Philly Auto Show to bring turbo-charged en­ter­tain­ment.

Find what you want to drive at Philadel­phia In­ter­na­tional Auto Show

The Review - - Front Page - By Brian Binga­man bbinga­man@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @bri­an­binga­man on Twit­ter

A Philadel­phia in­sti­tu­tion since 1902, the Philadel­phia In­ter­na­tional Auto Show lets you get up-close looks at mod­els from more than 40 man­u­fac­tur­ers. Therewill be­more than 700 ve­hi­cles in all.

It’s where you can see the lat­est au­to­mo­tive tech­no­log­i­cal fea­tures first­hand. Show chair­man DavidKelle­her said it’s a great time to be in the mar­ket for a ve­hi­cle be­cause prices will gen­er­ally re­main sta­ble while even more ad­vanced fea­tures, such as au­ton­o­mous brak­ing and rear view cam­era, be­come stan­dard.

“We want to make it an en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as a car ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Kelle­her, who is also the owner of David Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep in GlenMills.

Forty man­u­fac­tur­ers? Isn’t that like ev­ery car maker there is?

Sched­uled to be at the show, in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der: Acura, As­ton Martin, Audi, Bent­ley, BMW, Buick, Cadil­lac, Chevro­let, Chrysler, Dodge, Fer­rari, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, In­finiti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lam­borgh­ini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lin­coln, Maserati, Mazda, McLaren, MercedesBenz, Mini, Mit­subishi, Nis­san, Porsche, Ram Trucks, Rolls Royce, Scion, smart, Subaru, Toy­ota, Volk­swa­gen and Volvo. Can you think of any they missed?

Some of the buz­zwor­thy mod­els we’ve heard about are the Karma Revero lux­ury car, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 (“Ab­so­lutely smokin’,” ac­cord­ing to Kelle­her), the 2018 Volk­swa­gen At­las SUV, the 2018 Volvo V90 crossover, the 2017 Acura NSX, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia, the 2017 Chrysler Paci­fica Hy­brid SUV (Kelle­her says it gets a whop­ping 84 MPG equiv­a­lent when al­ter­nat­ing be­tween gas and the battery), the 2017 In­finit Q60, the all-new Jeep Com­pass Trail­hawk (which Kelle­her said was treated like a top se­cret mat­ter at the re­cent Detroit auto show) and the 2017 Nis­san GT-R. Kelle­her added that BMW will have a sev­en­pas­sen­ger crossover that should draw at­ten­tion.

You prob­a­bly no­ticed the pres­ence of util­ity ve­hi­cles in that fea­tured list. Kelle­her boldly pre­dicted that the sedan will even­tu­ally go away al­to­gether. He said con­sumer pref­er­ences are for the up-higher seat­ing in SUVs and crossovers, plus their easy-to-fold-down seats, the hatch­back in­stead of a tra­di­tional trunk, and all-weather ca­pa­bil­ity.

Keep check­ing the Fea­tured Cars sec­tion at www. phillyau­ be­cause there’s al­ways a chance for a last-minute ad­di­tion be­fore the show opens.

When is this?

Jan. 28-Feb. 5. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. week­days, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Satur­days, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun­day Jan. 29, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun­day Feb. 5.

The of­fi­cial kick­off is the Black Tie Tail­gate the evening of Jan. 27 from 7 to 11:30.

Where is it be­ing held?

It’ll cover more than 700,000 square feet of the Penn­syl­va­nia Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 1101 Arch St., Philadel­phia.

I hear you can sit in­side the ve­hi­cles and stuff, ex­cept for the con­cept cars and ex­otics, but can I take a test drive?

They call them “Ride & Drive op­por­tu­ni­ties” at the Auto Show. In­doors there’s Camp Jeep, with a looped track where you can ride in and ex­pe­ri­ence the rugged­ness of a few dif­fer­ent Jeep mod­els. The Ride & Drive Zone is out­side the build­ing by the show’s dub car sec­tion on the con­ven­tion cen­ter’s street level. Par­tic­i­pat­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers are BMW, Nis­san, Kia, Mazda and Toy­ota. The spe­cific hours are posted at www. philly auto show. com/ ex­pe­ri­ence/ ride-drives.

What about clas­sic and an­tique cars?

Dis­play­ing will be the An­tique Au­to­mo­bile Club of Amer­ica, the Sime­one Foun­da­tion Au­to­mo­tive Mu­seum, and the Vin­tage Au­to­mo­bile Mu­seum of New Jer­sey.

“One of my pas­sions is movies and old TV, and we’re bring­ing in the Hol­ly­wood cars. We’ve got the ‘Back to the Fu­ture’ DeLorean. We’ve got the Bat­mo­bile. We’ve got the ‘Ghost­busters’ Cadil­lac hearse. We’ve got the (Jeep) Wran­gler from ‘Juras­sic Park’,” Kelle­her said.

Am I go­ing to get pres­sured into mak­ing a pur­chase?

Although the show is pre­sented by the Au­to­mo­bile Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Greater Philadel­phia, the Auto Show is what’s known in the busi­ness as a “non­selling” show. It­means sales are not al­lowed to be made on the show floor. It’s a ca­sual, “kick the tires,” brows­ing kind of deal. The prod­uct spe­cial­ists at each man­u­fac­turer booth­will an­swer your ques­tions, and maybe send you home with some freebies. Some may even have in­for­ma­tion on re­bates that might in­flu­ence your fu­ture pur­chase de­ci­sion.

What does it cost to get in?

$14, $7 for chil­dren 7-12 and on­week­days for se­niors 62+, $11 for ac­tive mil­i­tary and for peo­ple in groups of 25 or­more. You can get tick­ets on the Auto Show web­site or at the box of­fice at the con­ven­tion cen­ter. Tick­ets for the Black Tie Tail- gate, which are tax de­ductible, start at $250. Pro­ceeds from the Black Tie Tail­gate ben­e­fit Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Of Philadel­phia.

I’ve heard there’s some celebrity ap­pear­ances at the Auto Show.

The Honda sec­tion is the place to be gawk­ing. On Jan. 29, the 2014 Lit­tle League World Se­ries sen­sa­tion Mo’ne Davis will be there. On Feb. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. Au­dra McLaugh­lin from “The Voice” Sea­son 6 is sup­posed to be there. UFC Light­weight Cham­pion Ed­die Al­varez stops by Feb. 4.

What’s the best way to get to the con­ven­tion cen­ter?

SEPTA’s Jef­fer­son Sta­tion is right un­der­neath it. The cost of park­ing around the con­ven­tion cen­ter de­pends on if you park on the street or in a park­ing garage. The web­site has di­rec­tions and park­ing in­for­ma­tion at www.phillyau­ show-info/faq. Sugar House Casino is of­fer­ing free park­ing and shut­tle ser­vice.

I don’t re­ally feel like wear­ing my coat the whole time I’m there. Is there a coat/bag check?

Yes, it’s avail­able for a fee. Can I take pho­tos and video?

Yes. Make sure you tag@ phillyau­toshow when you share on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram.

What’s the food sit­u­a­tion?

There’s a food court on the show floor, or you can get your hand stamped and go to any of the many restau­rants and shops out­side the con­ven­tion cen­ter. Some ven­dors ac­cept credit cards, but some do not. You can bring cash or use the ATMs at the con­ven­tion cen­ter. Also, Read­ing Ter­mi­nal Mar­ket is ad­ja­cent to the con­ven­tion cen­ter.

Kelle­her rec­om­mended The Pit Stop, a car themed “wa­ter­ing hole” on the show floor with auto-cen­tric video games, beer and more.

Take a look at www. philly auto show. com/ get­ting-here/ high­lights.


See a col­or­ful ar­ray of new cars at the Philadel­phia In­ter­na­tional Auto Show, held at the Penn­syl­va­nia Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

See the new mod­els from 40auto man­u­fac­tur­ers at the Philadel­phia In­ter­na­tional Auto Show.

Chil­dren have their own ver­sion of Camp Jeep at the Philadel­phia In­ter­na­tional Auto Show.

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