ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - The annual St. Louis Auto Show is back again and new makes and models are laid out across America's Center and the Edward Jones Dome downtown. But this year's auto show has a different look than years past. Auto manufacturers are displaying more advanced and improved cars, trucks and crossovers which has attracted another unfamiliar sight: large crowds.
Close to 200,000 people will be in attendance for the auto show's third day Saturday, the busiest day of the weekend.
The last few years have not been kind to the auto industry as the recession stopped shoppers and took its toll on manufacturers. But now, things are different. According to Forbes.com, the auto industry sold 16.5 million units in 2014 and are expected to see even higher sales thanks to increased demand and decreased gas prices. General Motors, who filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and has been handling multiple recalls and lawsuits, saw a 19 percent increase in their December sales compared to last year.
Healthy sales for GM is not only good news for the manufacturer, but also good news for GM plant in Wentzville, MO. The plant announced in September that a third shift would be added to the force, which translates to 750 jobs, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Wentzville plant assembles the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna, as well as the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon.
The St. Louis Auto Show runs through Sunday.