The Long Island Auto Show revs up at Nassau Coliseum

WHERE: Nassau Coliseum WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Thurs. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. COST: $10 ($7 online), $6 ages 7-12 and over 62. PHONE: 800-345-1487 WEB: Autoexpo.com/longisland Preview Photos: 2009 Models | Green Vehicles

Which will be the hottest rides to roll off the assembly line and onto the streets of Long Island in 2009?

Starting today, you can get a sneak peek as more than 20 manufacturers show off their new lineupsof cars, trucks, crossovers, vans and sportutility vehicles for the new model year during the annual Long Island Auto Show.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

With more than 150 new makes and models on display, there undoubtedly will be something to fit everyone's taste, lifestyle and pocketbook. For example, green directional arrows will point eco-minded motorists to the latest in vehicles that run on gasoline and alternative fuels. About 10 hybrids will be on display - the most ever exhibited at the show.

THE TRENDS

"Everybody right now is very fuel-conscious and looking for ways to save money, so more and more each year, manufacturers keep releasing these cars," says auto show spokesman Shaun Foley. "They are also taking their top-selling models and putting a hybrid powertrain in them, like the Toyota Cam-ry Hybrid and Escalade Hybrid."

For drivers who aren't yet ready to take the hybrid route, there will be non-hybrid models on display - from the Acura TSX to the Volkswagen Jetta, reportedly capable of getting more than 30 highway miles to the gallon.

THE CONCEPT CAR

The Camaro is back! Yep, you heard right. Among the stars of the show: The sleek and modern Chevrolet Camaro concept car, expected to roll into dealerships in spring 2009.

"The Camaro hasn't been sold for quite some time," Foley says. "It's definitely a car everybody is going to be talking about and wanting to drive."

SPECIAL GUESTS, EVENTS

If you're into something on two wheels, representatives from East Side Custom Choppers also will be at the show with their custom-made motorcycles, including the Steve McQueen Memorial Bike.

Tomorrow, it's "College Two-fer Day," when two college students get in for the price of one with student identification.

Saturday, retired Mets outfielder George Foster will sign autographs from 2 to 4 p.m., and retired Yankee Roy White will appear from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunday is "Kids Day," when youngsters can have their photos taken from noon to 5 p.m. with the title character from Nickelodeon's "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius."

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