Cincinnati Auto Expo rolls into town

Feb. 8-12 at Duke Energy Center
Posted at 6:03 AM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 06:10:40-05

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Auto Expo rolls into town this week as the Tri-State’s premier automotive industry event featuring the latest models of cars, trucks, SUVs, hybrids and crossover vehicles. Dealers from around the area will display their 2017 editions and will be available to answer any questions about the new vehicles.

The Cincinnati Auto Expo will be open on the following dates and times at the Duke Energy Convention Center:

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Wednesday Night Preview offers $1 admission, and two-for-one matinee tickets are available Thursday and Friday before 6 p.m. Matinee tickets and Wednesday tickets are available at the door. Tickets are available now at the website here.

Exhibits include:

Dream Machine Boulevard: The Dream Machine Boulevard debuted in 2016 with a collection of exotic, high-end, luxury vehicles. Whether they dazzle with raw horse-power, zero-to-60 times, stylish design, or sheer sticker price, these vehicles are rare, exciting and a must-see attraction for any automotive enthusiast. 

Chevrolet Test Drive: In addition to its display in the main exhibit hall, Chevrolet will have eight of its hottest models available for test drives at the Chevrolet Test Drive. Whether you’re interested in the Camaro, Cruze, or Colorado, this is the perfect opportunity to get behind the wheel and take a spin around downtown Cincinnati.

Toyota Drive Center: Get behind the wheel of the newest Toyota vehicles at the Toyota Drive Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to take the new Camry, Prius, Highlander and RAV4 out on a test drive around downtown Cincinnati.

Ford Ride and Drive: Ford will have some of their most exciting models available for test drives at the Ford Ride and Drive. If you’re interested in trying out the Fusion, Escape, Explorer, Mustang or Focus, stop by the Ride and Drive Center at the main entrance of Duke Energy Center.

The Photo Bus Cincy: The Photo Bus Cincy is a classic 1970s Volkswagen Bus that’s been converted into a photo booth on wheels. Attendees can pile in, pick their props and poses, snap high quality photos and take home souvenir prints. Check it out in the Concourse on Fifth Street at Duke Energy Center.

Safe Travel Family Zone: Kids 12 and under are always free at the Cincinnati Auto Expo, and there are numerous fun activities for them inside. Goody bags and passports will be distributed at the main entrance and will guide families to the various Family Zone activities throughout the show. Once completed, kids will receive two tickets to enter to win an R/C car of your choice in our raffle. Attractions include: the Dragonfly Foundation Firetruck, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Cincinnati Children’s Child Passenger Safety display, Full Throttle Karting’s Virtual Reality Simulator, Recreation Outlet’s jungle gym and trampolines, as well as face-painting, mascots, balloon animals and more.

“Cars as Hollywood Stars:” Some of your favorite movies are filmed right here in Cincinnati, and we’ve brought their automotive stars to this year’s Expo. See in person the vehicles that share the screen with actors including Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and John Travolta. Brought to you by Film Cincinnati, the featured cars will include: ‘49 Ford from A Kind of Murder starring Jessica Biel, ’55 Nomad has been featured in several movies, ’49 Packard from Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, ’57 Corvette from Miles Ahead starring Don Cheadle, ‘73 Gran Torino from Miles Ahead starring Don Cheadle, and the ‘76 Continental Mark IV from Gotti featuring John Travolta.

Cincinnati Concours D’Elegance: This year, the Cincinnati Concours D’Elegance will hold its 40th annual Car Show at Ault Park on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Stop by their expanded display to see a collection of some of Greater Cincinnati’s finest classic cars.

Beer and Wine Garden: New this year, make sure to stop by the Wine and Beer Garden in the Concourse on Fifth to sample local craft beer and wine offerings. Enjoy live music, and don’t miss the Friday meet and great with the Cincinnati Ben-Gals Cheerleaders.

UC DAAP: Students at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning will be displaying their work on the future of automotive design. As automation becomes more commonplace, the function of a car’s interior — especially the driver’s seat — will evolve.