This year’s just-ended Philadelphia Auto Show was a record-setter despite suffering through some very difficult winter weather.
The goal is $500,000, by October 15th, to buy paper, workbooks, and other school supplies for Philadelphia schoolkids.
The percentage of new cars bought by 18 to 35 year olds has been rebounding after sputtering about the time the Great Recession hit.
It’s a tradition as old as the Mummers.
Students ranged from kindergartners to 4th graders. And after a brief fitting session, there were many happy customers.
As school gets back in session, vocational education is getting new respect. With college tuition high and entry level jobs still scarce, students are looking at training-for-employment. Automotive technology is an area where employers say hiring will be robust.
A web site that gathers car-buying data for consumers says buyers will only get a little more than five percent off the sticker price now, compared with about nine percent they got in late December.
The Philadelphia Auto Show will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center beginning on Saturday.
This year’s show will take full advantage of the newly expanded Convention Center with more than one million square feet of space, plus an additional 500,000 square feet of related exhibit hall space, say organizers.
Toyota says its manufacturing operations won’t be back to normal until the end of this year, because of last month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.