The Society of Automotive Engineers, after hearing complaints from exhibitors about attendance at last year's International Congress & Exposition in Detroit, has taken steps to boost foot traffic at this year's event. For years, SAE distributed “VIP passes” for free entry at the show to exhibitors, who in turn gave them to customers in hope of attracting them to their exhibits. Traditionally, companies got the passes free, but in 1998 SAE charged $50 per pass after the first hundred, ...

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