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New cars roll into D.C. for Washington Auto Show

Monday - 2/4/2013, 7:25am  ET

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An Audi R8 on display at the Washington Auto Show at the Washington Convention Center. The show runs until Feb. 10. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
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Kathy Stewart, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Two floors full of 700 new and shiny vehicles are on display at the Washington Auto Show at the Washington Convention Center.

John O'Donnell, co-producer of the auto show, says organizers are still tallying numbers, but the show may have had a record number of people attend its opening day on Saturday.

This year, the show has a "Luxury Lane" that features exotic cars like the Lexus LFA that starts at $375,000.

O'Donnell says the price is one reason the Lexus is on a pedestal. He adds that if attendees like James Bond, they should check out the Aston Martin Vanquish featured in the recent James Bond movie "Skyfall."

John Schwabish from McLean, Va. was stepping off the escalator with his 6-year old daughter Ellie and 3-year-old son Jack. He says he decided to take his kids so they could play in the cars.

"(They) get to sit in the BMWs and Mercedes-Benz, since that's not what we drive," he says.

As soon as they got off the escalator, Jack made a beeline for a Mercedes-Benz convertible.

"He's got high-quality taste," Schwabish jokes.

The show runs until Feb. 10, and tickets cost $12 for general admission. On Feb. 5, anyone with a valid military ID can get in free. Visit www.washingtonautoshow.com for more information.

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