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Auto show exhibits enthusiasm of visitors, industry alike

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After struggling through the Great Recession, it looks like things are really revving up for the auto industry -- and the proof is on display at the annual Twin Cities Auto Show.

About 50,000 people turned up to take a gander of the goods at the Minneapolis Convention Center this past weekend alone and the crowd is expected to keep flowing all week -- and industry insiders say all that foot traffic translates into sales.

"I'm currently shopping for one," said Jamie Anderson. "I need a new car, but there's lots to choose from."

From the most expensive car on site -- the 2014 Lexus LFA -- to the reasonably-priced Chevy models, it can be hard to decide where to start since every kind of new car sold in Minnesota can be found there.

"We start planning about two years out," said organizer Scott Lambert. "We've got 471 cars here."

According to Lambert, the market is bouncing back -- and so is the show. So far, attendance has already surpassed last year's.

When asked about trends, trucks are taking center stage in the state. It's estimated that 60 percent of buyers will pick up a truck while the rest go for cars.

Visitors can also get a peek at what's coming soon, like the Mercedes Benz prototype that is expected to go into distribution in the fall and will start at $29,000.

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