Taft said Charleston's snowy conditions offered drivers a chance to see how the trucks, SUVs and 4-wheel-drives handle.
Amy Rothman of Charleston said she went to the auto show Saturday because she'll be looking for a new car in the next year or so.
"I have no idea what I want, so it's a nice thing that I can look at everything all at once without going dealership to a dealership," Rothman said.
So far, the Audi Q5, LR2 and the Toyota Highlander have caught her eye.
Rothman is looking for fuel efficiency in her next car.
"The one thing we're a little disappointed about is that there are not as many hybrids as we expected here," Rothman said.
The show also offered attendees a glimpse into exotic cars. Taft said a $500,000 Lamborghini, Hulk Hogan's Dodge Viper and the latest from Bentley are a few of the exotics calling the Civic Center home for the weekend.
"They're the cars dreams are made of," Taft said.
Bobby Brantley of the television show "Lizard Lick Towing" met with fans Saturday.
"It's been a great turnout," Brantley said. "Hopefully, when the snow slacks off, it will be a better turnout.
It's Brantley's first time in Charleston. He admitted that the weather is a bit colder than he's used to in North Carolina.
"It's an awesome show," Brantley said. "I might just have to come back to the car show next year, because it is better than the one we have at home."
Brantley will sign autographs and meet with fans Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday is family day at the show, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission to the show for adults is $10; for those 62 and older, $6; for children 7 to 12 years of age, $5. Kids 6 and under get in free. Admission fees for children 12 and under are waived on family day.
Charleston Newspapers is a sponsor of the West Virginia International Auto Show.
Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.