential part of Ohio’s economy, and 2016 was certainly no exception,” said Ami DeAngelo, Columbus Auto Show director of events. “The annual auto show is a chance to celebrate the Columbus community’s economic vitality and get a glimpse at what’s next on the horizon in the auto world.”
The Columbus Automobile Dealers will continue their tradition of giving back to the community through the annual Charity Gala. Proceeds will support A Kid Again, the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Last year’s event raised a record $130,000 for local charities.
Contests and prizes abound at this year’s show. OSU design students will compete in the Art on Wheels vinyl wrap challenge for $1000-$5000 in prizes. The top four designs will be on display for voting. Guests of the show can also enter the Central Ohio Chevy Dealers contest for a chance to win a two-year lease on a 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback 1LT. Winners for both contests will be announced on Sunday at the show. Guests are also invited to join the “Picture This” photo scavenger hunt for a chance to win a Samsung 55” LED Smart 4k Ultra HD TV and the “Are You Here Yet?” social media contest for Columbus Blue Jackets prize packs as well.
Expected manufacturers include Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Ford, Genesis, GMC, GTR, Honda, Hyundai, Indian Motorcycles, Jaguar, Jeep, KIA, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Polaris, Porsche, RAM, Subaru, Toyota, Victory Motorcycles, Volkswagen and Volvo.
Tickets are $10 at the box office and $8 online, with children nine and under admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets for students with appropriate IDs are $5 and seniors will receive $5 admission all day on Friday. For more information about tickets, show hours, schedule of events, directions and special activities, visit the show website. Tickets can be purchased online at ColumbusAutoShow.com.
About the Columbus International Auto Show
The Columbus International Auto Show is produced by the Columbus Automobile Dealers Association and held annually. Each year, top automobile manufacturers exhibit their newest makes and models to thousands of attendees. For more information on the event, visit ColumbusAutoShow.com.