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Aston Martin Vulcan to Highlight Pittsburgh International Auto Show

Jan 29, 2016 05:22PM ● By Clare Heekin Lynch
The 2016 Pittsburgh International Auto Show is the region’s first opportunity to see the latest and greatest in automotive innovation. Held at the downtown David L. Lawrence Convention Center from Feb. 12-15, the show will feature more than 550 of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles, concept cars, classics and exotic luxuries, displayed over 320,000 square feet of the center.

Now in its 72nd year, the show, which is produced by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association (GPADA), will include 35-plus car makers and offer an opportunity for visitors to test drive BMW and Toyota vehicles all in one place. According to John Putzier, CEO of the GPADA, the show is one of most anticipated vehicle events of the year for people interested in purchasing a new car or admiring the beauty of the automobiles.

“The event is the only place where buyers can see, touch and drive the widest variety of vehicles without the pressure of buying today,” he said. “It is a very inexpensive way for the whole family to spend a cold weather day.” Special events include signings with Steelers’ players, local sports teams’ mascots, racing simulators, face painting and a variety of food vendors.

The newest, and one of the most exciting additions for this year’s show, is the display of the 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan. Car and Driver magazine refers to the Vulcan as, “…the most extreme not-quite-roadgoing Aston Martin yet, a limited-edition, track-only hypercar that’s clearly aimed at the same bit of the market as the Ferrari FXX K and the McLaren P1 GTR. You know, the bit where the billionaire adrenaline junkies hang out.” Only 24 of these mega-powered extreme vehicles have been produced, and there is only one located in the U.S.

Additionally, five generations of the Lamborghini will be on display, along with a 1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe. “This coupe is the ‘crème de la crème’ of classic cars,” said Putzier. “This particular 300SL Gullwing coupe is one of 311 built for the 1956 model year, and the 60-year old car has undergone more than 10,000 hours of restoration for its debut here in Pittsburgh.”

With a selection of new cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, fuel-sipping hybrids, and high-end luxury market vehicles, guests will be impressed with the latest models and technical achievements from the best of the automotive industry. “Product specialists will also be on-hand to provide all the latest information and demonstrations,” said Putzier. “The auto show is shaping up to be one of the best in the area’s history.”

The event’s Red Carpet Charity Premiere, hosted by Steeler Joey Porter and his wife, Christy, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11. This year’s fundraiser anticipates raising more than $400,000 for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School, a residential and therapeutic program offering lifelong opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Tickets for this night of high-end dining and entertainment can be purchased at

The Auto Show is a great, family-friendly environment where you can check out a wide variety of new, classic and exotic vehicles in a non-selling environment. Take your time and take a seat in a sporty convertible, calculate the cargo space of a new SUV, and admire the rugged off-road features of a heavy duty pick-up truck. For more information, visit

Friday, 2/12 & Saturday, 2/13: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday, 2/14 & Monday, 2/15: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

General Admission: $12, Seniors & Military: $10, Children under 12: Free
Monday, Feb. 15: Half-Price $6

Coupons for $2 off are available at Pittsburgh-area McDonald’s locations ($1 for every McDonald’s receipt coupon redeemed will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities).