Monday, November 1, 2010

40th Anniversary South Florida International Auto Show Returns to Miami Beach, Nov. 5-14

The South Florida International Auto Show, one of the largest and oldest major auto expositions in the country, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year when it opens Nov. 5 for a 10-day run at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The first South Florida show in 1971 featured fewer than 300 vehicles but shared Top-5 status nationwide with shows in New York, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles. Now the annual event features hundreds of vehicles from the world's top manufacturers, including the latest crossovers, SUV's, pickups, concepts and accessories.

Eco-friendly, alternative energy and other fuel-efficient models will be gathered in a new Green Way exhibit this year. Show veterans who saw details of the Chevrolet Volt chassis and battery in previous shows now can see the finished production car. The zero emissions, 100-percent Nissan LEAF will be on display before it becomes available by reservation only this December. Other green vehicles include the Audi A3TDI, the Honda CR-Z Hybrid and the latest Toyota Prius.
Visitors to the show will also be introduced to pre-sale vehicles and those just hitting showroom floors, like the Acura TSX Sport Wagon and the 2011 Nissan Juke.

The Acura TSX Sport Wagon, launching in December, offers a smart solution to modern utility
needs with its balanced and efficient driving performance coupled with bold styling and versatile cargo capabilities. Unlike traditional entries in the fast-growing compact hatchback/crossover market today, the 2011 Nissan Juke offers bold styling, unexpected levels of performance and an advanced torque vectoring AWD system with performance technology usually reserved for premium vehicles.

Additional vehicles of note include the completely redesigned 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with its redeveloped plush interior and added comfort of an independent rear suspension, and the Ideal Vehicle Award-winning 2011 Suzuki Kizashi, which offers a sport sedan with crisp handling typically found in more expensive,
premium sport sedans.
Another new exhibit this year is Miami Street Rides, a collection of custom cars chopped, tuned and painted in the spirit of the 1960s movement by California-based designers and hobbyists. Jeep's Rocks & Road Tour returns this year offering visitors trail rated rides through a water trough and over hills, logs and boulders.

Memory Lane is headlined this year by one of only 745 Chevrolet Corvettes built in 1959 with a
290 horsepower fuel-injected engine. The unique 'Vette is joined by a full collection of historical cars chosen by the South Florida chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Million Dollar Alley displays the most exotic and luxurious models on the market, including lines like Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati and Spyker. Motorcycles will fill a room at the show, near The Car Boutique displays of auto and home accessories.

Friday, Nov. 5, 5pm - 11pm
Saturday, Nov. 6, 11am - 11pm
Sunday, Nov. 7, 11am - 11pm
Monday, Nov. 8, 2pm - 11pm
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2pm - 11pm
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2pm - 11pm
Thursday, Nov. 11, 11am - 11pm (Observance of Veterans Day)
Friday, Nov. 12, 2pm - 11pm
Saturday, Nov. 13, 11am - 11pm
Sunday, Nov. 14, 11am - 9pm

ADMISSION: Adults $10.00, Children 6-12 $3.00; Discount admission tickets are available at participating new car dealerships and McDonald's restaurants in South Florida.

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