Greater Toledo Auto Show opens at SeaGate CentreWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Greater Toledo Auto Show opened Jan. 26 at the SeaGate Convention Centre with the latest developments and new vehicles presented by the Toledo Automobile Dealers Association (TADA). The show continues through Jan. 30.
“It’s a show for anyone who’s in the market for a car or just wants to check out the latest features and models. You have access to every single vehicle at the show, which is not always true at the larger shows,” said Nikki Bragg, auto show manager for TADA.
Most of the major auto companies participate in the show, providing exhibits and some of the cars with others coming from local dealers. Most of the area dealers are involved in the show through the companies they represent, Bragg said.
“It’s a great way for everyone to see all the new cars inside where it’s warm. It’s good for dealers and people who are thinking about buying or just looking at cars,” said John Yark, past president and board member of the dealers association.
Toledo still has a lot of auto manufacturing in the area with GM’s Powertrain plant, Chrysler’s Jeep plant and numerous suppliers to the auto industry that support the auto show. It unites everyone working together to make it a successful event, Yark said.
Dave White Jr., current president of TADA, was out of town and unavailable for comment.
Auto Dealers United for Kids presented “The Cars are the Stars VIII” Jan. 26 to raise money for children’s charities, including the Adopt America Network, American Red Cross Youth Services, Imagination Station Summer Camp, Mom’s House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and ADUK Scholarship Fund.
“The charity event is a good way to kick off the auto show and a great way to give back to the community,” said Yark, vice president of the Yark Automotive Group of dealers.
The group expects about 700 people to attend the event this year, raising about $100,000 and possibly surpassing a total of $1 million in contributions to charities that benefit children.
“That’s a very significant contribution to the community,” Yark said.
The show also benefits local businesses by bringing thousands of visitors Downtown.
The Park Inn Toledo is the official hotel for the auto show and offered a special rate of $95 per night plus tax for the show.
A lot of security and set-up people followed by models coming in for the show occupy about 35 rooms per night in the 400-room hotel, according to Mike Sapara, general manager of the Park Inn.
Exhibitors at the Toledo Auto Show include in alphabetical order: Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Harley Davidson, Honda, GMC, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Scion, Suburu, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
The Greater Toledo Auto Show is open Jan. 28 from noon to 9 p.m. featuring Seniors’ Day with a special $3 admission for senior citizens from noon to 5 p.m. The show is open Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children age 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
For more information, visit www.toledoautoshow.org