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ASNA - The Auto Show Report
Volume Ten, Issue One - December 2014
In This Issue:

Industry News
» MINI unveils 40 lb. CitySurfer concept
» Consumers more open to CPO
» Stewart named director of auto shows at GM
» BMW i3 is Green Car of the Year
» Nissan offering free charging in Chicago
» Actor expands racing role with Porsche
» Must have in-car tech features
» Volvo to use virtual reality tool
» VW names Guerreiro EVP of communications

Show Profiles
» Albany: Two shows will merge into one with new facility
» Anaheim: Advance knowledge helps show build on momentum
» Bedford: Show's second year has dealers enthused
» Fort Worth: Early season showcase of latest cars a significant benefit
» Miami: Cutting edge vehicles mingle with classics
» Oklahoma State Fair: Auto show integral part of event
» Sacramento: Perfect weather, busy crowds make show a hit
» San Antonio: Growth is in the air for show, city
» Tampa: Dealer groups tapping hot market

» Show Directory
» Credits/Contacts

Industry News

MINI unveils 40 lb. CitySurfer concept

Imagine a kick scooter grown up. That might be the best way to describe MINI's "CitySurfer Concept" with its auxiliary electric drive, top speed of 15 miles per hour and electric range of 10-15 miles. At about 40 pounds and with the ability to fold down and fit into the trunk of the MINI three-door, BMW Group says the CitySurfer is being presented with flexibility in mind. "The concept study shows attractive ways in which its users can get directly to their final destination without having to consider traffic congestion, the shortage of parking space and the timetable intervals of local public transportation," said the automaker in a release. The CitySurfer is equipped with a high-performance lithium-ion battery contained in a rain and splash proof housing and integrated permanently in the frame under the foot board.

Consumers more open to CPO

A study by AutoTrader.com has found that consumers are more open than ever to the idea of buying a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, the result being that dealers and manufacturers that can turn shoppers into owners will be well-positioned to build long-lasting relationships. Rick Wainschel, vice president of customer insights at AutoTrader.com, said "now is the time for consumers, manufacturers and dealers to pay close attention to the CPO landscape." More than nine million certifiable vehicles will hit the market in the next few years, he said. The study, now in its fourth year, said "peace of mind" is the top reason for a buyer to consider a CPO vehicle. A purchase can also be the gateway to new vehicle sales. Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at AutoTrader.com, said dealers and manufacturers need to do a better job of educating consumers. "CPO still isn't clearly understood. The key to getting them to buy the vehicles is education."

Stewart named director of auto shows at GM

Heather Stewart, who most recently was manager of national advertising for General Motors' Chevrolet brand, is now GM's director of global auto shows, exhibits and experiential marketing. Stewart's new position was previously held by Grace Morgan, a longtime ASNA supporter, who is now director of GM's global marketing operations and partnerships. Stewart joined GM in 2005, having previously worked at Saab in a variety of sales roles.

BMW i3 is Green Car of the Year

BMW's i3 "city car" came out on top in the Green Car Journal's "Green Car of the Year" awards presented at the LA Auto Show. The vehicle comes in two versions - an all-electric and one that extends the i3's range with a small engine that charges the batteries. Finalists in the annual competition were the diesel-powered Audi A3 TDI, the Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel (which runs on both gasoline and natural gas), the Honda Fit, and the VW Golf. The i3 is considered the most efficient vehicle ever rated by the U.S. EPA, having earned a 124 "miles per gallon equivalent," a measure of how far a vehicle can travel on the energy equivalent to a gallon of gasoline.

Nissan offering free charging in Chicago

Nissan is now offering two years of free public charging for residents of the Chicago area who purchase or lease its all-electric LEAF vehicle. The addition of the "No Charge to Charge" program to Chicago adds to the 12 top markets where Nissan LEAF is offered. The fast chargers will be located at retail stores and toll-way oases. LEAF drivers will also enjoy free one-hour charging sessions at more than 140 charging stations that offer 240v output. The automaker plans to offer the program at LEAF dealers in at least 13 additional markets within a year.

Actor expands racing role with Porsche

Patrick Dempsey
Perhaps best known for his role on TV's "Grey's Anatomy," Patrick Dempsey continues to pursue a long-time passion for racing behind the wheel of a Porsche. Dempsey will, in 2015, be driving a 911 RSR as part of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship, including the Le Mans 24-hour race. Dempsey began racing with Porsche in 2013, scoring fourth place in the GTE-Am class at LeMans. In 2014, he placed fifth at LeMans and third place at the Tudor United SportsCar Championship at the Virginia International Raceway. "Porsche was winning sports car races before I was even born," said Dempsey. "There are moments when I simply cannot believe that I am now a member of this great team."

Must have in-car tech features

Experts at AutoTrader.com have identified six in-car tech features they say help make the drive safer and more enjoyable. Expect to see at least a few of the features in vehicles at auto shows this season. They include adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, touch-screen infotainment, park assist, in-car WiFi, and automatic start-top engine. "The features we've picked are things that aren't just cool - they're things that both the most and least tech-savvy drivers can use and appreciate," said AutoTrader.com's Brian Moody.

Volvo to use virtual reality tool

It's not exactly a Ride and Drive but Volvo is hoping its adoption of Google Cardboard as a virtual reality tool will help consumers get an early taste of what it's like to drive its all-new XC90, months before it arrives in the U.S. The automaker first showcased the Volvo Reality app at the LA Auto Show. It is now available on both Android and Apple devices.

VW names Guerreiro EVP of communications

Mario Guerreiro
Mario Guerreiro, a former automotive journalist who since 1990 has worked in a variety of communication roles in the Volkswagen Group, is now executive vice president of communications at Volkswagen Group of America. Michael Horn, president and CEO, said Guerreiro's appointment, which took effect Oct. 1, "will be critical to the strategic and operational oversight of our group and brand communications." Most recently, Guerreiro was head of international communications at VW in Germany.

Show Profiles

Albany: Two shows will merge into one with new facility

"The 'tail' of this car show should keep the dealers busy with customers for months to come."
- Kim Perrella
There are definitely changes in the wind as far as auto shows in Albany, the state capital of New York, are concerned.

For starters, the Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers, the dealer group headed by ATAE Deborah Dorman that has owned and produced two shows - the Empire State Plaza Auto Show, a free admission event, and the Albany Auto Show - is merging the two events into one.

That event (still named the Albany Auto Show) will be held next November 13-15 at the Times Union Center.

But let's give the Empire State Plaza event its due.

Kim Perrella, ENYCAR's vice president of auto shows and member relations, said even though it was the last show in the Empire State Plaza, a complex of several state government buildings in downtown Albany that was built between 1959 and 1976, seeing evidence of an economy turning around was exciting.

"We're seeing a lot of job growth in our area," said Perrella. One of those job drivers is GlobalFoundries, which recently signed a deal with IBM, which is paying the company $1.5 billion to take over the manufacture of computer chips.

The bottom line for dealers is a healthier business climate, said Perrella. "Dealers are happy."

At the auto show, the resurgence in the economy was obvious. "The halls were packed with car shoppers of all kinds," said Perrella.

The Empire State Plaza had at least 160 vehicles (including three all-electric models) and along with all but one automaker present plus a dozen other exhibitors, the place was packed.

"Many were there to start a search and others were making final decisions about what to buy," said Perrella. "The 'tail' of this car show should keep the dealers busy with customers for months to come."

The saga of a new convention space for Albany is one that has been at least talked about for more than a decade. Originally a $225-million proposal that would have created 200,000 square feet, the current proposal for the Albany Capital Center is said to cost $65 million and deliver a modest 82,000 square feet of space while retaining the existing Times Union Center and Empire State Plaza.

Logistical issues of having auto show visitors weave their way through those three connected venues will be sorted out, said Perrella.

Next year's Albany Auto Show will be the transitional year with a move to the Times Union Center.

In the meantime, the economy is growing and its solid base - state government - ensures that there won't be the big swings that might be felt elsewhere.

"The hope is that the new conference facility will revitalize the downtown," added Perrella.

Profile: Empire State Plaza Auto Show

Nov. 7-9, 2014

Empire State Plaza

Exhibit Space:
50,000 square feet


Show Hours:
Fri.: 9 am-9 pm; Sat.: 10 am-6 pm; Sun.: 11 am-5:30 pm.

Produced by:
The Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers, Inc.

Show Contact:
ATAE Deborah Dorman
President, Eastern New York Coalition of Auto Retailers
518.452.0584 (ext. 201), deborah@enycar.org

Kim Perrella, auto show manager
kperrella@enycar.org, 518.452.0584, ext. 202

Show Website:

Anaheim: Advance knowledge helps show build on momentum

"There's definitely a stimulation of demand for new vehicles that can be tied directly to the show."
- John Sackrison
Auto show directors have said this before, but the most recent Orange County International Auto Show is proof positive that knowing ahead of time what "special" vehicles will be available does help with the dynamic of pre-show marketing.

ATAE John Sackrison, who heads the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association, said Kia's commitment to bring its GT4 Stinger concept to the show did just that.

"We were able to incorporate that into all our marketing efforts," said Sackrison. "And it certainly helped drive attendance.

While in the past, music has been a big part of the Motor Trend Auto Show-produced event, in a sense it was the famous "Get into my car" Billy Ocean tune that show organizers found got inside the heads of show goers.

"It did help us a lot in our marketing and throughout the show," said Sackrison of the music, which has been licensed for use in other Motor Trend shows as well.

And, of course, there was a substantial emphasis on social media with a strong campaign running ahead of and during the show.

For example, Sackrison said the show's Facebook community has topped some 10,500 users.

From a vehicle sales perspective, Sackrison said he believes those who visited the auto show, even if they weren't necessarily "in the market" before they came, end up more likely to buy after their visit.

"It's a bit like going to the mall and while you're not necessarily intending to buy something, you end up with the idea in your head to do so," he said. And in the case of Orange County, some 53 percent of show goers came away saying they are more likely to make that purchase sooner after attending.

"It speaks volumes to us," said Sackrison. "There's definitely a stimulation of demand for new vehicles that can be tied directly to the show."

Profile: Orange County International Auto Show

Oct. 2-5, 2014

Anaheim Convention Center

Exhibit Space:
525,000 square feet

$12 adults, $10 for Seniors, $10 for Military and kids 12 and under are free

Thursday, 4 pm-10 pm; Friday, noon-10 pm; Saturday, 9 am-10 pm; Sunday, 9 am-7 pm.

Produced by:
Motor Trend Auto Shows

Show Contact:
ATAE John Sackrison
Executive Director,
Orange County Automobile Dealers Association
949.428.5050, jsackrison@ocada.org

Show Website:

Bedford: Show's second year has dealers enthused

"Already the presidential primary noise is starting so we know that will be part of what we're going to be dealing with in 2015."
- Pete McNamara
In one year, ATAE Pete McNamara has doubled his experience with auto shows.

Granted, last year's New Hampshire Auto Show was the very first one for the Granite State, but clocking a 15 percent increase over that inaugural year is still worthy of note.

For his part, McNamara, who heads the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association, is more than pleased but certainly not content as he and his dealers have an even bigger show planned for next year and years to come.

"We were very pleased with the show this year," said McNamara, even as he recognizes future shows will need to overcome several changes, not the least of which is competing with the public's attention around next year's impending primary election.

"We're going to have to become more aggressive if we're going to compete in that environment," said McNamara. "Already the presidential primary noise is starting so we know that will be part of what we're going to be dealing with in 2015."

Still, McNamara and his team are ready for the challenge. And they are well poised to deliver.

Consider, for example, the fact that the auto show venue - the NH Sportsplex - has already expanded from the 130,000 square feet available last season to 155,000 square feet.

Given the potential, McNamara and the Motor Trend Auto Shows team will be analyzing the traffic flow for this new show.

"We're certainly enthusiastic about what lies ahead for us," said McNamara. "This was a great show, especially as we now have an opportunity to keep our potential buyers here in New Hampshire, which saves them from driving to Boston to see what's new."

Profile: New Hampshire International Auto Show

Oct. 24-26, 2014

NH Sportsplex

Exhibit Space:
130,000 square feet

Adults, $7; Seniors (62+), $6; Children (7-12), $5; Military (with ID), Children (6 and under), FREE

Show Hours:
Friday 12 noon-9 pm; Saturday 10 am-9 pm; Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Produced by:
Motor Trend Auto Shows

Show Contact:
ATAE Peter McNamara
President, New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association
603.230.2156, pmcnamara@nhada.com

Show Website:

Fort Worth: Early season showcase of latest cars a significant benefit

"The Ride & Drive is a great opportunity for people to have a good look at the cars in the best possible environment."
- Marianne Jones
Marianne Jones, director of communications for the DFW Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association, looks to the recently held DFW Auto Show in Fort Worth as one of the earliest opportunities residents of the area have to see what's new on the street, even before it gets there.

"One good thing about having the show in November is that fact," said Jones, whose role also includes promoting the Dallas event, on the calendar for next March 25-29.

In many ways, the two are quite complementary. "I don't see the Fort Worth show from being much different from Dallas," said Jones. "But for Forth Worth, we were very fortunate to have had about 30 vehicles that were completely new to those who attended."

The auto show team forged a relationship with the Tarrant Area Food Bank in a promotion that gave $1 off admission for anyone bringing a non-perishable food item, and Jones said the show took it one step further.

"We reached out to our dealers with a challenge of our own," she said. "They brought those non-perishable food items down to the show on Saturday." Those efforts contributed to a grand total of 6,752 pounds of food being donated, double the amount Jones had expected when the initiative was announced.

Also at the show, Ford's presence with its Ride and Drive - another successful follow up to last year - resulted in exactly what it hoped for: hundreds of people trying out what they expect will be their next vehicle.

"The Ride & Drive is a great opportunity for people to have a good look at the cars in the best possible environment," said Jones.

Also at the show was a display of high-end vehicles - the Park Place Premiere Collection - brought from the Fort Worth-Dallas area network of dealerships, including Bugatti, Lotus, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, McLaren, Porsche and Rolls-Royce.

Profile: DFW Auto Show in Fort Worth

Nov. 6-9, 2014

Fort Worth Convention Center

Exhibit Space:
270,000 square feet

Adults, $11; $1 discount coupons available at franchised new car dealers who are members of DFW NCDA; Senior Citizens 65 and older, $5; Children, 6-12, $5; and Children 5 and under, Free

Show Hours:
Thurs.-Friday, 1 pm-10 pm; Sat., 10 am-10 pm; Sun., 10 am-6 pm

Produced by:
Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association

Show Contact:
ATAE Lee J. Chapman, President,
Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association

Jo McKinley, VP and show coordinator
214.637.0531, jo.mckinley@dfwncda.com Website:

Miami: Cutting edge vehicles mingle with classics

"We make it fun to buy a car."
- Cliff Ray
If the idea of cars covered with graffiti gives you a bit of a shudder - especially if you're an insurance agent - settle down; the Cars Meet Art exhibit at the most recent Miami International Auto Show was the kind of controlled atmosphere that any art aficionado would appreciate.

Show organizer Cliff Ray and his team began with the inspiration of the Wynwood Walls graffiti art in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami.

They then took 10 cars, wrapped them, invited well-known graffiti artists and let the fun begin.

Show visitors could see, either live or through interactive screens, how the featured artists would respond.

"It was a very popular feature and probably one of our more interesting," said Ray, who tied in the attraction with Ally Automotive, the signature sponsor for the Miami International Auto Show.

Vintage vehicles also continue to be popular, this year with two distinct displays, a Memory Lane with later model antique cars, and Havana Classics, which featured some of the pre-Castro models, shined up and surrounded by cigar rollers and Spanish music.

"It wasn't just a place to look at cars," said Ray. "It was a real experience."

There was also a popular Million Dollar Alley, featuring the very rare Pagani sports car, along with selections from McLaren, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Maserati.

Ray, who's father Leon Ray began working at the first auto show some 44 years ago (he took over the reins of the event in on his father's passing in 1990), said he's seen more than a generation of change in the time he's worked on behalf of the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, headed by ATAE Richard Baker).

"Whether it's touch screen technology or having Camp Jeep with us as well as the Ride and Drives, what's distinctively different is the desire and ability to touch and feel what's available in new vehicles, not just to look at them," said Ray.

Today's show goers are also keen to see the latest in electric vehicles and hybrids, a part of the show that is, Ray said, increasingly popular.

"We make it fun to buy a car," he added, referring to features like the Topless in Miami showcase of convertibles that debuted at last year's show, sponsored by the Southern Automotive Media Association.

As one might expect, language is also an important element when it comes to the show, not only in the pre-show marketing plan (advertising in media that reach both English and Spanish audiences) but also at the displays where at least one or more product specialists are bilingual.

"It's becoming more and more important to get the key points across to the customers and manufacturers clearly understand that," said Ray.

Profile: Miami International Auto Show

Nov. 7-16, 2014

Miami Beach Convention Center

Exhibit Space:
600,000 square feet

Adults, $15; Children (6-12), $6; under 6, Free.

Show Hours:
Nov. 7, 5 pm-11 pm (following press preview); Sat-Sun. (Nov. 8-9) 11 am-11 pm; Mon. 2 pm-11 pm; Tues. 11 am-11 pm; Wed. - Fri.; 2 pm-11 pm; Sat (Nov. 15), 11 am-11 pm; Sun (Nov. 16), 11 am-9 pm

Produced by:
South Florida Auto Dealers Association

Show Contact:
Cliff Ray, Show Coordinator
ATAE Richard Baker
President, South Florida Automobile Dealers Association
rbaker@sfada.net, 305.981.1448

Show Website:

Oklahoma State Fair: Auto show integral part of event

"Even during the weekdays, we typically have a good stream of people coming out of the concerts that are going on, since we're right next to them."
- Peter Hodges
When we talk about one of the first auto shows of the season - the Auto Show at the Oklahoma State Fair - it's important to remember that this event has some important distinctions over virtually every other show in the ASNA network.

For starters, it's really an integral part of one of the largest state fairs in the country, with the auto show component being one of the largest exhibitors.

The dealership organization - the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, headed by ATAE Peter Hodges - rents a 60,000-square-foot building from the fair, where it displayed this year 11 vehicle brands (compared with nearly 30 it will display next March at the Oklahoma City International Auto Show).

"Most of the automakers consider the State Fair show as being secondary to that larger show," notes Hodges. "After all, it is primarily a State Fair, with an auto show feature. But even though you can tell the difference between a regular auto show attendee, the people who are there for the State Fair do consider the auto show part of the experience of why they're there."

And Hodges is clear that the State Fair organizers are very happy to have the auto show a part of the dynamic.

So is he.

"Even during the weekdays, we typically have a good stream of people coming out of the concerts that are going on, since we're right next to them."

What Hodges and his team have on the horizon is a significant change as far as where exactly the show will be in the future.

In fact, the building they use is being replaced with a 205,000-square-foot space, of which the auto show will use 70,000 - about 10,000 square feet more than it uses now. The new building is expected to be completed in 2016.

Profile: Auto Show at Oklahoma State Fair

September 11-21, 2014

Oklahoma State Fair Park

Exhibit Space:
60,000 gross sq. ft.

Free with State Fair admission.

Sunday-Thursday 10 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 am to 10 pm

Produced by:
Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association

Show Contact:
ATAE Peter Hodges, President
Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association
405.607.0400, madapeter@coxinet.net

Show Website:

Sacramento: Perfect weather, busy crowds make show a hit

"Part of the magic of this show is that we're able to put all of the event proceeds back into the community."
- Stacey Castle
Three years after a significant change in dates for the Sacramento International Auto Show, ATAE Stacey Castle says the community has embraced the new October dates, and especially leaving behind the somewhat unpredictable weather that can occur in northern California in November.

That date change decision looked even better this year as "perfect weather" was one factor that helped drive increased attendance.

"The show looked wonderful," says Castle, producer of the event and Executive Director of the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association - owners of the show. "We had great crowds and really positive feedback from everyone from the manufacturers to the attendees."

And the fact that the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers were playing late in the day on Sunday certainly didn't hurt attendance.

"Football can be a factor for what happens on Sunday," notes Castle. "But this year we were able to keep the crowds."

What also helped were expanded family areas that also served as a draw. "We found it gave families one more reason to attend as well as spend a little more time at the show," adds Castle.

Along with Ride and Drives representing 12 manufacturer brands, the show also featured a large assortment of luxury and exotic vehicles, collector Thunderbirds, Mustangs, Camaros and motorcycles, horseless carriages, and museum collection vehicles. Adding some additional spice to the event were radio controlled drifting exhibitions and some whacky racing art cars. Giveaways included free parking for the first 100 people daily, $1,000 a day cash giveaways and free Starbucks coffee every morning.

But perhaps even more important than the various events that drive interest in new vehicles is the impact the Sacramento International Auto Show has on the community and specifically children's charities such as the Shriner's Hospitals for Children and Make-a-Wish of Northern California.

"Part of the magic of this show is that we're able to put all of the event proceeds back into the community," says Castle, citing the more than $3.5 million the show has donated to date.

Profile: Sacramento International Auto Show

Oct. 17-19, 2014

Cal Expo, Sacramento

Exhibit Space:
275,000 square feet under roof; 800,000 outside space

$12 adults, children 12 and under free

Show Hours:
Fri: 10 am-9 pm; Sat: 10 am-8 pm; Sun: 10 am-6 pm

Produced by:
Castle Communications, Inc.

Show Contact:
ATAE Stacey Castle
Executive Director
Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association
916.635.2728, Stacey@castlecommunications.net

Show Web site:

San Antonio: Growth is in the air for show, city

"We're continuing to show growth. It's that growth that is part of our strategic plan."
- Pamela Crail
There's nothing like strategy - especially one involving growth - to focus your attention, something ATAE Pamela Crail is familiar with as head of the San Antonio Auto Dealers Association, which owns the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show.

"We're continuing to show growth," said Crail of her sixth show, attendance for which was up about 16 percent over last year. "It's that growth that is part of our strategic plan."

Getting there includes focusing on what sets San Antonio apart from the rest of the nation, aspects of life that Crail said are responsible for the city currently being the seventh largest by population in the country.

"We're getting ready to shoot past that number in the very near future, likely to number five," said Crail.

Crail said a generous number of universities, as well as magnets for tourism and easy living that include the Alamo, River Walk and a moderate climate are all part of the San Antonio dynamic that's fueling that growth.

At this year's auto show, Crail's team hosted media for the second year in a row, doubling their attendance for that event.

There were also several events tied into the show, all designed, strategically, to drive attendance.

One was a challenge put out to students from six area universities to see who could fit the most students into a Chevy Sonic. The winning team - from Our Lady of the Lake University - was able to squeeze 15 students into the vehicle.

The show also debuted its Green Truck of the Year award, which went to the Ram EcoDiesel a V6 light-duty truck that boasts 28 miles per gallon.

Crail and her team also took advantage of San Antonio's love affair with its NBA Spurs, with now-retired Antonio Daniels appearing for autographs. The show also featured an appearance by Spurs mascot, "The Coyote."

And show goers raised money for charities as well, including proceeds from a raffled Corvette that was painted in Spurs' colors with the dashboard autographed by current star player Tim Duncan.

Profile: San Antonio International Auto Show

Nov. 6-9, 2014

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Exhibit Space:
300,000+ square feet

$10 adults, 10 and under FREE.

Show Hours:
Thursday, 2 pm-10 pm; Friday, 2 pm-10 pm; Saturday, 10 am-10 pm; Sunday, 11 to 7 pm.

Produced by:
San Antonio Automobile Dealers Association

Show Contact:
ATAE Pam Crail
President, San Antonio Automobile Dealers Association
210-732-9647, pamcrail@saautodealers.com

Show Website:

Tampa: Dealer groups tapping hot market

"We had a very high percentage of people at the show that are in the market to buy."
- Robert McElheny
ATAE Robert McElheny has quite a history representing one of the dealer organizations that owns the Tampa Bay International Auto Show, an event that just celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Once McElheny retired from his full-time job as vice president at Gator Ford, a truck-only store in nearby Sefner, Fla., he has become even more familiar as he continues to head the Tampa Bay Area New Auto Dealers Association.

Two other area dealer organizations - the Clearwater Automobile Dealers Association and the St. Petersburg Automobile Dealers Association - will continue, as they have for the last three years, to have their interest in the show, which is produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows.

This year's show, said McElheny, was a reflection of a market that continues to grow and prosper.

"We had a very high percentage of people at the show that are in the market to buy," he added.

Add in the four Ride and Drive events - from Kia, Chrysler, GM and Mazda - and it's clear that prospects are almost certainly going to keep dealers in the region busy for weeks if not months to come.

"We were very pleased with the support from manufacturers," said McElheny, referencing the fact that most if not all of the displays had been substantially updated. "You could just see that they were modernized. It really made a difference."

But while clearly show goers are enticed to see what is new in the market, they also found time to peruse a selection of extraordinary vehicles made available through duPont Registry Live.

There was also a selection of half a dozen hot rod vehicles brought to the show by Ronnie Setser's Customs, a Tampa body shop known for its custom paintwork and high-end detail work.

And then there's the pre-show luncheon that the show throws for dealers in the area. Last year's guest speaker was Florida's attorney general Pam Bondi; Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn spoke at the popular luncheon this year.

Proceeds from the auto show are divided among a number of charities, said McElheny, most of them local.

"We've done a lot for the American Cancer Society but we also look at special requests," he said. One of those was the donation of a trailer used by the Tampa Police department.

Another was to a team of "Slipstream Racing" students representing four Manatee County schools who captured the national schools F1 championship with the USA Society for Automotive Engineers.

"We felt because it was 100 percent automotive, it was a good fit for what we're all about," said McElheny.

Profile: Tampa Bay International Auto Show

Nov. 14-16, 2014

Tampa Convention Center

Exhibit Space:
185,346 sq. ft.

Adults , $12; Seniors & Military, $5; Children 7 - 12, $5; Children under 6, FREE; Sunday, Nov. 16 is Family Day: All Children 12 & under enter FREE with paying adult.

Show Hours:
Friday, Nov. 14, Noon - 10 pm; Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 am -10 pm; Sunday, Nov. 16, 10 am-6 pm.

Produced by:
Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC

Show Contact:
Michael Duffy, event manager
212.915.4412; mobile: (917) 445-4994; mduffy@enthusiastnetwork.com
ATAE Robert McElheny,
Executive Director
Tampa Bay Area New Car Dealers Association

James Gillespie
Executive Director
St. Petersburg Automobile Dealers Association

Alfred Andrews
Clearwater Automobile Dealers Association

Show Website:

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3/7/2015 - 3/15/2015

Columbus International Auto Show
3/19/2015 - 3/22/2015

DFW Auto Show in Dallas
3/25/2015 - 3/29/2015

Iowa/Illinois Regional Auto Show
2/6/2015 - 2/8/2015

Dayton Auto Show
2/19/2015 - 2/22/2015

Denver Auto Show
4/8/2015 - 4/12/2015

North American International Auto Show
1/17/2015 - 1/25/2015

Edmonton Motor Show
4/9/2015 - 4/12/2015

Fort Worth
DFW Auto Show in Fort Worth
11/6/2014 - 11/9/2014

South Carolina International Auto Show
1/16/2015 - 1/18/2015

Harrisburg, PA
Pennsylvania Auto Show
1/29/2015 - 2/1/2015

Connecticut International Auto Show
11/21/2014 - 11/23/2014

First Hawaiian International Auto Show
3/13/2015 - 3/15/2015

Houston Auto Show
1/21/2015 - 1/25/2015

Indianapolis Auto Show
12/26/2014 - 1/1/2015

Kansas City
Kansas City International Auto Show
3/4/2015 - 3/8/2015

Las Vegas
Las Vegas International Auto Show
11/28/2014 - 11/30/2014

Los Angeles
Los Angeles Auto Show
11/21/2014 - 11/30/2014

Louisville Auto Show
1/30/2015 - 2/1/2015

Miami International Auto Show
11/7/2014 - 11/16/2014

Greater Milwaukee International Auto Show
2/21/2015 - 3/1/2015

Minneapolis/St. Paul
Twin Cities Auto Show
3/7/2015 - 3/15/2015

Montreal International Auto Show
1/16/2015 - 1/25/2015

New Orleans
Greater New Orleans International Auto Show
3/20/2015 - 3/22/2015

New York
New York International Auto Show
4/3/2015 - 4/12/2015

Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City International Auto Show
3/5/2015 - 3/8/2015

Oklahoma City
Oklahoma State Fair Auto Show
9/11/2014 - 9/21/2014

Midlands International Auto Show
1/22/2015 - 1/25/2015

Central Florida International Auto Show
11/27/2014 - 11/30/2014

Philadelphia International Auto Show
1/31/2015 - 2/8/2015

Arizona International Auto Show
11/27/2014 - 11/30/2014

Pittsburgh International Auto Show
2/13/2015 - 2/16/2015

Portland International Auto Show
2/5/2015 - 2/8/2015

Northeast International Auto Show
2/6/2015 - 2/8/2015

Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show
3/20/2015 - 3/22/2015

Rochester International Auto Show
2/26/2015 - 3/1/2015

Sacramento International Auto Show
10/17/2014 - 10/19/2014

Saint Louis
Saint Louis International Auto Show
1/22/2015 - 1/25/2015

Salt Lake City
Utah International Auto Expo
1/16/2015 - 1/19/2015

San Antonio
San Antonio Auto & Truck Show
11/6/2014 - 11/9/2014

San Diego
San Diego International Auto Show
1/1/2015 - 1/4/2015

San Jose
Silicon Valley International Auto Show
1/8/2015 - 1/11/2015

Seattle International Auto Show
10/15/2014 - 10/19/2014

Spokane International Auto Show
2/13/2015 - 2/15/2015

Tampa Bay International Auto Show
11/14/2014 - 11/16/2014

Greater Toledo Auto Show
2/5/2015 - 2/18/2015

Canadian International Auto Show
2/13/2015 - 2/22/2015

Tulsa Auto Show
4/17/2015 - 4/19/2015

Vancouver International Auto Show
3/24/2015 - 3/29/2015

Washington Auto Show
1/23/2015 - 2/1/2015


Automotive Trade Association Executives

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Jim Appleton
ATAE Chairman

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ATAE Executive Director

ASNA Committee

Lou Vitantonio, chair, 2015 ASNA Summer Meeting
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Chris Adelmann
St. Louis Auto Show

Rod Alberts
North American International Auto Show

Loretta Allman
Charlotte International Auto Show

Stacey Castle
Sacramento International Auto Show

Greg Remensperger
Portland International Auto Show

Mark Schienberg
New York International Auto Show

Jim Tolkan
Greater Milwaukee International Auto Show

Tam Webb
Midlands International Auto Show

The Auto Show Report

Joe Rohatynski, senior editor

J.D. Booth, writer

Marc Harlow, writer

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