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San Diego Auto Show: Prius Plug-In was at Ride-and-Drive

The San Diego International Auto Show, which closed its doors at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30, had another year of record attendance and large crowds, especially in the Think Blue Eco-Center, where green vehicles and technological wizardry were on display. The Center offered up hydrogen fuel-cell cars, as well as a diverse array of hybrids and EVs. As a public service, the local organization Think Blue San Diego put on educational presentations about clean water.

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For a tour of the San Diego Auto Show, scroll to the video clip below. One of the largest shows of its kind, the SDIAS, as it’s officially called, spends a healthy portion of floor space on environmental transportation, showing off everything from the Chevy Spark EV to a few lesser-known alternative-fuel cars. Unlike some of the other major shows, the San Diego event is truly geared toward consumers, many of whom attend in order to do comparison-shopping. So far, the Chevy Spark EV has been one of the show’s big stars, as it gets ready to land in showrooms during the summer of 2013. The San Diego show also features one of the largest displays of homemade EV conversions. The individually owned cars have been rebooted to run on electricity. The conversion showcase is just one of the aspects of SDIAS that makes the event so well attended each year.

San Diego Auto Show

The 2012 event, held at the San Diego Convention Center, offered one of the best ride-and-drive experiences on the auto show circuit. The event organizers’ research reveals that the ride-and-drive is by far the most popular interactive event at the show. A short list of manufacturers who had cars available for the ride-and-drive includes Toyota, Volkswagen, Kia, Jeep, Honda, Cadillac, Chrysler, Ford, GMC, Lincoln, Chevrolet, and Buick.

For all the details about the San Diego International Auto Show, see the event’s official website:

Larry Bell writes about cars, gadgets, business, and history. He has been a professional writer and editor for over 20 years and enjoys all car-related topics, especially electric and hybrid vehicle news. Larry covers the auto industry for MPA and often reports live from the floor of major shows in Detroit, LA, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and elsewhere.

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