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Philadelphia International Auto Show

January 28 – February 5, 2012
Hours: Click here for show hours
Price: Click here for show pricing

The latest and greatest makes and models from around the world will be rolling into the newly renovated, Pennsylvania Convention Center January 28 – February 5, 2012 for the Philadelphia International Auto Show. This is a great opportunity to get your family outdoors and start daydreaming of the new ride to take on the road.

The 550,000 square foot display floor will hold hundreds of classic, luxury, exotic, tuner and pre-production models from car manufacturers world-wide, including the debut of the new Porsche 991 and the redesigned, Lexus GS.

For more than 100 years the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP) have presented or worked closely with the Philadelphia International Auto Show, according to the association’s Creative Director, Eric Caldarale.  This year is no different.

Caldarale said, “the association is looking forward to topping last year’s opening weekend attendance of 65,984 attendees thanks to the expansion of the convention center and new features to the Auto Show.”

Features such as the ride and drive allow attendees to hop behind the wheel of the latest models from selected vehicle manufacturers, making Philly’s Auto Show not just a place for dreamers, but a place where potential buyers can get into the driver’s seat and take a test drive through the city.  In this aspect, the Philadelphia Auto Show benefits both buyer and seller.  An exit survey from the 2010 show states, “Nearly 90 percent of attendees in the market for a new vehicle reported that visiting the Auto Show influenced their next purchasing decision.”

The Philadelphia Auto Show extends a philanthropic hand to the Delaware Valley community as well through the ADAGP’s CARing for Kids Foundation.  According to Caldarale, the ADAGP has been making donations associated with the Auto Show to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 1986 and last year began focusing their donations on specific departments in the hospital.

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The Black Tie Tailgate
January 27, 2012
7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
For tickets and other information regarding this event visit their website at www.phillyautoshow.com/bttg.

This year the ADAGP will host their annual Black Tie Tailgate Event benefiting the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Guests to the event will get a sneak peak at the 550,000 square foot showroom on the eve of the auto show, dine off of a farm to table menu provided by Stephen STARR Events, and dance away the night to the music of Jellyroll.  In addition to the Black Tie Tailgate, the ADAGP will donate $2 for every Auto Show ticket sold to the CARing for Kids Foundation.

Whether you are looking to gawk, gander, give or get behind the wheel of a potential purchase, be sure to check out the 2012 Philadelphia International Auto Show.

Related: Pictures of the 2011 Philadelphia Auto Show.  

Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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