Pomona, California - General Motors announced plans today to debut the next chapter of the growing Hummer legacy - the H3 - at California's spring new car show, March 30 - April 3 at Fairplex.
The H3 version of the ultimate sport utility vehicle will be 16.9 inches shorter in lenght than the H2 , six inches shorter in height, six and one-half inches narrower ... and post a sticker price in the mid-$30,000 range.
The planned H3 debut at Fairplex comes on the hells of previous announcements by Subaru, Dodge, Honda, Lexus and Volkswagen to unveil new vehicles at the Pomona show.
Traditionally, the Inland Empire Auto Show presents automakers with one last opportunity to unveil late 2005 or early 2006 models to the Southland. Last year Chrysler chose the IEAS to introduce its new 300C, which went on to become selected "Car of the Year."
GM has also added two factory concept vehicles to its display: the Trailblazer SS and the Silverado Craftsmen truck.
To better accommodate industry growth in the market, the 15th annual IEAS has moved to the renowned Fairplex, the largest entertainment venue on the West Coast. Domestic and foreign manufacturers will display hundreds of cars, light trucks, sport utility vehicles, minivans and commercial trucks.
Subaru's B9 Tribeca, an all-new seven-passenger SUV with an innovative performance package and attention-grabbing new age styling, heads a roster of other Inland Valley debuts that includes the new Dodge Charger; Honda's first truck, the Ridgeline; a redesigned Volkswagen Jetts; and the first luxury hybrid vehicle, the Lexus RX 400h SUV.
The SMART Car, a 3-cylinder coupe, the subject of controversy over the manufacture's claim of 60 miles-per-gallon performance will also in introduced to the Inland Valley. Distributor Zap World Industries boasts of the vehicle's acclaimed European performance and will now unveil an Americanized version at Fairplex.
The new venue will offer show produced, Auto Dealer Shows, Inc. of Playa Del Rey, CA, various opportunities to expand the venerable event. In addition to an enlarged automotive accessory arcade, the IEAS will expand "Toys to Tow," an exhibit of motorcycles, ATVs, PWCs and small camper trailers.
The layout in buildings 5, 6, 7 and 8 of Fairplex will also provide a bigger track for the Toys 'R Us "Kids Kar Show" an interactive display of motorized and pedal-powered vehicles for children age 3-9 to drive.
The Fairplex site will also allow for increased entertainment. KOLA-FM radio hosts rock 'n roll's "Lil' Elmo and The Cosmos" in concert from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 2 and KFRG-FM from 1 - 4 p.m. on April 3.
The closing day, April 3, is also Toys 'R Us Family Day with children age 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. KFRG and Toys 'R Us will give away two motorized kids cars to lucky children.
The Inland Empire Auto Show runs March 30-April 3 at Fairplex in Pomona, The Show is open March 30-April 1 from noon to 9 p.m.; April 2 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and April 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children age 6-12 with children under 6 admitted free. Seniors age 60 and over are admitted for $6.00 on weekdays only.
Discount coupons offering $2.00 off the general admission are available at all Albertsons and Sav On Drugs locations.
More information and advance tickets are available online at inlandempireautoshow.com. rc