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Hybrid, electric cars big hits at auto show

Mid-Southerners are getting a look at fuel friendly vehicles now that the Memphis International Auto Show is in town. Mid-Southerners are getting a look at fuel friendly vehicles now that the Memphis International Auto Show is in town.

(WMC-TV) - Mid-Southerners are getting a look at fuel friendly vehicles now that the Memphis International Auto Show is in town.

The Memphis International Auto Show comes once a year and for car lovers it's a dream come true. The hottest cars for 2012 are hybrids, electric cars and crossovers.

Over 250 new models are featured at the 2012 Memphis International Autoshow.

"There's no other place in the area where you're going to find more cars under one roof," said Shaun Foley, of Motor Trends.

It's the perfect place for car enthusiasts to fuel their passion.

"Fuel efficiency is obviously a big factor for everyone," he said

But this year, there are displays showcasing the 40 MPG club.

"All vehicles that can reach 40 miles per gallon or more on the highway," said Foley.

The new Nissan Leaf, a fully electric car, is one of the biggest highlights at the show. All you do is pull into your garage, plug it up to your home charging dock and it charges overnight in seven or eight hours.

"It's a fully equipped car," said Courtney Thomas, of Nissan. "It comes with a standard navigation system. It's actually our most advanced navigation system that will show you where your closest charging stations are.

Meanwhile, Chevrolet's Craig Klope says his company's electric model the Volt, has a backup system for driver's worried about getting stranded.

"So unlike some of the other electric vehicles where people that own them feel they have what they call it range anxiety: you're going to get too far from home and you may not get somewhere to plug it in and may get stranded. Well, with the Volt that can't happen because there's a backup generator with a 9.3 gallon tank," he said.

With dozens of manufacturers from Ford to Hyundai to Volkswagen on hand, the folks at Motor Trends say there is something for everyone.

"Bring the family out, bring the kids, climb in the cars, kick the tires as they say and see what works best for your family," said Foley.

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