Philadelphia Auto Show 2015 Preview

The Philadelphia Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2015 for nine action packed days of driving, demonstrations, and displays. We hit Media Day with our newest writer, Zach Friedley, to give you a preview of this year’s Auto Show before it opens to the public on Saturday, January 31st (running through February 8th).

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This was my first year attending the highly anticipated Philadelphia Auto Show, and it was spectacular. The 2015 Auto Show had an array of awesome displays from first generation Model T’s to muscle cars, pimped out trucks to electric vehicles. The Philadelphia Auto Show had a multitude of things that caught my eye. While I can’t talk about every single one of them here, this should give you a small taste of the vast offerings at the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show.

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The first car we really checked out was the new futuristic concept vehicle from Buick called ‘Avenir’ (French for “future”). The Avenir was definitely an amazing vehicle both inside and out. With this concept car, Buick is trending towards the upper echelon of luxury vehicles. The inside of this vehicle was something out of a sci-fi movie, with almost every nook illuminated with soothing colors and light. Just looking at the interior of the Avenir had a calming effect on my mind. However, this is just a concept vehicle and Buick doesn’t know if the Avenir will ever be put into production. We certainly hope that this concept become part of the Buick fleet in the future. On a side note, Buick is also releasing their first convertible in 25 years in Q1 of next year.

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The next mind bending spectacle I encountered was the amazing indoor, off-road course at the Camp Jeep Experience. This experience is designed to allow the consumer to get a first person view into the trail rated off-road capabilities of the Jeep lineup. I was able to ride in the new 2015 Jeep Rubicon, and it was a lot of fun. The course showcases all of the Rubicon’s off-road features. We climbed up a 25 foot incline wall, activated the sway bar at the touch of a button (to allow all wheel traction going over uneven terrain), and ran on a 30 degree tilt. I Recommend everyone giving this a go around, You won’t be disappointed.

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The next vehicle that left me drooling all over myself was my all time favorite, the 2015 Corvette Stingray Z07, sometimes referred to as the Corvette C7. This vehicle has the new supercharged 6.2L  engine which is able to produce over 650hp and 650lbs of rear torque. With the release of the 2015 Corvette Stingray Z07, Chevy has produced a world class super car. I wish I had been able to drive this right off the show room floor when we departed today (although, even if I’d had the means to purchase one, no cars are actually sold at the Philadelphia Auto Show). For now, I can only dream.

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The next showcase that really stuck out to me was the 1987 Unimog military vehicle. From the first glance at this beast of a convoy, I knew it was a beast! With a (replica) 40mm machine gun turret mounted on top, the huge ground clearance to plow over anything in its path, seat-beats to carry 8 soldiers in the back, and the equipped snorkel (allowing the vehicle to go into water up to 9 feet without missing a beat), this is clearly the alpha-dog of this vehicular pack. This the vehicle you’d want to have if a Zombie apocalypse ever became reality. After talking with the owner, I learned how this was the most reliable military vehicle (ever) produced. It is still being manufactured and is being used by armed forces throughout the world.

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On the lower level, we also had a chance to check out the DUB display: a bunch of exotic cars, trucks, and motorcycles with a little (or a lot) of extra awesomeness added to them. I didn’t think it was possible to make a Lamborghini Galardo or the rare Nissan GTR any more awesome than they already are, but it turns out that you definitely can. I saw several custom Nissan GTRs here but my personal favorite was the “Godzilla” version. Most of the vehicles in the DUB display had custom paint jobs, rims, and sound systems. Almost anything you can think of to trick out a vehicle, they have done. With each of the vehicles on display comes some behind the scenes work to prep the cars for the Auto Show that no one gets to see. You don’t just take these cars to the local car wash to get detailed, some of these owners spend up to 40hrs per vehicle to get them ready for the Auto Show. I really enjoyed talking to these individuals because you can tell how much pride they have in their vehicles ( as well as being some of the most knowledgeable and friendly people out there).

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Whether you are a car novice or aficionado, make sure you head over and check out the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show for yourself!

[Article by Zach Friedley & David Miller]

[Photo credit: D. Jacob Miller Photography]

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