Sunday, February 11, 2007

Iowa-Illinois Regional Auto Show

This is just another of those events that we take for granted around here. Check out this map of the Motor Trend auto shows across the country. We're in pretty good company on there. Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Jose, Baltimore, etc, and then Quad Cities. From what I can tell we're the smallest metro area in the country to get one of these shows.

Unlike last year, I remembered to take my camera this year.
Hopefully another difference from last year will be that no downtown buildings catch on fire.

If you're such a fan of the QuadCityImages blog that a PayPal donation or ad-clicking just won't do, I wouldn't refuse a gift of a 2008 Dodge Avenger. Its replacing the Stratus, and definitely has more style. Its pretty much a miniature Charger, although without the Hemi. Its also a bit more affordable, and the window sills are perfect for resting your arm on, unlike the Charger's neck-high ones. Of course... I would also accept a Charger.

Here's another interesting thing. Despite only being announced a few days before the show, the 2008 Ford Five Hundred was already rebadged with the Taurus name. I wonder if we were the first auto show to display the 2008 Taurus? Cruiser also mentioned this a couple days ago in his Taurus post.

Here are a couple more pictures from the show, and here are a total of 8 on my Flickr page. These were all taken right before the end of the show Saturday, so the crowd was thinning out. When we got there it was fairly crowded and the parking garage was full up to the 4th floor or so. The show is open from 10am to 6pm today, (Sunday) and costs $6, or $5 if you print off the online coupon.


Anonymous said...

This is only an auto show and no mini vans or pickup trucks?

cruiser said...

I didn't hear Ford make the announcement on the Taurus, but obviously it's a go. Thanks for the nod QCI. We went a couple years ago and they had trucks and a little bit of everything then. I imagine it's the same now.

QuadCityImages said...

Yeah, lots of big trucks. They even had that SuperDuty with the step that pulls out of the tailgate from the "big game" commercials.

They didn't have much in the way of small trucks, like the Ranger or Colorado, but that was probably on purpose. I guess I didn't take any pictures of trucks, probably because I'm not currently in the market for one.

In past years they've had half a dozen concept cars, but this year the best they had was some early 2008 models. There was a concept of the new Focus that didn't look much like the current one, but I don't know if that's changing in '08 or what.