Last year the auto industry had its best year ever with the highest sales since 2006. Consumer confidence and female buying power have steadily increased. Here are the top trends that consumers will be seeing in showrooms this year.
Mini Utilities & Subcompact SUVs
You’ll see millennials and families buying up mini SUVs like the Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V and Mazda MX-3. These are easier to park in urban environments but allow for adventure rides as well.
Keep on Truckin'
Women are buying more trucks these days, and with good reason. They are being designed by women and they function better than trucks of the past. US truck automakers are always popular, but be sure to check out Toyota and Nissan as well.
Look for vehicles with hot spot signals inside as a new feature both working moms and families will enjoy.
With gas prices falling and a national average of $2.24/gallon, people aren’t as concerned with driving economy cars as they were last year. Faster cars are known to guzzle gas, but look for high-performance sports cars to pop up this year. Acura NSX and Cadillac CTS-V are at the top of the list.
Car makers are experimenting with powertrain technologies to adhere to fuel economy laws. With that in mind, Honda showed a new FCV fuel-concept car, and Toyota will be next on the list with a Mirai fuel cell vehicle in California.