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The 2014 Indianapolis Auto Show at the Indiana Convention Center
Ah, that new car smell. Care to take a whiff? If so, you’ll find plenty of it at the 2014 Indianapolis Auto Show in downtown Indianapolis.
This massive auto show, which is the second oldest in the country, behind only the Chicago Auto Show, is celebrating its 100 th anniversary at the Indiana Convention Center now through January 1, 2014.
It’s the perfect place to be for anyone who loves checking out new and exotic cars up-close but doesn’t want to be bothered by a sales person. It’s actually OK to touch most cars and even step inside to experience first-hand what it might be like to own one.
“We have been doing this for the last 25 years. It s a great opportunity for consumers to come in. It s 70 degrees and sunny (inside), and you can comparison shop (and) look at vehicles. No one is selling anything, so you don’t have to worry about a salesman tying to pressure you into closing a deal,” says show manager Marty Murphy.
The opportunity to see a $375,000 carbon-fiber Lexus LFA up-close, for example, doesn’t come around every day, although this particular one is look-only. This is one of many exotic cars on display at the show. In fact, over 400 new and exotic vehicles are on display under the massive roof of the Indiana Convention Center.
Cars like the 2014 Corvette Stingray draw a perpetual crowd of admirers, who lift the hood, check out the engine, step inside the driver’s seat, and generally admire this exquisite machine.
In all, over 35 different makes of domestic and import automobiles and trucks are represented at this year’s event.
But the show is not just about exotics. Some of the more popular, ‘everyday’ cars include the Dodge Challenger, Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang, etc. Luxury brands like Cadillac, Lexus and Range Rover are also represented.
The Ford racing simulator has been one of the more popular attractions at the show. Once buckled into the seat, the ride tilts, rotates and gyrates as you attempt to navigate a race track that is displayed over 3 inter-connected flat panel displays.
“Camp Jeep” is another very popular attraction that allows you to experience riding over rough terrain, going up and down steep inclines/declines and riding at extreme angles. A driver drives the vehicle while you enjoy the ride.
The humanoid Ford interactive robot talks and gestures and even makes wise cracks as it interacts with the crowd.
A Ford F-150 3.5L Ecoboost TM truck engine is on display. The engine incorporates technology that is found in heavy-duty diesel trucks, including twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, says Ford.
Food and drinks are available in the concessions area, which is a good thing, since it can take several hours to really see everything.
This is a fun and interesting experience for anyone looking for something to do during the holidays. The Indiana Convention Center is a truly world-class venue. There is ample parking at Lucas Oil Stadium. And plenty to do in the immediate surrounding area as well.