2017 Fan Voted Favorites

Attendees from the 2017 Twin Cities Auto Show voted on their favorite cars, trucks and displays at the event. The results are in. Congratulations to all the winners. 

     

Favorite Car:  Acura NSX 
Favorite Truck:  F150
Best Use of Light and Sound:  Chevrolet
Best Interactive Display:  Chevrolet
Best Display Overall:  Jeep (Camp Jeep)

Twin Cities Auto Show, March 11, 2017

At the Twin Cities Auto Show, we want to introduce to you what is coming up over the next several months at your local showroom. These new vehicles are among the biggest headlines coming out of major auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Paris and Geneva. 

While you are walking around the show floor, check out these latest of the greatest available soon to your driveway. 

ALFA ROMEO STELVIO: While Alfa is known for sports sedans, coupes and sports cars, they had to create an SUV for today’s Alfisti. Built from the Giulia sedan, the Stelvio offers the same kind of performance as its sibling – a choice of a four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a twin-turbocharged V6 developed by Ferrari. The rest is high Alfa style with the practicality SUV customers demand. It is every inch an Italian. 

AUDI A5: The new version of its coupe and cabriolet was designed for a sharper image than before. Underneath its skin is a chassis, a set of performance options and engineering that is focused on delivering excellence further than the previous model. For some, it is still an Audi. For Audi, it is another step towards dominating its class. 

CHEVROLET EQUINOX: It was time for a new version of one of Chevrolet’s best-selling models. Inspired by the current Malibu, the new Equinox gets a bold new look, while retaining the large interior volume it is known for. It will feature two turbocharged engines and a diesel, along with a new nine-speed transmission. The Equinox still boasts being the most connected vehicle in its class. 

CHEVROLET TRAVERSE: Families loved the Traverse for its extraordinary space for seven-to-eight passengers. Chevrolet made this vehicle even bigger inside. Moreso, Chevrolet added further connectivity and active safety to the package, along with a new nine-speed transmission attached to its standard V6. Have you looked at the bold new styling, though? 

FORD ECOSPORT: The market states it wants even smaller SUVs. Ford had the right solution – its globally popular Ecosport. For our market, Ford gave it a refresh to meet our crash standards. The result is a small, robust vehicle that fits well with urban dwellers with active lifestyles. It is also efficient, using a four-cylinder engine to power this small Ford SUV. 

GMC TERRAIN: To create a distinctive new SUV, GMC reshaped the Terrain into a premium compact SUV with high style, connectivity, safety and efficiency. It is also innovative, with a new push button transmission selector on the console controlling an all-new nine-speed transmission. Two turbocharged engines and a diesel round out power options for this new compact SUV. 

HONDA ODYSSEY: The minivan game has heated, thanks to new models from Kia and Chrysler. Honda’s popular minivan underwent some changes that made it more attractive, usable and comfortable all around. It is also the first Honda to utilize a ten-speed transmission. The new minivan includes active safety features and in-cabin technology to keep everyone informed and entertained. 

HYUNDAI IONIQ: They not only created an exclusive hybrid car – they created a lineup of alternative propulsion vehicles. The lineup for this four-door hatchback includes a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a battery electric vehicle. This compact car will feature the latest in technology and safety, as well as being light weight and ultra-efficient. 

JEEP COMPASS: In replacing two models, Jeep slotted the new Compass between the Renegade and the Cherokee. They did so for a reason – not just choice in size. It is a proven Trail Rated runner that is equal to every off-road capable Jeep in the lineup. The Trailhawk model adds a 4WD Low gear, hill descent control and higher ground clearance.  Yet, it is very efficient and durable in its lightweight form. 

LEXUS LS: A new chapter for the original Lexus is wrapped up in a new set of clothing. However, it is what’s underneath that will evoke further stares. It will feature an all-new twin-turbocharged V6 with a hybrid version to come later. In all, it features the most advanced cabin in Lexus history, with wider use of TFT screens and connectivity, alng with advanced safety features. 

MAZDA CX-5: The original attracted many customers to the notion that “Driving Matters.” However, some felt it to be attractive – more polish, if you will. The new CX-5 offers more upmarket feel and quality with an all-new interior along with its CX-9 inspired exterior. Expect improved active safety features and technology onboard this newest version of Mazda’s most popular vehicle. 

NISSAN ROGUE SPORT: Like Ford, Nissan saw opportunity in the small SUV segment. They already had the Juke, but customers wanted something with more space and practicality. The Rogue Sport is smaller than its namesake, but offers a lot of the great attributes the bigger cousin offers. This includes a more efficient engine, seating for five and solid capability.

TOYOTA CAMRY: As the leading passenger car in the U.S.A., it needed to be not only better than the current model. It had to be ”sexy.” This is exactly how Toyota’s Chairman Akio Toyoda described the newest mid-sized sedan. The new exterior is not the only thing that has changed. Toyota worked over all of its engines, upped the technology and safety. It only serves the leader to extend its lead. 

VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS: What we wanted is a three-row mid-sized SUV. What Volkswagen delivered was one that is very family friendly. A wide-opening rear door opens to easy access to the third row of seats. It features the latest in technology, connectivity and safety on top of a solid package. The choice of a four-cylinder turbocharged engine or a V6, with all-wheel drive available, rounds out this new package. 

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN: To compete in one of the hottest segments in this country, Volkswagen went back to the drawing board with a larger SUV that offers more than most of its competitors. Additional features include a third row of seats, larger overall cabin space, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a selectable 4Motion all-wheel drive system. 

by Randy Stern, an automotive writer, blogger and journalist based in the Twin Cities.
randystern.com

March 22, 2017

Brooklyn Park resident wins grand prize Chevy Cruze Hatchback at the Twin Cities Auto Show

 Brooklyn Park resident Greg Hanson was the lucky winner of a three-year lease on a brand new Chevy Cruze Hatchback, courtesy of Select Heartland Chevy Dealers, at the 2017 Twin Cities Auto Show on March 18 in partnership with Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association.

Hanson was among five grand prize finalists randomly selected from thousands of entrants online at go.minneapolis.org and in person at the Minneapolis Convention Center in the fifth annual sweepstakes. Entrants were eligible to win not only the car, but exclusive Minneapolis getaway experiences with nine weekly prize packages leading up to the big day.

The Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback was also the 2017 “Car of the Show” at the 44th Annual Twin Cities Auto Show presented by SuperAmerica, which is the largest consumer show in Minnesota and is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA).

PHOTO
Chevy Cruze Sweepstakes winner Greg Hanson, Brooklyn Park, Minn., discovers his winnings at the Twin Cities Auto Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center on March 18.

 

Twin Cities Auto Show, December 7, 2016

44th ANNUAL TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW Presented by SuperAmerica®

March 11 - 19 at the Minneapolis Convention Center 

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback named ‘Car of the Show’ 

 

A 2017 Cruze hatch will be given away at the show courtesy of the Select Heartland Chevy Dealers. 

“The Cruze Hatch has a unique combination of entertainment technology, remarkable efficiency and available advanced safety features as well as being sporty and compact,” says Twin Cities Auto Show President Scott Lambert. “We are pleased to showcase a vehicle that meets our attendees’ needs and demands.”  

To read the full press release, CLICK HERE. 
 

From KSTP Eyewitness News, March 11, 2016

Bobby Vee's 1965 Ford Mustang to be Displayed at Twin Cities Auto Show 
Jennie Lissarrague and Nate Leding

A 1965 Ford Mustang belonging to a popular 1960s rock-and-roll idol will be featured at the Twin Cities Auto Show this weekend in Minneapolis – all for a good cause.

Bobby Vee launched his music career with the Minneapolis-based Soma Records-recorded song “Suzie Baby.” After that hit, he went on to produce 38 top 100 hits from 1959 to 1970, accumulating seven Gold Records.

In 2011, Vee was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and retired from performing. Family members say the Classic Car Walk at the Twin Cities Auto Show is a chance for Vee to reunite with the public and share a piece of his personal collection.

To read the full article CLICK HERE.

 

From Twin Cities Auto Show, March 9, 2016

43rd ANNUAL TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW Presented by SuperAmerica®

March 12 - 20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center 

Chrysler Pacifica Named ‘Car of the Show’ 

Minneapolis (March 9, 2016) --- The 43rd Annual Twin Cities Auto Show presented by SuperAmerica will roll into the Minneapolis Convention Center March 12 – 20, 2016. The event, which is the largest consumer show in Minnesota, is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA).

The Twin Cities Auto Show is your chance to compare more than 600 vehicles from 37 domestic and imported brands side by side - without driving all over town. Instead of just dreaming about it, the Twin Cities Auto Show is where you can actually sit behind the wheel in a compact, family sedan, SUV, truck, or luxury car.

The 2016 Car of the Show is the all-new Chrysler Pacifica. Dubbed as “the most technologically advanced minivan in its class,” the Pacifica will be available spring 2016. 

To read the full article (and find out all the new and exciting things coming) click here.

 

From Meet Minneapollis, March 11, 2016

WHO WILL BE THE ‘MALIBU WINTER’ WINNER? 
Chevy Malibu Hybrid To Be Awarded • Live from the Twin Cities Auto Show

*** PHOTO OPPORTUNITY ***

Sat. March 12 at 8 a.m. 

WHO: Ten excited contest qualifiers vying for a new 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid

Melvin Tennant, President and CEO of Meet Minneapolis

WHAT: Life will be “beachy-keen” when one lucky winner is awarded a 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid. The stylish midsize car, provided by Select Heartland Chevy Dealers, is the grand prize in Meet Minneapolis’ “Malibu Winter in Minneapolis Sweepstakes.” 

To read the full press release click here 

 

From Twin Cities Mitsubishi Dealers, March 10, 2016

Twin Cities Mitsubishi Dealers to Unveil Contest Winners at Auto Show
March 12 - 20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center 

Minneapolis – Minnesota’s best Mitsubishi Evolution 8, 9 and 10 will be unveiled at the Twin Cities Auto Show at 9 am on Saturday, March 12. 

Evolution owners who personalized and enhanced their models submitted their entries to Twin Cities Mitsubishi Dealers, which conducted the contest. The winners’ vehicles will be on display in the Mitsubishi area for the duration of the Auto Show. 

To read the full press release click here

 

From Great River Energy, March 8, 2016

See the $1M Electric Porsche and Chat With a Robot!
For a Tank Full of Sustainable Innovation You’ll Want to Park At, Check out the Electric Room at the Twin Cities Auto Show! 

 

...The Electric Room (formerly known as the Green Room) will feature the latest technology in plug-in electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from BMW, Porsche, Ford, Volvo and Nissan among others.

“The Twin Cities Auto Show strives to showcase the newest technology available from franchised dealers. Our Electric Room meets that demand,” said Scott Lambert, executive vice president of the Greater Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association of Minnesota, producer of the TCAS. “Electric vehicles (EVs) are not only exciting to drive, but they provide lower overall impact on the environment. We are thrilled with Great River Energy’s partnership to help educate and answer questions about this emerging technology.”

The electricity that powers your electric vehicle comes from a diverse portfolio of energy sources and new programs allow consumers to choose their source. 

To read the full press release click here

 

From Camp Jeep, March 7, 2016

Camp Jeep® returns to the TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW
March 12 - 20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center  

The Jeep® brand is returning with Camp Jeep®, a unique, interactive, off-road experience for consumers attending the 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show from Saturday, March 12 through Sunday, March 20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Camp Jeep is the ultimate indoor off-road driving test located right in the main hall. The 30,000-square foot exhibit will give auto show attendees a chance to experience the extreme off-road capabilities of Jeep vehicles without leaving the show floor.

To read the full press release click here

 

 

 

From Twin Cities Auto Show, February 17, 2016

43rd ANNUAL TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW Presented by SuperAmerica®

March 12 - 20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center 

Chrysler Pacifica Named ‘Car of the Show’ 

Minneapolis (Feb. 17, 2016) --- The 43rd Annual Twin Cities Auto Show presented by SuperAmerica will roll into the Minneapolis Convention Center March 12 – 20, 2016. The event, which is the largest consumer show in Minnesota, is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA). 

The Twin Cities Auto Show is your chance to compare more than 525 vehicles from 37 domestic and imported brands side by side - without driving all over town. Instead of just dreaming about it, the Auto Show is where you can actually sit behind the wheel in a compact, family sedan, SUV, truck, or luxury car. 

The 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show Car of the Show is the all-new Chrysler Pacifica. Dubbed as “the most technologically advanced minivan in its class,” the Pacifica will be available spring 2016. 

To find out what’s new for the 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show and to read the full article Click here.

To download a printable pdf of this announcement, click here

 

From Twin Cities Auto Show, December 2, 2015

TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW IGNITES A NEW TITLE SPONSOR:  
GREAT RIVER ENERGY

Minneapolis (December 2, 2015) — The Twin Cities Auto Show, produced by the Greater Metropolitan
Auto Dealers Association of Minnesota (GMADA), announces that Great River Energy has signed on as
title sponsor of the Electric Room for the 2016 event. Formerly known as the Green Room, the
all-new Electric Room will feature the latest technology in electric and hybrid vehicles.
The 43rd Annual Twin Cities Auto Show presented by SuperAmerica will be held March 12–20, 2016,
at the Minneapolis Convention Center,1301 Second Ave. So.

“The Twin Cities Auto Show strives to showcase the green technology available from franchised dealers. Our electric room meets that demand,” said Scott Lambert, executive vice president of GMADA. “Electric vehicles (EVs), with their silent ride and immediate torque, are not only exciting to drive, they provide lower overall impact on the environment. We are thrilled that Great River Energy will be onsite to help educate and answer questions about this emerging technology.”

The electricity that powers EVs can come from many sources including hydro, wind, solar and nuclear power. This enables EVs to dramatically reduce air emissions.

To read the full press release or download a printable pdf of this announcement, click here

 

From DETROIT, Mich., July 14, 2015:

AUTO SHOWS KEY TO VEHICLE BUYING PROCESS

More than half of buyers say shows influence decision to purchase, according to study

For decades, auto dealer groups across the United States and Canada have made the case that the annual events they host – auto shows – are among the most effective ways to reach the car-buying public, offering what amounts to a one-stop, pre-shopping experience before they make a trip to a dealership.

While that argument has been largely based on anecdotal evidence, with dealers telling stories about a spike in traffic in the days and weeks following an event, a formal research study is now confirming the strong link between attendance at an auto show and the likelihood of a new vehicle purchase.

Click here to read the full article.
Click here to read summary of the key findings.

 

From The Twin Cities Auto Show, July 7, 2015: 

TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW

NAMES SUPERAMERICA AS PRESENTING SPONSOR

 

Minneapolis (July 7, 2015) --- The Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association (GMADA), owners and operators of the Twin Cities Auto Show, has named SuperAmerica® as its presenting sponsor through 2020.

“This is a significant partnership for us and reflects the Twin Cities Auto Show’s strong value in the community,” says Scott Lambert, executive vice president of GMADA. “The unique similarities between the Twin Cities Auto Show and SuperAmerica are guaranteed to enhance all areas of our businesses, including discounts at the pump and in retail locations, increased awareness of the Auto Show, and our dedication to the community.”

“SuperAmerica is extremely excited to start this long-term partnership with the GMADA,” says Steve Morris, director of marketing sales strategy and planning for SuperAmerica. “From the Auto Show floor to our 260+ locations around the state, this relationship makes perfect sense. By offering our TopTier™ rated SuperFuels® brand of gasoline, we’re ready to serve any vehicle, new or otherwise.”

“The majority of our member dealerships are family-owned and operated and employ thousands of Minnesotans,” says Lambert. “As SuperAmerica’s locations are also concentrated in the state, this partnership will allow us both to better understand the needs of auto owners and further develop products and services they demand.”

The 43rd Annual Twin Cities Auto Show presented by SuperAmerica will be held March 12 – 20, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 Second Ave. So.).

The Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA) is an organization of 126 new car and truck franchised dealers in the Greater Minneapolis and St. Paul area.

SuperAmerica is a part of the Northern Tier family of companies (NYSE: NTI). SuperAmerica operates over 264 retail locations in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, with over 2,000 employees and headquartered in Woodbury, Minn. 

Contact: Molly Steinke, Nemer Fieger, (952) 278-3142 or (612) 309-1677, molly@nemerfieger.com
Mary Velline, GMADA, (651) 789-2952, mary@mada.org

To download a printable pdf of this announcement, click here

 

From StarTribune July 12, 2015:

Twin Cities Auto Show gets SuperAmerica Sponsorship

The win will help the show continue to grow and expand

The Twin Cities Auto Show sees the SuperAmerica sponsorship as a huge win. The GMADA hopes that as the sponsor roster for the show grows, so with Minnesota’s auto sales, boosting the state’s economy. 

Click here to read the full article

 


From Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal July 13, 2015:

Twin Cities Auto Show lands SuperAmerica sponsorship, but it wants more

The Twin Cities Auto Show says a new sponsorship deal with gas-station chain SuperAmerica will help fuel an expansion of the annual car show, which wants more corporate backers to help add exhibits and floor space. 

Click here to read the full article