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Twin Cities Show starts Saturday in

Article by: DEE DEPASS. Star Updated: March 8, 2014 7:37 AM

The nine-day Twin Auto Show starts in Minneapolis with truck, and sporty offerings.

More 400 gleaming cars and trucks off vehicle transporters Friday and into the Minneapolis Convention where 40,000 spectators are to kick tires at the Twin Auto Show that Saturday.

The show, which through March 16, is an annual that brings out auto from around the Midwest, and helps rev up auto sales.

“This show is a big deal for We’re expecting another year” after vehicle jumped 13 percent last said Scott Lambert, vice president of the 400-member Auto Dealers Association.

On scores of workers raced to stages and kiosks, hang GM, Ford, Mazda and Nissan and drive vehicles across the floor. The show features for many car enthusiasts but especially who love big trucks and those for fuel efficiency.

“This it’s all about gas mileage,” said.

And on Friday convention drove a slew of fuel-efficient onto the convention floor, the all-electric BMW-i3; the Chevy a solar car designed by University of students and even the electric MIEV Evolution II, which is the car that took first at the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb for electric

But gas-powered vehicles won’t be organizers said.

“What is big year is Ford’s new F-150. It has an body. That’s big. took 700 pounds of material out of the

It hasn’t hit [Minnesota] showrooms but it’s here,” Lambert

Nearby EWI Worldwide exhibition Chris Caylor directed the of a charcoal F-150 truck up a circular stage. He gave the a couple of love taps.

“This is amazing,” Caylor “This is the fourth show had it at. And with the style of it? I’m

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Meanwhile, Bob Dunn, a Chrysler sales manager, stood in the of the Convention Center next to a white 2014 Viper and it was sure to impress. The completely sports car “is spectacularly fun to and rarer than a hen’s There are only five in the metro area.”

Most of Chrysler’s other at the show will come Fury Motors in South St. Dunn said.

Fury’s brothers Tom and Jim Leonard, will one of the few 2015 cars at this show: a redesigned Chrysler 200 a nine-speed automatic transmission.

a massive redesign and will with the Ford Fusion, the Accord and the Toyota Camry,” said. “We are very to have a new entrant into category. It’s available in drive, which should be to many this winter.”

But also will be a big draw, Bruce Heimerl as he unstrapped tires, unlocked brakes and Dodge truck after truck off the giant transporter the center.

As Heimerl unloaded the pickups, a of nearby drivers in GMC Denali, GMC and Range Rover trucks up and streamed into the floor.

are hot right now,” Lambert “Minnesota is definitely a truck This winter’s been enough to turn [anyone] a convert.”

Still, it wasn’t a that captured the hearts of the Dealers Association. Every the board selects one vehicle the auto show as its “auto of the

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