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Highlights of the Denver Auto Show
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Auto shows are all about dreaming and the Denver Auto Show gives you plenty of opportunity to envision yourself in a shiny new ride. The auto show at the Denver Convention Center has over 500 new vehicles in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. There is a luxury section that has everything from Lamborghinis to Aston Martins, with price tags that run north of $200,000. It also features several Ferraris including a new-for-2015 California T model in a rare shade of navy blue. If you are having a James Bond moment, there are three different Aston Martins on display, including the Vantage and Vanquish models.
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As you make your way through the 500,000 square-foot display, you will find Jaguars, Land Rovers, Cadillacs and Lexuses. Check out the vehicles that received awards from the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association for being outstanding in their class. The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the Rocky Mountain “Truck of the Year”. The 2015 Chrysler 200 is the Rocky Mountain “Car of the Year”. The 2015 Subaru Outback was voted the Rocky Mountain “SUV of the Year”.
There are several new vehicles of note on display at the show. Alfa Romeo is returning to the American market for the first time in decades with the Alfa Romeo 4C. Alfa Romeo is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Alfa Romeo is following in Fiat’s footsteps, being re-introduced to American drivers. Ram is also introducing a new Ram 1500 Rebel edition. The special trim package will be installed at the factory in Warren, Michigan and is expected to be a hot seller. Dodge is also showing off its hot Charger HellCat edition. The 700 horsepower Charger and Challenger models have been in high demand since they were announced.
Ford is displaying its redesigned 2016 Explorer. Matt Zuehlk, Explorer’s brand manager says that sales of the SUV are up 23 percent in the Denver region in the last year. Zuehlk says that 7 million Explorers have been sold in the last 25 years and Ford expects Explorer to stay the leader in the large utility segment. Ford is adding a new Platinum luxury trim level to the SUV as well as a new “sport” edition.
General Motors has several new vehicles on display, including the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Chevrolet is also rolling out a new Malibu for 2016 and the new design is expected to help the mid-size sedan compete against the Toyota Camry and the Ford Fusion. Buick is also showing its new 2016 Cascada convertible. It is the first time Buick has dropped its top in 25 years. The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 always draws a crowd at any show.
Volkswagen is out with two models that are expected to be hotsellers, a new version of the Golf R with higher horsepower and a new Sportwagen TDI that promises great fuel efficiency.
Toyota is rolling out its 2016 Tacoma mid-size truck. The Tacoma will be built in San Antonio, but at this point the company isn’t releasing any specs.
The Denver Auto Show runs through Sunday, April 12th.