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SEMA SHOW PREPARES EXHIBITORS FOR SUCCESS

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (March 22, 2019) -- Recognizing that auto part manufacturers invest in, and rely heavily on, the SEMA Show for their marketing promotions, SEMA Show organizers are hosting the 10th annual SEMA Show Exhibitor Summit on June 17-19, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the two-and-a-half day training, exhibitors learn how to get the most out of the automotive industry’s premier trade event taking place November 5-8, 2019, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

With sessions focused on best practices for building and marketing a booth, taking advantage of free value-added programs and exploring promotional opportunities, the Exhibitor Summit is geared toward new, first-time exhibitors and to new staff members from returning companies. While space is limited, participation is free to all exhibitors.

“Exhibitors will be able to learn from experts and network with other exhibitors,” said Tom Gattuso, SEMA VP of Events. “Our hope is that exhibitors leave the Summit with a solid plan that will help them get the greatest value from their investment.”

Similar to freshman orientations that many colleges offer to new students, there is no cost for exhibitors to register and meals and hotel accommodations are included. Exhibitors simply need to arrange for transportation to and from the event.

“As a long time participant of SEMA, the Exhibitor Summit gave us an opportunity to rethink our booth strategy and how we are connecting with our customers and future partners,” said Brian Moyer, Sr. manager marketing & sales from Steele Rubber Products. “With so much happening at SEMA it can become a challenge to capture all that is in front or available to you. The Exhibitor Summit provided us with insightful information on daily activities and expectations, which enabled us to create a clear and concise strategy for our booth and team.”

Exhibitors can sign up for the SEMA Show Exhibitor Summit at www.semashow.com/exhibitor-summit.

About SEMA and the SEMA Show
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or www.sema.org, 909/396-0289.


TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW’S MILITARY SALUTE

Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund Received $30,699 Donation from GMADA

Minneapolis (March 20, 2019) --- Last week, the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA) hosted its 5th annual Military Appreciation Day at the Twin Cities Auto Show. Free admission, compliments of Toyota, was given to those currently serving in the military and veterans with discounts for their families.

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2019 TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW
Presented by Speedway®
Names 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class ‘Car of the Show’

One Lucky Show Attendee May Win Their Own 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Minneapolis (February 14, 2019) --- The Twin Cities Auto Show presented by Speedway® has named the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class “Car of the Show.” The 46th annual Twin Cities Auto Show will roll into the Minneapolis Convention Center March 9 – 17, 2019. It is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA).

Feldmann Imports, Mercedes-Benz of St. Paul, Sears Imported Autos and the Twin Cities Auto Show will award one lucky Show attendee with a lease for their own 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan. The public may register to win at the Show in the Main Entrance lobby and at the Mercedes-Benz display from March 9 to 13, 2019. The winner of the car will be announced on Friday, March 15, 2019.

This four-door car is the newest addition to the Mercedes-Benz lineup. The A-Class compact sedan is perfect for those looking to purchase a premium sedan at an affordable price point, with all the features you look for in a new car, including the all-new MBUX (Mercedes- Benz User Experience multimedia system). Models for the A-Class include the Front-Wheel Drive A 220 and the All-Wheel Drive A 220 4MATIC.

“They call it ‘A-Class’ for a reason – because it is so Advanced,” says Scott Lambert, president of GMADA. “With this new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), the A-Class drives a new generation of user-friendly tech complete with voice recognition. All you have to do is ‘say the word’ and it listens to you. It is definitely the most high-tech Car of the Show the Twin Cities Auto Show has ever had.”

The MBUX infotainment system changes the game with a completely new user interface, natural speech recognition, touchscreen capabilities, and a new Touchpad. It incorporates artificial intelligence to improve the user experience, learning your habits over time and adapting to changes in patterns of behavior. The 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster and the 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia display are also equipped with standard Smartphone Integration with Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto.

Under the hood, buyers will find a 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine that produces 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission, with shift paddles on the steering wheel, pairs the power of the engine with fuel efficiency, allowing for both fun and practicality.

Safety is a top priority in every Mercedes-Benz vehicle, and the A-Class is no exception. The new A-Class comes standard with Active Brake Assist, which can help to effectively mitigate or avoid the consequences of rear-end collisions with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead. Other safety features are available with the Driver Assistance Package, such as Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Emergency Stop Assist and the intuitive Active Lane Change Assist.

Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC is an adaptive cruise control system that is able to provide route-based support to the driver in numerous situations and predictively adjust the speed when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts. Active Emergency Stop Assist will apply the brakes to stop the A-Class in a controlled manner when the system recognizes that the driver is inactive for a long period of time. Once the vehicle comes to a stop, the parking brake will be applied and the emergency call system will activate. Active Lane Change Assist assists the driver by steering the vehicle when it detects that the lane is unoccupied.

The Twin Cities Auto Show is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA). The GMADA is an organization of 130 new car and truck franchised dealers in the Greater Minneapolis and St. Paul area. The 2019 GMADA Chair is Mike Roeder of Sears Imported Autos. GMADA President is Scott Lambert and the Auto Show Director is Mary Velline.

For more information on the 2019 Twin Cities Auto Show, please visit www.TwinCitiesAutoShow.com

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2019 TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW Presented by Speedway® March 9 – 17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis (January 8, 2019) --- The 46th Annual Twin Cities Auto Show presented by Speedway will roll into the Minneapolis Convention Center March 9 – 17, 2019. The event, the largest consumer show in the upper Midwest, is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA). The Twin Cities Auto Show is your chance to compare more than 600 vehicles from 35+ domestic and imported brands side by side - without driving all over town. This year’s display of vehicles will be the largest in years featuring an estimated $21 million in new vehicles and exhibits. Instead of just dreaming about it, the Twin Cities Auto Show is where you can actually sit behind the wheel in a compact, family sedan, SUV, truck, or luxury car. Some of the attractions for the 2019 Twin Cities Auto Show will include: The Luxury Ballroom which will feature more than $2 million worth of lavish vehicles. Included in the Luxury Ballroom is Acceleration Alley showcasing the fastest vehicles offered by the luxury sports car industry --- all with $75K+ price tags! Check out the latest in electric and hybrid vehicles in the Electric Room sponsored by Great River Energy. Drive Electric Minnesota and electric vehicle owners will also be on hand to answer questions and discuss · “Plug in Minnesota,” a service that provides information on charging stations along 1-35 and Highway 61. You have the great vehicle; now make it your own. At Custom Garage presented by Automotive Concepts, you'll be able to explore a wide range of opportunities to personalize your ride. “Ride & Drive” – Just like the phrase suggests - guests can head outside, get behind the wheel and drive their choice of a new vehicle from a variety of manufacturers including Ford, Mazda, Toyota and Volkswagen. The fun and interactive Camp Jeep takes guests on an obstacle course ride that covers over 30,000 square feet on the show floor. Take a 4-wheel drive and experience a Trail Rated off-road adrenaline rush. Troopers from the Minnesota State Patrol will be on hand to answer your questions and conduct a variety of programs throughout the week. Visit The Neighborhood powered by Millz House located just outside hall E. It's a comfy resting space for you and a fun spot for kids featuring play spaces by Millz house. New: Project Car Contest – The top three finalists in this first-ever contest will be on display and up for public vote. The competition was open to auto enthusiasts who worked on, built, or customized their vehicle. New: What’s 10-feet tall, 12 feet wide and weighs over five tons? The RAMINATOR! This Dodge Ram Heavy-Duty based monster truck will roll into the Twin Cities Auto Show’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep area. 2019 Auto Show Special Events · Military Appreciation Night is Tuesday, March 12 - Active military and veterans will receive free admission with valid military credentials courtesy of Toyota. Family and friends will receive $2 off at the gate. A ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. to showcase our respect for all branches of the military. · After Dark presented by Minnesota Monthly on Friday, March 15 - Specialty lighting will illuminate the Twin Cities Auto Show to produce a brilliant nighttime experience. The Auto Show will dim the house lights to allow guests to view an extravagant display of headlights, high beams, monitors, and doors lights. WEBSITE: TwinCitiesAutoShow.com HOURS: Saturdays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 4 – 10 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. TICKETS: $12 for adults, $10 if purchased online in advance $6 for youth ages 11 – 15. Children 10 and under are FREE. All tickets are discounted to $6 on Wednesday, March 13. Discount coupons are available at participating Speedway stores and GMADA metro member auto dealerships. SOCIAL: Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Twitter and Instagram: @TCAutoShow Facebook: TCAutoShow Tag us: #TCAutoShow PRODUCER: The Twin Cities Auto Show is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA). The GMADA is an organization of 130 new car and truck franchised dealers in the Greater Minneapolis and St. Paul area. The 2019 GMADA Chair is Mike Roeder of Sears Imported Autos. GMADA President is Scott Lambert and the Auto Show Director is Mary Velline. SPONSORS: Speedway, Automotive Concepts, Great River Energy, Millz House, Minnesota Propane Association, Floyd Total Security, Twin City Jacuzzi, iHeart Radio, Polaris, Toyota, T-Mobile, Infinite Beauty, Artful Living, Minnesota Monthly, and DirectTV. MEDIA NOTE: Media Day will be held on Day One of the Twin Cities Auto Show from 8 – 10 a.m. before doors open to the public at 10 a.m. Credentialing details will be sent soon. ### Molly Mulvehill Steinke Media Relations Director

Ford’s new $45 million Advanced Manufacturing Facility is up and running and AmericanMuscle’s (AM) Justin Dugan received the VIP tour! In this episode of AM’s Mustang News, Justin gets up close and personal with Ford’s robots, learns the difference between virtual and augmented reality, and even looks at some of the 3-D printed components Ford will be using in future vehicles.

Watch it here: www.americanmuscle.com/hotlap-dec2018.htm

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TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FOR
INAUGURAL PROJECT CAR CONTEST

Minneapolis (December 19, 2018) --- The producers of the Twin Cities Auto Show are seeking entries for its inaugural Project Car Contest. The competition is sponsored by Minnesota Auto Dealers Association Service, Parts & Collision Council (MADA SPCC) and the Twin Cities Auto Show.

Project cars, a popular part of car culture, can be any street legal vehicle that has been altered by the submitter, either an individual or a group. This could be anything from an old classic restored by a father and son duo to an automotive class car project to a brand new “blinged-out” ride with cool accessories, wrap, and a swapped motor.

Entries are now being accepted online at www.twincitiesautoshow.com/show-info/show-features/projectcar.
Here, the entrant will be asked for details on the vehicle and its transformation, current photos and the story behind their creation. The deadline for entry is February 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
creativity;
fit, finish and quality of the work;
mechanical enhancements to the vehicle; and
the story behind the build.

Three finalists will get to display their Project Car at the 2019 Twin Cities Auto Show to be held March 9 – 17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Auto Show attendees will vote to determine the winner which will be announced on March 15.

In addition to big-time bragging rights, the grand prize winner will receive a trip for two of their choice to either the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction or a 2019 NASCAR event.

The 46th Annual Twin Cities Auto Show presented by Speedway, the largest consumer show in the upper Midwest, is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA).

The Twin Cities Auto Show is your chance to compare more than 600 vehicles from 35+ domestic and imported brands side by side - without driving all over town. This year’s display of vehicles will be the largest in years featuring an estimated $21 million in new vehicles and exhibits.

For information on the Twin Cities Auto Show as well as Project Car Contest rules and regulations, please visit www.TwinCitiesAutoShow.com


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10th Annual “Collector Car Appreciation Day” to be Celebrated on July 12, 2019

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be celebrated on July 12, 2019. The date will mark the tenth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.