San Diego Auto Show begins: More than 400 cars will be featured during 4-day event

Admission $12 for 12 years old and older


All things automotive will be showcased at the San Diego International Auto Show, which began Thursday.

Alonzo Nicholls was there with his nephew on day one. 10News caught up with him checking out the 2013 Spyker.

“There aren’t words,” Nicholls said. “It’s gorgeous, it’s gorgeous.” 

It is one of two dozen in the world. Nicholls said there was just one problem.  

“I need a better job," he added through laughter. The Spyker is priced at $251,000 and goes from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds. 

Dennis Morgan was just a couple cars over at the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost. 

He told 10News he loved the concept of being able to view the cars without the pressure of making a purchase.

"It’s wonderful, it’s really wonderful," Morgan said. "For the first time you can get close enough to these cars where you can really get hands on, you can take a look, you can get a feel for the seats, the leather, the view.” 

The four-day event at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, features more than 400 2013 vehicles from 36 manufacturers, including high-end sports and luxury cars.

It is described as the largest Southern California auto show under one roof.

"Our first goal is to offer the widest array of vehicles for a quality consumer experience," said Kevin Leap, show director."We also want to ensure that the show is a place that San Diegans can spend an enjoyable day with the family in a non-selling, no-pressure environment. We think visitors will be pleased with the variety of exhibits and entertainment options."

Nicholls seemed to love the exotic cars section. 

“[The Spyker] is what every middle-age crisis guy wants right there," he said.  

Auto show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $12 for those 13 and older, $9 for military and seniors over the age of 62, $8 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for children age 6 and under. Children 12 and under will be admitted free on Sunday, which is Mazda Family Day, when accompanied by a paid adult.

The 10News Experience will also be appearing at the Auto Show. It offers an interactive booth that allows kids and adults alike to become reporters for a day, standing in front of a green screen and giving the weather report or a traffic update. 

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