Ohio Auto Shows Set to Take Center Stage

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Toledo, Dayton and Columbus to host interactive shows featuring the latest vehicles and the newest automotive technologies

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75 of Ohio’s 88 counties have at least one motor vehicle industry establishment. The OADA’s annual shows provide an opportunity for consumers and enthusiasts alike to celebrate Ohio’s ongoing contributions to the auto industry

The Ohio Automobile Dealers Association (OADA) will showcase hundreds of new vehicles and the industry’s latest interactive technologies in three auto shows to be held in Toledo, Dayton and Columbus. The shows kick off in February and run through mid March. Each show features exhibits of the newest models from local automobile dealers and manufacturers.

“The automotive industry finished 2014 strong, and continues to remain a significant contributor to Ohio’s economy,” said Marie Gilman, OADA auto show manager. “Ohio currently ranks second in light vehicle output, with 10 different models currently made in Ohio’s six high-volume light vehicle plants. In addition, 75 of Ohio’s 88 counties have at least one motor vehicle industry establishment. The OADA’s annual shows provide an opportunity for consumers and enthusiasts alike to celebrate Ohio’s ongoing contributions to the auto industry, and highlight the contributions that local auto dealerships make to our communities. “

The SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo will host the Greater Toledo Auto Show (Toledoautoshow.org) Thursday, February 5 through Sunday, February 8. The show will feature 25 automobile manufacturers and family entertainment such as visits from Toledo Zoo animals and Muddy and Muddonna of the Toledo Mud Hens, as well as interactive exhibits and special activities. Car enthusiasts can also participate in a crushed car contest, where they guess the make, model and year of a crushed junkyard car. Auto Show attendees are also encouraged to follow the show’s social media for daily automotive quiz questions for chances to win great prizes. Tickets are $7 at the box office and $5 online, with children nine and under admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets for students with appropriate IDs are $5 per person. For more information about tickets, show hours, schedule of events, directions and special activities, visit the show website. Tickets can be purchased online at https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/b/e64e33.

The Dayton Auto Show (Daytonautoshow.com) will be held Thursday, February 19 through Sunday, February 22 at the Dayton Convention Center. The show will feature 25 manufacturers, along with contests and interactive displays. The Dayton show will also host a crushed car contest, and the Miami Valley Chevy Dealers will provide a 2014 Chevy Spark 1LS for a car giveaway contest. Entries for the contest will be accepted at any of the Miami Valley Chevy Dealers locations prior to the Auto Show or at the Dayton Auto Show itself. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, February 22. Tickets are $8 at the box office and $6 online, with children nine and under admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. Tickets for students with IDs are $6. For more information about the show hours, schedule of events, directions and parking, visit the show website. Tickets can be purchased online at https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/b/412236.

The Greater Columbus Convention Center is the site for the Columbus International Auto Show (Columbusautoshow.com) Thursday, March 19 through Sunday, March 22. This show will include exhibits from more than 40 automobile manufacturers, the largest number of any of the auto shows. RAM is back with its popular RAM Off- Road Experience, while Mazda and Ford will offer outdoor ride-and-drives. Racing enthusiasts will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Red Bull Racing F1 Show Car, featured in the Infiniti display, and all car enthusiasts will once again enjoy the classic car display lining the hallways. Nationwide will be bringing Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 2015 No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS show car and racing simulator. Attendees will be invited to take a photo with the new No. 88 driven by the 12-time most popular driver, as well as test their on-track skills in the racing simulator! The Ugliest Car in Columbus Contest, sponsored by the Central Ohio Honda Dealers, will also return by popular demand, and the winner with the declared “ugliest car” will go home with an all-new Honda. As always, the show will feature plenty of family entertainment including a March Madness fan area, science stations from COSI, animals from the Columbus Zoo, appearances by The Ohio Machine lacrosse players, crafts from American Girl, social media contests, and balloon creations and face painting for the younger attendees. Tickets are $10 at the box office and $8 online. Children nine and under attend free when accompanied by a paid adult. Students with an ID are $5. For more information about the show hours, schedule of events, manufacturers exhibiting and special activities, visit the show website. Tickets can be purchased online at https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/b/0f194f. Media Day for the 2015 Columbus International Auto Show is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Social Networking
Each show has its own social networking stream. Please follow each for updates and important information.
Greater Toledo Auto Show
Facebook: GreaterToledoAutoShow
Twitter: @Toledoautoshow
Instagram: @Toledoautoshow
Suggested Tweet: Cars will soon be rolling in for the @ToledoAutoShow, 2/5-2/8. Buy tickets online today and save. http://tinyurl.com/pn5efum

Dayton Auto Show
Facebook: DaytonAutoShow
Twitter: @Daytonautoshow
Instagram: @Daytonautoshow
Suggested Tweet: Start planning your visit to the @DaytonAutoShow 2/19- 2/22. 25 top manufacturers lined up. Buy tickets today at http://tinyurl.com/nstmfop

Columbus International Auto Show
Facebook: ColumbusInternationalAutoShow
Twitter: @Cbusautoshow
Instagram: @cbusautoshow
Suggested Tweet: #Uautobhere! The @Cbusautoshow, 3/19-3/22. Save $2 and buy tickets online today. http://tinyurl.com/p8c4rk6

About the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association
OADA is a political, economic and educational association created and managed for Ohio dealers, by Ohio dealers. The association’s focus is to increase the value of automotive dealerships throughout the state, regardless of dealership size or locale, and to support and help Ohio dealers be the strongest dealers in the nation.

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