The 2014 Buffalo Auto Show is off and rolling at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
From now through Sunday the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association is showing off the latest models and the hot new trends in the auto industry. Thursday was Channel 4 day at the auto show and many of us from the News 4 team were on hand Thursday evening to say hello.
Though there’s plenty to see at this year’s auto show, one thing that has a lot of people talking is the Lotus sports car. The company is planning to open a dealership this spring on Sheridan Drive next to Mike Barney Nissan. The cars will sell from anywhere from $65,000 to $90,000.
Another item of note is the Ford F-150, which is still made of steel this year, but next year it will switch to an aluminum body.
“It’s going to be military grade aluminum body on it and they’re going to be shaving off about 600 pounds, so it’s going to be a much lighter truck,” said Carl Emerling, president of Emerling Ford-Mercury. “We’re just excited about it. It’s hard to get too excited when we won’t see it for awhile, but it’s going to be really something.”
And the Chevy Silverado and Corvette are drawing a lot of attention, and both of those engines are made in Western New York at the GM Powertrain Plant in Tonawanda.
Chevrolet Product Specialist Sean Bennett said, “On a sports care like the Corvette, you’re going to get 29 MPG on the highway. With our Silverado, you want a work truck with a big payload, but when you’re driving around town, you’re on all eight cylinders.”
The auto show continues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.