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.
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).
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.