Pamplin Media Group – It’s all over the moon: The return of the Portland International Auto Show

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With two years of new vehicles, the Portland International Auto Show leads to the Convention Center on February 24

After taking a break last year due to the pandemic, the Portland International Auto Show is back for 2022, Thursday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Car dealerships and vehicle repair shops are among the largest employers in the Portland area and offer relatively high wages. The show has traditionally been the largest new vehicle exhibit in the Pacific Northwest. Now, with two years of releases to discover, there’s more to see than ever.

Special sections on the show are planned for Pamplin Media Group newspapers before it opens. The papers will also include discount coupons offering $3 off adult admission until 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The automotive industry is changing rapidly, with entirely new products, concepts and technologies every year. Here are some highlights from this year’s show:

COURTEY PHOTO: FORD MOTOR COMPANY - Ford has relaunched the Bronco for 2022 as a rugged midsize SUV (above) and a smaller off-road capable Bronco Sport.2021 and 2022 Trucks and SUVs: Hot off its accolades as North American SUV and Truck of the Year, Ford will introduce the 2022 Bronco off-road SUV and the innovative Maverick compact pickup truck. The base Maverick includes a hybrid engine that returns up to 42 MPG in city driving and starts at around $21,000.

New car gift: Everyone at the show has a chance to win a new 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Plug-in Hybrid by entering the Pamplin Media Group booth raffle.

North American Car of the Year: The 2022 Honda Civic won this prestigious award. The best-selling four-door or hatchback compact has been completely redesigned and starts at just $21,900.

PHOTO COURTESY: TOYOTA - All entrants have a chance to win a new 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Plug-in Hybrid during the New Car Giveaway at the 2022 Portland International Auto Show.Electric vehicles: Electrified vehicles are in the news, and many will be at the auto show. Subaru will bring its all-new Solterra electric SUV, while Ford will also highlight the all-electric Mustang Mach-E GT, released in 2021, and the all-electric F-150 Lightning, which can power your home in the event of an outage. Federal tax credits are available for most electric vehicles, and Oregon also offers rebates of up to $5,000, depending on household income.

Performance cars: Traditional muscle and sports cars also continue their resurgence with many of the newest models on display. They include both hardtop and convertible versions of the latest Chevy Corvette, which is now a mid-engined sports car. Also appearing are completely redesigned versions of the mechanically similar Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86. Nissan has released the highly anticipated latest version of its legendary Z sports car, which features retro styling.

PHOTO COURTESY: SUBARU - The all-electric 2022 Subaru Solterra was co-engineered with the Toyota BZ4X.Motorcycle Pavilion: The motorcycle pavilion is on the ground floor opposite the Dragon Café and offers everything on two wheels, three and even four wheels. Brands on display include Harley Davidson, Indian, Ducati, BMW, Kawasaki, Honda, Triumph, Yamaha, Suzuki and Polaris.

State-of-the-art technology: Automotive technology is spreading rapidly across the range of vehicles available. This year’s show features information on available technologies and advancements in charging infrastructure for electrified vehicles. PGE, Pacific Power, Clark Public Utilities, Oregon Electric Vehicle Association and Chargeway will present Electric Avenue to educate the public about electric vehicles and the availability of charging stations for your home and in public.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The legendary Chevy Corvette was redesigned in 2021 as a contemporary mid-engined sports car.Rides and rides: Vehicles from several manufacturers are available for test drives during the four days of the show. Participating brands include Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen. Test drive options include SUVs, passenger cars and pickup trucks. Among those available to drive are the all-electric 2022 Ford Mach E and Mach E GT. Volkswagen is offering an indoor test drive of the all-electric ID.4 as it produces zero emissions. Others are located on the streets and in the plaza outside the Oregon Convention Center.

Big spaces: Oregonians love getting out of town to enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and the Great Outdoors exhibit showcases the accessories needed to make the most of the recreational opportunities.

PHOTO COURTESY: VOLKSWAGEN - The 2022 ID.4 is the first fully electric SUV produced by Volkswagen.The garage: Buying a new car is just the beginning, and the independent businesses that employ The Garage will show the public how to customize their vehicle without affecting the base warranty. Color wraps, performance enhancements, and visual customization are all on the table here.

PDX Rides: Attendees can meet Portland’s car enthusiast community at an indoor, private car show hosted by Portland Cars & Coffee.

Adopt an animal: Animal-friendly Subaru will provide adorable pets for adoption and will also collect donations for animal shelters.

PHOTO COURTESY: PIAS - Recreational equipment will be on display at the Great Outdoors exhibit.Refreshments: Food and beverages are available throughout the Oregon Convention Center for those looking to relax between exhibits. They include Coffee Time, sponsored by Don Francisco’s Coffee, near the Electric Avenue entrance. Adult beverages are available at the EC Electric Tailgate lounge, sponsored by EC Electric and in the garage on the ground floor.

Precautions against covid19: For the safety of all guests, vendors and workers, current Oregon COVID-19 restrictions will be in place at the Oregon Convention Center. The Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association will also require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, for anyone 5 and older to enter.

PHOTO COURTESY: PIAS - Vehicles will be customized during the Auto Show at the Garage on the ground floor.Auto Show Information Box

The Portland International Auto Show is the largest annual new vehicle show in the Pacific Northwest.

With over 480,000 square feet of exhibit space, it features more than 600 vehicles from 35 manufacturers, the latest in-car design and technology, exotics from around the world, hands-on rides and drives, and more.

What: Portland International Auto Show 2022

When: From Thursday 24 February to Sunday 27 February

Or: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Show timetables: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission: Adults (13 and over) $15; seniors (62 and over) $12; military (ID required) $12; children 7-12 $8; children 6 and under free

Car park: $15 at the Oregon Convention Center garage, regular street rates.

Discounts: $3 discount on adult admission Thursday and Friday until 3 p.m. Discount coupons will be published in Pamplin Media Group newspapers prior to the show. Photocopies will not be accepted.

Presenter: Portland Metro New Car Dealers Association

Media Sponsor: Pamplin Media Group

For more information, visit portlandautoshow.com.


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