The Orange County International Auto Show is rolling into the Anaheim convention center.

It’s set to showcase the newest 2020 offerings from more than 35-manufacturers.  And, that includes tons of test drive opportunities and fun for the whole family.

There will also be lots of concept cars, specialty vehicles, pre-production models.  A focus on electric vehicles (EVs) and more.


2019 OC Auto Show Sign

2018 Orange County Auto Show banner

Concepts and Pre-Production Models On Display

And, included in the pre-production and concept vehicle line-up are some highly anticipated ‘must-sees’ including:

  • Acura Concept S
  • KIA HabaNiro concept
  • Toyota i-Road & FV2 concepts
  • 2020 Audi R8 Spyder
  • Nissan 50th Anniversary GTR
  • 2020’s on display:
  • VW’s Arteon
  • And more.

Concepts are always awe-inspiring but it really seems like the gap between concept and vehicle that actually gets produced is closing.  So that’s exciting and something to watch for.

The 2019 Orange County Auto Show Is Buzzing With Electricity

And this year’s Orange County Auto Show is adding an Electric Avenue.  It’s being presented by Southern California Edison and is planned to help promote EVs to the car-buying public.

Electric Jaguar

Jaguar EV @ the 2018 Orange County Auto Show

Beyond sharing helpful info on how to switch to EVs.  You will also be able to learn about government incentives to do so.  And that includes federal, state, utility and air district incentives.

The EVs are definitely coming.  Every carmaker is in or getting in the electric vehicle game.  So acquiring a little info about what’s happening in the space isn’t a bad idea.  And more importantly – how much money you can save if/when you make the move!

Test Driving @ the show

The 2019 Orange County Auto Show is going to provide the opportunity to test drive more than 100 different cars.

Test Driving

Professor Quan Test Driving at the 2018 OC Auto Show

Loads of carmakers are making their vehicles available including:

  • Acura
  • Chrysler
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • Honda
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Land Rover
  • Nissan
  • Ram
  •  Toyota
  • Volkswagen

The zero sales pressure aspect of test driving at the Orange County Auto Show is cool.  And sure, the LA Auto Show offers the same.  But, the OC Auto Show doesn’t have quite the insane crowds so your line-waiting to actually-driving time-ratios are usually way better in Anaheim.  

Pet Adoption @ The Orange County Auto Show

The good people at Subaru are putting on a pet adoption during the OC Auto Show.

Mr. Jake our adopted dog and me

Mr. Jake adopted our family!

Puppies to melt your heart will be on hand and looking for their forever homes.

While my family didn’t adopt Mr. Jake at the OC Auto Show, we did adopt him.  If you adopt a pet at the OC Auto Show.  Please email me and we’ll cover your adoption in a story to share with the iDriveSoCal audience. Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com

Bring Your Kids!

The Orange County Auto Show will have a scavenger hunt for the kids to participate in and win prizes.  Plus they’re bringing back the electric toy car test drive which is always a favorite.

EVs for kids at the car show

Kids Test Drive Track @ 2018 OC Auto Show

It’s trying to get the kids to leave after there turn that’s the hard part. :0)

I’m just hoping my son is tall enough to ride this year.  He’s just turning 2 and already a car lover!

OC Auto Show 2019

So if you’re like me you’re planning to take the family and enjoy the show… but also wondering where the last year has gone!?!?!?

And don’t forget the SoCal Work Truck portion of the Orange County Auto Show.  Because if you need commercial transport from contractors to plumbers there’s no better place to shop.

Plus the Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car Display will be on-hand again this year.  Just in case there wasn’t already enough to drool over… It will feature the Porsche 911, BMW M2 Competition, BMW 850i, Jaguar XE Project 8, Lamborghini Urus, Ford GT350 and the Bentley Continental GT V8.

Kids under 12 are free with a paying adult.  And food trucks will be coraled to keep your tanks full.  For more details go to the OC Auto Show online.