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Auto Shows 2011

lemkolemko Posts: 15,197
The Philadelphia Auto Show is early this year. It opens on Saturday, January 30th. Anybody interested in attending?
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  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,164
    If I was just 3000 miles closer :shades:

    I probably will go to the Vancouver show in late March/early April
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,710
    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.

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    Detroit? Next week? Lots of announcements forthcoming at NAIAS this year, from what I remember.

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  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,710
    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 Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,571
    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: 9,410
    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 Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,571
    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 Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,571
    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 Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,571
    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: 15,197
    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 Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,571
    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.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 30,476
    I went to Detroit show in '07, I think... You get through it a lot more quickly than you think...

    Not that I'd be up for double duty, though...

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,254
    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

    If you're on time you can do it, but its probably a little tighter than you'd guess. The CTA Blue Line comes in under the parking garage behind the Hilton and will take you to the Loop (under Dearborn Ave). The best way to get to it is in the Terminal 2 (Delta & US Scare) baggage lower level. It is easily walkable from term 1 (United) to the north or term 3 (American) to the south if you stay in the secured connecting walkways. The International terminal requires the people mover. The CTA takes about an hour downtown. A cab will cost a fortune and won't save you much time because the Kennedy is often jammed up. You'll have to check the CTA website for the auto show shuttle buses to McCormick Place (allow 20-30 min each way). Of course make sure you give yourself another hour or so to get back through security. I saw too much of that place before I retired!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,571
    edited January 2011
    Domestic flight, but I think it'll be easier on the psyche just to try to get to downtown for a late lunch and a walk around (in mid-Feb.? hmmm). I'm an antsy plane traveler anyway.

    Thanks Kyfdx, good to know. It looks huge in the pics.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 30,476
    What kind of lunch?

    Al's Beef near UI-C campus has a lot of local flavor... and, great italian beef sandwiches... dripping in beef juice.... lol.. about two miles from downtown..

    Portillos on the west side of downtown.... All sorts of Chicago specialties... dogs, italian beef, etc... Not a dive, like Al's... but, good...

    Of course, you can get Chicago pizza... which is a little overrated, in my book..

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,571
    edited January 2011
    Of course, you can get Chicago pizza... which is a little overrated, in my book..

    That was my experience too, but just from one place on the one trip that I actually spent any time in the city. I'm willing to give 'em another chance. :D

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 30,476
    Deep dish is okay.. but, stay away from the stuffed crust at Giordano's, especially if the wait is long... If it's busy, they take your order before your table is ready... supposedly, that has it coming out at the right time.... but, I got the feeling mine had been sitting in a warmer for 30-40 minutes....

    This is the food discussion, right? lol..

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  • jae5jae5 Posts: 1,205
    Will be skipping Detriot this year (would be there on the press days) but may make the Chi-town show for the press days. Will be "working" anyway but it'll still be cool.

    Oh, and steve & kyfdx, in terms of the food, it depends on where you go and if you're actually in the city. Chicago pizza is not deep-dish and there really isn't such a thing as "Chicago" or "Chicago style Pizza". And note the Giordano locations near and in downtown are really considered for yuppies and suburbanites. If you want the real deal go to the one in Hyde Park. This also goes with Portillos; you're best chance to get the real deal on polishes, hot dogs, italian beef and the like are at certain spots in the city, not downtown and certainly not at Portillos. And don't forget about Garrett's Popcorn.

    But honestly, with an 8 hour layover getting to the station, then down town & checking the sites, back to the airport & through security all in February :confuse: :sick:
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,571
    lol, is there wifi at O'Hare and any place decent to eat there?

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,254
    If there is Wi-Fi it probably costs a fortune at O'Hare. Never actually checked it out. Chicago is a nice town but its taxed and fee'd through the roof. I don't know who you're flying on. American has a decent fast food court in its main gate area with a lot of variety. United has it to a bit lesser extent in its C concourse. However, the best quick eat for the money is probably a hotdog cart vendor. There are some nicer places, as well as branches of a few Chicago restaurants. Most of them are either in the United or American areas. I'd go to the ORD website and check it out. You can walk between most of the gate areas without leaving security, but its a bit of a trek between United and American. By the way, how in the hell did you get an 8 hour layover on a domestic ticket anyway? Even the commuter lines tend to fly to all of their destinations at least once every 3 or 4 hours out of ORD.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,571
    edited January 2011
    I'll have to ask my travel agent (my wife, lol).

    We're on a free ticket so options are a bit limited. Once we get to O'Hare we could take an earlier flight, but we'd have to make an extra stop and we'd get home even later. :sick:

    We live in the UP now; not exactly on the way to anywhere. The Detroit show in a couple of weeks is only a ten hour drive or so. Piece of cake. :)

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