Thursday, March 13 - Sunday, March 16

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03/12/2014

MEDIA DAY

The Press Preview for the Columbus International Auto Show is Wednesday, March 12 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Media are welcome to join us for a sneak peek of the floor display at the show and check out all cool new featured vehicles. There will also be local dealers and product specialists available for interviews to answer all your automotive questions. Please contact Leslie Fulford at Fleisher Communications Group for more details or to set up another time to cover the show.

Leslie Fulford, Fleisher
Communications Group
(614) 354-0720

leslie@teamfleisher.com

Organizers of the Columbus International Auto Show are proud to announce that 2014 brought about a consecutive record-setting year for attendance. Over the past two years the Auto Show has seen a total attendance increase of 34 percent!

 

The Columbus International Auto Show will return again to the Greater Columbus Convention Center from March 19 – 22, 2015. We want our partner manufacturers and sponsors to know that we will continue to expand our interactive opportunities as well as grow our social media campaign and press opportunities.

 

Thank you, Columbus, for another great year! See you in 2015!

If you attended this year’s 2014 Columbus International Auto Show, you probably noticed something a bit different when you walked in. Sitting in the main aisleway of the show were three old, beat-up vehicles – quite a spectacle when set amongst a sea of shiny, brand new cars, prototypes, and concept vehicles.

 

This display was a part of The Ugliest Car in Columbus Contest presented by the Central Ohio Honda Dealers. The contest began in early February on the Columbus International Auto Show Facebook page. Photos were uploaded and submitted on a contest application on the page. A round of voting then narrowed down the entries to the finalists, the top three vote-getters. Those finalists brought their cars down to display at the Auto Show, where the last round of voting took place.

 

Among these three cars were Jacey Deitrich’s 1995 Dodge Neon Sport, Joel Phoenix’s 1992 Honda Accord, and Brad Zigan’s old, rusted Ford F-250. You could hear attendees debating over which car truly was the ugliest, and the opinions varied greatly. The votes were tallied and on Sunday, March 16th in the Honda display, it was announced that Jacey Deitrich did indeed have the Ugliest Car in Columbus. Her old Neon was rusted in places, had doors and a hood with different colors from the white body, and was quickly becoming less and less driveable.

 

Jacey, 18 years and from Junction City, was ecstatic! Surrounded by her family and friends that came down to support her during the announcement, she couldn’t help but shed some tears of joy. She had worked hard campaigning for this contest and her votes. Jacey has just started a new job and the car will come in handy with the commute she will be taking. She has already picked out her blue sedan and is very thankful to the Columbus International Auto Show and Central Ohio Honda Dealers for this opportunity.

There’s opportunities to go home with some great prizes courtesy of the Columbus International Auto Show! Each day we will be posting a photo with an automotive-related question on our Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram. We will post it with the hashtag #CIASphoto to make it easy for you to find.  All you have to do is comment on the photo (or tweet back on Twitter) with your answer to the day’s question for your chance to win! At the end of each day we’ll draw one lucky winner from those who answered correctly and they’ll go home with an iPad Mini!For the full contest rules, click here:  #CIAS Contest Rules

Do you think you deserve an automotive upgrade? Well we are looking for the Ugliest Car in Columbus, and we’re giving the winner an all-new 2014 Honda Civic thanks to the Central Ohio Honda Dealers. All you have to do is go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ColumbusInternationalAutoShow and upload the photo of your ugly car to our contest page to enter. Don’t have a particularly ugly car, but still want to win a new Civic? Well then get creative!

 

Entries will be accepted until noon on February 24th. Voting begins at 1:00 pm on February 24th and will go until midnight on March 3rd. The top 3 finalists with the most votes will have photos of their cars put on display at the 2014 Columbus International Auto Show for another final round of voting. On Sunday, March 16 we will announce the winner of the new Civic at the Auto Show! For complete rules, click here: Ugly Car Contest Rules

The Columbus International Auto Show is excited to have Huntington Bank as its presenting sponsor once again.  The 2014 Auto Show is going to be bigger and better than ever, and this could not be possible without the continued commitment from our wonderful sponsors.  This year marks the 7th consecutive year that Huntington has served as presenting sponsor.  We are glad to have them back!

 

2014 is predicted to be an exceptional year for the automotive industry and dealerships will likely see a rise in sales with manufacturers turning out new technologies at increasingly affordable prices.  According to Huntington’s second annual Midwest Economic Index, 24 percent of respondents in the state of Ohio, and one in five across the Midwest, indicate they plan to purchase or lease a vehicle this year.

 

A recognized leader in new and used automobile financing and dealer services for more than 60 years, Huntington Auto Finance is comprised of 170 professionals serving more than 3,600 dealerships across 17 states in the Midwest and New England.  Huntington financed more vehicles in 2013 than during any other time in its history.  End to end, the record 205,000 cars stretch from Huntington Bank’s Columbus, Ohio headquarters to Mason, Georgia.

 

Huntington’s dealer network receives 70 percent of indirect credit decisions administered in 3 seconds or less, up to 19 loan design pricing options with every approved application, and 95 percent same-day contract funding.  The Columbus International Auto Show is proud and appreciative of the continued relationship with Huntington through the years.  If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for March 13 – 16 for the 2014 Columbus International Auto Show presented by Huntington Bank!

The Columbus International Auto Show will be rolling into town soon, showcasing the latest and greatest models.  Read the full press release here:  Press Release_Ohio Auto Shows 2014

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