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WHAT: West Virginia International Auto Show
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan 26
HOW MUCH: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 7 to 12, free for children ages 6 and under
MORE INFO: www.WestVirginiaAutoShow.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- About 15 million new cars are expected to sell in the United States this year.
And it's thanks to the technology those cars are equipped with that is driving sales, said Wally Thornhill, co-chairman of the 2013 West Virginia International Auto Show.
"The market is coming back and has increased in the last four years," Thornhill, who owns the Thornhill Superstore auto dealerships in Chapmanville and South Charleston, said last week. "They've increased the content on the smaller cars. [Consumers] want features that they're used to having in their phones and that content in entry-level cars has been very, very popular."
Many people have smartphones and they want those features integrated with their cars, said Ruth Lemmon, president of the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association, the show's chief organizer.
The auto show will run Jan. 25 to 27 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Smartphone applications are now available in several vehicle models, including Buick, Chevrolet, Ford and GMC. The apps allow owners to lock and unlock their car doors, check tire pressure and even remotely start their vehicle, all from a cellphone.