EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 13, 2013

New England Auto Show opens Thursday

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — Car nuts, curious consumers and drivers looking with aging vehicles will speed to Boston for the New England International Auto Show. The event opens Thursday, Jan. 17, and runs through Monday, Jan. 21, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

This year’s show will feature $16 million worth of vehicles from 32 manufacturers displayed over an area the size of six football fields. The off-road racing team Lerner Reina will make appearances.

Test drives will be available from Ford, Kia, Scion, Toyota and the General Motors divisions. The luxury and exotic car companies Aston Martin, Bentley, Fisker, Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren and Rolls Royce will exhibit vehicles.

The show is sponsored by the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association. Information on the show, including details about events, attractions and activities, is available at www.bostonautoshow.com.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children age 6 through 12. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Show hours run from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, and Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gas prices climb for second week

State and national tracking by the auto club AAA showed an increase in gas prices last week, making it the second straight week in which Massachusetts and New Hampshire pump prices rose. The U.S. coast-to-coast average also moved higher last week, marking its third consecutive week of national increases.

On Wednesday, the Massachusetts state-wide average for self-service regular gas reached $3.488 per gallon, AAA announced. That was 1.4 cents higher than the prior Wednesday’s level of $3.474. On the same day last year, Bay State drivers paid an average of $3.405 for self-service regular, 8.3 cents lower than Wednesday’s figure.

The auto club published a New Hampshire average of $3.420 on Wednesday, up 2.0 cents from the prior Wednesday’s average of $3.400. On the same day of 2012, the Granite State average of $3.356 was 6.4 cents below Wednesday’s level.

The U.S. national average rose 1.3 cents over the seven-day span, reaching $3.304 on Wednesday from $3.291 the prior week, according to AAA. Wednesday’s coast-to-coast average was 6.8 cents above the $3.372 recorded on the same day of 2012.