Michigan International Auto Show steers new-car fleet to DeVos Place


The Michigan International Auto Show features new models by more than 30 carmakers. Photo by Michael Buck

The annual Michigan International Auto Show begins today at DeVos Place.

Car manufacturers from around the world will display more than 300 new vehicles during the four-day event, including several not-yet-released models.

“This show is exciting, because it provides a one stop shopping experience for people to sit in and compare, side by side, a variety of vehicles from different manufacturers,” said Dianna Stampfler, show publicist. “Those looking to buy a new car can avoid having to visit multiple dealerships for that comparison and narrow the field for test driving later.

"The variety is diverse — from compact to full size, fuel efficient to luxury, rugged to classic — the cars, trucks and SUVs cover all the bases,” she said.

The show, which is presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association, begins at 3 p.m. today and runs through Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.

This is the show’s 15th year, and it has grown significantly since 1999. It now boasts one of the largest collections of $100,000-plus cars and more than four acres of new cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers.

“Every year, it's bigger and better,” Stampfler said. “It's become a tradition.”

This year, the event promises attendees the opportunity to see seven 2014 model year and pre-production vehicles, including 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish, 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, 2014 Ford Fiesta, 2014 Ford Transit Connect, 2014 GMC Sierra, Lexus LSF Sport, pre-production model, and 2014 Mazda6.

Two cars will be celebrating significant anniversaries this year. The Chevy Corvette turns 60, and, to celebrate, the company will display both its 2013 ZR1 Coupe and a 1958 model, brought in from the Gilmore Car Museum. The Aston Martin will celebrate its 100th anniversary with four signature vehicles on display.

The auto show hours vary day to day: Thursday, Jan. 31 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-14. Children under 5 will be admitted for free.

Some highlights of the Michigan International Auto Show are below.

  • Million-dollar motorway: a viewing of vehicles with retail prices over $100,000. Cars expected to be on display: 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish, Maserati Gran Turismo, Aston Martin DB9, Audi R8, Aston Martin Rapide, Mercedes Benz C550C4, Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder, Mercedes Benz SL 550, Rolls Royce Ghost and BMW Grand Coupe, among others
  • Auto show super cars: the cars on display will have at least $20,000 worth of added options and accessories
  • Fast and furious cars: a selection of racecars
  • A chance to meet Danny Kellermeyer, who is the SCCA's Great Lakes STO National Champion for 2010 and 2011, as well as SCCA's Central Division ITE Champion for 1995-96
  • Gilmore car museum display: a collection of historic cars from one of the top five car museums in the nation
  • Tailgate party: new to the auto show, it will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday

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