LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Californians confirmed their
passion for the automobile in record numbers during the opening weekend of the
2002 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. The opening weekend generated nearly an
additional 20 percent increase in attendance over the 2001 show.
"We were astounded by the significant increase in attendance. Not in our
wildest dreams did we envision such a surge," said Andy Fuzesi, general
manager of the L.A. Auto Show. "The jump in attendance may be a good
indicator for renewed confidence in the future of our economy and nation."
Consumers from throughout the Southland filled the manufacturer exhibits
to check out the newest models. For many, the highlight was the more than two
dozen production and concept vehicles that made their World or North American
debut just days earlier to journalists attending the auto show's Media Days.
Amid the festive atmosphere were new security measures that not only
increased safety and confidence, but improved traffic flow within the
convention center's multiple halls. The record 347,734 visitors were
appreciative of the added police presence and bag checks upon entering the
The L.A. Auto Show continues daily through Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Los
Angeles Convention Center.
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