Auto show rolls into town

February 1, 2008 9:34:04 PM PST
If you're into cars, this is your weekend.

The 106th annual Philadelphia International Auto Show opens on Saturday.

Approximately 300,000 visitors are expected to show up to get a look at more than 700 vehicles on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Cars from 40 different manufacturers will be featured, along with preproduction vehicles, concept cars and a few vintage and exotic models as well.

One Chrysler option means cup holders can be heated or cooled. Lexis has put a small television camera in the front grill of one model to look around corners for the driver.

In a world of cell phones and iPods, Ford is pitching Sync, a Microsoft system that uses voice commands to manage those gadgets hands-free.

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Subaru is displaying its first vehicle introduced in the United States, right up to their latest model.

And if you're looking to go green, you can check out more than a dozen hybrid models. A Chevrolet Equinox is one of them. The fuel cell produces electricity that drives the car with twice the efficiency of a gasoline engine. The thinking is hybrids will cut the consumption of gas, while fuel cells could ultimately eliminate it.

The Philadelphia International Auto Show runs until February 10. Doors open Saturday at 9 a.m.