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New surprises in store for Lehigh Valley Auto Show

The 21st Lehigh Valley Auto Show is about a month away, but organizers of the event held a preview Tuesday.

"I'm very fortunate that I get to live this auto experience," said Tom Kwiatek, Executive Director of the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association. 

"I think what people are going to see at the show is a lot more SUVs," said Kwiatek. "65 to 70 percent of the cars being sold today are SUVs or light trucks or crossovers." 

Twelve new models that will be at the auto show were on display Tuesday.

If you haven't been to the show, here's how it works: visitors can look at vehicles on display from area dealers without pressure from salespeople because cars aren't actually purchased at the event.   

A new twist this year will be a beer garden.

"It's a small area," said Kwiatek. "We're happy that we can add to the experience."

The show kicks off with a casino-themed preview gala on Wednesday, March 21.

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital and Northampton Community College will be beneficiaries that night.

"We're deeply appreciative for that. As a not-for-profit we count on charitable contributions from our community," said John Kristel, President and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

"The support we get coming out of the auto show," said Northampton Community College President Mark Erickson, "can make a big difference in terms of scholarship support for our students."

The main auto show runs from March 22 to March 25 at Lehigh's Goodman Campus.

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