Ford’s new Transit commercial van will grab the spotlight today for the opening of the 2013 Kansas City Auto Show.
The 2014 Transit is being built at Ford’s Claycomo plant, and the auto show will mark the first time for the vehicle to be on public display on its home turf.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be on hand for an unveiling event this afternoon at the Bartle Hall Convention Center, 301 W. 13th St. The state assisted in a $1.1 billion investment by Ford to upgrade the Claycomo plant and add jobs.
The auto show officially opens to the general public at 5 p.m. today. The show, organized by the Automotible Dealers Association of Greater Kansas City, runs through Sunday.
While the Transit will be a major focus on the show floor, it will hardly be the only attraction. More than 500 new cars, trucks, SUVs, crossover vehicles and minivans will be on display.
The auto industry also intends to show off its latest collection of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. These vehicles will be in a special area on the convention center floor called Electric Avenue.
• Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. today; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Tickets: $11, although $6 for children 8 through 12.
Discount coupons are available from area auto dealers or by going online to www.kcautoshow.com.