The entire Coliseum floor is covered with General Motors products, from Cadillacs to Chevrolets.
A Buick 2012 LaCrosse was drawing some attention. The vehicle is equipped with e-assist, which means that when you stop at a red light the engine cuts off and an electric system takes over; when you step on the accelerator, the engine automatically restarts. The vehicle at the show lists for $32,755. It gets an estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city, 36 on the highway, and has an average annual fuel cost of $1,915.
It was hard to move around the gala without bumping into a dignitary. Among the folks spotted in the crowd:
Former car dealer Jim Pitrolo Jr., who is now chairman of the state Health Care Authority; Charleston City Councilman Mike Clowser, who also is executive director of the Contractors Association of West Virginia; Elizabeth "Betty" Chilton, president and publisher of the Charleston Gazette; Charleston City Treasurer Vic Grigoraci, an accountant, and his wife Judy Grigoraci, author of the Sunday Gazette-Mail Healthy Bites feature.
Also, Jama Jarrett, interim president and chief operating officer of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Pat Graney, east regional president of Maxum Petroleum Inc. and a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's Board of Directors.
Proceeds from Thursday evening's gala benefit HospiceCare.
Coupons good for discounted admission to the show are available at participating area new car dealers and in the Charleston newspapers. A "Buy One, Get One Free" coupon is available with the purchase of eight gallons of fuel at a One Stop fuel center. Discounts also are available online at www.WestVirginiaAutoShow.com.
The Daily Mail will host a live online chat about the show at 10:30 a.m. today at www.dailymail.com
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.