With more than 600 vehicles from 35 brands, the 2019 Portland International Auto Show packs so much into four days that it’s hard to pick just five must-do attractions — but we’re still gonna. As you walk from room to room in the Oregon Convention Center ogling the latest car models, cutting-edge machinery, electronics and gadgetry the auto industry has to offer, be sure to avail yourself of test drives from 10 brands and take in the sights of engineers live-building three tricked-out cars from the ground up.
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The auto show kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday. The show is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. except on Sunday, when it’s open until 7 p.m. General admission is $14, $12 for seniors age 65 or older, and $7 for kids age 7 to 12; military service members with a valid military I.D. get a discounted rate of $10, while four-packs of general admission tickets are available for $50. The Oregon Convention Center is located at 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in downtown Portland. More information is available at portlandautoshow.com.
Ready to trade views of Mount Hood for views of hood mounts? (Sorry, that was the best we could come up with on the fly.) Here are five things you can’t miss at the 2019 Portland International Auto Show:
1. Watch Cars Get Built on the Spot
Experience the latest electric vehicles up close in a 5,000-square-foot showroom populated by EVs from nearly a dozen manufacturers, such as Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Fiat, Kia, Nissan, Smart and Volkswagen. Nissan reps will be on hand to show off the new 2019 Leaf. The Oregon Electric Vehicle Association has invited EV owners to join experts in discussing the latest features and explaining how to use charging systems. The exhibit will enable EV shoppers to compare available models side by side. For a separate EV display, rock down to Electric Avenue, located on the main floor, where experts and local utility company representatives will be on hand to explain innovations in charging stations. Q&A sessions will be held daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and an EV seminar will be held at 6 p.m.
3. Test Drives
Get up close and personal with your dream car in the Luxury Lofts room, a 95,000-square-foot space on the second floor of the convention center dedicated to luxury and exotic models from Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, McLaren, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Volvo.
5. Custom Vehicles
A selection of Portland’s coolest custom vehicles will be on full display in the PDX Rides exhibit across from Electric Avenue on the main exhibit floor. A wide array of vehicles from muscle cars and hot rods to Euro, retro, modified and fully customized cars will satisfy showgoers’ desire to see the best of Portland’s aftermarket auto industry all in one place.
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