Tulsa Auto Show Revs Up

Wednesday, March 18th 2009, 5:16 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, OK -- The 22nd Annual Tulsa International Auto Show is revving up. The doors open Thursday, and this year there's more pressure on auto makers to catch the eye of potential buyers.

With the economy on everyone's mind, car manufacturers are now competing on fuel economy and affordability over size and flashiness.

Wednesday last minute preparations were taking place at the fairgrounds from adjusting the lights to final touches on the cars.

This year many of the highlighted cars are alternative fuel vehicles such as hybrids, although with gas prices down there has been a decrease in sales.

Although nationally auto show attendance has been on average down, organizers hope this event will grab the attention of families choosing to stay local for spring break.

Bill Knight, owner of Bill Knight Ford, has many of his cars on display. He's hoping the sleek new look of the hybrid cars will intrigue buyers.

Knight says in his 25 years in the car business he's never seen such a sudden drop in the industry, and hopes the auto show will energize the market here in green country.

"People love to get out and look at cars, and we've got a lot of brand new products for them to look at that they've not seen before and to me that's what the auto show is all about," said Knight.