Californians are buying automobiles at pre-recession levels, and motorists still in the market for a new car can take in a large portion of the 2016 crop this weekend in Sacramento.
Most of the new vehicles available for the 2016 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 main focus of this year’s show “will continue to be the awe-inspiring technological advances of new cars.” Manufacturers across the board are touting myriad high-tech comfort, convenience and safety features built into new vehicles for the upcoming model year.
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Some high-tech features will park your car without the driver lifting a finger. Sensors on numerous new models will automatically apply the brakes, tighten seat belts and issue audible/visual warnings if a crash is imminent. For 2016, more models are equipped with cameras to let drivers see in a dashboard-centered video screen what is behind them.
“We’ll have hundreds of past favorites and even a few surprises, giving the show a little something for everyone,” added Castle, who oversaw an extensive redesign of the Sacramento show last year, adding new elements, exhibits and additional areas/activities for families and children.
Show attendees will also have the opportunity to get behind the wheel and test-drive vehicles on four closed courses on the Cal Expo grounds. Ride-and-drive vehicles are being provided by Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Jeep, Ram and Toyota.
New this year is an “All Electric Ride & Drive” from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Experts from SMUD and SacEV will be on hand to answer questions about numerous electric vehicles.
Various exotics will be on-site, including models from Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Maserati. Numerous Sacramento-area auto clubs and organizations also will have exhibits at the show.
The local EuroSunday car club will again be showing cars vying for the “People’s Choice Award,” a competition to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California.
Show proceeds also benefit Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada and Ronald McDonald House.
Sacramento International Auto Show
Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento.
Hours: 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.
Tickets: Daily general admission is $13 for adults ages 18 and up; $10 for seniors ages 65 and up, military veterans and students with identification; $7 for teens ages 13 to 17; and $5 for children 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.
Parking: The first 100 to arrive each day can park for free; otherwise, Cal Expo parking is $10 per vehicle.
More information: sacautoshow.com