Philadelphia Auto Show

January 30, 2011 by staff 

Philadelphia Auto Show, The Auto Show 2011 in Philadelphia jumped on the hood of a nine-day commitment by Saturday, and despite the snow and slush cars glistened under the lights of the convention center.

Dominic Conicella, chairman of this year’s show, said Saturday that even the recent snowstorm, which dumped a foot or more in the region, could not curb the extravagance of the automobile.

“Thursday was a little scary,” said Conicella. “And when I arrived in the morning, I think there’s no way we’ll be ready Friday, but everyone did a great job.”

Susan Lieberum Williamstown was one of the first visitors on Saturday. She said she and her family come to the show every year and was in fact looking at a new SUV.

The Philadelphia International Auto Show is a showcase of muscle mass and beauty – the fantasy of a car-lover with vintage and custom templates and the last event.

Covering 550,000 square feet, or every inch of exhibition space at the Convention Center, the auto show offers tours 109th annual test for the first time.

The show’s producer and the owner, the Greater Philadelphia Automobile Dealers Association, said the test trips give participants the chance to sample cars on their wish lists.

“The towers and disks is what separates us, and why we are one of the strongest auto shows for the consumer, if not the strongest,” Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the association of local dealers, has said. “There is a buzz. You feel not just dealers, but also on the ground.”

The auto show, the second at the flower show locally in attendance and economic impact, hopes to do even better with the debut of the convention center addition, opening in early March.

“We’re packed,” said Mazzucola. “I am delighted to use the large, new facilities to grow the show and keep it as a pre-eminent events in the automotive industry in the country.”

General Motors Foundation and Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education has announced a donation of $ 87,700 combined at Howard University in the Auto Show in Washington today.

The presentation, given by the vice-president of GM Global Design GM and Foundation Board member Ed Welburn, part of the longstanding partnership with Howard University and the dedication of the Foundation for the initiatives of education in communities across the country.

“For over 30 years we have provided ongoing support to Howard University as a key institution in the development of world-class engineering, manufacturing, design and talent business,” said Welburn. ” There is a critical need for these types of skill sets in the industry right now that automakers retool to meet the demands of most technologically advanced vehicles. Foundation Grants GM and PACE are designed to help young people acquire the knowledge they need to meet these challenges. ”

Along the Foundation and 70,000, PACE, the strategic alliance between GM, Autodesk, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens PLM Software and Oracle, provided $ 17,700 and in-kind donations of hardware, software and hardware other tooling.

“Howard Sustainable Partnership with GM and PACE is a model of what together we achieve by recognizing the importance of the footprint of universities new perspectives, inputs and opportunities for the industry,” said James Mitchell, Ph.D., dean of Howard University College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science.

“Together, we produce highly qualified graduates in the theory and practice. This synergy is essential for the education of reservoirs of human talent necessary for U.S. competitiveness, “said Mitchell.

The grant will also support the continuation of the Corporate Team Adoption Program, in which GM engineers, designers and other company representative’s mentor and guide teams of students in special projects, site visits and identify opportunities professionals.

Welburn, an alumus Howard University, was hired as a designer associated with GM in 1972. He rose through the ranks to become only the sixth Vice President of Global Design at the history of 102 years of GM.

“I knew at the age of eight when I visited the Auto Show in Philadelphia and first saw the Cadillac Cyclone Concept I wanted to be a car designer,” said Welburn. “The education system and life experiences I gained at Howard allowed me to quickly become an active member of the design of GM. The GM Foundation has pledged to continue the legacy of developing our next generation Leaders. ”

About the GM Foundation: Since its inception in 1976, the Foundation has donated hundreds of GM millions of dollars to charities worthy of America, educational organizations and relief efforts in disaster through the world. The Foundation aims to support GM education, health and social services, environment and energy and community development initiatives, primarily in communities where GM operates.

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