Detroit (WWJ)- The opening weekend of the North American International Auto Show saw more people at Cobo Center than in recent years.

Show organizers say 102,918 people were looking at the more than 500 cars and trucks on display Sunday.  About 92,100 people were at opening day Saturday.

“This is a sure indication of the returning strength of the industry,” said Bill Perkins, chairman, 2012 NAIAS. “People are truly enthused about the show and the beautiful vehicles offered by the world’s carmakers, and we think they will take that enthusiasm to the showroom.”

Sunday’s attendance was about 10 percent higher than last year.

“It’s pretty obvious that people are energized about the industry,” added Perkins in a statement.

The auto show runs until next Sunday, January 22nd.  Tickets for adults are $12. Seniors and children aged 7-12 pay $6 and children six and under are free when with a parent or guardian.

Tuesday is Photo Day at the North American International Auto Show.  People with cameras can go into the show at 8 a.m., an hour earlier than the usual opening.


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