Posted Online: Feb. 09, 2013, 6:40 pm

Auto show features latest, greatest from 27 manufacturers

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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com

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Greg Chouinard, of Moline, takes a look through the sunroof of a red Cadillac as he looks at cars at the Iowa/Illinois Regional Auto Show at the RiverCenter in Davenport on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
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Matt Cullum, who works for Professional Detailers, Auto Show Vehicle Cleaning Services from Arlington, Texas, cleans a Chevrolet truck on Thursday morning in preparation for the opening of the 2012 Iowa-Illinois Regional Autoshow, held at The RiverCenter in Davenport.
DAVENPORT --Thousands attended theIowa/Illinois Regional Auto Show on Saturday in the Davenport RiverCenter to learn about the newest technology offered in sedans, coupes, convertibles, compact cars, SUVs and pickup trucks from 27 vehicle manufacturers.

Ryan Rice, a sales and leasing consultant at Lujack's, said vehicle safety features have improved tenfold since he started in sales 12 years ago. Options such as stability control, blind spot monitoring and a minimum of six airbags in every Kia model show the company's dedication to safety, he said.

Mr. Rice said he is asked about technology features as often as he is safety features and said manufacturers have been responsive. The newest version ofKia UVO eServices allows a person to run a vehicle diagnostic report, call 911 and schedule service with the dealer. According to the company, the technology also offers navigation and turn-by-turn directions and can help a person remember where they parked their car.

Mr. Rice said people want a vehicle with the latest technology available, no different than a cellphone. "It is not about driving anymore, it is about how much can my car teach me," he said.

Robert Coronado, a sales associate at Sexton Ford, said the two things people inquire about most are gas mileage and horsepower. He said Ford created an EcoBoost engine that offers the power people want but uses less gas.

Ford offers options such as hands-free lift gates, parking assist and plug-in hybrids. Mr. Coronado saidMyFord Touch -- a communications and entertainment system -- offers touch-screen technology and allows a driver or passenger to control the radio, navigation, phone and climate.

It is easy to use, he said, adding even older adults who may not be as familiar with technology find it uncomplicated.

"As for technology, when I started as a salesman four years ago, you had to (manually) hook up your phone. Now it is all computerized," Mr. Coronado said.

He said about the only option you can't get in a new vehicle today is a driver. "There is not too much you can't get anymore," he said.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens 62 and older and $3 for children 7-12. Children six and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

E-tickets purchased in advance at QuadCityAutoShow.com receive a $1 off regular adult admission. Attendees will receive a free one-year subscription to Motor Trend magazine with each admission. Additional information, discount coupons and directions also are available at QuadAutoShow.com.