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February 15, 2019

Huge changes debut for vehicles at Philly Auto Show



Alex Lloyd Gross-Photo Delaware Valley News.com Where’s the CD player? Lost of cars do not have them this year. Big mistake.

By  Alex Lloyd Gross

The 2019 Philadelphia Auto Show is in town at the Pennsylvania Convention Center .  It runs until February 10, 2019.  Little has changed for the show since last year. The huge changes are in the interior design of a good portion of the vehicles.  No CD player. Who ever thought it would be an good idea to leave out a compact disc player should be fired, tossed out the door and have their pension withdrawn.  Manufacturers  reps kept talking about Pandora or Spotify or whatever.  While it’s true that sales of music CD’s have fallen they are still strong. Plenty of people still have CD’s and do not want to download or move them to a playlist of whatever else someone may be pushing. It’s stealing music, or paying twice for the same item. Reps from General Motors and  Ford were clueless as to the possibility of installing an after market player. People do not want to pay for satellite radio. They want to pick their own music and go with it., without any bluetooth enabled phone or mp3 player or anything else. People want to listen to CD’s. This decision does not make it possible.

At  the show,  you will see lots of different cars .  The prices keep rising with very little to justify the increase.  Let’s put this in perspective. In 2000, you could be able to buy a suburban house for about $100,000. In 2019, the prices of most of the vehicles there are about $49,000 and up. A lot of them hover around $100,000. When you are at the show, you can  jump into and out of most of the cars there.  It’s a fun time for people and a great way to kill a few hours on the cheap, even if you don’t plan on buying anything.

Alex Lloyd Gross- Photo- Delaware Valley News.com Jessie, just one of the dogs up for adoption.

This year, Subaru won the show with live animals to pet and to adopt. Right in the middle of their display, was a small area set up  with four dogs, of various sizes, all up for adoption.  Some of the reps at the show were giving away trinkets. An insurance company is giving away bags. It’s a non issue as they have been giving away the same bag for the last six years in a row. They should come up with something new. The car club area is there, with lots of people  showing off older model cars, from the 1970’s through 1990’s.  Downstairs, cars are tricked out and  lots of people that can do this kind of work have set up booths. You have walked into the DUB show.  Some of these cars have over $200,000 work put into them, with body molding, lift kits, paint jobs and wheels.

At the show, it’s a lot of fun to walk around to see what is new and meet with people. The biggest time waster is back, the JEEP obstacle course.  You wait in a line for a ride with a trained driver to drive 3 MPH on a closed course. Yawn. Next.  Go to the FORD area where you can drive a virtual race car.


Alex Lloyd Gross
Alex Lloyd Gross has the reputation for aggressive news coverage. With over 40 years experience including working at The News Gleaner, and had his work published in books and magazines that span the entire globe. With a strong background in emergency service related topics, he can bring forth a perspective that others cannot.
A contributor to Starfile Photo Agency for 20 years, Alex has been given access to and has photographed luminaries of both stage and screen.
He now shares his talent with you.

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