Green eyes on the 2009 Pennsylvania Auto & Boat Show

Save $2 on $8 tickets online. Want to be even more cheap? They stop charging for parking a couple hours before the show closes. The show continues at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg through Sunday until 9pm each day.
The word “Hybrid” is plastered on many vehicles at the annual show.
There are green hybrid logos, leaves sprouting out of logos and green signs on the carpet. The same technologies as in previous years, but in more models.hybrid.jpgGeneral Motors has their mild hybrid (a couple mpg more for a small price) on display in the new Malibu.
The GM 2-mode hybrid, that shares engineering with Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, is on display. The electric/gasoline hybrid will be available in the Tahoe SUV and Silverado Pickup.
Ford has an interesting cut-a-way of their EcoBoost engine that is a direct injection gasoline engine boosted with turbo that promises a 20% increase in economy.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid is on display. It shares mechanical concepts with the Escape Hybrid and takes on the Toyota Camry Hybrid.
A small SUV/crossover from KIA with a small, 4-cyl common rail diesel engine (CRDi) that is European/Asian? spec that we won’t get here, but you can see under the hood.
BMW features a full-size SUV with a new clean diesel that gets 26 mpg.
The weird award goes to the Nissan Cube. A boxy little, yet marshmallow looking car.


The Cube has a back window that wraps around only one side of the car. So much for symmetrical design.cube.jpg

About Paul Kuehnel

Paul Kuehnel has worked for the York Daily Record/Sunday News since 1984. Follow him on Twitter @paulkuehnel.
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