Auto show zooms into Phoenix with latest tech twists

Detailers ready an Acura, November 22, 2017, on move-in

New-car models and technology will speed into Phoenix over Thanksgiving weekend.

The Arizona International Auto Show is displaying more than 500 new models for the public to see at the downtown Phoenix Convention Center. The event begins Thanksgiving Day at 9 a.m. and lasts through Sunday.

Auto enthusiasts can see 2018 models on display from more than 30 brands, according to spokeswoman DeDe Taft. Some 75 cars can be taken for test drives as well, Taft said.

“It’s a tradition in Arizona for the auto show … to host this show over the holidays so people can come pre- or post-turkey and walk around and check out over 500 new vehicles,” Taft said.

Many new trends will be on display, including the 2018 Kia Stinger, Alfa Romeo Stelvio and an assortment of high-end exotics from brands such as Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini.

The event is a non-selling environment, according to Taft. Attendees can freely look and sit in various cars.

Nissan spokeswoman Jannelle Grigsby said the convention shows many of the new technology and innovative breakthroughs, such as assisted driving. Models such as the all-electric Nissan Leaf will be in an area where visitors can sit inside cars.

“Auto shows, particularly Arizona, Orange County, some of the smaller shows, are really accessible,” Grigsby said. “There’s no pressure, which is great. It really provides that open environment — you can see everything you want to see under one roof.”

Scott Treadwell, a product specialist for Chevrolet, said connectivity features such as 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, along with rear-seat cameras and trailer-camera systems, will be shown on models at the show.

“Everybody has their own wants and needs,” Treadwell said. “I tell, I don’t sell. There is a lot for people to do. There is a lot of vehicles, and I’m sure there is a vehicle in this hall that is appropriate or suits their individual needs.”