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16th Annual Michigan International Auto Show

February 6, 2014

16th Annual Michigan International Auto Show –

February 6-9 at DeVos Place
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich – It’s time once again for the Michigan International Auto Show, which rolls into DeVos Place, February 6-9, for its 16th annual show. Presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association (GRNCDA) and produced by ShowSpan Inc., it has been the most highly attended annual event in Grand Rapids since it was first held in 1999.

“Attendees to this year’s Auto Show will see one of our finest displays of cutting edge vehicles to date,” says show producer Henri Boucher. “As we see technology advances of incredible speed in all areas of our lives, the Automobile Industry continues to be a leader. If someone is even thinking about their next new car, why would they not want to see all of their options? The Auto Show is that Golden Opportunity.”

Nearly 40 car manufacturers from around the world will be in attendance at the Michigan International Auto Show, where more than 300 new vehicles – including sedans, vans, SUVs, trucks, hybrids and sports cars – will be showcased with factory representatives on hand to answer questions. Pre-production and concept vehicles are also part of the annual line-up.

“The Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association has been presenting this show for 16 years and every year it gets better,” says Terry Burns, Executive Director of the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association GRNCDA. “As a major source of employment, as well as a considerable source of retail tax revenue for the state, we appreciate this opportunity to continue supporting such an exciting West Michigan event.”

Returning features include the grandest “Million Dollar Motorway” to date, a room filled with exotic, new production cars with window stickers of $100,000 to $500,000; an array of Supercars – including the 2014 Camaro SS/RS, the 2014 Mustang Coupe GT Premium and the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT 392; as well as an impressive display of vintage vehicles from the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners – including the last surviving 1938 Mercedes 540K Sport Tourer – which was hidden away in Germany for 60 years (beginning during World War II) before finding its way to the United States.

“Vehicle technology has evolved significantly in recent years,” says President Blair C. Sharpe of The Sharpe Collection of Premium Automobiles. “We have standard gasoline powered vehicles, alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, diesel, electric, plus a plethora of interior and exterior options to consider. The choices can be overwhelming! This auto show brings it all to one place, in an environment that enables families to comfortably see and feel what is available first hand.”

The Auto Show once again kicks off with the Charity Spectacular on Wednesday, February 5 from 6:00-9:30pm. Sponsored by Huntington Bank, the evening is also broadcast live from 7-8pm on WOOD TV8 and WOTV4. This cocktail-attire evening includes a stylish, high-energy FASHION OVERDRIVE, a silent auction, 2014 Cadillac ATS Sedan raffle, and mouth-watering strolling dinner prepared by the culinary staff at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. More than 1000 guests are expected to attend, making it the largest annual charity event in Grand Rapids. Tickets, at $150 per person, for this celebratory night may be purchased online at http://www.spectrum-health.org/AutoShowGala or by calling 616-391-9125 Proceeds benefit the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The 16th Annual Michigan International Auto Show is presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association and is one of 14 consumer expositions produced by ShowSpan Inc., in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1945, ShowSpan – a John D. Loeks Company – has grown to be one of the largest producers of consumer shows in the Midwest.

Michigan International Auto Show: February 6-9, 2013

Thursday, February 6 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday, February 7 11:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday, February 8 10:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, February 9 10:00am – 6:00pm

Admission: $10 adults, $4 children aged 6 to 14. Kids 5 and under are admitted free.

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