Sat. 8:18 pm: Brenda Linert reports from Cleveland Auto Show


CLEVELAND Snow and cold, expected to continue this week as we roll into March, have already negatively impacted auto sales the first two months of the year throughout the Northeast and Midwest.

But General Motors’ Marketing Manager for Small Cars isn’t too worried yet.

“I personally expect we are going to have a pretty raucous Spring,” Dora Nowicki said Friday. The Cleveland Auto Show, underway this week near the Cleveland Hopkins Airport, may just help spur those sales.

Snow and ice predicted for northeast Ohio weren’t marring the plans for auto dealers and marketers inside the Cleveland I-X Center near Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The annual show opened to the public Saturday inside the nearly 1.2 million-square-foot facility and is open to the public through March 9. It showcases more than 35 automobile makes from the world’s manufacturers, including both domestic and imports. Also included are concept, pre-production and production vehicles along with a hall featuring more than a hundred classic or antique cars.

Nowicki chatted as she sat near three 2014 Lordstown-built Chevy Cruzes on display in Chevrolet’s exhibit at the show. She had made the trip from Detroit to Cleveland for Friday’s media preview day.


Read Tribune Chronicle business editor Brenda J. Linert’s complete report from Cleveland in the Sunday Tribune Chronicle.