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The Toledo Automobile Dealers Association is bringing the newest vehicles and the latest interactive technologies to consumers and car enthusiasts at the 2018 Greater Toledo Auto Show Thursday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 11 at the SeaGate Convention Centre.

Attendees can get a look at the latest and greatest models from more than 20 manufacturers, participate in two exciting ride-and-drive experiences, and get a chance to win a two-year lease on a 2018 Toyota Corolla LE, presented by the Northwest Ohio Toyota dealers.

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) expects 2018 to be a robust year, with the 2018 U.S. sales forecast predicting the sale of 16.7 million new cars and light trucks. 

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The new 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt will make an appearance at the 2018 Greater Toledo Auto Show. (Submitted photo)

In addition, analysts expect a number of trends to shape the future of the automotive industry. They include millennials as the dominant share of buyers, greater affordability, autonomous vehicles and digital retailing.

Attractions at this year’s show include:

• At the Toyota Drive Center, guests can get behind the wheel of the all-new Camry, the first-ever C-HR, the Rav4 or the Highlander.
The FIAT-Chrysler Ride & Drive will offer a spin in one of the newest vehicles from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM and FIAT.

• An electric car exhibit, new to this year’s show, will be provided by Clean Fuels Ohio.

• A 15-foot inflatable slide and giant monster truck bounce house at the TADA Kids Zone will delight children of all ages.

• Returning kids’ favorites include Matt the Balloon Guy and Face Doodles by Jen.

• Back by popular demand, this year’s show will feature a car giveaway, with the grand prize a two-year lease on a 2018 Toyota Corolla LE. The Northwest Ohio Toyota Dealers are sponsoring this year’s contest, entries are being accepted through Feb. 6 at any of the Northwest Ohio Toyota Dealers’ locations, and at the Greater Toledo Auto Show.

Eight finalists – one from each of the four dealerships and one from each day of the show, will be drawn. All eight finalists will be invited to the Auto Show Sunday, Feb. 11 for the grand prize drawing at 3 p.m. (Winner must be present).

• Show guests can also participate in the Auto Show photo scavenger hunt. A copy of the images will be available at the show or on the show website (toledoautoshow.org). Participants who correctly identify the makes and models of the vehicles featured in the photos will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a new TV.

Auto show tickets are available online for $6 at www.toledoautoshow.org/show-info or $8 at the box office. Children 9 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets for students with appropriate IDs and seniors (65+ years of age) are $6 at the box office.

More info about tickets, show hours, schedule of events, directions and special activities is available on the website, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Area dealers will continue their long-standing tradition of giving back to the community through their annual 2018 Auto Dealers United for Kids Charity Gala, set for Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6:30-11 p.m. Over the years, “The Cars are the Stars Preview Gala” has grown to become one of the largest benefits in the Greater Toledo area, surpassing $1.85 million in donations to local children’s charities. Some of the local charities that will benefit from this year’s gala include Heartbeat of Toledo, Boys and Girls of Toledo, Mobile Meals of Toledo Weekender Program and Cherry Street Missions. Tickets are $250 and can be purchased online at www.toledoautoshow.org/preview-gala.

 

 

 

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