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Debuts and much more set for Miami International Auto Show

Auto aficionados will have the opportunity to get a first look at hundreds of 2014 model cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs when the Miami International Show returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center for its 43rd annual run.

The show will open on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr.) in Miami Beach, and conclude its 10-day run on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Models from more than 40 manufacturers will be displayed throughout the nearly half million square foot floor along with many of the same special features and exhibits that have made the auto show one of the keynote events of South Florida’s fall season. Miami is considered among the top five in attendance nationally among auto shows.

“South Florida is a top market for introducing new automotive products,” said Mario Murgado, show chair of this year’s 43rd annual event. “Today’s engineering and technology are adding to efficiency, safety, reliability and value. These cars really offer something for everyone.”

Two vehicles will be making their national auto show debuts in Miami. The Cadillac Escalade, which set the standard for luxury SUVs when it was introduced as a 1999 model, is all new for 2015 as it enters its fourth generation. The 2014 Maserati Ghibli sedan, first seen as a coupe in the 1960s, is set to spearhead the Italian manufacturer’s ambitious plans to become a fine-line automaker by 2015.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, the Great American sports car that is entering its seventh generation, is the Official Show Car for the Miami Auto Show.

In addition to being able to pore over the vehicles at their leisure, show attendees will be able to get behind the wheel of selected new models from manufacturers like Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, Scion, Mazda, and Toyota during the show’s Ride and Drive opportunities on weekend hours and Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

“There’s no better backdrop at any other auto show in the U.S. than Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive,” Murgado added.

Camp Jeep, offering attendees the opportunity for an off-road experience as Jeep experts take riders around a special layout just outside the center, returns and will recognize its one-millionth rider during the course of the show. It could be you, so don’t miss it!

Also back will be the nostalgic Havana Classics presented in part by Telemundo 51. Cars that once toured the Cuba’s picturesque roads and backstreets will transport you back in time to the 1950s. A rare, 1936 Ford Cabriolet originally owned by Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn will be among the featured vehicles, rumble seat and all.

Who doesn’t like convertibles?

For the second straight year, the Topless in Miami exhibit will have on display drop tops from the annual competition sponsored by the Southern Automotive Media Association.

Once again, exotics like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus and Aston Martin will be in Million Dollar Alley to entice those attendees holding winning lottery tickets.

Speaking of nostalgia, Memory Lane, annually sponsored by the South Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, will have a special attraction this year.

See something you really, really, really like?

Let others know immediately. Show attendees will be able to connect and interact with others in real time via Twitter at prominent screens displayed at high-traffic points on the convention center floor.

Oh, yes. Don’t forget to enter the show’s annual giveaway promotion for your chance to win a brand new Chevrolet Camaro. The prize car, a Camaro 1LT, carries an MSRP of nearly $30,000.

The South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, which is comprised of more than 190 dealerships in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, is the official sponsor of the Miami International Auto Show, which debuted in 1971.

Admission to the show is $12 for adults, $6 children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets may be ordered through the show’s website for a $1 convenience fee.

Discount tickets knocking $2 off the admission price are available while supplies last at participating McDonald’s restaurants in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties and new car and truck dealerships throughout South Florida. They also may be requested through the auto show’s website.

For more information on this year’s event, visit the website, www.miamiautoshow.net, or contact show coordinator Cliff Ray at 305-981-1448.