Know your Ride Visit The Washington Auto Show

The Washington Auto Show in DC is more than just a cool event to hang out and browse new cars. It’s a great place to learn information about new automobiles, their technology, performance, and workmanship. Less than a year ago, I purchased my first SUV. I was anxious and worried, but I knew exactly what I wanted. You see, for the past 5 years, I have attended the Washington Auto Show. The auto show helped equip me with a good understanding of what type of car is best suited for me and my family. This year, I encourage you to attend an auto show near you so you can see first hand which new vehicles and features are available.

Here are 3 Ways The Washington Auto Show will help you know your ride:

Craig, Hyundai's product specialists at the 2017 Washington Auto ShowProduct specialists Will Explain the Details

Did you know, attendees can tour the auto show floor with an automobile expert? Go online, here, and choose your tour guide. 

Each car brand has several product specialists on the floor to help attendees understand the specifications of their vehicles. The product specialists are not the pushy sales people you will find at the dealership; instead, their role is to share information and help you understand the features of the car. The auto show will allow you to view vehicles from many different brands in a short period of time. There are flyers and brochures you can pick up to help you compare and review the vehicles that you like the most. On the show floor, you will get a closer look at brand new cars and even some that are not available for sale yet. Don’t forget to schedule a ride and drive in advance.

Advanced Technology Packages Revealed

One of the best characteristics of the Washington Auto Show is the ability to see new technology in action. This year, the hottest new features available to cars are:

  1. Autonomous driving options 
  2. Hybrids and electric cars that give drivers both speed and sustainability 
  3. Reverse automatic braking
  4. Voice recognition capabilities
  5. Wireless charging stations
  6. Carbon fiber material and aluminum exteriors to make the car lighter and improve performance. 
  7. Automatic high beams
  8. Pre-collision systems with pedestrian detection functions
  9. Radar Cruise Control 
  10. Improved lane departure alerts

Thus, one of the most impressive new models is the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hybrid. See the video below for more details.

With the Ioniq Hyundai is changing the way people view hybrid cars. Drivers no longer have to give up performance and good looks to get fuel efficiency. If you want to learn more check out my Facebook live post from the Ioniq press conference found below:

I was also impressed by the line up cars presented by the Genesis brand.

The Washington Auto Show is a great place to learn from other attendees who are eager to share information about the cars they drive. In the past, I’ve also noticed people at the show who are enthusiasts about their vehicles and couldn’t wait  to give an in-person review about their personal driving experience. 

You will also have an opportunity to hear about some of the best warranty’s available directly from the car manufacturer. Learn as much as possible, so when the time to purchase a new vehicle arises you’ll already be ahead of the game.

Help Broaden Attendees Horizons

Lastly, the auto show will give attendees a chance to learn more about the auto industry from real insiders like the engineers and professionals who actually make the cars. One of the most fascinated parts of the automobile industry is the rise of “green” initiatives. About 3 years ago, while visiting the auto show I began learning about automobile companies’ desire to reduce carbon emissions by creating more electric/hybrid cars. This year, I had the honor to be able to attend Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car Awards press conference. The winners were: Mercedes-Benz C350e, BMW X5 xDrive40e received the 2017 Green SUV of the Year™ award, and the Acura NSX received 2017’s Luxury Green Car of the Year™.

Visiting an auto show will also give you access to exclusive car related sweeptakes.

Check out some of my favorites from the Hyundai and Genesis car brand:


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