If you’ve paid any attention to the news in the last month, you’ve likely seen some coverage of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Manufacturers bring their latest and greatest concepts and newly announced models to this annual event, and it’s often a great way to see what directions automakers are headed with their designs and technologies. Here are some of our 2015 car predictions!
Between Tesla’s upcoming Model X and the new Chevy Volt, the full-electric car is getting some serious contenders in the marketplace. Mileage limits are expanding and batteries are getting better, allowing both full electrics and hybrids to really push the envelope when it comes to conserving fuel. Hyundai also announced a new plug-in hybrid that can go a whopping 22 miles before it even starts the gas motor! We might be seeing a lot more electric and hybrid cars in our shop soon.
iPhone/Android Media Integration
When in comes to in-dash entertainment, automakers are increasingly looking toward integrating your phone into your car. Since so many buyers have cell phones with up-to-date traffic and navigation options, as well as streaming music, it just makes sense to pair with phone developers instead of trying to squeeze new applications and firmware updates into the car’s entertainment center.
The Return of the Small Truck?
You may have noticed that the truck marketplace has done away with the smaller trucks popular in the 80s and 90s. The Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and the like have gotten bigger and bigger, and today’s models are almost as large as the Tundras and Titans of yore! The Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota have been discontinued for years, leaving the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon as the only Amerocan options. Gearheads have been clamoring for a return to form for the smaller trucks, and some automakers are listening! Hyundai recently teased a concept called the Santa Cruz, which is almost like a Santa Fe with the roofline cut short. Could this be a return to the car-truck popularized by the El Camino and the Subaru Brat? We hope so! 2015 is promising to be a great year for technology advancements in cars, between the research being implemented into powering cars, the safety advancements, and the integrative technology developments for driver comfort, we can’t wait to see what the future holds!