North American International Auto Show - January 11-25, 2009, COBO Center, Detroit, Michigan
News Flash January 9, 2009
NAIAS 2009 - "Where the World Comes Together"

Organizers of the NAIAS continue to prove the "INTERNATIONAL" in its show title with each exhibitor announcement. Below is a major announcement by China's BYD Auto Company on its upcoming environmental product plans for Monday, January 12.

BYD Auto To Unveil First Production Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle
DETROIT - BYD Auto Company, one of China's top independent automobile manufacturers and a world leader in green technology, will host a press conference at 10:50 a.m., Monday, January 12, at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit's Cobo Center.

BYD Auto will introduce several important new models that represent the company's strategic vision of "green tech for tomorrow," including the e6 electric crossover vehicle and the F3DM sedan, the first production plug-in hybrid vehicle.

BYD executives will provide details about the company's advanced Fe lithium-iron battery and its new Dual Mode (DM) plug-in hybrid system.

BYD Auto President Wang Chuanfu will be joined at the press conference by David Sokol, chairman of MidAmerican Energy Holdings. In September 2008, MidAmerican, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, acquired a 10% stake in BYD Auto's parent company, BYD Company Ltd.

About BYD Auto
BYD Auto Company, based in Shenzhen, China, is emerging as a leader in pure electric and plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles, as well as advanced battery technology. It is a subsidiary of BYD Company Ltd., the world's second largest producer of rechargeable batteries and a supplier of IT components to Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and others. Information about BYD Auto is available at

About MidAmerican Energy Holdings
MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a global provider of energy services. It is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. Through its energy-related business platforms, MidAmerican provides electric and natural gas service to more than 6.9 million customers worldwide. These business platforms are Pacific Power, Rocky Mountain Power and PacifiCorp Energy, which comprise PacifiCorp; MidAmerican Energy Company; CE Electric UK; Northern Natural Gas Company; Kern River Gas Transmission Company; and CalEnergy. Information about MidAmerican is available at

Richard Thompson

Paul Lienert

NewsFlash and ShowTalk Go Digital
This year, the Auto Show's key industry publications are being designed and delivered in a digital format. This move reflects the Auto Show's commitment to deliver both event and industry-related news in a more timely and productive way. The new approach to NewsFlash and ShowTalk is part of a larger auto show communications' initiative that will be implemented beginning in 2009. Experience more at the new Auto Show web site,

About the North American International Auto Show
Rod Alberts - Executive Director
Entering its 21st year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place. One of the largest media events in North America, the NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. The NAIAS Web site can be accessed at

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