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FROM RACE TRACKS TO DRIVEWAYS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 3, 2014 – Auto racing is more than a sport. It is the testing ground for technology that has improved the safety, reliability and efficiency of vehicles driven on streets and freeways around the world.

Seatbelts, rear-view mirrors and disc brakes developed for cars whizzing around a track at breakneck speeds are among the now-standard equipment available on vehicles that travel more sedately on city streets and highways.

Race cars as well as passenger models will be among the more than 800 vehicles on display at the San Francisco Chronicle 57th Annual International Auto Show that opens Nov. 22 for an eight-day run at the Moscone Center.

The standard rearview mirror is the most obvious improvement in passenger cars derived from racing. Until the mirrors were installed in early race cars, a mechanic was seated next to the driver to watch for traffic. Initiated to reduce weight in the cockpit, the mirrors have proved to be an essential safety feature for production vehicles.

Seatbelts that kept racers from being flung out their cars on impact serve the same purpose for passengers in the family sedan out for a Sunday drive. Mandatory use reflects their value. Click it or get a ticket is the law.

Automatic breaking systems developed in racing garages is another innovation now being touted by the manufacturers of passenger cars. And BMW has used race-tested carbon fiber to lighten the load on its’ i series cars.

Telemetry, the wireless communication system devised to relay important data such as the speed of a racing car or the condition of its tires to the pit crew, is making its way into car dealer’s showrooms. Chevrolet’s 2015 Corvette is equipped with a performance data recorder equal to the power of professional-level motorsports telemetry system, according to Chevrolet spokesman Shad Balch.

“We think now more than ever the content in a car and the technology behind the content is what attracts customers,” said Balch. “We expect to see other car manufacturers offering similar systems. The advantage of being first is it makes buyers aware that Chevrolet is always going to be first with the latest.”

Future possible innovations include self-sealing gas tanks that would prevent blow-ups.

Raceways continue to be the incubators for technological advances that will make production cars of the future safer and more efficient for occupants of vehicles equipped with innovations proven on the fast tracks of the world.

ABOUT THE AUTO SHOW:

The San Francisco Chronicle 57th Annual International Auto Show presented by AutoTrader.com and supported by the California New Car Dealers Association, opens on Saturday, Nov. 22 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 29 at Moscone Convention Center. The Auto Show will feature the 2015 model vehicles from 38 of the world’s major manufacturers. It is the premier and largest auto show held regionally.

This year’s show will offer something for every member of the family. In addition to the 2015 model vehicles, the Auto Show will feature: Ride & Drive opportunities from several manufacturers, electric, hybrid and other alternative fuel vehicles; exotic sports cars; the Academy of Art University Classic Car Collection; an electric vehicle technology display from PG&E, the San Francisco Auto Salon with tricked-out vehicles and aftermarket products plus displays from AutoTrader.com, the Ferrari Club of America, Dominator Hot Rods; a race car exhibit, an auto accessory booth area and much more.

Show hours are:

Saturday, November 22 – Friday, November 28: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 29: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults with children 12-years and under free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information visit www.sfautoshow.com

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A HISTORY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 22, 2014 – In 1958, unable to participate in the local domestic auto show, forward-thinking Bay Area import auto dealers decided to create their own exposition. Given the novelty and interest in foreign made cars at the time, the auto dealers’ idea proved to be a good one. For nearly two decades the Import Car Show, the precursor to what is now the International Auto Show, flourished and expanded.

As attitudes and the auto industry changed, owing to greater global cooperation in automotive production and the increased competitiveness in the world’s car markets, it was only natural that the Import Car Show broadened its scope to include the products of both the domestic and international manufacturers worldwide. Thus the ever-expanding import show became truly international in 1982 when it moved into its new home at the Moscone Convention Center in downtown San Francisco.

From the first year, the show was a tremendous success and given the sudden increase in the varieties of makes and models available it was literally bursting at the seams.

In 1992, another hall was added to the Moscone Center expanding it to a total of 1.2 million square feet. The additional space allowed exhibitors to construct more elaborate displays to showcase their vehicles and provided spectators a more spacious and inviting environment in which to view them. It also allowed the San Francisco International Auto Show to grow into what it has become today–the premier auto show in northern California and the only one held regionally that lures the dazzling, high-tech displays from the world’s major manufacturers. It is the second largest auto show in the western United States and the number one exhibition of any kind in northern California.

Now celebrating its 57th year, the San Francisco International Auto Show, continues to grow. This year’s show will fill Moscone Center with exhibits in the north and south halls, the Gateway and Esplanade Ballrooms plus the north and south lobby and driveway areas. Vehicles representing the work of 38 manufacturers for the year 2015 and beyond will all be on display including new introductions, exotic sports cars plus alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles. In addition, there will be manufacturer Ride & Drives and special exhibits including the Academy of Art University Classic Car Collection, the PG&E Electric and You Exhibit, the San Francisco Auto Salon, AutoTrader.com, the Ferrari Club of America, Dominator Street Rods, a Race Car Hall, racing simulators and an auto accessory booth area.

The San Francisco Chronicle 57th Annual International Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com and supported by the California New Car Dealers Association, will run for eight days, Nov. 22 – 29, 2014 at the Moscone Convention Center and promises to be the most spectacular ever.

Show hours are:

Saturday, November 22 – Friday, November 28: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 29: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults with children 12-years and under free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information visit www.sfautoshow.com

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Entertainment for the Entire Family…At an Affordable Price

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 16, 2014 – Looking for family entertainment at an affordable price? The San Francisco Chronicle 57th Annual International Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com, November 22 – 29 at Moscone Convention Center, is the place to be.

The International Auto Show provides entertainment for every member of the family at an affordable price — with tickets just $10 for adults and children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

Thinking about buying a new car?  The Auto Show is the perfect place to see and compare the 2015 makes, models and prices from 38 manufacturers, all under one roof.

Interested in the newest automotive technology? The show will feature the largest selection of electric, hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles plus the latest driver assist technology from the world’s major manufacturers. In addition, PG&E will have a display featuring alternative fuel technology.

For the car aficionado there is the extremely popular Academy of Art University Classic Car Collection, the San Francisco Auto Salon with modified and tricked out cars, displays from AutoTrader.com, the Ferrari Club of America, Dominator Hot Rods and race cars. For kids of all ages there are racing simulators plus an auto accessory booth area with model cars, interactive exhibits as well as car care products and much more.

Among the manufacturers exhibiting their 2015 vehicles are: Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, KIA, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Ram, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Scion, Smart, Subaru, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Supported by the California New Car Dealers Association, the Show will have more than 600 vehicles filling the 1.2 million sq. ft. Moscone Center. The International Auto Show is the premier auto exposition in northern California and the only one held regionally that lures the dazzling high-tech displays from the world’s major manufacturers. It is the largest exhibition of any kind in the greater Bay Area and the second largest auto show in the western United States.

Show hours are:

Saturday, November 22 – Friday, November 28: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 29: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults with children 12-years and under free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information visit www.sfautoshow.com

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S PREMIER AUTO SHOW TO FEATURE 2015 VEHICLES FROM THE WORLD’S MAJOR MANUFACTURERS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 9, 2014 – The San Francisco Chronicle 57th Annual International Auto Show presented by AutoTrader.com will offer Bay Area residents their first opportunity to see the new 2015 model vehicles from the world’s major manufacturers, all in one place.

Supported by the California New Car Dealers Association, the International Auto Show will open to the public on Saturday, November 22 and run through the Thanksgiving weekend concluding on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Moscone Convention Center.

The San Francisco International Auto Show is northern California’s premier, largest and most spectacular auto exhibition. It is the only Auto Show held regionally that lures the dazzling high-tech manufacturer displays. The show will feature more than 800 vehicles representing the work of 37 manufacturers for the year 2015 and beyond. It will include exhibits in the north and south halls as well as the Gateway and Esplanade Ballrooms, filling the 1.2 million sq. ft. Moscone Center making it the largest exhibition of any kind in the greater Bay Area and the second largest auto show in the western United States.

Among the manufacturers exhibiting their 2015 vehicles are: Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, KIA, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Maserati, Mazda, Mini, Ram, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Smart Car, Scion, Subaru, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

In addition to the 2015 model vehicles, the Auto Show will feature: Ride & Drive opportunities from several manufacturers; alternative fuel vehicles; an alternative fuel technology display from PG&E; exotic sports cars; the Academy of Art University Classic Car Collection; the SF Auto Salon with tricked-out vehicles and aftermarket products plus displays from AutoTrader.com, the Ferrari Club of America, Dominator Hot Rods; an auto accessory booth area and much more.

Show hours are:

Saturday, November 22 – Friday, November 28: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 29: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults with children 12-years and under free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information visit www.sfautoshow.com

57th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW RETURNS TO TRADITIONAL DATES

SHOW SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 22 – 29, 2014

The Bay Area’s largest and most prestigious auto exposition, the San Francisco Chronicle 57th Annual International Auto Show presented by AutoTrader.com, will return to its traditional dates opening to the public on Saturday, November 22 and concluding on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Moscone Convention Center.

Supported by the California New Car Dealers Association, the International Auto Show will feature the 2015 model cars, SUV’s, trucks and vans representing the work of 36 of the world’s major manufacturers.

The International Auto Show, the only auto show held regionally that lures the dazzling high-tech manufacturer displays, will offer Bay Area auto buyers and enthusiasts their first opportunity to see the new 2015 model vehicles all in one place. The Auto Show will fill the 1.2 million sq. ft. Moscone Convention Center making it the largest exhibition of any kind in the greater Bay Area and the second largest auto show in the western United States.

This year’s show will offer something for every member of the family. In addition to the 2015 model vehicles, the Auto Show will feature: Ride and Drive opportunities from several manufacturers, Alternative Fuel vehicles; Exotic Sports Cars; the Academy of Art University Classic Car Collection; an alternative fuel technology display from PG&E, the SF Auto Salon with tricked-out vehicles and aftermarket products plus displays from AutoTrader.com, the Ferrari Club of America, Dominator Hot Rods; an auto accessory booth area and much more.

Show hours are:

Saturday, November 22 – Friday, November 28: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 29: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults with children 12-years and under free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information visit www.sfautoshow.com

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