Auto show revs up for Feb. 20-23

Back for a repeat at the 2020 Dayton Auto Show, the Toyota Drive Center will feature different models, perhaps like this Tacoma TRD Sport Crew, for drivers to try out. Metro News Service photo
Back for a repeat at the 2020 Dayton Auto Show, the Toyota Drive Center will feature different models, perhaps like this Tacoma TRD Sport Crew, for drivers to try out. Metro News Service photo

Hottest new models, latest technology will be on display

Details are emerging for the 2020 Dayton Auto Show, slated for Feb. 20-23 at the Dayton Convention Center. While there is no theme to the show, it will emphasize the latest in automotive technologies for the consumer in a relaxed, low-key but exciting environment.

“It’s cold in February, so we like to have people come out for family fun, whether you are in the market for a new vehicle or not,” said Dayton Auto Show manager Kelly Danison. “We think it’s a big win, especially if you are in the market for a new car.”

Before the Internet made so much vehicle-purchasing information available, prospective buyers had to drive from dealership to dealership for test drives and details on features and prices. At the convention center, 22 E. Fifth St., show-goers are welcome to open doors and slip behind the wheel of almost everything on the floor. Product advisors will be on hand to speak with and plenty of printed product information will be available, but the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles does not permit direct selling at the show.

Dozens of 2020 vehicles available now and specialty vehicles will appear. More than 100 SUVs, trucks, cars and hybrids are expected to be displayed.

The Miami Valley Chevrolet Dealers are once again generously offering a two-year lease, valued at more than $9,000, of a 2020 Chevy Equinox SUV to some lucky attendee. To enter, visit an area Chevy dealership between now and Feb. 19 or until 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at the show. Six finalists will be drawn from the total entries at the dealerships. One finalist will be drawn each day of the auto show, for a total of four additional finalists. Finalists will be notified by phone prior to Sunday’s drawing. All 10 finalists must attend the auto show Feb. 23 for the final drawing which will take place in the Chevrolet display at 3 p.m.

Other show highlights will be:

• Military Appreciation Days, Feb. 20-21, all with military ID will gain free entry, sponsored by the Dayton Area Toyota Dealers

• Back for a repeat, the Toyota Drive Center featuring different models for test-driving around downtown Dayton, located at the main entrance on Fifth Street

• Special entertainment attractions on Feb. 22-23 for kids, including animals from Wild Hearts African Farm Mobile Teaching Zoo; visits from all four Cincinnati Reds mascots; and balloon and face-painting artists on Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Photo scavenging hunt. Nine photos of certain aspects of show vehicles (make and model) will need to be identified for entry to win a Samsung 55-inch Ultra HD TV

The 2020 Dayton Auto Show’s presenting sponsors are the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun.

For more information, look for a special 2020 Dayton Auto Show tabloid inserted in the Feb. 16 Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun.

HOW TO GO

  • WHAT: Dayton Auto Show
  • WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 20, noon-9 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 21, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • WHERE: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St.
  • ADMISSION: $8 for adults at the door, $6 students with student ID, $6 online at www.daytonautoshow.com). Children ages 9 and younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • DISCOUNTS: Feb. 20-21 – Military Appreciation Days, all with military ID will gain free admission; seniors, age 65-plus, $6 at door
  • PARKING: Available in the Oregon District Parking Garage (formerly named the Transportation Center Garage), one block east of the Dayton Convention Center on Fifth and Jefferson streets. There is a covered skywalk on Level 1 that will bring you to the third floor of the convention center facility. Daily rates are $2/hour or part hour with a $6 maximum.
  • INFORMATION: DaytonAutoShow.com; Facebook: Facebook.com/DaytonAutoShow; Twitter: @DaytonAutoShow; Instagram: @DaytonAutoShow