Annual auto show brought big surprises to audiences
The 2020 Portland International Auto Show was one of the most successful ever held, although final attendance and charitable fundraising figures were not immediately available.
Large crowds filled the Oregon Convention Center on all four days of last week's show, driven in part by the appearance of some of the most talked about new cars in years. They included the all-new, first-ever mid-engine Chevy Corvette and the even more radical all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E crossover SUV.
The show is the largest annual exhibition of new vehicles in the Pacific Northwest. It was organized by the Portland Metro New Car Dealers Association and held from Thursday to Sunday, Feb. 20 to 23. In addition to the 600 new vehicles on display, the show featured numerous special attractions and features, from an informative Tech Center to a replica of the DeLorean in the movie "Back to the Future."
"We're very pleased with the success of the 2020 show," said association executive vice president Greg Remensperger. "Numbers were good throughout the weekend, showing the interest in the automotive market remains strong. We work closely with the global vehicle manufacturers all year long to make sure the latest automotive technology and new vehicles are displayed here in Portland — many for the first time ever."
The show kicked off Wednesday evening with the seventh annual Sneak Peek Charity Party that benefited eight local nonprofit organizations. Association officials predicted its proceeds would push the total charitable donations raised over the years to more than $5 million.
"Final numbers are not in yet but looks like our charitable donation will once again exceed $600,000," said Remensperger
Two lucky winners also went home with new cars.
A 2020 Audi Q3 45 TFSI Quattro, donated by Audi Beaverton, was raffled off at the party. It was won by Brian and Jennifer Cornilles, who came to the party to start looking for their next new car. And Rockwood neighborhood resident Ben Hackett won a brand new 2020 Honda CR-V LX AWD during a drawing on the final day in partnership with the Pamplin Media Group. Ironically, when they came to the show, Hacket and his fiancée, Sahara Miller, were most interested in researching the compact crossover CR-V for their next new car.
The Portland International Auto Show will be held again next year.
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