Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Car show hits Philadelphia

Casey Coughlin
Staff Writer

The week long Philadelphia Auto Show held at the Philadelphia Convention Center covered 650,000 square feet of more than 700 vehicles. Approximately 250,000 people attend the show each year. Of these 250,000 people, a large portion are there in search of a car to be their newest addition.
 Car buyers were given the opportunity to experience their car in ways other than just sitting in the cars on the Center’s floor. An obstacle course-like track was set up for car show goers to ride alongside a salesperson. The track was designed with hills and uneven ground to display the capabilities of the Wrangler Unlimited, the Wrangler Rubicon, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
 Similar to Jeep’s setup, Toyota had a riding experience that offered attendees a chance to ride in a 4Runner, Highlander, or a RAV4. There were outdoor riding and driving experiences offered by Cadillac, Chevrolet/Buick/GMC, Kia, Subaru, And Volkswagen as well.
 The show featured concept, classic and exotic cars. Concept cars included the 2015 Porsche, 2015 Subaru WRX STI, and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible. There were cars on display of all eras such as the 1914 Ford Model T Runabout, a 1956 Buick Special Riviera Coupe, and a 1970 L-78 Chevelle SS.
 Despite the inclement weather, the car show provided enough entertainment and garnered enough interest to bring in a crowd large enough to rival past years.

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