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2009-Model Central California Auto Show

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10/31/2008 - 00:00
11/02/2008 - 23:59

Don’t miss the latest vehicle trends at the 2009-Model Central California Auto Show, where hundreds of new cars, crossovers, sport-utility vehicles, trucks and more roll into the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center. From the newest fuel-efficient options to tough trucks needed to get the job done, the auto show is the place to check them all out in a no-pressure, non-selling environment. This automotive extravaganza will also feature futuristic concept cars, pre-production models, interactive ride and drives, special appearances and more. Representatives from leading automobile manufacturers will be on-site to answer questions and provide information on the latest vehicles.

Friday, October 31: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 1: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

2008 Mitsubishi Raider

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2008 Mitsubishi Raider At-A-Glance

Mitsubishi's dramatically styled Raider mid-size pickup truck was introduced for 2006 and earned the Best in Class Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) for compact pickups from the renowned AutoPacific, Inc. industry consulting group. The model line is streamlined for 2008, offering one extended-cab model and two Double Cab models. The emphasis on four-door Double Cab models reflects Raider's appeal as a multi-capable SUV alternative.

2009 Mitsubishi Raider LS2009 Mitsubishi Raider LS

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

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Offering Car Consumers an affordable Hybrid Choice

Thanks to an affordable hybrid powertrain option, the all-new 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid not only will be the most refined new midsize sedan in the neighborhood, but one of the most fuel-efficient, as well. Powered by the GM Hybrid System, the first-ever Malibu Hybrid delivers an EPA rating of 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway – a two-mpg increase over the non-hybrid four-cylinder model – and will be Chevrolet value-priced, offering customers an affordable hybrid choice.

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid: A refined midsize sedan2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid: A refined midsize sedan

“The beauty of the Chevy Malibu Hybrid is that customers don’t have to choose between a stylish, expressive, fuel-saving sedan full of standard content and the gasoline that goes in the tank,” said Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper. “The Malibu Hybrid‘s winning package of uncompromising design and fuel economy will help us assert leadership in the midsize sedan segment and meet the needs of Chevy customers.”

2008 HUMMER H3, H3x and H3 Alpha

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V-8-Powered H3 Alpha Expands HUMMER’s Range of Versatile SUVs in 2008

Offering the towing capability that only a V-8 can, the 2008 H3 Alpha broadens HUMMER’s range of versatile, do-anything and go-anywhere vehicles.

2008 HUMMER H3 Alpha: The newest model in the performance-bred Alpha series2008 HUMMER H3 Alpha: The newest model in the performance-bred Alpha series

Highlights for 2008 HUMMER H3 Lineup:
* Powerful 5.3L V-8 powertrain offers 300 hp (224 kW)*
* Maximum towing increased to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) – a 33-percent increase
* Unique exterior and interior features, including Alpha badging
* Rear door child safety locks (interim ’07)
* Relocated power window switches (interim ’07)

The H3 Alpha is the second member of HUMMER’s exclusive Alpha series, representing the pinnacle of performance, both off the road and on it. It comes with a new, 5.3L V-8 engine that delivers 300 horsepower (224 kW)* and 320 lb.-ft. of torque (434 Nm)*. It is partnered with a four-speed automatic transmission and enables a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) – an increase of more than 33 percent over other H3 models.

2008 HUMMER H2 and H2 SUT

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2008 HUMMER H2 Delivers Greater Capability And Comfort, Retains Iconic Design

The iconic HUMMER H2 enters 2008 with a raft of changes, delivering a more refined interior that combines luxury with HUMMER’s legendary ruggedness; enhanced safety features and a more powerful engine that is coupled with a new, six-speed automatic transmission. The new powertrain combination improves efficiency when compared with previous models. The H2 SUVs and H2 SUT continue as the distinct body styles of the lineup.

2008 HUMMER H2: Powertrain combination consists of a 6.2L aHUMMER H2, H2 SUTll-aluminum small-block V-8 engine, rated at 393 horsepower2008 HUMMER H2: Powertrain combination consists of a 6.2L aHUMMER H2, H2 SUTll-aluminum small-block V-8 engine, rated at 393 horsepower

2008 HUMMER H2 and 2008 HUMMER H2 SUT Highlights:
* All-new interior with refined, premium appointments, all-new instrument panel and more comfortable seats with a full third row
* Standard rear HVAC
* New standard safety features including new electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, panic brake assist and roof rail head curtain side air bags with rollover sensing system

2008 Mazda CX-7

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The Mazda CX-7 crossover sport-utility vehicle is geared toward driving enthusiasts who desire a highly styled, roomy and affordable performance SUV. Featuring stunning exterior styling with emotional surface expression and sweeping character lines, the CX-7 is a clean break from the fleet of traditional SUVs currently offered. But do not let its good looks fool you. The CX-7 is powered by a 244-horsepower, 2.3-liter turbocharged engine centered around performance, and, like all Mazdas, has the soul of a sportscar.

2008 Mazda CX-7: Mazda's crossover SUV is geared toward driving enthusiasts.2008 Mazda CX-7: Mazda's crossover SUV is geared toward driving enthusiasts.

“CX-7 skillfully blends sports car verve with SUV practicality. It is a vehicle that brings together performance and design like never before; it’s inviting to look at, entertaining to drive, and fun to use – the complete package,” said Program Manager Shunsuke Kawasaki. “The four-cylinder CX-7 offers more horsepower and torque than most of its V6-equipped competitors, at nearly the same fuel efficiency and at a much lower price tag.”

2008 Mazda Tribute HEV

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A True Breath Of Fresh Air: The 2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV)

Showing its commitment to improving the world’s air quality, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) introduces the all-new Mazda Tribute Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV) for the 2008 model year. With a hydrogen-powered version of the RX-8 and a hydrogen-powered hybrid version of the MAZDA5 undergoing extensive testing in Japan, the Tribute HEV is the latest environmentally friendly vehicle to join the Mazda lineup. A limited-production model, the 2008 Tribute HEV made its debut at the 2007 North American International Auto Show and went on sale in California in August 2007.

2008 Mazda Tribute HEV: A “full” hybrid vehicle, the Tribute HEV can run on 100 percent electric power up to approximately 25 mph, maximizing in-city fuel economy and making it one of the least-polluting vehicles sold.2008 Mazda Tribute HEV: A “full” hybrid vehicle, the Tribute HEV can run on 100 percent electric power up to approximately 25 mph, maximizing in-city fuel economy and making it one of the least-polluting vehicles sold.

2008 Mazda Tribute

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Designed To Satisfy

Completely redesigned both inside and out for 2008, the new Mazda Tribute makes a powerful statement with a bold, tough exterior and a more upscale, comfortable interior. Offering more traditional sport-utility vehicle (SUV) styling than Mazda’s other SUVs, CX-7 and CX-9, the 2008 Mazda Tribute rounds out the Mazda family of unibody-based crossover SUVs, making it the perfect choice for buyers in search of traditional, go-anywhere rugged styling. However, even with an all-new exterior and interior, Tribute has not lost its trademark Zoom-Zoom – after all, every Mazda has the Soul of a Sports Car inside.

2008 Mazda Tribute: The Mazda Tribute is an SUV with a capital “S” as its driver appeal comes from a host of sports-oriented features.2008 Mazda Tribute: The Mazda Tribute is an SUV with a capital “S” as its driver appeal comes from a host of sports-oriented features.

2008 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic

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All-new, ultra-low CO2 Fiesta ECOnetic is Ford's efficient car

Bringing style and new levels of low-CO2 efficiency, Ford of Europe’s most frugal car – the new Fiesta ECOnetic – heads the Fiesta range at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

2008 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic2008 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic

* Combined fuel economy of 3.7l/ 100km and 98g/ km CO2
* 1.6-litre, 90 PS Duratorq TDCi with coated Diesel Particulate Filter
* Unique modifications, including improved aerodynamics package and low rolling resistance tyres

Powered by a specially-calibrated version of the 90 PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi, combined with coated Diesel Particulate Filter, Ford’s most economical Fiesta can travel 100 kilometres using just 3.7 litres of fuel, on the EC Combined Cycle. This impressive fuel economy is matched with a class-leading CO2 output of 98 grams per kilometre – making Fiesta ECOnetic the lowest CO2 vehicle in both its segment and Ford’s European range.

Compared to previous-generation Fiesta 1.6-litre TDCi, Fiesta ECOnetic will use

2008 Holden Barina

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Barina Hatch gets a Stylish Makeover with refreshing new look inside and out for 3-door & 5-door hatch

GM Holden continues its competitive push into the value end of the light car market with a fresh new look and feel for the Barina 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks, plus the addition of side impact airbags across the range.

2008 Holden Barina - 3 door2008 Holden Barina - 3 door

Starting from $14,490*, the upgraded Holden Barina hatchbacks represent exceptional value for money, boasting a 1.6 litre powertrain and refreshed exterior and interior styling.

Most notably, the Barina 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks have been given a more dynamic body design, highlighted by a strong Euro-styled front fascia and rear end treatments.

Inside, the interior is significantly upgraded and features an updated instrument panel, console and new fabric trim.

From a safety perspective, all Barina models including the the 4-door Barina sedan receive driver, front passenger and side impact airbags as standard.

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