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It’s Time to Find Your Next…at the 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show

By Business Wire News   


The Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP) is proud to announce the return of the Philadelphia Auto Show to the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7. The event’s Media Preview Day is Jan. 29,followed by the Black Tie Tailgate that evening.

The 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show returns for its 115th year with a 700,000-square-foot display floor featuring an array of preproduction, production, exotic, classic and concept cars. One of the largest auto shows in the nation, the Philadelphia Auto Show annually welcomes 250,000 attendees during its nine-day run.

“We have so many new features and attractions this year, it’s going to be one of the most exciting Philadelphia Auto Shows ever,” said David Kelleher, chairman of the 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show. “It’s not often we add a manufacturer to our floor plan and we are thrilled to welcome Alfa Romeo. In addition to comparing the portfolios of over 40 manufacturers, attendees can see soccer superstar Carli Lloyd, grab food and drinks at The Garage, and use the new eKEY feature to harness the power of the Auto Show. The Auto Show is an institution in Philly and this year’s show is shaping up to be one of the best.”

The brand-new Philadelphia Auto Show eKEY is cutting-edge data collection technology which allows consumers to save time, get connected and win prizes. After registering, attendees receive a custom QR code to scan at manufacturers’ displays and a personalized dashboard containing a shopping list of vehicles fitting their search criteria. One lucky eKEY user will win a $20,000 voucher to use at a franchised auto dealership. Register and get official rules at

“The industry has never been hotter – the autos are outstanding, vehicle sales are at an all-time high, interest rates and gas prices are low and we are transitioning to people buying cars because of desire rather than replacement,” said Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the ADAGP. “Looking at the quality and breadth of vehicles available, it can be difficult to know where to start when finding your next vehicle. That’s where the Philly Auto Show is helpful to the 40 percent of attendees in the market for a new vehicle. The Show influences over $3 billion in sales each year, which is why it is so important to manufacturers, dealers and consumers alike.”

Specific product highlights and important details of the 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show include:

Preproduction and Hot Production Models

The Philadelphia Auto Show is the perfect place to view the latest preproduction models and catch a glimpse of what will soon be available for purchase at local dealerships. The Philly Auto Show is proud to welcome Alfa Romeo, which will feature the 4C Coupe, 4C Spider and 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Among 2017 models expected to be on-site are the Porsche 911 Targa 4S, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford F-450 Super Duty, GMC Acadia, Honda Ridgeline, Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln Continental, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XT5, Hyundai Elantra, Volvo S90 and the Mitsubishi Mirage.

A long list of noteworthy 2016 models will also be on display, including the BMW M2, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Volt, GMC Sierra, Buick Cascada, Buick Envision, Cadillac CT6, Hyundai Tucson, Ford Focus RS, Toyota Prius, Mazda CX-3, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Mercedes-Benz GLC300, among others.

Visit for a full list of featured vehicles.

Classics, Exotics and Concepts

One of the most popular attractions is the exotics displays. This year attendees will be able to see the McLaren 570S Coupe, Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, Lamborghini Huracán, Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Continental and Maserati GranTurismo. The Philadelphia Auto Show will offer guests a sneak peek at some of the latest concept models, such as the Subaru Impreza concept.

Attendees will take a trip down memory lane in the classic automobile section courtesy of Antique Automobile Club of America, LRA Auto Museum and the Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey. Classics on display include a 1906 National Touring, 1911 Hupmobile, 1930 Chrysler Convertible, 1951 Kaiser Darrin, 1955 Porsche Speedster, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS, 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L71 and 1981 DeLorean.

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the glory days of American racing, when the U.S. won the World Sportscar Championship. The collection includes a 1965 Cobra Daytona Coupe, 1965 Ford GT40 Mark II, and 1967 Ford GT40 Mark IV.

Ride-and-Drive Opportunities

The Camp Jeep Test Track returns with an interactive adventure zone where professional 4×4 drivers allow riders to experience a Jeep’s on- and off-road capabilities inside the Convention Center. The Jeep Kids Course with kid-sized Jeeps and a rock climbing wall is back, adjacent to Camp Jeep.

Cruise along the streets of Philadelphia with an outdoor test drive by Kia, Mazda and Toyota. Parties interested in participating in a ride-and-drive should visit the Ride & Drive Zone in the Hall F lobby just outside DUB for instructions and specifics.

DUB Show Tour

Hosted by DUB magazine, the premier publication of the urban automotive lifestyle, this year’s DUB Live exhibit will include 100,000 square feet of the sickest custom cars, trucks, and SUVs. Check out killer paint jobs, performance mods, rims, tints and sound systems that hit hard. Don’t miss celebrity custom rides and JUMPSTART by Harley-Davidson, which puts attendees in the saddle to experience firsthand the thrill of the throttle.

The Garage

The Garage is the perfect destination to meet friends after work for refreshments, relaxation and a rousing game or two. The two-level entertainment zone that overlooks the Mercedes-Benz and Lexus displays in the Grand Hall features arcade games, a photo booth, slot cars, three bars with local craft brews, and upscale food offerings like “Chickie’s and Pete’s” Crabfries, signature sandwiches and tempting salads. The Garage is open every day during the Auto Show.

Carli Lloyd at the Auto Show

The Auto Show will kick it up a notch on Sunday, Jan. 31, when soccer star Carli Lloyd charges into the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist will host sessions at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. with fans. Each session will feature the Delran, N.J., native’s inspirational talk and a soccer demonstration on the main floor of the Auto Show.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community Night

Thursday, Feb. 4, is the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community Night presented by Xfinity. Philadelphia Auto Show is partnering with the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre to have sign language interpreters stationed throughout the show floor to facilitate conversations with product specialists. Additional services will be available for the hard of hearing.

Philanthropic Giving from Ticket Sales

The ADAGP donates $2 from every Auto Show ticket sold to the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, which uses the funds for programs benefitting area children such as its signature program Driving Away the Cold.

Black Tie Tailgate

The ultimate Auto Show experience is the 2016 Black Tie Tailgate on Friday, Jan. 29, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The largest black tie event in Philadelphia features a cocktail party with food and beverage stations throughout the Philadelphia Auto Show floor. With entertainment by dance band Jellyroll and a menu designed by Jose Garces and his catering division Garces Group (in conjunction with Aramark), this event is one of the premier galas in Philadelphia. Tickets start at $225 per person and are available at Proceeds benefit the Division of Neurology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation. This event is open to the public.

About the Show

The 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show hours are:

  • Weekdays: noon to 10 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sundays: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 31, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 7

Tickets are $14 for adults (age 13 and up) and $7 for children (ages 7-12) and may be purchased at, through the Philly Auto Show app, or at the Convention Center box office. Children ages 6 and younger do not require a ticket. Senior citizens (ages 62 and older) receive a special admission price of $7 on weekdays only. Senior citizen tickets are not available online.

The official Philadelphia Auto Show app is free and is available for iPhone and Android devices.

Discount Coupons

Pick up weekday discount coupons at participating local new car and truck franchised dealerships. Coupons may be redeemed at the box office at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for a $3 discount on weekday admission to the Auto Show. A partial list of participating dealers is available at and through the Philly Auto Show app.

Discount Weekday Tickets Available Through SEPTA

Weekday Philadelphia Auto Show tickets are available through SEPTA at the price of $11 for adult admission and $7 for child/senior admission.

Event Sponsors

The Philadelphia Auto Show welcomes back Ally, AutoTrader and State Farm as 2016 premier sponsors.

About the ADAGP and Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation

The Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP), established in 1904, is the oldest association of its kind in the nation. Comprised of 185 franchised new car and truck dealers throughout the five-county Philadelphia area, the Association owns and produces the Philadelphia Auto Show. The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the ADAGP. It is a 501(c)(3) public charity that aims to enhance and enrich the lives of children in the communities where its dealer members work and live. Since its incorporation in 2003, the Foundation has contributed more than $7 million to area children’s charities and organizations.

**Editor’s Note – Information valid as of print date. Please check for the latest updates on featured vehicles, special events and more.

Philadelphia Auto Show
Jessica Brill, 610-279-5229
Brownstein Group
Nicole Gainer, 267-238-4147


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