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SAN FRANCISCO AUTO SHOW WILL HAVE RECORD AMOUNT OF ELECTRIC AND HYBRID VEHICLES ON DISPLAY

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 14, 2017 –The 60th Annual San Francisco International Auto Show will be an E-vent. With the “E” representing the latest in Electric and hybrid vehicles.

More zero emission vehicles and their hybrid cousins will be featured than ever before in the displays of major manufacturers from around the world, when the San Francisco Auto Show opens Nov. 18 at Moscone Convention Center.

“The show is the ideal place to introduce the 2018 electric cars and hybrids to the greater Bay Area,” said Kevin Diamond, show director. “Californians buy half of all plug-ins sold in the United States.”

State officials want even more EVs on the California roads, aiming to reduce by half the number of gas-powered vehicles on state roads by 2030. The goal took a hit this month when the new federal tax plan was unveiled eliminating the federal tax credit for electric vehicles.

However, Assembly bill 1184, sponsored by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), would reduce the adverse impact on sales, at least in California, by dramatically increasing the current state rebates on zero emission vehicles, (ZEVs).

“Electric vehicles and ZEVs are our future,” said Ting. “Over the last few years, California has aggressively worked to reduce our greenhouse gases, and transportation emits 39 percent of them.

“AB 1184 sits on the Senate floor ready to move forward.  We are working with stakeholders during the recess and hope to find an agreement to move the bill to the Governor’s desk. With $3 billion of ZEV incentives between 2019 and 2030, I believe we can get 1.5 million ZEVs on the road by 2025 and hopefully, 5 million by 2030.

“Without aggressive action on our passenger vehicle fleet, we will never be able to clean our air and achieve our greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

General Motors supports tax credits.

“Tax credits are an important customer benefit that can help accelerate the acceptance of E-vehicles,” said Chevrolet spokesman Shad Balch. “Because General Motors believes in an all-electric future, we will work with Congress to explore ways to maintain this incentive.”

California is an important market for the giant car company.

“California has the most EVs on the road of any state and that is due in large part to the success of the Bolt,” said Balch.

“With a price point of around $30,000, (after the $7,500 tax credits) and a range of 238 miles, the Bolt is the EV for everybody.”

Bolt’s major competitors include the BMW i3, Toyota’s Prius and Nissan’s Leaf.

 The 2018 Nissan Leaf has a redesigned exterior and a significantly longer range, from 80 to 150 miles, than the 2017 model, with a base price of $29,990 before the federal tax credit—an advantage should the GOP pass its tax plan as proposed.

“Since it was launched in 2010, the Leaf has been the number one affordable, mass-produced EV,” said Jannelle Grigsby, Nissan’s West Coast public relations manager.

Nonetheless, Nissan also supports tax credit incentives.

“Nissan has made significant investments in the development of market-leading electric vehicles and public charging infrastructure to support EV drivers,” said Josh Clifton, senior manager, product and technology communications.

“We support continuing measures that help encourage greater adoption of EVs given the benefits they can provide such as lowering vehicle emissions and reducing America’s dependency on foreign energy sources.”

International demand for ZEVs and hybrids will not be affected if Congress chops the federal tax credit.

China, which already leads the world in EV sales, wants five million electric cars or hybrids on its roads by 2020. Norway announced in July its intention to phase out sales of all new diesel or gas-powered cars by 2025. France and the United Kingdom have announced bans on sales of new gas or diesel vehicles, starting in 2040.

Volvo, which is owned by Geely Holding Group, a Chinese multinational auto manufacturer, announced in July its intention to produce nothing but EVs and hybrids, starting in 2020.

To learn more about the future of EVs and hybrids, visit the 60th Annual San Francisco Auto Show. Manufacturer representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

The San Francisco Chronicle 60th Annual International Auto Show is presented by Golden 1 Credit Union and supported by the California New Car Dealers Association. The show opens Saturday, Nov. 18 and runs through the Thanksgiving weekend concluding on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at Moscone Center. It will feature the 2018 model vehicles representing the work of 35 global manufacturers. The San Francisco Auto Show is the Bay Area’s largest and most prestigious auto exposition and is the only auto show held regionally that lures the dazzling high-tech manufacturer displays.

Show hours are:

Saturday, Nov. 18: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 – Thursday, Nov 23: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday Nov. 24 – Saturday, Nov. 25: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 26: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information visit www.sfautoshow.com

CONTACTS:

Kevin Diamond
Office: 415-331-4406
Mobile: 415-729-6011
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Amy Foley
Mobile: 619-886-4969
Email: [email protected]

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SAN FRANCISCO AUTO SHOW TO PROVIDE BAY AREA RESIDENTS FIRST LOOK AT NEW AND IMPROVED MOSCONE CENTER

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 7, 2017 — Moscone Convention Center has risen to new heights this year.

The expanded South Hall, now 108 feet tall and 255 feet long, was officially opened when Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim and Board of Supervisors President London Breed cut the ribbon on Sept. 11, 2017, but the first opportunity for the general public to get inside the addition is the San Francisco International Auto Show, which opens Nov. 18.

“The San Francisco Auto Show will be the first opportunity to take a peek inside the expanding Moscone Center,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and chief executive officer of San Francisco Travel. “Although the entire building won’t open until January of 2019, this year’s auto show will give the public the chance to see what the beautiful new building will look like.”

The partnerships with the city and convention center began with the 1982 auto show, which introduced the general public to the new South Hall and was cemented when the public was introduced to the North Hall at the 1992 show.

“The auto show is the only event at Moscone Center that invites the entire Bay Area to enjoy the complex,” said Building Manager Bob Sauter. “And it is a great show.”

More than 200,000 square feet have been added to the South Hall with the completion of Phase Two of the expansion project.

Access between the North and South Halls are underground. The North Hall is the only entrance to the auto show.

Test Drives, one of the most popular features of the auto show, will be located on Howard St., at the front of both halls.

Major manufacturers 2018 models will be displayed in the South Hall, sharing space with classic cars from the San Francisco Academy of Arts University collection and an exhibit by Pacific Gas and Electric. Ferrari and Aston Martin clubs will also be located in the South Hall.

The North Hall will feature manufacturer displays as well as exhibits by: the San Francisco Chronicle and Golden1 Credit Union.
A new entrance to the Esplanade Ballroom above and behind the South Hall is part of the recently competed expansion.

Modified vehicles have been exhibited in the San Francisco Auto Salon located in the Esplanade Ballroom, under the guidance of John Liwanag, since the exhibit outgrew the After-Market Alley.

“Our plan was to give a younger demographic something special they would relate to, different from the manufacturers’ production vehicles or the Academy of Art exhibit of beautiful classic cars,” said Scott Diamond, assistant show manager.

The center was named for late Mayor George Moscone, who successfully shepherded the project through a successful vote of the people. The center is owned by the City and County of San Francisco—the taxpayers.

From its modest beginning, the center has stood the test of time, with still more to come. The final phase of construction is expected to be finished in December 2018.

“We have held our show at the Moscone Center since it was just a hole in the ground,” said Kevin Diamond, auto show director. “It just gets better and better.”

The San Francisco Chronicle 60th Annual International Auto Show opens Saturday, Nov. 18 and runs through the Thanksgiving weekend concluding on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at Moscone Convention Center.
The show is presented by Golden1 Credit Union and supported by the California New Car Dealers Association. It will feature the 2018 model cars, trucks, SUV’s and crossover vehicles representing the work of 37 global manufacturers. The San Francisco Auto Show is the Bay Area’s largest and most prestigious auto exposition and is the only auto show held regionally that lures the dazzling high-tech manufacturer displays.

A HISTORY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

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 at the time in foreign made cars, 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 at Brooks Hall and the Civic Center.

The globalization of the auto industry in the ‘60’s and 70’s marked a new era of automotive production and demand. Therefore, the Import Car Show broadened its scope to include the products of both the domestic and international manufacturers and was renamed the International Auto Show. In 1982, the show moved into its new home at the Moscone Convention Center in downtown San Francisco.

From the onset, the show was a tremendous success and recognized by the auto manufacturers as an integral component to selling their vehicles. Display space was in high demand and that demand required the auto show to expand its footprint.

Fortunately, 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 60th year, the International Auto Show, continues to grow. This year’s show, set for November 18-26, will fill the newly remodeled Moscone Center with exhibits in the north and south halls, the new south hall expansion, the Esplanade Ballroom plus the north and south lobby and driveway areas.

The latest in automotive innovation representing the work of the world’s major manufacturers will be on display at the show including the 2018 model vehicles, new introductions, the largest selection of electric, hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles plus the newest driver assist and connectivity technology.

In addition, there will be exotic sports cars, manufacturer Test Drives and special exhibits including an electric vehicle infrastructure display from PG&E, the Academy of Art University Classic Car Collection, and the San Francisco Auto Salon with modified and trend setting cars. The Show will also include exhibits from the Aston Martin and Ferrari Clubs of America and an auto accessory booth area.

The San Francisco Chronicle 60th Annual International Auto Show, presented by Golden 1 Credit Union and supported by the California New Car Dealers Association, promises to be the most spectacular event to date.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S PREMIER AUTO SHOW TO FEATURE 2018 VEHICLES FROM THE WORLD’S MAJOR MANUFACTURERS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 2, 2017 — The San Francisco Chronicle 60th Annual International Auto Show will offer Bay Area residents their first opportunity to see new 2018 model vehicles from the world’s major manufacturers, all in one place.

Presented by Golden1 Credit Union and supported by the California New Car Dealers Association, the International Auto Show will open to the public on Saturday, November 18th and run through the Thanksgiving weekend concluding on Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at Moscone Convention Center.

The San Francisco International Auto Show is Northern California’s largest and most spectacular auto exhibition. It is the only Auto Show held regionally that lures the dazzling high-tech manufacturer displays and showcases automotive innovation. The show will feature more than 600 vehicles representing the work of 35 major manufacturers for the year 2018 and beyond. It will fill the newly remodeled Moscone Center with over one million square feet of exhibit space.

Among the manufacturers scheduled to exhibit their 2018 vehicles are: Acura; Aston Martin; Audi; Bentley; BMW; Buick; Chevrolet; Chrysler; Dodge; Fiat; Ford; Genesis; GMC; Honda; Hyundai; Infiniti; Jaguar; Jeep; KIA; Lamborghini; Land Rover; Lexus; Lincoln; Lotus; Mazda; Mercedes-Benz; Ram; Nissan; Rolls Royce; Smart; Scion; Subaru; Porsche; Toyota; Volkswagen; and Volvo.

In addition to the 2018 model vehicles, the Auto Show will feature: Test Drive opportunities from several manufacturers; alternative fuel vehicles; an electric vehicle infrastructure display from PG&E; exotic sports cars; the Academy of Art University Classic Car Collection; the SF Auto Salon with tricked-out vehicles, plus displays from the Aston Martin Club and Ferrari Clubs and an auto accessory area.

Show hours are:

Saturday, Nov. 18: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 – Thursday, Nov 23: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday Nov. 24 – Saturday, Nov. 25: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 26: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information visit www.sfautoshow.com

CONTACTS:

Kevin Diamond
Office: 415-331-4406
Mobile: 415-729-6011
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Amy Foley
Mobile: 619-886-4969
Email: [email protected]

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60th ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 18 – 26, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 16, 2017 — The Bay Area’s largest and most prestigious auto exposition, the San Francisco Chronicle 60th Annual International Auto Show, will run during its traditional nine-days opening on Saturday, Nov. 18 and continuing through the Thanksgiving weekend concluding on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at Moscone Convention Center.

Presented by Golden1 Credit Union and supported by the California New Car Dealers Association, the International Auto Show will feature 2018 model cars, trucks, SUV’s and crossover vehicles representing the work of 37 global 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 new 2018 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 2018 model vehicles, the Auto Show will feature Ride & Drive opportunities from several manufacturers, alternative fuel and hi-tech vehicles; exotic sports cars; the Academy of Art University Classic Car Collection; an electric vehicle infrastructure and technology display from PG&E, the San Francisco Auto Salon with tricked-out vehicles and aftermarket products plus exhibits from the Ferrari Club of America, the Aston Martin Club, Dominator Hot Rods; an auto accessory booth area and much more.

Show hours are:

Saturday, Nov. 18: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 – Thursday, Nov 23: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday Nov. 24 – Saturday, Nov. 25: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 26: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information visit www.sfautoshow.com

CONTACTS:

Kevin Diamond
Office: 415-331-4406
Mobile: 415-729-6011
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Amy Foley
Mobile: 619-886-4969
Email: [email protected]

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SAN FRANCISCO AUTO SHOW ANNOUNCES 2017 DATES FOR 60TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION AT MOSCONE CENTER

SHOW WIL RUN NOVEMBER 18TH- NOVEMBER 26TH INCLUDING THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 16, 2017 — Over the past 59 years the San Francisco International Auto Show, has grown to become the premier, largest and most spectacular auto exposition in northern California.

Known as the hub of technology and innovation, The San Francisco International Auto Show will welcome global manufacturers back to the Moscone Center Saturday, November 18th and continue its nine-day run through Thanksgiving weekend, ending on Sunday, November 26th, 2017.

The San Francisco International Auto Show will also celebrate its 60th Anniversary and will honor its heritage with specialty displays, a VIP Gala and visits from local dignitaries, key automotive executives and prominent automotive journalists.

Supported by the California New Car Dealers Association, The San Francisco International Auto Show is the only auto show held regionally that lures the dazzling high-tech manufacturer displays. It will offer Bay Area auto buyers and enthusiasts their first opportunity to see the new 2018 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.

CONTACTS:

KEVIN DIAMOND
OFFICE: 415-331-4406
[email protected]

AMY FOLEY
MOBILE: 619-886-4969
[email protected]

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