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2011 Philadelphia Auto Show attendance rises for opening weekend

The 2011 Phildelphia Auto Show is showing an upward attendance growth trend like the Detroit Auto Show, with a rise in attendance of 28.4% thus far.

According to the latest media email, the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia announced the increase in opening weekend attendance during its 2011 Philadelphia Auto Show when compared to its 2010 event.

The show saw 65,984 attendees over the weekend, which marks the third largest opening weekend in the event’s 109-year history.

“These strong numbers echo what we have been saying for a few weeks now—the buzz in the automotive industry is getting louder. This is an important show for many reasons. We are approaching a turning point. Optimism is returning and momentum is building. We hope these numbers are reflective of what we’ll experience in 2011,” said Dominic M. Conicelli, chairman of the 2011 Philadelphia Auto Show and president of Conicelli Autoplex.

As one of the nation’s biggest auto shows, the Philadelphia Auto Show has a proven track record of influence on consumers and a notable economic impact. In 2010, nearly 90 percent of attendees in the market for a new vehicle reported that visiting the Auto Show influenced their next purchasing decision, according to exit surveys.

Furthermore, last year area dealers employed 35,360 employees, had sales of $20.2 billion and paid $1.13 billion in taxes on a state and local level.

About the Philadelphia Auto Show

The 2011 Philadelphia Auto Show, produced and owned by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, rolled into the Pennsylvania Convention Center January 29th and runs through February 6.

This year's event has hundreds of vehicles from a variety of worldwide manufacturers. Highlights include an array of concept, classic, luxury, pre-production and exotic models. Ticket prices range from $6.00 - $12.00. For more information, visit

About the Author: After 39 years in the auto industry as a design engineer, Frank Sherosky now trades stocks and writes articles, books and ebooks via, but may be contacted here by email: [email protected]

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