2016 Auto Show Highlights
- Family Friendliness: For starters, admission was free for kids 10 and under making it an affordable, family friendly outing. Organizers did a great job keeping the youngsters engaged with live appearances by Minnesota Wild and St. Paul Saints mascots and a Disney Channel star. Camp Jeep and its 30,000 square feet of obstacle course elicited plenty of pint-sized oohs and ahhs as did Super America’s big rig display.
- Car Of The Show: When Chrysler is willing to shake the snow globe and completely rethink the vehicle that saved its skin thirty-two years ago – the venerable Town and Country minivan – you know it’s serious. Unveiled at the show, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica replaces the old T&C and looks a lot more like a space-age crossover than the soccer-mom grocery getter. With meore tech than the Starship Enterprise, the new Pacifica—not to be confused with the older Chrysler model of a similar name—is outfitted with foot-operated power sliding doors and liftgate, 10-inch touch screens in the 2nd row, in-vehicle wireless connectivity, dual-pane sunroof with 3rd-row fixed glass, “Are We There Yet?” rear-seat navigation app, rear climate touch-screen controls and so much more.
- All Electric Room: While many auto shows across the country feature hybrid vehicles and green technology, Minneapolis was the first in the country to dedicate an entire room to electric vehicles featuring nearly a dozen all-electric vehicles from Ford, Cadillac, BMW, Volvo, Volkswagen and other makers. “A lot of the shows are highlighting hybrid technology, but we wanted to keep the show cutting-edge,” said Scott Lambert, vice president of the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association.
- Luxury Lane: The TC Auto Show’s slogan, “Your License To Dream” found it’s perfect expression in Luxury Lane. Here’s where your imagination could run wild as you strolled among exotics from Aston Martin, Bentley, Maserati, Mercedes, Porsche and others. Personally, we’d take that Alfa Romeo 4C for a spin and probably never come back.
Congrats to the Twin Cities Auto Show organizers on a job well done. We’re already looking forward to next year’s show!