Ontario, CA — April 17, 2008 — The 2008 Inland Empire Auto Show (IEAS) (Ontario Convention Center April 24-27, 2008) San Bernardino and Riverside Counties’ top destination location for auto enthusiasts, today announced some exciting news about this year’s main attractions. Coming off a successful rebirth of the IE Auto Show in 2007, the IE Auto Show is back in 2008 and is literally bigger and better. More automotive manufacturers have joined the growing list of participants for this year’s show; and, manufacturers who were at last year’s show are stepping it up with more cars and more attractions.
The Inland Empire Auto Show wouldn’t be an auto show without the automotive manufacturers making some news of their own. Making west coast debuts at the IE Auto Show are the Chevy Traverse (seen at the Chicago Auto Show), the 2009 Nissan Maxima (recently seen at the New York Auto Show), and the production version of the Dodge Challenger (from the Chicago Auto Show).
The 2008 Inland Empire Auto Show will make its mark this year as being more than just a typical auto show. It will become the launching pad for other southern California-based automotive lifestyle events and groups as well. Extreme Autofest will be bringing 150 of its lifestyle tuner cars to the show giving the IE Show more tuner cars onsite than any other southland auto show.
Also extreme…Extreme Motorsports Expo will be showcasing a host of its sand rails and off-road buggies. Last year, this venue pumped up the crowd. This year the Extreme Motorsports team will be debuting the “Ball of Steel” pitting motorcycles most aggressive riders against the hardest walls of the “Ball of Steel.”
Formula D Drifting Champion Samuel Hubinette will be showcasing his newest race car – the Mopar Dodge Charger. HKS USA will highlight its 350Z Motorsports race car and Zero Motorcycles will be displaying its all-new electric dirt bike.
Corona-based West Coast Customs will be showcased this year and featuring a series of its custom cars. West Coast Customs, most known for developing the highly popular show, “Pimp My Ride,” will be showcasing some of its best custom creations. The West Coast Crew will be onsite making a special appearance and signing autographs at the 2008 Inland Empire Auto Show (schedule permitting).
Back by popular demand is the Inland Empire Auto Show’s Green Street. With growing interest in alternative fuel vehicles, the Green Street has moved outside of the convention center where manufacturers will be pairing their green cars with green homes.
The 2008 Inland Empire Auto Show will see support from more than 18 auto manufacturers. Though support for this regional show has been minimal in years past, the new team has worked tirelessly to ensure manufacturers that this show will be the best one yet. Show participants to date include:
GMC, Chevrolet, Smart, Pontiac, Saturn, Buick, Cadillac, Saab, Hummer, Lexus, Honda, Toyota, Kia, Nissan, Acura, Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Lincoln, Mercury, Scion, Volkswagen, Ford (dealer), Mercedes Benz (dealer)
About the IEAS
The Inland Empire Auto Show (IEAS) is San Bernardino and Riverside Counties’ largest auto show and will be held April 24-27, 2008. The show is presented by the Ontario Convention Center , which is managed by SMG, The Press-Enterprise and Show Biz Productions. Show hours are Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $7 per adult (13 years and over) or at the show for $10 per adult. Children under the age of 12 are free with a paid adult. Two-for-one discounts are available for car club members and other large groups. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the IEAS official Web site at www.ieautoshow.com.