Car manufacturers are going green

By Alyssa Donovan

April 7, 2013 Updated Apr 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.—The Central Illinois Auto Show highlights one of the hottest trends in the car industry right now.

One of the hottest trends in the car industry right now is going green.

The Central Illinois Auto Show gave car dealers a chance to show off their latest environmentally friendly rides.

Mike Murphy Ford Sales Associate Sam Grebner says Ford recently released some new hybrid cars that are getting roughly 47 miles to a gallon.

Grebner said, "They just introduced the new hybrid C-max and they also introduced the new Ford fusion C-max energy which is a full plug in and a full hybrid as well."

Grebner says drivers who live in a city like Peoria where there's a lot of stop and go, can really benefit from a hybrid car.

Grebner said, "Your battery life is going to be extended as far as the fuel savings is concerned so you’re really going to see a jump up in your miles per gallon."

But hybrid cars are not the only way to get more fuel efficiency.

Sales Consultant at Uftring in Pekin Austin Street says Dodge Ram doesn't have a hybrid but customers still can get better gas mileage in other ways.

Street said, "Just adding gears to the transmission provides better acceleration, better fuel economy at your high end speeds."

And while most of the car dealers depended on signs and sales pitches to draw in customers... One dealer brought something a little different to grab people's attention…the Kia Hamstar Mascot.

Mike Miller Auto Park Sales Consultant Joe Miller said, "Once the music starts going and the hamster starts dancing it brings people over and it adds a little spice to the auto show. We've been doing this for 15 years and we've figured out that it kind of works."

Miller says the mascot helps bring in the business too.