While the Cleveland Auto Show doesn’t get any national press, and rarely does it get a new car introduction, we still think it’s a gem of an event right in our back yard. The show is, or was at one time, the largest auto show after Detroit, New York City, Chicago and L.A. The main advantage of the show here in CLE is that parking is plentiful and free, and you can essentially sit in every car – the show is canted towards real people, who buy real cars. There’s even an area to ride along in a new Jeep or test drive other cars in the parking lot.
And with the uptick in the economy the show has recently been benefiting from fancy human models (male and female) touting the new car features, as well as many of the same exhibit displays you’d see in the larger markets. At the low point of the recession, the show was basically cars on carpet with no one around. The one thing we didn’t see too many of this year were concept cars. It seems the industry is focused on putting near production models on the turn tables instead of blue sky dream cars. We’re not sure if this is universal at many of the shows, but it’s a trend snippet worth delving into more….
When we went the show was incredibly crowded so getting photos was a tad difficult due to the sheer number of people all over the place. Here are a few photos we did snap as we walked the show floor. Enjoy.
The new Camaro Z28 looks great in black, masking the pedestrian looking headlights and tail lights. Under the hood it’s all business with 505hp.
Subaru’s WRX-STi gets a nice, albeit tame, front end.
Design goes beyond just the exterior and interior styling of last year’s new Viper. The engine get a nice makeover.
At least the if you’re going to have too many vents in a car, they should be functional. Here are the upper rear intakes on the new ‘Vette.
The new Stingray looks infinitely better in person. In fact you shouldn’t even photograph it.
The “large gaping hole in the front end of cars” trend, as well as the use of LED’s, started with cars like Audi’s R8.
While the R8 has been around for a while, we still like the detailing of the rear “hood” on the convertible.
Porsche’s plug in hybrid charger – Presumably designed in house at Porsche design.
We’re not necessarily Mustang “people” but it was nice to see the ’15 Mustang in person. Subsequent variants should be more interesting we’re sure.
Green accents and matte black graphics on this Countryman by Mini.
McLaren convertible style is crowing on us.
While no longer produced, we still love the Lexus LFA. Triple tail pipes are beautiful. It’s a shame very few people will realize you spent over $600K.
Lexus pushed the design of their grille to the border of fine art.
Kia interior detail.
Garish-ly silly Kia interior color scheme
Kia Soul repurposed into a rolling DJ booth, complete with model selecting beats through the sunroom.
Matte yellow-green finish on Hyundai race car.
The new F-150 pick up from Ford – LED lights are officially mainstream.
The “S” badge on the new Jaguar F-Type.
Charging stations are a new industrial design outlet – presumably you get one with every plug in ELR.
The new Z06 – all those vents finally look good.
Pure American muscle, the supercharger on the Camaro ZL1.
The grille of the new Cadillac ELR looks like a turtle shell; but in a good way.
This photo doesn’t do this color scheme justice, the tan was “rustier” in person. Nice contrast.
The most interesting innovation: a self filling beer cup – magnetic seal in bottom pops up – beer goes in!