The Cleveland Auto Show is right in our neck of the woods, but at the same time doesn't usually make you super excited. They usually get a Corvette, maybe a nicer Mustang and that seems to be about it. The smaller shows like Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati are pretty basic, lacking the excitement of a New York, Detroit, or LA show.
This year was very different though. We visited on Media Day and on another random weeknight, but towards the end of the day for both. This was our first experience with Media Day. The show looked like it was having the finishing touches put on and the displays were not fully functional. The narrators and PR people weren't present to discuss concepts and show cars. This was very nice because we could look at just about anything without being interrupted. If this is what the Detroit Auto Show media days are like, sign us up for 2015. We were able to film some of the displays with the new GoPro Hero 3+ and also take some great photos.
One of the best displays was by Chevrolet. I am very performance oriented and prefer the more exciting and powerful models when looking at new cars. The Chevy setup had two ZL1's, the 2015 Z06, a Chevrolet SS, Camaro Z28, and some "regular" Corvettes. Quite the lineup for performance enthusiasts. We found out later that the Z06 was a last minute addition that basically was just the shell. You could see this on a few different cars at the show because they lacked a complete interior. Chevrolet really brought everything they had and you could tell their product line has really been perfected over the past few years.
The fun didn't stop there though when looking through the IX Center. Nissan had a GT-R and Nismo 370Z in their display. Ford had a pair of ST's, the new Mustang, a Raptor, and a Shelby GT500. SRT brought the Viper and Fiat had an Abarth. This was probably the best display I've seen in Cleveland over the past ten years of visiting. The automakers really stepped up and didn't just bring their moneymakers and beige boxes. This was a fun show to visit and hopefully they can keep the momentum going like this each year. The Cleveland Auto show will never be Detroit or LA, but if they can scratch the surface of the larger tiered shows and bring Northeast Ohio their best products, you can plan to see Hoagies Garage attending each year.
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