This year's 2014 model year OC international auto show once again showed consumers the new cars before they hit the market. Several world debuts and numerous North American debuts happened during press day here at the Anaheim convention center.
Attendees of the show get to touch, open doors, sit in, push buttons and see first hand the features of the 2014 model year cars.
A large crowd was around the 2014 Corvette Stingray while the model preceeded to list the specs and open the compartments. On display was a 7 speed manual $72,000 version, the other, the $52 base model with 6 speed automatic was there as well.
The Jeep concept was the most out of the box , although listed as a Cherokee, it has an unprecedented design for Jeep. Trying to keep the signature vertical grill while dismissing Jeep's standard round headlights for very elongated ones and picking up a SUV body over a roll cage style one.
Ford Flex is becoming a common car on the road so attendees at the show could play with the many ways the seats fold down and flip. Just like the how you can pull out the step and handle on the Ford Raptor truck and easily walk in the bed. Unlike the
Consumers could pull open the toolboxes in the bed or see how the bed extender works on the Ram 1500. They could feel how heavy the tailgate was on the 2500 and how difficult it was to get in without a step and being even higher off the ground.
You could try the touch screen on the Hyundai and see how some point the infotainment system towards the driver and put all the controls in arms reach.
Kids loved the Fiat 500e. It had bright colored plastic over the entire and a backseat that requires being small. The kids were climbing all over this one. The other Fiats actually looked like cars inside, the 500L even the size of a common car.
Test drives were available during the day and test rides were available in the Jeeps. The ride goes over logs and up and down a steep grade so passengers can see what it can do.
Also at the show was a driving simulator, games to play, the car clubs and a section for customs which will be in Part 2.