Auto show an investment during slow economy

RALEIGH Despite slow auto sales, many companies are investing in auto shows.

Click here to view cars featured at this year's auto show.

Thursday is the first day of what organizers are calling the largest consumer show yet at the new convention center.

Despite the bailouts for big auto makers, the companies are spending money to show consumers the newest products from their garages.

Some companies have pulled their cars from other auto shows across the country, citing a bad economy, but other are using the shows as an investment, hoping consumers will buy their brand in the future.

There is also hope the show will attract enough traffic to pump money into Raleigh's economy.

Admission is only $5 so car enthusiasts and their families can enjoy the show.

For a complete list of car companies that will be featured at the auto show, click here. You can also find show details and a direction to the convention center on the auto show's Website.

The auto show will be in town through Sunday. ABC11 is a sponsor.

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