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Auto Shows 2011

lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
The Philadelphia Auto Show is early this year. It opens on Saturday, January 30th. Anybody interested in attending?
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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,506
    If I was just 3000 miles closer :shades:

    I probably will go to the Vancouver show in late March/early April
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Philly is a good show, as I've gone several times. I particularly enjoy the antique cars on display there. If I go, it will probably be in the middle of the week, when crowds are down.

    Bob
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    Detroit? Next week? Lots of announcements forthcoming at NAIAS this year, from what I remember.

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  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    I don't know about the rest of you, but I think this year's Detroit show is a real snore. Heck, there were only 2 press days (there used to be 3) for new model announcements, so that should tell you something.

    Only a few of the new models (of the very few introduced) introduced were exciting.

    Bob
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,984
    Well, it was "exciting" that GM and Chrysler were there. :blush:

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  • realno6realno6 Posts: 5
    I am a auto-fan from China interested in auto shows.I think the culture of auto in American is amazing to me,while I cannot understand the expertise of auto,or the idiom of your speaking of cars,could somebody tell me the way i can get my knowlege enough for reading your article or comments.Thanks a lot.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    I am so freaking pumped, the NY Autoshow starts next week and I already got my tickets!! can't freakin wait because I missed the show last year due to surgery and it will be nice to get back!!!
  • Saturday was spent at the convention center in Boston for the annual show. It was OK but I was disappointed to see a no show for Mitsu, Land Rover, Jag, Porsche and most of all, BMW!

    You can't glance out the car window without spotting a BMW here in MA so not seeing a display was surprising. :confuse:

    Otherwise, looking over the entrants some thoughts and impressions:

    Clearly the most crowded out of all the displays was Ford. Their display was hopping with people. I managed to get a very impressive overview on the Lincoln MKX and MKS which seriously won me over with the technological innovations regarding the SYNC and the new electronic display and ipod like interfaces. The smooth scrolling for the volume and fan speed was probably the coolest thing I've ever seen. No knobs or buttons, just swipe your finger across the strip to raise or lower volume/speed. Same goes for the buttons, nothing mechanical just the touch of your finger. Then again, 10 thousand voice commands, you may never touch anything ever.

    But not all was rosy as SYNC was unable to connect to my iphone after multiple attempts, the nav screen had smudge marks all over it and the selection for phone/radio/ipod was distracting.

    The Toyota display was busy but being a little more spread out I didn't really get the sense of crowding over the entrants. The Venza, new Highlander and Prius got the most attention IMO. My favorite was the red dresses the girls wore, damn... :shades:

    The Honda display was busy, but smaller. The CR-Z was completely blocked out from all the people and the CR-V and Accords were getting a good amount of attention. What was really surprising was the amount of attention the Crosstours were getting. I don't know if it was just curiousity to cement the dislike for the looks or genuine interest but there were people looking.

    The Subie display was moderately busy (new STi WRX), as were the Nissan (Juke, Quest), Hyundai (Genesis, Equus, Elantra), VW.

    On the luxury end, the displays were plenty packed as expected although for once it was nice to be able to check out the Benz's without having to feel like you've entered a mosh pit to do so... Sadly, each of the luxury brands only had a single model on the floor, give or take 1 or 2 such as what Volvo Acura and Lexus had out there. I'd say the Audi display was the most crowded with their absolutely stunning R8 V10 and S5/S4 models. Mini had the most models on the floor of the luruy makes, the new 4 wheel drive Cooper garnering the most attention.

    In the end, decent show but a slight letdown for the 12 dollar entry fee, especially when I've been attending these things for 15 years. Oh well, there's always New York and Chi-town...
  • Oh ya, and Kia had a test drive program there. Got to drive a new Optima (2.4, no turbo). Gotta say I walked away seriously impressed. The features, the style, the seats, the interior layout and volume were very impressive. The drivetrain was decent and competent, but I still think the Accord and Toyota drivetrains are smoother. The shift logic of the particular model I drove was jumpy and not really refined but then again I may be overly critical since I prefer manual trannies.

    Still an A for effort on that one. Kia continues to impress.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,328
    I have to imagine they were checking out the Crosstour in disbelief that Honda would make such a thing. It's everything I dislike about the current Accord on steroids. Ugh.
  • Kia continues to impress.

    Is there any question there? Yee-aaa-hhh!

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,984
    It's only about a day's drive from me now and my wife wants to see the Prius wagon that supposedly will be introduced there. Maybe if I wear my Edmunds ballcap, I'll get extra swag.

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  • steve, the Edmund's ballcap is sure to get you in places you wouldn't have or other fancy perks, for sure! :P

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,984
    I even have one logo golf shirt I haven't been painting in that I can wear too. :)

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  • now you're thinkin'!

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,984
    edited January 2011
    I updated the date of the title instead of just starting a new discussion. And I'm still planning on going to the big show in Detroit. Anyone else?

    2011 Detroit Auto Show (Inside Line)

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    The Philadelphia International Auto Show starts at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Saturday, January 29 and goes through Sunday, February 6, 2011.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    Go to chicagoautoshow.com

    Bonus for going to show (during day) is to drive beautiful Lake Shore Drive. Drive entire length if possible and take in great views, skylines, lakeshore.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,984
    edited January 2011
    Heh, I'm supposed to be in Chicago on the 11th for like an 8 hour layover. I don't know if I can handle two auto shows in a month's time.

    Especially since I've never been to a "real" one before. Detroit will probably overload me.

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  • wilcoxwilcox Posts: 581
    Show sounds good. Weather should be klear for drive :shades: around Lake Michigan.
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