Partial Auto Show line up announced
Some of the all-new and completely redesigned vehicles you can see at the Portland show in Janaruary
The 2017 Portland International Auto Show has announced some of the all new, redesigned and exotic vehicles that will be on display.
New models include the Chevy Bolt, the affordable electric vehicle that will go 230 miles on a single full charge. Also coming is the Ford EcoSport compact SUV, the Volkswagen Atlas midsize SUV, the Genesis G80 midsize sedan and Genesis G9 full size sedan, and the Hyundai Ioniq, the company's first all-electric vehicle.
Redesigned models include the Audi R8, the Mini Countryman, the Chevy Cruze Hatch, the Subaru Impreza, the Honda Ridgeline, and the Mazda Miata RF with a retractable fastback hardtop.
Exotic vehicles include the new Jaguar F-Type SUV, the new Maserati Levante SUV, the new Bentley Bentayga SUV, and the redesigned Porsche Panamera.
The annual show is the largest display of new cars, trucks, vans, crossover and SUVs in the region. In addition to the hundreds of new vehicles on hand, it includes ride-and-drive events by many manufacturers and numerous family friendly features.
The show is presented by the Portland Metro New Car Dealers Association. The Pamplin Media Group is the Presenting Sponsor. It is scheduled from Thursday, Jan. 26 to Sunday, 29 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. MLK Jr. Blvd. A Sneak Peak Charity Party will be held on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Tickets on sale now
Tickets for the 2017 Portland International Auto Show are on sale now.
Prices are: $12 general admission for 13 and older, $10 for seniors and members of the miltary, and $7 for young adults ages seven to 12. Children under six are admitted free.
Also for sale are tax deductible $100 tickets for the Sneak Peek Charity Preview Party on the evening of Jan. 25 that benefits seven local nonprofit organizations.
To purchase tickets or learn more, visit the Auto Show website at: portlandautoshow.com.
Vehicle sales could break record again
After slowing slightly in October, U.S. auto sales picked up again in November and are back on track to break last year's record of 17.5 million vehicles sold.
Analysts credited the election of Donald Trump as president, the continuing economic recovery, easy credit, big incentives from manufacturers and Black Friday sales for the increase. Practically all manufacturers saw gains, including Volkswagen, which had been suffering because of the emissions scandal.
At the current rate, total new car and light truck sales could exceed 17.8 million vehicles by the end of the year — a new record.
Some experts expect strong sales to continue into 2017, too, fueled by ongoing job creation that has pushed the unemployment rate down to 4.6 percent in November, a nine-year low.