Miami International Auto Show opens

Published On: Nov 09 2012 01:51:35 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 10 2012 07:32:46 PM EST

The Miami International Auto Show opens at the Miami Beach Convention Center.


The Miami International Auto Show opened Friday at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Formerly the South Florida International Auto Show, the show runs from Nov. 9 through the 18th.

Many people Local 10 spoke with at the show Friday were considering buying an American car.

"More and more competitive. You know, before they weren't really competitive. But, you know, I'm a big fan for sure," said Ivan Zervigon.

"The beauty of the car is the smell of the new leather," said one woman at the show.

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"We are so excited to unveil the new features of the Miami International Auto Show, and feel the name now truly reflects the culture and history of this time-honored South Beach event," Miami International Auto Show Chairman Mario Murgado said in a news release. 

The event is expected to draw nearly 650,000 people and is the season's first major U.S. auto exhibition.

Among the new exhibits planned for this year's show is Eco Experience, which will educate environmentally conscious consumers with displays focused on renewable energy and alternative fuel vehicles. 

The redesigned show will also debut its first ever Topless in Miami exhibit. This showcase will allow guests to fully experience a convertible car in a picturesque Miami environment while never leaving the showroom floor.


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