New car trends seen at the Washington Auto Show 40



If you plan to buy a new car in 2017 you really need to take the time to visit the Washington Auto Show this week. It is open today through February 5th at the Washington Convention Center downtown. Every brand of car is available for you to look at, sit in, and many are also available to test drive. The best part? No pressure from any salesmen. Check out the entire show schedule here. You might want to also see what celebrities and special guests are lined up at the auto show here. With more than 600 new models of cars on display, there is something for everyone. There are plenty of activities to keep kids and adults very busy, so bring the whole family along with you. We thank the team from She Buys Cars for the invitation and putting together an informative day at the Auto Show.

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You will see some typical cars like the 2017 Toyota Sienna, a very popular family minivan.

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There are plenty of family minivans to sit in and also lots of sedans and trucks to see. Pictured above is one of the newest luxury cars, a next level in luxury, the Genesis G90. It is difficult to describe how comfortable this car is. The Genesis brand (a division of Hyundai) is making the car buying experience a pleasurable one. The Genesis brand will seamlessly integrate into your life. I would not mind driving the kids to school in this beauty. I doubt I would hear any complaints as the kids relax in their reclining leather seats. Not only are the Genesis cars enjoyable to drive and ride in, they also have the highest safety standards, that can anticipate your needs before you do.

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This is the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. It is the newest car from Chevrolet and is all electric, with no gas backup. Each charge can go about 230 miles before needing to charge again. We are considering trading our Volt for the Bolt. You can see a quick video we made in the Burnt Orange Chevrolet Volt, showing off a few of the newest features.

You will also see some dream cars, like this Ford Mustang convertible.

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Until now, there were no electric vehicles that could hold more than 5 passengers in the US. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is here to open up the electric vehicle market to larger families. We filmed a short video that will show you all the great features of this hybrid minivan. Years ago we owned a Chrysler Pacifica and wow has it changed for the better! This car would work perfectly for our family and many others who have been waiting for an EV with a 7 passenger capacity.

New Car Trends

What new car trends did we see at the auto show?  There were a number of car manufacturers that were showing off their entries into the fuel cell category. There was also an emphasis on using hydrogen as a fuel source in fuel cell vehicles. Each year more manufacturers are adding at least one plug-in EV hybrid to their fleet, while many even had full electric versions of some vehicles.  We also saw many safety features that were years ago, only found in luxury models. These safety features are now found in most base models and often are standard features.

Fuel cell technology is not that new (it was used in the NASA Apollo missions in the 70s), but it appears that it might finally be ready for use in commercial vehicles in a big way. In past years, Toyota showed their entry in this segment with the Mirai a few years ago. The Mirai is now being tested mostly in California where they have a few hydrogen filling stations available. This technology has a huge potential. Read more about it in this article from Wired magazine.
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Are you planning to buy a new car this year? If so, what brand and model are you looking at?
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This post was sponsored by Hyundai and the Washington Auto Show. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.



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