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THE ORANGE COUNTY AUTO SHOW

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Published on Fri, Oct 3, 2008

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

The Bumblebee Camaro from TRANSFORMERS is on display at the OC Auto Show LIFE IN THE OC AUTO SHOW

Concept Cars, Exotics, Sugar Ray Concert, Laker Girls, Ride & Drives ANAHEIM, Calif. - More than 500 new cars, trucks, sport/utility vehicles and crossovers are packed in the Anaheim Convention Center through Sunday, October 5 for the OC Auto Show. From hot concept cars and ultra high-end exotics to a live Sugar Ray concert, the 2009 OC Auto Show offers a little of everything. As the Southland's first show of season, attendees are invited to check out all the latest vehicles in a non-selling environment, sit behind the wheels, inspect engines, learn about new fuel-saving automotive technologies and even take a spin in select models from Chrysler, Hyundai and Toyota. The OC Auto Show will also feature a bikini contest, Hawaiian Tropic® model search, Laker Girls and more.

Saturn's Flextreme

"The OC Auto Show kicks off the auto season and we are excited to bring all the new model vehicles, concept cars and exotics to Orange County" says Orange County Auto Show's Co-Director John Sackrison. "This show is also a hub for entertainment and we have several exciting features lined up including a concert with Sugar Ray, a New Music Showcase and appearances from the Laker Girls and more!" On display at the OC Auto Show will be several all-new or redesigned 2009-model vehicles including the BMW X6, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Dodge Journey, Hummer H3T, Infiniti FX, Mazda6, Nissan GT-R, Toyota Venza, Volkswagen Tiguan and more, as well as a collection of hybrids including the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Malibu, Lexus LS and Toyota Highlander, among others. The show will also offer an up-close look at exotic rides from Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati, as well as a sneak peek at pre-production models yet to hit the dealer showrooms including the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, 2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck and 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Follow the Green Trail at the OC Auto Show and learn about the latest trends in alternative fuel vehicles. Green directional arrows will help attendees find fuel-efficient and alternative fuel models on the show floor, as well as showcase new technology to help save money at the fuel pump and promote a cleaner environment. Several alternative fuel technologies will be featured along the Green Trail including gas/electric hybrids and hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Ford's Explorer America concept A collection of futuristic concept cars will also be showcased to provide consumers a glimpse into the inventive future of automotive design. Concept cars scheduled to appear include the Chevrolet Bumblebeeâ„¢ Camaro from the hit movie TRANSFORMERSâ„¢, Saturn Flextreme, and Ford Explorer America. The Toyota Behind the Wheel Adventure will haul its lineup of 4x4 trucks, sport/utility vehicles, logs, sand and hundreds of tons of dirt to the Anaheim Convention Center. Attendees will be invited to test drive a collection of new 2009-model Toyota trucks and SUVs on this course that will send drivers maneuvering hill climbs, over wood bridges, around offset beams and across the frame twisters. Drive times are Thursday and Friday, from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Auto show attendees will also have a chance to take a spin and get a feel for the performance and handling of several models at the Hyundai Ride & Drive. The all-new Genesis sedan, as well as the Veracruz, Sonata, Azera, Santa Fe and Elantra will be available to drive Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Chrysler Mobile Showcase will offer showgoers the chance to hop in and take a drive in the hottest rides from Chrysler's new-model lineup including the all-new Aspen, 300C, Town & Country and Sebring. Auto show attendees will be able to test drive these new models Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Showgoers will not want to miss Al & Ed's Autosound Auto Show Underground, where the latest in car customization, mobile electronics and accessories will be featured with customized sport compacts and high-performance rides. Showgoers can also experience the windshield-shaking power of the Al & Ed's Cadillac Escalade ESV equipped with an unprecedented 15,000-Watt Rockford Fosgate amplifier and eight 15-inch subwoofers that fill the entire tailgate. This is also the spot to check out stunning customized cars, owned by music and sports celebrities in the DUB® Magazine Celebrity Car Showcase. Fans of the hit cartoon Speed Racer will want to make sure to see the original Mach 5 at the auto show. This hand-built, mid-engine interpretation of the Mach 5 is sure to be a hit with both parents and children! Courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum. The Star 98.7 New Music Showcase will rock the OC Auto Show on Friday, October 3, at 9 p.m. Local bands will take to the stage and entertain crowds with live musical performances in Al & Ed's Autosound Auto Show Underground. Sexy swimsuits and glistening Southern California tans make their return to the OC Auto Show. The top two contestants compete in the "Miss Hawaiian Tropic® Orange County Model Search" held at the auto show on Saturday, October 4, at 3 p.m. A panel of judges including radio personality Tom Leykis, as well as the audience's cheers, will determine the winner, so contestants are encouraged to bring their friends out to the show.

Sugar Ray performs Saturday night The OC Auto Show transforms into an electrifying concert venue on Saturday, October 4, at 8 p.m., when rock band sensation Sugar Ray performs in a live concert from the auto show floor. Don't miss this exciting music extravaganza with lead singer Mark McGrath and his multi-platinum band, Sugar Ray, rockin' out to their biggest hits including "Fly" "When It's Over" and more. Admission is included with the purchase of an auto show ticket.

Additional features and promotions:

· Laker Girls and Joe Grande Autograph Signing - The most popular cheerleaders in the NBA and Radio Personality Joe Grande will pose for photos and sign autographs on Saturday, October 4, from noon to 3 p.m. · Telemundo Telenovela Stars Autograph Signing - Stars from popular Telemundo Telenovelas will greet fans and sign autographs on Sunday, October 5, from noon to 3 p.m. · Kids Zone - On Sunday, October 5, families and children are invited to participate in a Guitar Hero® contest from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then hang with the Radio Disney team from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The OC Auto Show is owned and presented by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association and the Southland Motor Car Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, Inc. The auto show will be open to the public through Sunday, October 5, at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 W. Katella Ave. in Anaheim. Show Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (62 and older) and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. On College Two-Fer Day, Thursday, October 2, college students with valid ID who purchase one adult admission will get a second adult admission free with a second student ID. Attendees will receive a FREE one-year subscription to Motor Trend magazine with each online ticket order or box office purchase, courtesy of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association and the Southland Motor Car Dealers Association. Advance E-tickets can be purchased at a $1.00 discount and weekday discount coupons can be downloaded from the official auto show Web site, www.OrangeCountyAutoShow.com.

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