"Exhibits A and B of this argument, the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (estimated price, a mere $100,000) and Nissan's artfully carved GT-R 1 (less than $80,000), will draw more than their fair share of lustful onlookers at the annual show, which begins tonight with the $200-a-ticket Black Tie Tailgate Preview Gala to benefit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and other charities. The show, rolled out each year at the Convention Center by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, opens to the public Saturday and continues through Sunday, Feb. 10."
"Nissan's monstrously high-performance GT-R sports car has enticed U.S. auto enthusiasts in movies and video games for years, but remained out of reach for those unwilling to move overseas. The real car, designated a 2009 model, will become available at U.S. Nissan dealerships this June, to the delight of enthusiasts of performance.
"It's had this 'unobtainable object' status" here for such a long time, said Nissan USA spokesman Steven Oldham. Sports cars - particularly high-end supercars - are low-volume products that can present a tricky proposition for carmakers. But when preorders exceeded the company's sales expectations by a factor of 10 in Japan, officials figured they might have a cross-seas hit."
Philadelphia Auto Show
When: Open to the general public Saturday-Feb. 10. Hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 9; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; noon-10 p.m. Monday through next Friday, Feb. 8; and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 10.
Where: Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.
Price: $10-$12, with discounts available for online purchases or weekday attendance; $6 for children ages 7-12 years old; and
free admission for children under 6.
Parking: Show organizers recommend the Parkway Garage at 12th and Filbert Streets or the Hilton Garage at 11th and Arch Streets. For directions and a detailed parking map, go to www.paconvention.com/visitors/directions.asp
Transit: SEPTA and the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia are offering a "Turbo Pass" for unlimited, one-day travel on SEPTA buses, trolleys and trains on weekdays. Passes cost an additional $8 and are invalid on SEPTA Regional Rail trains that arrive in Center City before 9:30 a.m.More information online: Visit the Inquirer's Web site at www.philly.com or the show's Web site at www.phillyautoshow.com."