Friday, January 13, 2017

Hampton Roads International Auto Show Report

Virginia Beach Convention Center

This weekend is the local Hampton Roads International Auto Show here in Virginia Beach HRIAS. The show continues Saturday and Sunday. Here's a look at some of the sights from today! Special thanks to FORD for giving free admission to our military. Click on each photo to get a larger view.

Thanks to FORD

First up: The new Maserati SUV, the LEVANTE

The new Chevy BOLT all electric car is getting rave reviews, with a range of over 200 miles!
If you're not ready to go all electric, there's always the monster Chevy CORVETTE
They still make the SMART car, and you can even get one as a convertible
The new Toyota CAMRY has this feature I've never seen, that's an air vent back there in the back seat
This Honda CIVIC gets my vote for MOST GREEN car of the day
The HONDA pickup truck has a tailgate that opens sideways, and extra storage under the bed
Cool wheel, Nissan 370Z
This Buick CASCADA in red really stuck out in a sea of black, gray, and white vehicles
Catchy gray matte paint job on this  FIAT 500X
FIAT 124 SPIDER, shared platform with the Mazda MIATA
Alfa Romeo GIULIA, finally arriving at dealers now. You've got to love a car named for your wife (Julia)

Alfa badge, a classic, snake eating a guy!
Audi IR8, V10 motor! Starts at about $162,000

I think I've got the name correct: "IR8", which maybe someone should explain that in English it's "IRATE"
Porsche 718, commonly known as the Boxster. List price around $56,000, this one had options that made it $73,000
Another new SUV: the Jaguar F-PACE
Also new, the Jaguar XE. The basic XE will the cheapest Jag, mid $30,000 range
A new MINI model this year, the COUNTRYMAN, will be on sale in a few months
Can you see the Union Jack flag in the back of the headrests?
BMW M40i

BMW M40i sky-view!
I liked this VW display for their RallyCross racing Beetle
SPOILER ALERT VOL II: This Subaru BRZ has a really cool spoiler, that even has little end plates!
Mazda MIATA, convertible and hard top versions
Mazda MIATA, very cool in this gray color hard top

Formerly a Scion car, this is now the Toyota 86

Toyota COROLLA iM with graphics

Toyota 86 with the circular 86 log on the headlight

Small 86 badge on the side of the Toyota

My vote for ugliest color of the day? This Chevy Cruze

"Orange Burst Metallic"

Toyota was offering free test drivers, so I enjoyed getting behind the wheel of this Highlander, and a Prius

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