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Sacramento auto show highlights 2015 model year technology

The 2015 crop of vehicles from U.S. and foreign auto manufacturers rolls into Sacramento this weekend, showcasing new technology, eye-popping audiovisual features and more electric power options.

Most of the new vehicles available for the 2015 model year will be on display Friday through Sunday at the Sacramento International Auto Show at Cal Expo. The three-day show, at 1600 Exposition Blvd., is sponsored by the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association. The Sacramento Bee is among the co-sponsors.

This year’s event will showcase the latest models from nearly 40 domestic and foreign manufacturers.

Show producer Stacey Castle, head of Castle Communications Inc. in Gold River, said the show highlights technological advances in 2015 motor vehicles, but changes have been made to appeal to a wide range of attendees.

“We completely redesigned the look of most of the auto show this year, concentrating on adding new elements and additional family areas,” she said. “With the auto show as large as it is, we felt it important to have decompression areas and additional activities for the kids.”

Automakers will include America’s big three – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – as well as high-performance, overseas specialists such as Aston Martin and Ferrari. Attendees will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of more than 40 different cars from 10 manufacturers at “ride-and-drive” courses set up on the Cal Expo grounds. Automakers participating are Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Ram and Toyota.

Special displays will include ultra-high-performance and super-luxury vehicles, an exhibit of Airstream trailers and wildly decorated race cars.

The local EuroSunday car club will be showing cars vying for the “Sac Auto Show People’s Choice Award,” a competition to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California.

The event also includes historic cars, vehicles from Sacramento-area car clubs and three “Kid Zones” with activities for children.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Daily general admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and military veterans, $7 for teens ages 13-17 and students, and $5 for kids ages 8 to 12. Children age 7 and younger accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Sunday is Family Day, when children ages 16 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Ticket proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern California.

The first 100 to arrive each day can park for free; otherwise, Cal Expo parking is $10 per vehicle.

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Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.