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2014 Twin Cities Auto Show

Strolling through all the cars at the 41st Annual Twin Cities Auto Show, we knew something was up: attendance.

Camaro ZL1 in Bright Yellow looked race-ready with plenty of horsepower to spare.
Camaro ZL1 in Bright Yellow looked race-ready with plenty of horsepower to spare.
Photo by author, Aaron Ahlstrom

The 2014 Auto Show experienced the largest Opening Day in over a decade, up 10 percent in attendance, according to a source at the show. Perhaps this further supports the notion that the car industry is indeed experiencing a healthy turnaround the past several years.

Every area of show space was beaming with activity. This was especially true in the General Motors (GM) area. With the largest footprint at the show, GM had plenty of new rides to offer. Chevrolet brought along two of its highly anticipated all-new C7 Corvette Stingrays: a white convertible and a flashy red coupe with a removable carbon fiber hardtop. The newly restyled ’14 Camaro was present, with 2 coupes sharing the floor: a red SS model and a yellow supercharged ZL1 model.

The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang made its debut, too, with a more global-style sloping fastback profile. Painted silver with black wheels, the 5.0 V8 GT model drew plenty to the Blue Oval. The sixth-gen Mustang was roped off, so we weren't able to check out the new interior.

Ford also brought plenty of trucks. Our favorites were the specialty vehicles. The SVT Raptor SuperCrew cab in Ruby Red Metallic looked incredible. A dark colored regular cab 4x4 fitted with a Tremor Package and the 3.5 EcoBoost V6 had black tubular running boards and 20” painted aluminum wheels, looking every bit as ready to go off-road, too.

On the GMC front, the all-new Sierra trucks were getting plenty of action. But it was the mid-size offering that turned heads. The all-new 2015 Canyon, in a striking green color and fitted with more of an upscale trim package, teased fans with what could be a revival in the mid-size market. Unfortunately the Chevy Colorado, the Canyon’s corporate cousin, was noticeably absent from the field.

In the Dodge camp, you have to wonder if the Scat Pack marketing campaign from the late ‘60s is in full swing. Let’s see, there was a gorgeous Plum Crazy Purple Challenger R/T (Road & Track) optioned with the Shaker package. Colorful and not to be forgotten, a Header Orange Dart was nearby, its styling definitely inspired by performance. Rounding out the Dodge performance cars was a 100th Anniversary Charger fitted with a Molten Red leather interior. Too cool, even for a 4-door.

Chrysler displayed the all-new 2015 200 model, a sporty mid-size sedan that looked sleek in jet black.

There were a couple of Street & Racing Technology (SRT) performance models, including a cool Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, which looked like an killer off-road luxo-cruiser. Hardly inconspicuous was a white-hot Viper, seemingly always ready to strike.

Check out the slideshow to view all your favorite rides at the event.

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