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The Toledo Automobile Dealers Association is bringing new vehicles and the latest interactive technologies to consumers and car enthusiasts at the 2019 Greater Toledo Auto Show Feb. 7-10 at the SeaGate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo.

The annual event, presented by The Blade, will feature the newest models from more than 20 manufacturers.

The U.S. auto industry finished 2018 strong, ahead of most predictions. Thanks in large part to a strong December, U.S. light-vehicle sales were expected to close the year up slightly from 2017. In fact, December was on pace to be the second-strongest month of 2018, with sales topping out at about 1.6 million vehicles, pushing the total volume to an estimated 17. 3 million for the year. 

auto show photo FOR WEB
See a wide array of sports cars, sedans, SUVs, minivans and motorcycles from 26 different man-
ufacturers, and enjoy some fun for the whole family at the 2019 Greater Toledo Auto Show Feb.
7-10 at the SeaGate Convention Centre. (Photo courtesy of Ohio Automobile Dealers

A record number of truck and SUV launches are highly anticipated moving into 2019 as well as more than 45 new or redesigned vehicles, including a significant number of crossovers. 

According to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), new car dealers are generally optimistic about 2019 and excited about changes in technology that advance safety features and improve both fuel economy and vehicle electrification.
“The Greater Toledo Auto Show is an annual event the community anticipates and supports every year,” said Kelly Danison, Toledo Auto Show Director. “The auto industry is a vital part of the Toledo economy and we look forward to sharing all the exciting new features, as well as popular activities that are fun for the whole family.”

Attractions at this year’s show include:

• Ride & Drive: The FCA (Fiat-Chrysler) Ride and Drive will once again offer a spin in one of the newest vehicles from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM and FIAT.

• Photo Scavenger Hunt. A copy of the images will be available at the show. 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.

• Kids’ activities back by popular demand include Matt the Balloon Guy and Face Doodles by Jen and appearances from Muddy & Muddonna of the Toledo Mud Hens over the weekend.

This year’s show will once again feature a car giveaway, with the grand prize a two-year lease on a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. The Northwest Ohio Toyota Dealers are sponsoring this year’s contest, entries are being accepted through Feb. 5 at the four participating Northwest Ohio Toyota Dealers’ locations – LaRiche Toyota, Thayer Toyota, Jim White Toyota or Yark Toyota. Entries will also be accepted at the Auto Show Feb. 7-10. 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 on Sunday, Feb. 10 for the grand prize drawing. The potential winner must be present to claim the prize.

Show tickets are available online now for $6 at 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.

For more information about tickets, show hours, schedule of events, directions and special activities, visit the show website.
Cars are the Stars

Area dealers will continue their long-standing tradition of giving back to the community through their annual 2019 Auto Dealers United for Kids “Cars are the Stars” Preview Gala. The gala is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6 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 $1.99 million in donations to local children’s charities. Some of the local charities that will benefit from this year’s gala include the Catholic Club, Children’s Rights Collaborative (CRC) of Ohio, Connecting Kids to Meals, Safe Kids Greater Toledo and YMCA Storer Camps.

Tickets are $250 and can be purchased online at






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