The last day of the North American International Auto Show is drawing big crowds Sunday as patrons get last-minute peeks at the shiny vehicles.

Ki-Jana Malone, a Wayne State University freshman, was among those checking out the popular vehicles at this year’s show. The annual auto show offers car lovers a chance to see newmodels and the latest developments in automotive technology.

Malone got into the driver’s seat for a quick inspection of the Audi S-5 Cabriolet. She said she’s an auto show regular and wouldn’t have missed the chance to check it out.

“I like how it highlights Detroit,” said Malone,18, who was attending the auto show with her family. “I like the sleekness and the new technology in the cars like the wireless (options).”

The flashy car exhibits has been pulling more people into the auto show each year.

Derek Burger, a Canton resident, sat in a Burgundy 2016 GMC Sierra 1500, with his 8-year-old son to get a feel for the vehicle.

Burger said the event is a great one.

“I like it,” said Burger.

Ricardo and Sylvia Thomas were among those getting in some time at the show, a yearly family ritual. The couple, who own a Volkswagen Passat, were looking at the stonewashed blue metallic 2016 VW Beetle Denim convertible.

Sylvia Thomas, a school counselor, said she is happy to see Detroit shine as people flock to the city to see the car show.

“I like to see my city showcased,” said Thomas. “I get tired of the negativity.”

For Lee Winkler, a Warren resident, it was a chance to see what the competition has to offer. Winker, a retired Chrysler worker, sat in a white limited edition of the Ford F-150.

Loyal to his former employer, Winkler said “there’s still no competition” as he exited the sleek Ford truck which got a lot of attention.

Winkler’s sons Steve and Aaron also took in the show with him,

“This year’s exhibits are incredible,” said Steve Winkler looking around at the flashy exhibits fillingCobo Center.

Lee Winkler agreed.

“Considering the old (auto shows) there’s no comparison,” said Winkler giving approval to the revamped auto shows.

Several vehicles, which included a cobalt blue Buick Avista and the red Lexus LC 500, that will be released next year, were among the show’s favorites and drew lots of long stares.

“I love the color,” said Ann Marie Tomko, of Monroe, as she snapped cell phone pictures of the snazzy sedan. “I’m a truck girl but it is sharp. It catches the eye.”

Tomko said it was her firs time attnding the auto show and was grateful for the free tickets her boss gave her. Tomko brought along her husband Alex.

“I’m amazed,” said Tomko. “It’s much more than I expected.

The nine-day show, which began in 1907, closes Sunday. The doors close at 6 p.m. and the exhibits shut down at 7 p.m.

Last year, some 808,775 people attended the show breaking a 12-year attendance record.

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