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2012 Utah Auto Expo

Posted on 16 January 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski

January has a special place in my heart. It brings the Chinese New Year, good skiing (sometimes), my birthday, and the Utah International Auto Expo. I’ve been going to the show every January for a decade now, and it just keeps getting better. Going to the Expo is invaluable if you are shopping for a new car; it gives you the opportunity to cross-shop between every major manufacturer by walking just a few steps rather than driving between dealerships all day. Continue reading to see all the new cars we found there.

Once you enter the main hall, you’re attention is immediately grabbed by Jeep display where there is an off-roading course set up. If you choose to endure the 20 minute line, you can partake in the terrain-dominating nature of a selection of models in the Jeep lineup. The next thing you’ll notice is the two-story tall Scion display showcasing all their models. Scion brought their new iQ to the show, and I found it utilitarian and funky inside. Will it be funky enough to steal sales from the MINI? Doubtful, as it does not also do double duty as a premium car. No, it would seem the iQ’s real competition is the Smart. So really, no competition at all. Some other new cars of note were the Hyundai Veloster, which looks great from the outside but doesn’t really feel special on the inside, and the new VW Beetle that looks like it has been hitting the gym hard since the last model.

If you’re not actually shopping for a new car, you can always spend your time drooling over the world’s more exotic transportation devices. A trio of Fiskers demanded everyone’s attention from the back of the convention center hall, one of which was already sold by the 3rd day of show. As always, Steve Harris Ferrari brought a sampling of their Italian wares which included the new FF and 458 Spider. Finally, a staple of the show every year is a small room featuring vintage cars. This is easily one of my favorite parts of the show. This year the offshoot hall featured a selection of cars from Ardell Brown Classic Cars including a ’49 Woodie wagon and a Ford Model T.

The Expo wraps up tonight, so if you can’t make it then be sure to be there next year and tide yourself over by looking through the gallery below. I’ll see you there next year.

– Adam Kaslikowski

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