Get Ready for VIP treatment at Sneak Peek Charity Preview

The Sneak Peek Charity Preview Party, one of the hottest tickets in town, is the official kickoff of the 2017 Portland International Auto Show (PIAS). Presented on Wed., Jan. 25, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, the event is resplendent with more than 500 new cars and trucks, many seen for the first time in the Northwest market. The affair, now in its fourth year, has quickly risen to the top of the area’s must-attend charity events and benefits seven local charities: Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, JDRF, Meals on Wheels People, and the Victory Academy. New charity beneficiaries this year are Brian Grant Foundation, The Dougy Center, and Self Enhancement Incorporated. The charities do important work in the Portland community and the auto show is proud to support their efforts, says Greg Remensperger, executive director, PIAS. “You can’t ask for a better neighbor in your community than an auto show [...]

The Portland Auto Show celebrates Oregon Lifestyle with Great Outdoors Exhibit

The Great Outdoors returns to the Portland International Auto Show (PIAS), and will be featured on the main show floor, fitting for an exhibit that exemplifies the Oregon lifestyle. The show runs Thurs. Jan. 26 to Sun., Jan. 29 at the Oregon Convention Center. This year, the Great Outdoors will feature a new partner, Funtime RV, which will display four units that add a bit of style to the camping experience. Located in nearby Tualatin, Funtime is a full service RV dealer offering every type of RV, from Class A to Fifth-wheel and everything in between. Next Adventure, which has been the anchor for the Great Outdoors exhibit since its inception, will be well represented also. Next Adventure will show a variety of outdoor gear and vehicle accessories that are an indispensible part of any outdoor activity. The gear will be creatively displayed in campsite settings. Show goers will also [...]

Get Street Savvy with Ride & Drives at the Portland International Auto Show

The Test Drive. It’s been part of the car shopping experience forever, and is perhaps the most important tool to help would-be buyers choose the right make and model. The 2017 Portland International Auto Show will present a number of Ride & Drive events, 14 in all, which enables attendees to see, touch, and experience new vehicles and get a true sense of its capabilities and amenities. Ride & Drive events are being staged around the Oregon Convention Center during the show’s run, Thurs., Jan. 26 – Sun., Jan. 29. Manufacturers conducting Ride & Drive events this year include Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Jaguar, Jeep, Hyundai, Land Rover, Mazda, Ram Scion, Subaru, Toyota, Nissan and Volkswagen. Most manufacturers provide vehicles across the product lineup, so expect a wide variety of cars and trucks from which to choose. In a break from the usual full-lineup Ride & Drive, Chevy, thanks to the [...]

Honda Virtual Reality Simulator lets ‘Drivers’ Experience New Civic Si

The Portland International Auto Show (PIAS) and NW Honda Dealers have partnered with VR Motion to bring the first Virtual Reality test drive of the 2017 Honda Civic SI to the show, Jan. 26 – 29, at the Oregon Convention Center. Attendees will be treated to a virtual 360-degree view of the car’s interior as they take it on a test drive, experiencing the feel of the vehicle without leaving the hall. As participants shift the gears and hear the rev of the engine, they can check out the view through the sunroof and side windows. Among the 500+ cars and related feature activities at the PIAS, this unique test drive experience is likely to be a fan favorite “Get ready to experience a test drive unlike any other,” says PIAS Director Jeff Fishback. The virtual Ride & Drive consists of a tour through the famous Monument Valley on the [...]

Connect with the Automotive Future at the Portland Auto Show

From Portland to Silicon Valley to Detroit, the buzz continues to be the connected and autonomous vehicle. While there may not be any self-driving vehicles zipping around the Oregon Convention Center, there will be plenty of examples of the new connectivity showcased alongside electric, hybrid, and standard vehicles, nearly 500 in all, at the Portland International Auto Show (PIAS), Thurs., Jan. 26 to Sun., Jan. 29. Sneak Peek Charity Preview Party While the newest cars and trucks will be unveiled starting on Thursday, the opportunity to see them before the masses arrive exists at the Sneak Peek Charity Preview Party on Wed., Jan. 25. The affair, now in its fourth year, has quickly risen to the top of the area’s must-attend charity events. Benefiting seven local charities, Sneak Peek is an elegant evening complete with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, and full bar service on the auto show floor. Sponsored [...]