CINCINNATI -- According to organizers, the main appeal of the Cincinnati Auto Expo (besides the cars themselves, that is), is that it’s a “no-sale zone.” Meaning, you can peruse more than 400 of the latest cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers and hybrids from 32 domestic and foreign manufacturers, all at the same place and at the same time.
Product specialists will be on hand to answer your every question, but not to get you to buy something.
While there are several attractions at the expo, including a Corvette museum, a kids’ zone, and a beer and wine garden, the high-performance vehicles kept on "Dream Machine Boulevard" are the main draw alongside 2018's brand-new models ranging from Acura to Volvo. Four manufacturers (Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen), are making their vehicles available to test drive.
According to organizers, these are some of the highlights of the Expo:
Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium
This family-sized SUV seats seven passengers. Up front in the SEL Premium, the dashboard is fully digital, not only giving information on the state of your vehicle but also media playback for mobile devices. A 480-watt, 12-channel amp delivers live concert sound through 12 speakers distributed throughout the car.
Engine: 3.6 liter VR-6
Fuel Economy: 20 miles per gallon
Sticker Price: Begins at $39,415
Honda Accord 2.OT EX-L
This mid-sized sedan features “traffic sign recognition” safety features, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and an eight-inch touchscreen interface that includes hard buttons for frequently used functions.
Engine: 20 liter 4-cylinder
Fuel Economy: 27 miles per gallon
Sticker Price: Begins at $31,970
Located on Dream Machine Boulevard, this particular sports car is colored sunset orange, a rarity. It goes from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds and, in the words of one official, “blows a lot of cars out of the water.”
Sticker Price: $200,000
Jaguar F Type R Convertible
Also located on Dream Machine Boulevard, this model is considered by some to be the sportiest and quickest vehicle in the prestigious Jaguar lineup. Among its features are automatic braking (you might need it with this one).
Engine: 5.0 liter supercharged V8
Sticker Price: Begins at $103,000
WANT TO GO?
What: Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati
When: Feb. 7-11, 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $9 (advance) and $11 (day of show). Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
More Info: 888-428-7311 or www.cincinnatiautoexpo.com