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Auto Expo Begins Today

focus The North Carolina International Auto Expo runs today thru Sunday Sunday Sunday. The event will be at the Jim Graham Building and Expo Center (NC State Fairgrounds) and features many of the latest available cars.

It will be the first time in Raleigh for the 2012 Focus (pictured) & 2012 Mustang Boss. The Focus will deliver up to a projected 40 mpg on the highway while bringing new technologies and features to the segment including available Active Park Assist, MyKey, and MyFord Touch driver connect technologies.

The Boss features a 440-hp 5.0-liter V8 with refinements to the driveline, suspension, steering and brakes to deliver as close to a race-car experience as is possible on a street-legal machine.

The new Chevy Volt, Chevrolet’s foray into the world of hybrid technologies, will also be on display. The car will be available for preorder in North Carolina in the second quarter of this year.

A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) will be displayed, thanks to the local partnership with Progress Energy. A PHEV has a high-energy battery on-board which can be charged using the plug from a wall outlet. It can be driven solely on electricity for miles without using gasoline. If the battery becomes depleted, it can switch back to operation with the on-board gasoline engine achieving up to 120 mpg.

MyFord Touch driver connect technology will also be on display. Launching on the 2011 Ford Edge, MyFord Touch is the next generation of Ford Sync and iblends strengths of the most popular interfaces in consumer electronics (including MP3 players and mobile phones) with a new generation of the Ford SYNC system.

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