CLEVELAND, Ohio (WYTV) – The Cleveland Auto Show officially opened Friday at the I-X Center in Cleveland.
The annual show marks the start of the spring selling season in Northeast Ohio and features concept, pre-production and production vehicles from the world’s auto manufacturers.
The show runs through Sunday. Tickets are $13 for adults, seniors and children 7 to 12 are $11. Children under 6 are free. Ticket information and show times can be found at clevelandautoshow.com.
A big draw to the show are the new models that General Motors unveils every year. The Chevy Cruze means a lot to the Mahoning Valley, and now the second generation is ready to go to dealers. In fact, they’ll be leaving Lordstown soon.
The launch party for the new model at the Cleveland Auto Show is a big recognition of the Lordstown plant’s commitment, pride and professionalism.
“When you see the new one coming down the line, you can see it in people’s faces. They are extremely excited that the car is better in every way, shape and form,” said Steve Notar Donato, GM Lordstown plant manager.
“I think it attracts a lot of younger buyers. Actually, I think over 35 percent of Cruze buyers are new to the brand,” said Jim Dimond, Cruze launch engineering manager.
The new addition is sportier looking, has more technology, and runs efficiently. The look is three inches longer and an inch lower and the model also boasts some new technology. There’s WiFi in the vehicle and a seven inch screen that works with smartphone technology.
Fuel efficiency for the Cruze is an important feature at 42 miles per gallon on the highway. The vehicle sells for about $17,000.