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Twin Cities 2012: The Celebration Comes Home

The hometown auto show can still be welcoming…sometimes.

This year’s Twin Cities Auto Show packed the Minneapolis Convention Center with plenty of eye candy for everyone. Though devoid of the concepts seen at the major shows, there were plenty of surprises to be had on the show floor. Overall, one goal was accomplished – it brought every brand sold in the state of Minnesota (and Western Wisconsin) under one roof.

I was there on the first day, Saturday March 10th, as well as Media event on Monday March 12th. Both days were needed to take in photography and catch up on vehicles I saw in Chicago. It was also a chance to interface with local friends, industry folks and to see who in the local media would cover this event.

The event also engaged my links back to my core readership through a preview in Lavender magazine and promos through two local community organizations – the North Country Bears and the Minneapolis Movie Bears. Tickets were given away to a lucky few readers and supporters in drawings held at two events. In all, this Auto Show was to increase engagement with the readership.

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Five Favorites from the 2011 Auto Shows

Tweet Just teasing… All photos by Randy Stern This auto show season was the absolute best in my writing career. It yielded more than I had expected, which is always a good thing. To wrap up both the Chicago and … Continue reading

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Twin Cities 2011: The Home Auto Show Advantage – Part 2

Tweet Random photos from the 2011 Twin Cities Auto Show. Photos by Randy Stern So far, I covered two auto shows this year – and I have no regrets attending either one! In the last part, I gave some of … Continue reading

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Twin Cities 2011: The Home Auto Show Advantage -Part 1

Tweet It all began here… All photos by Randy Stern The local auto show is a source of connectivity with the retailers and its potential customers. Whether or not any of these customers were ready to buy in the next … Continue reading

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Twin Cities 2011: Back to the Auto Show…

Tweet The 2010 MotorGeek Vehicle of the Year – the 2011 Hyundai Sonata – at last year’s Twin Cities Auto Show. Photo by Randy Stern I have a lot to tell here, so bear with me… Starting on Saturday, March … Continue reading

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The Reverse Commute – By Northstar

Tweet Northstar train arriving in Big Lake for the afternoon ride home. All photos by Randy Stern In the Twin Cities, regular petrol is now averaging $3.54 a gallon. Diesel is sitting between $3.75 and $3.95 a gallon. Have we … Continue reading

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At War with La Nina

Tweet The Last Mercury – in subzero conditions. Photo by Randy Stern This winter. The brutality of the overnight cold from Thursday night into Friday put a damper on what would be a nice weekend. La Nina was a monster … Continue reading

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Twin Cities 2009: The Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul International Auto Show vs. The Recession

Tweet 2010 Kia Soul – Minneapolis, Minn. Photo by Randy Stern Should we continue to excuse the current economic climate for anything pertaining to the automobile industry? I’m sure we all have an opinion about this. The facts are staggering … Continue reading

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Twin Cities 2007: Just Another Minneapolis Auto Show

Tweet 2008 Audi R8. Photo by Randy Stern Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something…else. Where do I begin with my brief visit to the Auto Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center this evening? How about…something old? There are plenty … Continue reading

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Twin Cities 2006: Wasn’t I Glad I Made It To The Auto Show This Year?

I was a bit hesitant about attending this year’s Auto Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Now, why would an automobile enthusiast become hesitant to attend their local auto show?

Personally, I have not owned a car in 13 years. There’s always a desire, but this desire is being explored a bit. If you consider the rising cost of automobile ownership and the instability of gas pump prices, my hesitation could be justified. Certainly, car sharing programs and the occasional rental car may fill that void as a money saving way to evade the trappings of car ownership.

However, I love cars and the Auto Show always gives a good sampling of what is out on the local market. That alone made the decision to attend this year’s Auto Show a good one.

When I was en route to the Convention Center, I presented myself with a question: if I were in the market for a new car, what would I consider? The fact that I live in an urban setting, a small, entry-level car would make sense. Something that would be maneuverable in city traffic with a roomy driver’s area and ample cargo space for groceries and the occasional IKEA run. The only drawback with these cars would be in regards to performance in winter weather. Considering the amount of snow the Twin Cities got this week, any car would get stuck in the snow…especially a small one.

The perfect urban vehicle, at least from my experience is BMW’s own MINI Cooper. As desirable as the MINI would be, the $19,000 price tag would be out of my price range. Besides, the windshield-upper-edge-to-eye-level issue would become a problem in the long run. In lieu of the MINI, there are worthy alternatives that will save me thousands of dollars instantly. Continue reading

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