The Tampa Bay International Auto Show

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The 2013-Model Tampa Bay International Auto Show is set to pack hundreds of the hottest new cars, trucks, crossovers, exotics and more into the Tampa Convention Center Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9. This year, the show will be 20% larger and feature more vehicles and manufacturers, including an expanded lineup of luxury brands. From ultra-high-end exotics to the latest plug-in electric vehicles, the auto show offers something for everyone.

Tampa Bay International Auto Show attendees are invited to check out all the latest rides in a non-selling environment, sit behind the wheels, inspect engines, kick tires and even take a spin in more than 40 models. Several exciting models will turn heads on the show floor including the BMW M5, Chevrolet Spark, Dodge Dart, FIAT 500 Abarth, Ford C-MAX, Honda Accord, Mazda CX-5, Mini Cooper Coupe, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru XV Crosstrek, Toyota Prius c and more. Attendees can also find the latest in all-electric vehicles including the Ford Focus Electric, Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF™.

Check-out a multi-million dollar collection of exotic vehicles on the auto show floor including the McLaren MP4-12C, Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Mulsanne, Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible, Aston Martin DB9 and hot models from Lamborghini. Courtesy of Lamborghini Sarasota and Dimmit Automotive Group.

More than 40 models from a dozen manufacturers will be available to test drive at the Tampa Bay International Auto Show:

• Cadillac - The Standard of the World - CTS Sedan, CTS-V Sedan, CTS-V Coupe, CTS-V Wagon, SRX, XTS, ATS and Escalade
• Chevrolet, Buick, GMC - The Drive - Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, Silverado, Sonic, Spark, Traverse and Volt; Buick Regal, LaCrosse and Verano; and GMC Acadia, Sierra and Terrain
• The Chrysler Drive - Chrysler 200, 300 and Town & Country; Jeep® Compass, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler; Dodge Challenger, Charger, Dart and Durango; Ram 1500; and FIAT 500
• Kia - Experience The Next Level - Kia Optima Limited, Optima Hybrid, Sorento SX and Soul
• Mazda's Ride N' Drive Experience - Mazda CX-9, CX-5, and Mazda3
• The 2013 Honda Accord "It Starts with You" Test Drive Event - Honda Accord

New at the show this year, attendees can get a digital photo of themselves driving an exotic vehicle. The Sony a77 Studio puts adults and kids behind the wheel of the world's fastest sports cars with exciting green screen technology, powered by! Families are invited to get a FREE digital photo, during show hours.

Returning to the auto show, the Custom Hot Rod and Muscle Car Display will showcase a special collection of rare, one-of-a kind hot rods and muscle cars, courtesy of Ronnie Setser's Customs.

The Tampa Bay International Auto Show salutes our men and women in uniform on Friday, December 7, Military Day. Any military personnel with any D.O.D. ID are admitted FREE, in honor of Pearl Harbor Day.

The auto show is fun for kids too! Stop by the Parent Guide's Kids Fun Zone, all show days, for free face painting and make-and-take hat making. Sunday, December 9 is Family Day and all children 12 and under are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. On this special day, families will enjoy special appearances by Spider-Man®, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Captain America®, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Movie buffs will want to get to the auto show early on Sunday, December 9. The first 100 families to arrive at the auto show on Family Day will receive a free DVD redemption postcard for the movie The Bourne Legacy from Universal when it hits stores on December 11. Limit one postcard per family. While supplies last.

Showgoers will receive a FREE one-year subscription to Motor Trend magazine, just for attending. Simply complete the subscription card at the auto show and receive 12 issues of the world's #1 automotive authority direct to your mailbox, courtesy of the Tampa Bay International Auto Show.

Before attending the auto show, visit iTunes or Google Play to download the new Motor Trend Auto Shows free mobile App for the iPhone or Android. Use the App to buy tickets, map a route, view participating manufacturers and get vehicle information at a glance.

The Tampa Bay International Auto Show is owned and presented by the Tampa New Auto Dealers Association, Clearwater Automobile Dealers Association, Inc. and the St. Petersburg Automobile Dealers Association; and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC. The auto show will be open to the public Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9, at the Tampa Convention Center, located at 333 South Franklin Street, in Tampa. Show hours are Friday, from 12 noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for military (with D.O.D. ID), senior citizens (62 and older) and children 7-12. Children 6 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Save time and money by purchasing E-tickets at and receive a $1 discount off regular adult admission. Attendees will receive a FREE one-year subscription to Motor Trend magazine with each admission, a $12 value, courtesy of the Tampa Bay International Auto Show. Additional information can be found on the official auto show website,


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