Rev up: Philly Auto Show returns - Philadelphia News

January 28, 2009 3:45:27 PM PST
Preparations are well underway for the 2009 Philadelphia International Auto Show. Even with today's economy, attendance is expected to be high at one of the city's most anticipated events; one where the cars are the stars While workers were busy checking the engines, testing the lights above the exotic cars, and polishing the smudges, Mayor Michael Nutter was making his entrance in a more practical ride, a Chevy Silverado Hybrid pickup.

Accompanied by some of Philadelphia's most notable citizens, including Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, and Ronald McDonald, the mayor spoke of harsh realities, but hope for the future.

"We know we have some tough economic times, but things will get better, and this might be a great opportunity to go out and get that vehicle," Mayor Nutter said.

"All 40 manufacturers are coming back to this show and we're very proud of that" Joe McGarity, the Philadelphia Auto Show Chairman, said.

700 vehicles from around the world will be featured in this year's show/

"It's been around for 108 years; it's part of the fabric of the community, so whether you're in the market or going to be in the market, or you're just smelling the new car smell, or kicking the tires, it's a great place to be," Kevin Mazzucola, the Executive Director of the Auto Dealers Association, said.

On the top floor you'll find the ultimate in a window shopping experience with cars like the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe.

The price tag for the Rolls Phantom is just under a half a million dollars. It's a gas guzzler with about 18 miles per gallon on the highway, however, it does come with it's very own pop-out umbrella holder.

Most of the cars downstairs will be delivered in Thursday morning, but a 2007, "pimped out" Chrysler 300 was ready today for this year's special DUB Live exhibit. The car comes complete with a hemi, air ride suspension, and 14 TVs.

The Auto Show will open this Saturday, January 31st 9:00 am to 10:00 p.m.

Tune into 6abc, Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. for "Philly on Wheels" hosted by Karen Rogers and Adam Joseph.

Like every year, $1 of the proceeds from every ticket sold will go to Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia.

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