Washington Auto Show

My husband is a Car Guy.  Which, by association, makes me a Car Girl.  So when he asked me if I would like to go to the 2015 Washington Auto Show, of course I said Yes!

Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Downtown DC, the show takes up two floors and is chock full of practical and fantasy cars alike.  With today being a Saturday, there were a lot of families!  An article in the Washington Post this morning had noted that most attendees had been men but I felt it was pretty even from what I saw today.

We started on the upper level, where the American brands were housed along with Fiat and Toyota.  Since high school, I’ve always secretly wanted a Corvette.  So we had to stop to take a picture of the new one on display! (No touching – unlike a previous visit, no picture taking in the car with this one).

2015 Corvette

As a fan of fuel efficient cars, I was interested to see the changes to the Chevy Volt, the Toyota Prius, and other “Green” offerings.  What is shocking is the small size of many vehicles!  We saw a Toyota concept car that is practically an enclosed motorcycle!  The Toyota i-ROAD Personal Mobility Vehicle was the most intriguing.  A three-wheeler, it banks on turns!  This electric concept car seats two passengers in tandem.  Maybe a great city car?

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The Toyota iRoad

Sometimes, facets of car commercials are more famous than the cars themselves.  It was actually pretty cool to see the Toyota Pink Unicorn Pegasus at the show.  If you haven’t seen the commercial, check it out here.

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Because, don’t we all need a Unicorn Pegasus?

On the lower level were the import cars as well as a children’s play area and activities area.  I have to confess that if money were no object, I would probably want the Mercedes S Class.  When I see them on the highway, I just sigh.  We had fun configuring one on the touch screen (and then gasping at the price of the configured model!)  But, hey, a girl can dream.

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The dream-worthy Mercedes S-Class

The Jaguar section was full of dreamers!  I’ve only driven one Jaguar in my life and it was a much lower end model than the F-Type that was on display at the show.  It even comes with its own hashtag – #GoodToBeBad!

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Not sure where someone would drive it but I wouldn’t mind giving it a try!

Audi had a prominent spot at the show and I’ve always been a big admirer of the A4.  My husband told me that the A4 is consistently voted the best interior and I could see why.  He gives it a tryout in the picture below.

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Wishing he could drive off in it, I’m sure!

Volkswagen had a huge space at the show and had a really fun interactive section related to the selection of the Golf Family as Motor Trend Car of the Year.  We both did the game to determine “Which Golf Are You?”  Let’s just say that my husband was a lot happier with his result than I was with mine (hint – mine had the words “Station Wagon” in it)

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My coolness factor went WAY down after I took this quiz.

And you can’t help but love the Mini Cooper!  We had looked at the Fiat on the upper level but I’ve always been a huge fan of the Mini.  After having one for about 24 hours as a loaner car a few years ago, I was hooked!  And if you are going to do a Mini Cooper, you should do it right – no muted colors on this car!

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Go Mini Cooper Go!

The Lexus section had a car raised up in the air so that you could see all the components on the underside of the vehicle.  It was fun to walk around under it and see how it is really put together.  And my husband took this fun picture of me reflected in the muffler!

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It’s not a selfie if someone else takes it, right?

As one of the big 5 auto shows in the US (Detroit, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are the others), the Washington Auto Show is well done and well attended.  The final day is Sunday, February 1st but mark your calendars for next year!

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