Minneapolis Auto Show

Once again, it was the time of year for the Minneapolis Auto Show, and once again, it continued to get smaller. This year, the show didn’t even cover the entire convention center floor like it has in the past, but nothing really felt like it was missing. I’m pretty sure they simply crammed the cars closer together, but I don’t see the reason for it. Maybe by not renting out the space, they could save on costs… whoever they is I guess. Regardless, there were some decent vehicles, and some surprises as well. For instance, I did not expect to see the SLS or the Fiat 500 or the A8 W12 at the show. I was expecting the R8, but not the convertible, and I guess I didn’t really expect to see the new STi sedan there either, but I’m glad it was because it really overshadowed the Evo that was sitting right behind it. In fact, other than the horrible STi seats (which the Evo clearly comes out on top in that battle thanks to its Recaros) the Subaru is the more aggressive looking vehicle, and it showed. When I was there, people were all over it, while the Evo was sort of lost in the shuffle behind it.

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Corvette ZR-1

Corvette ZR-1

Corvette ZR-1

Corvette ZR-1

Corvette Concept Car

Corvette Concept Car

Corvette Concept Car

Corvette Concept Car

Lexus CT200h

Lexus CT200h

Lexus CT200h

Lexus CT200h

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Ferrari F430 Spider

Ferrari F430 Spider

Ferrari F430 Spider Bentley Continental GT

Ferrari F430 Spider Bentley Continental GT

Ferrari F430 Spider Bentley Continental GT

Ferrari F430 Spider Bentley Continental GT

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Fiat 500

Fiat 500

Fiat 500

Fiat 500

Honda CRZ Race Car

Honda CRZ Race Car

Honda CRZ Race Car

Honda CRZ Race Car

Honda CRZ Race Car

Honda CRZ Race Car

BMW X5M

BMW X5M

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Audi A8 W12

Audi A8 W12

Audi A8 W12

Audi A8 W12

Audi A7

Audi A7

Audi R8 Convertible

Audi R8 Convertible

Audi R8 Convertible

Audi R8 Convertible

Audi R8 Convertible

Audi R8 Convertible

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

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2 responses to “Minneapolis Auto Show

  1. The Show was actually 25,000 sqaure feet bigger than last year. It also contained several manufacturers that were not available last year, including BMW, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Porsche and Fiat. This is bigger despite the fact that we lost Saturn, Pontiac and Hummer. Manufacturers are encouraged and allowed to take as much space as they desire to show off their vehicles.

  2. Scott,
    Thanks for that, but regardless of whether it was bigger than last year (which maybe I don’t remember because I’ve been attending this show for years and may have skipped one (though I doubt it)) the actual auto show used to take up all three domes in the convention center. This year, there was a barrier up blocking the third dome area. Now, what I think this means, is that less space is being used. Also, the upstairs used to be essential viewing, but not anymore, and the vendors are now squished into one tiny showroom. I’m telling ya, its getting more cramped and smaller than before, despite what you think. And I know that for a fact. Also, the Fiat booth barely took up any room, as did Porsche. If I had to venture a guess, I would say that the stupid “Ultimate Garage” exhibit took up more room than both of those auto makers combined floor space. I know what that auto show used to be like, and it was certainly more cramped this year as far as vehicle spacing was concerned as well.

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