ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It’s the weekend that car lovers look forward to as the bright spot in the bleak heart of winter.
The 2012 St. Louis Auto Show kicks off at noon Thursday for a four-day run at America’s Center and the Edward Jones Dome.
“We have a totally redesigned floor plan,” says an enthusiastic Chris Adelmann, executive vice president of the St. Louis Auto Dealers Association and the St. Louis Auto Show.
“We are taking more floor space this year in the history of this show, ever.”
More than a half-million feet of floor space, in fact, with exhibits rearranged from past years to make the most out of every square inch.
The Edward Jones Dome now houses the EcoCity Ride & Drive exhibit, Camp Jeep, the Vaughn Gittin Jr. drift show Mustangs, and the Kids Zone.
Other features include the return of the hugely popular Million Dollar Mile, where attendees can rub elbows with some of the most expensive vehicles on the planet.
In all, more than 500 new cars, trucks, vans and SUV’s from 25 manufacturers will be featured, including the just-unveiled 2013 models.
And with a revived auto industry starting to shake off the gloom and doom of the Recession, Adelmann says dealers showing off their wares are standing by with incentives to put new car buyers in the driver’s seat.
“The Auto Show rebates and the Auto Show bonus cash is coming back,” he tells KMOX News. “So all those things are going to help entice people.”
After all, the ultimate goal of the Auto Show is to get people in the buying mood, and Adelmann says even before they open the doors at noon Thursday to let in the first visitors, there’s a positive feeling in the air.
“The auto industry is definitely on the rebound,” he says. “Will it ever be what it was with the amount of car sales we once had…who knows? But the vibe in the industry is fun, it’s exciting.”
Hours for the St. Louis Auto Show are:
- Thursday – Noon to 9 p.m.
- Friday – Noon to 10 p.m.
- Saturday – 10 am to 10 p.m.
- Sunday – 10 am to 5 p.m.
Tickets are available on site with tickets costing $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 years old, and children under 6 years of age free of charge.
Group discounts are also available, call (314) 822-0333 for details.
Text updates of all the activities and exhibits are available any time by texting “Auto Show” to 15309.
For more information on the 2012 St. Louis Auto Show, go to www.saintlouisautoshow.com.
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