Buffalo Auto show gets more love from carmakers


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – More than 250 cars will be on display at the Buffalo Auto Show–big cars and small cars, fast cars and family cars.

What is sure to be a crowd pleaser–especially for baby boomers–the all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental, which is back in production for the first time since 2002.

“The Lincoln Continental is back,” declared David Bastian who sells to limousine owners for Towne Automotive Group, “This is a tremendous vehicle. If you are considering purchasing a premium luxury vehicle you definitely need to consider this vehicle.”

Bastian said Lincoln brought the iconic Continental back to compete with the world’s other luxury icons, such as BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Lexus, targeting China’s emerging automobile market, where the rear seat is important.

“In the Chinese market, chauffeur driven cars are very common, which is regular people that are middle to high income.”

The Continental’s backseat has ample leg room, as Bastian demonstrated, with controls for temperature, audio, an electric plug for small electrical gear, such as a cell phone or desktop computer, and the seats can be set to 30 different positions.

Buffalo is one of the hottest car markets in the country and the auto manufacturers are noticing that, giving Buffalo a lot more love when it comes to auto shows.

“Our market, although it might be a small center, it delivers enormous results,” said Paul Stasiak, president of the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association which puts on the auto show.

Stasiak points out Buffalo is showing off cars that have only been shown in Detroit, such as the Continental, and the Chrysler Pacifica, which has been redesigned and re-purposed from a crossover to a minivan.

“The manufacturers try to bring some of their newest entries that will be in the market–not the prototypes–but those vehicles that consumers can drive. We are excited, and I think our dealers are generally appreciative of that.”

But the Buffalo Auto Show is about more than selling cars–a portion of the proceeds go to charity. It runs for 4 days, from Thursday to Sunday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. For additional information click on the official website.

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