Hybrids at Auto Show

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The Hawaiian International Auto Show has changed a lot since the first show thirty years ago.

More than 350 cars are packed into the Hawaii Convention Center. The Toyota Camery, Lexus sedan, and the Chevy Tahoe all now sport new technology that helps save money at the fuel pump while helping the environment.

Auto Show spokesman Shaun Foley said "Manufacturers are embracing the whole hybrid movement they know that consumers really want to keep the functionality and utility of for example the big suv's but at the same time they want to see what they can do to help cut down on rising fuel costs."

Showgoers can compare the latest hybrids and flex-fuel models.

"The Chevrolet Tahoe two-mode hybrid system, it runs predominantly on the gasoline engine but in short city driving it can actually run a full two miles on just the electric generator alone," Foley said. "The Prius has been very very popular with celebrities especially in Hollywood, I know Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio are big supporters of the green movement."

If you're looking for fuel efficiency, you can just follow a green trail on the floor of the auto show. It will lead you to cars like the Lexus, which uses green technology. It will also lead you to a trio of Toyota Hybrids.

Each car displays it's estimated annual fuel cost, based on gas prices at $3 dollars a gallon. Here in Hawaii, we'll have to round up.

"It's a trend it's starting to evolve. More and more cars are going to be able to become available in a hybrid system," Foley said.

Next year, your car could be a hybrid. The auto show opens Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Show hours are:

Thursday and Friday from noon to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday from 10:00 a.m.  to 7 p.m.

Thursday is college two-fer day. Show your student ID and get a second student admission free with proof of school ID.

For more information, click on the Hawaii Auto Show link.