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GM's largest vehicles are high profile at New Orleans auto show

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General Motors plans to display nearly 100 vehicles at this year’s Greater New Orleans International Auto Show that begins Friday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. 

GM’s regional spokesman Craig Eppling passed through Shreveport yesterday, on his way to New Orleans. He says GM will be featuring its 2015 models of the Cadillac Escalade and the GMC Yukon. These are massive, gas-guzzling vehicles. But he says demand for them is still strong.

“By the government EPA ratings, we’re going to have to get up to the 50 to 60 miles per gallon range, eventually. But, right now, you still have a choice and fuel is relatively inexpensive, and we're used to paying that price," Eppling said. "Think about the fuel economy you might have gotten 10 to 15 years ago. They are much improved in that area.”

Eppling will give the keynote address to the Crescent City Corvette Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary at this year’s show. The New Orleans auto show, in its 31st year, runs through Sunday.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.