Philadelphia Auto Show in high gear

January 30, 2009 8:53:17 PM PST
The Philadelphia International Auto Show opens Saturday. Wth car sales on the skids, manufacturers and dealers are hoping visitors to the Auto Show take a good look at the 700 vehicles on display, especially the gas friendly ones.

The MPG rating may be almost as important as the sticker price, especially now that gas prices are now again on the rise.

One of the greenest cars on exhibit is the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid due out next summer; it gets 41 mpg city, 33 highway. The word hybrid is big here, virtually all major manufactures are making them.

The Chevy Malibu Hybrid sedan boasts 26 city and 33 highway.

Toyota's Prius leads the pack with an estimated 48 mpg city and 45 highway.

Visitors will see a wide variety of sedans and crossover vehicles and smaller SUvs that are getting better gas mileage.

Then there's the Jeep Renegade at 110 miles per gallon, but before you run out with your check book, though, right now, it's a concept car.

So whether you're a serious buyer or a serious dreamer, the Philadelphia International Auto Show has plenty for you to see and it opens to the public Saturday.

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