The Jaguar XJ is one of the featured cars of the 2010 Philadelphia Auto Show
The Jaguar XJ is one of the featured cars of the 2010 Philadelphia Auto Show

The Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP) announces the return of the Philadelphia International Auto Show to the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Saturday, January 30th to Sunday, February 7th. The event’s Media and Industry Preview Day and Black Tie Tailgate Preview Gala are scheduled for Friday, January 29th.

“This is the 108th Philadelphia Auto Show and we are particularly thrilled with the caliber of this year’s event,” said Dominic M. Conicelli, chairman of the 2010 Philadelphia International Auto Show and president of Conicelli Autoplex. “It’s no secret that 2009 was a historic year for the automotive industry and auto shows across the country were faced with new challenges. However, to our satisfaction and delight, we are ecstatic to be delivering another world-class auto show to the city of Philadelphia. Nearly every manufacturer will be back on the display floor and new features will also be present!”

A key feature of this year’s Philadelphia International Auto Show is the expansion of DUB Live!, a 35,000 square foot display of some of the hottest customized rides and celebrity vehicles sponsored by DUB Publishing. In addition, a series of new production and concept vehicles can be found at the 2010 Philadelphia Auto Show including:

• 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
• 2011 Ford Fiesta
• 2011 F-Series Super Duty Truck
• 2011 Ford Mustang
• 2011 Toyota Sienna
• 2011 Buick Regal
• 2011 Hyundai Sonata
• 2011 Hyundai Equus
• 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
• 2011 Mazda2
• 2010 Jaguar XJ
• Cadillac Cyclone Concept
• Ford Explorer America Concept

The Auto show will also feature appearances by the following celebrities

Hugh Douglas

Former Philadelphia Eagles All-pro defensive end Hugh Douglas will appear in the AAA Insurance booth at the Auto Show for an autograph signing on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Darryl Dawkins

NBA legend Darryl Dawkins “Chocolate Thunder” will make an appearance in the booth at the Auto Show for an autograph signing on Friday, February 5, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

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Black Tie Gala on January 29th

The night before the event there will be a special Black Tie Gala at the Convention Center. Attend the most elegant Tailgate imaginable at the 2010 Black Tie Tailgate Auto Show Preview Gala on Friday January 29, 2010. This exclusive event has become one of Philadelphia’s premier social events. Guests enjoy fine food and fabulous cars while strolling through the 550,000 square foot showroom before the show opens to the public. The night’s festivities culminate with dessert and dancing in the Grand Hall and Grand Ballroom.

Ticket proceeds to the Black Tie Tailgate benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, which contributes funding and resources for worthwhile child-related programs and causes throughout the Philadelphia region and is recognized as a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity.

The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, established in 2003, hopes to enhance and enrich the lives of children and youth in the communities in which its dealer members work and live by providing access to and supporting excellence in the institutions and programs that serve them in the five-county Philadelphia area, including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. To date, the organization has contributed over $3.8 million to The Children’s Hospital
of Philadelphia.

The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation is more than half way through its recent $2 million, six-year pledge to the Hospital which supports the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Patient Welcome Center in the Richard D. Wood Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center and other Hospital programs including Duct Busters, the Trisomy 21 Center for Down Syndrome, the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and Partners in Pediatric Palliative Care. Upon completion of this pledge, total giving to the Hospital will exceed $4.3 million.

In 2008, its inaugural year, the Foundation’s Driving Away the Cold program, in conjunction with Operation Warm, gave new winter coats to 18,325 underprivileged children in the Delaware Valley. The Foundation has also supported other programs benefiting the lives and welfare of local children with more than $1 million in donations to various charities.

To learn more about the 2010 Philadelphia Auto Show, purchase tickets, and find out how to win tickets, check out their website.

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