Shiny CarJan. 19 marks the opening of the largest Philadelphia Auto show to date. Through Jan. 27, visitors to the Pennsylvania Convention Center can marvel at the 630,000 square foot (up from last year’s 600,000) display of all types of cars and trucks.

Beginning in 1902, this is the oldest auto show in the country, and this year 40 automakers will debut their newest designs totaling in about 800 vehicles.

While it is a perfect opportunity to look into buying a car, it can also just be fun to walk around and experience the show. Plus, it’s a non-selling showing meaning that auto representative cannot make a sale on the premises, and attendees won’t be pressured into purchases.

Instead, visitors can take a look at affordable cars on display, like the $18,000 Honda Civic, or fantasize about owning a $400,000 car.

In fact, the show has a handful of featured cars, including the $200,000 Bentley Continental GT Speed, which goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and tops speeds of up to 205 mph.

Visitors can also see some pre-production/concept models, vintage, and exotic cars. In addition, there will be a display of cars that use “green technology,” including the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid that delivers more than 100 MPGe (a miles-per-gallon equivalency metric).

CARing-logo-300x291For those who like a little more excitement, the show offers two indoor ride experiences hosted by Jeep and Toyota, as well as five outdoor Ride and Drive experiences.

Adult tickets are $12 and child tickets are $6. Children under 6 can get in free with an adult. $2 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, which supports local children’s charities like The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia
When: Jan. 19 through 27
Tickets: $12, adults; $6 children, ages 7 to 12 and seniors

For more information, visit the Philadelphia Auto Show website.

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