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The Philadelphia Auto Show is set to return bigger and better than ever

The Philadelphia Auto Show will be officially open to the public on Saturday, February 8. Last year, the popular car expo brought in a steller 257,515 visitors. This sizeable and enormous number produced the second-largest crowd in the auto show’s 118-year history. In year 119, you can expect amazing cars, exciting new perks, and the fan-favorite features that make this a must-attend event each year.

The phenomenal showcase will stretch ten days this year, running through Monday, February 17. “We’re thrilled to take advantage of the holiday weekend and stay open for 10 days this year,” said 2020 Philadelphia Auto Show Chair Maria Pacifico of Pacifico Ford, Hyundai and Mazda. “We’re coming off our second-largest Auto Show ever. Consumer interest in the event has never been higher. To be able to offer an extra day to our guests to check out the 36 participating manufacturers during what is traditionally a very busy sales time is a real win for everyone.”

The Pennsylvania Convention Center will be bursting with energy and cars during this popular event. You’ll have access to a displays floor, comparable in size to 11 football fields, that’s packed with brand-new vehicles from 36 manufacturers. At this unique and one-of-a-kind experience, you can see and sit in buzzworthy cars and trucks such as the all-new Chevrolet C8 Corvette, first-ever electric Porsche Taycan, highly-anticipated Land Rover Defender (a first in 20+ years) and more. At the onsite Ride and Drive Zone, Toyota and Volkswagen will be hosting test drives.

The highly sought-after attraction, Camp Jeep, returns to the Philadelphia Auto Show this year. You’ll be blown away by the immersive 30,000 square-foot track. Attendees will get the ultimate off-road driving experience indoors. The exhilarating hill climb and driving obstacle course is an adrenaline-filled must-see attraction each year. Another returning event is the DUB Show Tour hosted by DUB magazine –the premier publication of the urban automotive lifestyle. This show is always filled with heavy tracking and excited attendees. The tricked-out rides, bikes and more will captivate every facet of your imagination.

 

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You’ll gravitate towards the stunning and exotic cars, courtesy of C.F. Charities, F.C. Kerbeck, and McLaren Philadelphia. Guests will experience something truly special this year. The Super Cars and Exotic Vehicles display will feature a line-up of the fastest production vehicles ever made. The SSC Tuatara, Ferrari F40, Bugatti Chiron and several of the best cars in the world will all be under one roof. This is the first time in the country a display of this nature will be exhibited. Come walk through aisles and rows accented by the 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Lamborghini Huracan EVO and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

Not to be outdone by the new modern toys, the Antique Automobile Club of America, Vintage Auto Museum of New Jersey and Classic Auto Mall will have a head turning lineup at the Classic Cars display. Don’t miss your chance to see special gems like the 1953 Cadillac-62 Series Convertible, 1965 Porsche 911, and 1968 Lamborghini Muria. The Classic Car collection will take you on a journey to the past in style.

Returning for the fourth year is the Hollywood Cars display. The Philadelphia Auto Show faithful will get a firsthand look at some of the most iconic cars from several legendary movies and television productions. The Ford vs. Ferrari Ford GT40, Fast & Furious Fleet Line Cuba Car, Wayne’s World Pacer, Breaking Bad Chevrolet El Camino, Baby Driver Subaru WRX, Dumb & Dumber Shaggin’ Wagon and Toy Story-inspired Pizza Planet Truck will all be on display at the show.

The Philadelphia Auto Show is a can’t miss attraction each year. “There is simply Nothing Like It,” added Pacifico. “Whether you are in the market or not, it’s the place to be in early February in Philadelphia.” The festivities will begin with a charitable endeavor.  The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation’s Black Tie Tailgate will take place on Friday, Feb. 7. Tickets are on sale now. The unique event offers a special preview of the Philadelphia Auto Show. Proceeds will benefit the Department of Nursing at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, a portion of every Auto Show ticket sold will be donated to the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation in support of its Driving Away the Cold new coat program.

Tickets for the Philadelphia Auto Show are $14 for people age 13 and older. The cost for children ages 7 to 12 is $7. Children under the age of 6 have free admission. There are also discounted ticket options for seniors (age 62 and over) and military personnel (with active ID). Tickets are available for purchase online or in-person.

The days and times for the auto show this year are:

• Saturday, Feb. 8 – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 9 – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Monday, Feb. 10 – Friday, Feb. 14 – Noon to 10 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 15 – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 16 – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Monday, Feb. 17 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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