California’s spring new car show opens at the West Coast’s largest entertainment venue -- Fairplex -- March 30 for a five-day exhibition of model year 2005 and 2006 vehicles from domestic and foreign manufacturers.
The 15th annual Inland Empire Auto Show has changed sites in an effort to accommodate increased exhibits of new and futuristic cars, light trucks, minivans, sport utility vehicles and commercial trucks from manufacturers that include Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and Honda.
Fairplex, with its immense size and tradition -- the facility hosts the
L.A. County Fair and National Hot Rod Association WinterNationals Drag Racing Championships among a multitude of popular regional activities-- proved a natural location. The Pomona location is also the site of the nationally recognized Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.
Historically the IEAS, a presentation of Auto Dealer Shows,Inc. of Playa Del Rey,CA, has served as the auto industry’s final opportunity to introduce new models to the the West Coast market. Lexus and Subaru will take advantage of the opportunity by unveiling two radically innovative SUVs.
Lexus pushes the future of transportation further into the 21st century with the debut of the first luxury hybrid, the RX 400h. This first-of-its kind sport utility vehicle is defined as a “full hybrid”, capable of operating in electric-only or gas-only mode as well a combination of the gas engine and electric motor.
Subaru has slated the new venue for the unveiling of the 2006 B9 Tribeca, its all-new progressive SUV, a seven passenger crossover vehicle with an innovative performance package and an inspiring new age look, more conducive of concept cars.
Renowned for its 22-year run of best-selling Accord and Civic sedans and an innovator with its hybrid vehicles, Honda will debut the automaker’s first truck, the 2006 Ridgeline, to the Inland Empire in its Fairplex exhibit. The four-door, four-wheel-drive next generation half-ton truck features a five-passenger cab and an exclusive and secure in-bed trunk. The Ridgeline is slated for Inland Empire showrooms in early May.
It’s “back to the future” for Dodge, which follows up last year’s IEAS debuts of the Chrysler 300C Car of the Year and Dodge Magnum with a return of the fabled Charger, the 2006 four-door sedan available with the legendary Hemi V-8.
Over 300 domestic and foreign vehicles will be on display in Buildings 4, 5, 6 and 7 at Fairplex.
The expanded venue has allowed ADS to greaten other aspects of the Inland Valley’s traditional auto exposition, the West Coast’s only spring new car show:
-- Zap World Industries, manufacturers of the SMART Car, the electric vehicle scheduled for a fall ‘06 highway presence, will display several versions of its popular alternative vehicle;
-- the new Fairplex setting will feature an exhibit by Explorer Vans, the Warsaw, IN entity renowned for the makeover of vans to seat nine adults or provide a complete playroom with movies or video games;
-- the Toys ‘R Us Kids Kar Show, an IEAS creation, which allows children age 3-9 to examine...and DRIVE... the newest motorized and pedal cars available to their crowd;
-- the Continental Corporation , manufacturers of the latest in automotive braking systems, will host its “Safely There” interactive mobile exhibit featuring a multi-axis hydraulic motion simulator offering an exciting 3-D journey with videos on an 82-inch screen; and the 2005 IEAS is also prepared to make one additional boast: with Fairplex concessionaires serving their renowned turkey legs and tri-tip sandwiches along with other popular treats, The Show will now offer the best cuisine of any auto exhibition in North America.
The Inland Empire Auto Show runs March 30-April 3 at Fairplex in Pomona.The Show is open March<