Philadelphia Auto Show shifts into a new gear

January 25, 2012 3:55:28 PM PST
Start your engines! The 2012 Philadelphia Auto Show is rolling into the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Set up has started and the show is taking shape.

"Today is crate day and then tomorrow, hopefully, they can get the crates out and we can start bringing cars in," Auto Show Chairman Michael Chapman said.

This year, the auto show moves into the newly constructed addition to the Convention Center. That means more space to check out all kinds of cars from the classics to the newest and coolest around.

"It's about 50,000 square feet more, so it's amazing. It's like 10 football fields long," Chapman said.

Look for a different, easier to navigate layout. This year, the majority of the auto show will be set up all on one floor - 700 vehicles from 40 manufacturers.

More space means more freedom to try something new: at the Toyota display they're setting up an actual track so you can take a test drive inside.

The carpets down. They're moving crates and revving up for the rest of the cars and then crowds to arrive.

"Today, it looks like a big mess, but come tomorrow at 5:00 p.m., it will be shining," Chapman said.

The 2012 Philadelphia Auto Show opens to the public at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday and runs through February 5th, plenty of time to see the show that's bigger than ever before.