Consumers check out new vehicles at auto show

By WEEK Producer

April 6, 2014 Updated Apr 7, 2014 at 2:04 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Warmer weather puts many folks in mind of shopping for new vehicles.

That's what many people were doing over the weekend at the Central Illinois Auto show.

New laws and regulations have also had an impact on what car manufactures are offering as standard features.

A new rule proposed by proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would require most cars to have a rear view back-up camera.

A Hyundai sales rep said he expects the feature to become standard in their vehicles within the next two years.

Also becoming a standard feature is Bluetooth technology.

The new law in Illinois makes it illegal to hold a cell phone while talking in a vehicle.

"I do like that if I can get something, a hands free Bluetooth, that would be great, or some type of you know where you can operate the controls from voice," said Sigmund Self. "That would be great also."

If approved, the rear view camera rule would not be in full effect until 2018.

There were over 300 vehicles on display at the 25th annual Central Illinois Auto Show.

Don Clark was looking for his next family vehicle.

"Looking for something with some better gas mileage and still plenty of room for our five person family," said Clark.

Like many people he's trying to improve his fuel efficiently from an SUV that gets around 16 miles per gallon to something like...

"The Buick lacrosse," said Clark. "Also looked a little bit at some Toyota's. Try to get somewhere between the 20-25 miles per gallon range."

Fuel efficiency was a big concern for many who attended the auto show.

"Our Kia Rios, our Hyundai Elantras," said Randy Acevedo, a sales professional at Mike Miller Auto Park. "They get 34 to 38 miles per gallon on the highway.

Also being showcased by manufactures was a focus on safety.

"Safety technology like brake mitigation, lane departure, warning alerts, and all of that are kind of being built into all of our updated packages,"said Chevrolet product specialist Jamie Makowski.

Some features were more focused on entertainment and convenience.

"IPod capabilities, USB, streaming audio from your phone is very nice to have to when you hook up your Bluetooth in your vehicle, you can stream your music right through your phone," said Acevedo.

Even with the plethora of fancy features, and sleek designs offered, for some it all came back to the fuel pump.

"Technology isn't quite as important to us," said Robert Blaisdell. "It's more the fuel economy."