Fuel Efficiency is the Star at the Buffalo Auto Show

February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 9, 2012 at 12:46 AM EDT

By John Borsa

February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 9, 2012 at 12:46 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - If there were just one must-have feature in cars and trucks on display at the Buffalo Auto Show, it would have to be fuel efficiency.

With gas prices expected to hit $4 per gallon by Memorial Day, drivers are looking to save a buck any way they can.

Almost every automaker is bragging about fuel efficiency at this year's show, but a group of local college students are the only ones who can take the top prize after rebuilding a car to get an astounding 90 miles per gallon.

"We put it on a diet," said Alfred State College instructor Jim Fleischman. "And the diet consisted of getting rid of the door panels, all the cosmetic stuff that we take for granted and make our cars a car on the inside."

Add a super large battery unit and the gasoline engine reached unimaginable fuel efficiency.

The Buffalo Auto Show runs daily through Sunday at the Buffalo Convention Center.