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January 27, 2015

Philadelphia Auto Show 2015 drives into town

The Convention Center hosts a week of displays and events

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The Philadelphia Auto Show rolls in Saturday, Jan. 31.

Car fanatics, start your engines: the Philadelphia Auto Show drives into the Pennsylvania Convention Center Saturday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 8. More than 700 vehicles will be on display in 700,000 square feet of space just waiting for you to ooh and ahh.

The show is perfect for attendees who are in the market for a new car. Manufacturers will host displays full of knowledgeable people to give you info about your top picks. Better yet, the PAS is a non-selling show, so the "product specialists" won't be too pushy.

The best part about the show, of course, is getting to sit in tons of cars. You can pretend you're a cast member from one of the seven "The Fast and the Furious" movies all day long. Personally, I attend every year just to sit in the latest Volkswagen Beetle and pretend I can afford it.

The show's lineup includes 2016 pre-production models from Fiat, Lincoln, Mazda and Buick, along with plenty of Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari and Maserati exotics. Classic cars from the '20s and '50s also will be on display. 

Over the course of the week, Jeep, Toyota and Kia will offer "Ride & Drive" opportunities for select vehicles. At the show's Face-Off display, you can vote for your favorite car - import versus domestic - and enter to win prize packs that include NASCAR and IndyCar tickets. You'll also be able to check out custom vehicles owned by Philadelphia Eagles like Chris Polk, Najee Goode and Jeremy Maclin. 

The show will have plenty of food and drink vendors on hand, but with a hand stamp, you can head out to Reading Terminal Market for your midday meal, too. If you're worried about crowding, head to the show on Super Bowl Sunday when the rest of the world is gearing up for the big game.

Philadelphia Auto Show

Saturday, January 31 through Sunday, February 8
Saturdays: 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Weekdays: Noon-10 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 1: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Adults: $13, Children ages 7-12: $6, Children 6 and under: Free
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St.