Indy Auto Show Opens

39 Carmakers Featured In Annual Show

The Indianapolis Auto Show opens Monday for the 98th time, boasting 400 new models from 39 domestic and import manufacturers.

The show runs from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 at the Indiana Convention Center.

Central Indiana Toyota Dealers will give visitors a chance to win a 2012 Toyota Camry, and several other specials are planned.

The auto show attracts car enthusiasts and people who are in the market for a new vehicle.

Melissa Hamer drives a 2008 model Ford Escape with 39,000 miles, but a design change to the upcoming Ford Escape has her thinking of making a change.

"I have had two. I love them. I had already made up my mind that I was going to drive them for the rest of my life, and then they changed the model," she said. "I'm going to have to get a 2012 that lasts forever, or I'm going to have to find something different."

"The feedback I get from dealers is that new car sales are up tremendously," said Marty Murphy, of the Indianapolis Auto Trade Association. "Used car sales are steady. Service is good. Every facet of the dealership operation is up considerably over the last two years."

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $7 for adults. Children age 12 and under get in free. Discounted tickets are available at indyautoshow.com.

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