Monday, April 6, 2009

International Auto Show Returns to New Mexico This Month.

While US automakers continue to revitalize their companies, New Mexico car buyers and enthusiasts are looking forward to the annual Auto Show. It's scheduled now for the Albuquerque Convention Center April 17-19th. Look for the classic muscle cars as well as new hybrid models.

We just got the group's news release and we're looking forward to finding some good deals at the show. We'll also get a chance to win $3000 for a down payment on a new car, $1000 in Rock Band gear, and a chance to meet former Dallas Cowboy great Bob Lilly.

It's the sixth annual NM Auto Show; the fifth at the Convention Center. The 2008 Show was moved to Fairgrounds to accommodate the National Bowling Congress event in Convention Center.

Hybrid Options
Maybe it's time to seriously look at getting a Hybrid. Show producer Motor Trend will feature the “Green Trail” , highlighted displays of alternative fuel option vehicles that range from the Toyota Prius to the debut of the stunning Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.

Then again, You've Gotta Love the Classics.
In 1969 cruising on Menaul and Central featured the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang. Forty years later Dodge and Ford will introduce the new generation of these popular muscle cars with 2009 models of the Challenger and Mustang.

Charity Preview Night
On Thursday April 16 the Auto Show hosts a charity benefit for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico. Tickets are $50 each and the two participating non-profit organizations receive 100% of all proceeds. The Western-themed event will offer first view of vehicles on exhibit, a dinner catered by Smokehouse BBQ of Rio Rancho and live country music. Free Friday

Free Tickets at Sonic Drive-Ins

Sonic Drive-Ins in Albuquerque, Bernal, Bernalillo, Bosque and Rio Rancho are distributing free admission tickets for Opening Day Friday April 17. Tickets are also redeemable for a $3.00 discount on regular adult general admission price of $8.00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Featured Attractions
Daily Rock Band competition in the convention center’s East Wing conducted by “The Edge” and “94 Rock” radio stations. The daily winner receives $250 and the three daily winners compete Sunday afternoon for a grand prize of $1,000 cash and a 54” plasma TV from Paradise Village.

Participating Manufacturers
Acura Chrysler Dodge Jeep
Ford Buick Cadillac Chevrolet
GMC Saturn Pontiac Honda
Lincoln Mercury Nissan Smart
Subaru Toyota Scion

Show Hours:
Friday noon-10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

For more info and to watch a preview video visit the show's website here.

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