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February 25, 2014
by Jeff

Meet Cleveland Browns Legends at Honda’s Display


Waikem Honda and the Northeast Ohio Honda Dealers are giving you a chance to meet Cleveland Browns legends at the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show. 

Former Browns will sign Autographs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 at Honda’s display.

Those scheduled to attend include:

Dick Ambrose

Hanford Dixon

Kevin Mack

Doug Dieken

Al “Bubba” Baker

Make sure to ask Al Bubba Baker about his famous ribs, recently featured on the hit ABC show Shark Tank. 

Do you want a more personal one-on-one meeting with these legends? Like the Northeast Ohio Honda Dealers on Facebook for your chance to meet them prior to the show. They will host a special meet and greet for you and 3 of your friends, and Honda will also give you free tickets to the show. Enter here. 

While you’re there, make sure to check out the latest Honda models, including the all-new 2015 Honda Fit.

And continue to follow the IX Auto Show blog for all the latest news on the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show.


February 24, 2014
by Jeff

Meet the Cleveland Browns at the IX Auto Show


The Ford Motor Co. will host some of the top athletes from the Cleveland Browns at their display for the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, meet Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer and new Browns coach Mike Pettine at the Ford display. On Thursday, March 6, linebacker Barkevious Mingo and Browns mascot Chomps will sign autographs at the display.

Pettine was hired by the Browns to be their next head coach on Feb. 6. He was defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills in 2013 and also previously worked for the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens.

Hoyer is a Cleveland native who saw great success with the Cleveland Browns in the few games he played before being injured.

Mingo was the sixth pick of the 2013 NFL draft. He recorded 42 tackles and 5 sacks last year.

One autograph per person on all autographs.

The Waikem Auto Family will have full coverage of the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show. Stay tuned to our blog, and learn more about the Ford brand prior to visiting the show.

February 18, 2014
by Jeff

Cleveland Prepares for the 2014 Auto Show

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The 2014 Cleveland Auto Show at the IX Center promises to be one of the biggest Auto Shows to ever hit Northeast Ohio. There will be more Ride-N-Drive events than ever, and some of the biggest names in Cleveland Sports will be there signing autographs.

About the Show

The Cleveland Auto Show takes place March 1 through March 9 at the IX Center in Cleveland. The show takes place from 11 a.m .to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m .to 8 p.m. on Sundays. This year’s show is sponsored by AutoTrader and Medical Mutual. Tickets for this year’s show are $13 for adults, $11 for preteens and senior citizens. You can even buy tickets online at the Auto Show’s website.

Parking is free, compliments of local car dealers like the Waikem Auto Family.

All the manufacturers are on display at the show, and you’ll get chance to climb in and see all the features of the latest models. According to its website, the Cleveland Auto Show is a non-selling show. This means that no sales are allowed to be made on the floor and no one will pressure you into buying anything. So visit the show on the floor, and then visit Waikem to see what the car looks like yourself.

Celebrity Sightings

Along with the cars, the Cleveland Auto Show is the best place to meet your favorite TV and Sports Stars.

Cleveland Cavalier Kyrie Irving is scheduled to sign autographs from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 3. Irving was recently named MVP of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.

At the same time, visit the Ford display to meet new Browns Coach Mike Pettine and Browns Quarterback Brian Hoyer. They’ll be singing autographs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Are you a fan of Discovery’s Fast N’ Loud? Meet Richard Rawlings on from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 6. He will sign autographs and meet fans.


Test Drive your favorite vehicle again at this year’s show. Kia, Hyundai and Subaru are manufacturers offering the popular Ride-N-Drive this year. Take one around the outside of the center with a product specialist, and get a feel for these models before you visit the showroom.

Take a blast from past again at this year’s show with the 16th annual classic car competition. Learn more here or sign up.

Looking for the finer things in life? Visit Millionaire’s Row for to see models from Aston Martin, Mercedes Benz, Rolls Royce, McLaren, and Maserati.

The Waikem Media will again be on hand at this year’s Auto Show to show you the photos and videos of what to expect in this year’s show. Follow our blog and Facebook pages, and you can learn even more about the Cleveland Auto Show.


March 1, 2013
by Jeff

See the Redesigned 2013 Nissan Versa



2013 was Nissan’s most innovative year ever, with a number of new redesigned hitting the dealership this year. We’ve already seen the 2013 Nissan Altima, 2013 Nissan Sentra and 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The final new redesign, the 2013 Nissan Versa, can be seen for the first time at the Cleveland Auto Show.

What we saw in Cleveland was an economy car that you cannot call economy. Nissan updating the styling across the Nissan car line, and the Versa was given a major facelift. You’ll notice the new wide, front grille, larger front headlights and a new round outline from bumper to bumper. One of the complaints of the former Versa was that is was too economy, but not anymore. The best part though, the price isn’t changing.

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February 28, 2013
by Jeff

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT at the Cleveland Auto Show

A brand new, never before seen model is sitting on the floor at the Cleveland Auto Show, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. We had our first glance of the 2014 Outlander, and we must say we like what we saw.

The new Outlander GT is the next generation of the popular, best selling Mitsubishi SUV. While we couldn’t dig really deep into the Outlander, the information Mitsubishi had about this car was enough to get us excited.

Mitsubishi is calling the 2014 Outlander “a fresh new contemporary face that is both appealing and functional with reduced aerodynamic drag.”

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February 27, 2013
by Jeff

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

One of the most anticipated vehicles of the 2013 Cleveland Auto Show is the all new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST. Ford is relaunching the Fiesta lineup later this year, targeting the young man demographic.

This Fiesta is one of the first cars you’ll see as you enter the show, and it sets the bar high for the rest of the show. The 2014 Ford Fiesta will be a great sports car at  a great price. It’s powered by a 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine, 197 hp and 214-lb of torque. The Fiesta ST features a 75-percent stiffer torsion rear beam that sits lower to the ground.

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February 27, 2013
by Jeff

Ford Announces New Jobs at the Cleveland Auto Show

The Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday it is expanding production and adding new jobs to the EcoBoost Engine Production Plant in Cleveland.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, spoke at the Cleveland, Ohio plant Thursday. Ford will invest nearly $200 million and add 450 jobs at the Cleveland Engine Plant. The workers will build the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which is in 95 percent of the Ford lineup.

“This is our One Ford plan at its best – giving customers the power of choice to decide which fuel-efficient engine is best tailored to their needs,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Cleveland Engine Plant was the first to produce EcoBoost engines and will continue to be a cornerstone of Ford’s strategy to deliver affordable fuel economy for millions.”

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February 19, 2013
by Jeff

Test Drive the 2014 Subaru Forester


Test drive the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester at the Cleveland Auto Show.

The new, redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester will be available to test drive during the Cleveland Auto Show.

Ride N Drives are one of the most popular parts of the Cleveland Auto Show, because it gives you a chance to take a real test drive of a model you may have interest in. Subaru Ride N Drives will take place 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 23-24 and Feb. 28 – March 3.

The 2014 Forester should be one of the featured Ride N Drive vehicles. We took a few photos last week of the newly designed crossover. The Forester will have a new longer, higher appearance, a stiffer frame and more legroom inside.

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February 18, 2013
by Jeff

Kia Test Drives Every Night of the Show


The redesigned Kia Sorento is available for test drive at the 2013 Cleveland Auto Show.

Kia’s top models will be available to test drive every night of the Cleveland Auto Show.

Other manufacturer’s are only doing test drives on the weekend, but no matter what night you go, you can test drive a Kia. One test drive, and you’ll probably see why all your friends are switching over to the Kia brand.

These models will be available for test drive 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every night of the show:

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February 18, 2013
by Jeff

Test Drive Hyundai’s Top Models


The 2013 Hyundai Equus, Hyundai’s luxury model, will be one of many models on display at the 2013 Cleveland Auto Show.

A large selection of Hyundai’s top models, along with the luxury models, will be available to test drive at the Cleveland Auto Show.

Hyundai will be one of the most active dealers at the show, with 9 models available for test drive between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 1-3.

Models to test drive include:

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