The 49th Annual Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS) will feature over 500 vehicles, the majority of which will consist of brands and models familiar to the general public. This year’s theme, “Driving the Dream,” focuses on finding the extraordinary in the ordinary by exploring the dream experience when buying something as common as a family sedan. The Auto Show will also feature many “must see” vehicles. It’s unlikely that the general public has seen these vehicles, some of which may be completely new to the typical enthusiast or car buyer.
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There are several brands this year that the Auto Show would like to spotlight. The first is Morgan Motor Company. Morgan is a British car company that hand-builds each car and uses a large amount of wood in the manufacture of its very unique vehicles. With looks reminiscent of the early 20th century and limited production, the Morgan is truly one unique vehicle and an example of some of the truly creative products that exist beyond what is seen on the road each day.
Fisker Automotive will also make an appearance at the Auto Show. Fisker helped to create one of the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The Karma, Fisker’s first model to be sold last year, took a new approach to the hybrid electric market by offering a vehicle that is both “green” as well as luxurious. It has also gained attention by being the car of choice for celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ashton Kutcher. Fisker was founded in 2007 by Henrik Fisker who has designed Artega GT, BMW Z8, the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, all of which are among the most iconic models available. Fisker Automotive creates a unique niche which can identify with both the environmentalist as well as the enthusiast.
The Auto Show will feature several vehicles from the Lingenfelter Collection as it does each year. The Lingenfelter Collection has a lineup of some of the world’s most sought-after classic and contemporary cars, many which are limited to only a very small number produced. The Lingenfelter display will give Auto Show visitors an up close view of some of the most interesting and exciting cars in the industry from a variety of different makes and models, such as classic muscle cars, exotics and an extensive Corvette collection.
Show hours are Friday, Oct. 5, from 12 p.m. (noon)-6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
New to this year’s Auto Show is the Car Care Council Vehicle Check-Up event which is free and open to the public. The Car Care event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, in the parking lot of H. H. Dow High School at the corner of North Saginaw Road and West Main Street, adjacent the Northwood campus. Throughout the show, being held Oct. 5-7, the Car Care Council will have a booth. Council staff will be on hand to discuss “Be Car Care Aware,” distribute free car care guides to consumers and provide information about the Sunday vehicle check-up event.
Many exhibits will line the Mall Walk and offer a variety of food, information and entertainment. The Auto Show is free of charge, offers free parking and is open to the public. For more information and a schedule of events, visit our website at www.northwood.edu/autoshow/, “Like” the Northwood University International Auto Show on Facebook or call 989.837.4823 or 989.837.4423.
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