Coming Soon: 4 Big Auto Trends
Car shows shed light on future auto trends.
I attended both the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) earlier this year to get a sneak peek at what’s coming down the pipeline. Here are four big trends you’ll see on the road in the next few years.
The future is super
It’s easy to forget about super cars from the past, when performance, horsepower and big noisy engines ruled the roads. Over the last decade, automakers have shifted focus towards smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. In a surprising reverse of this trend, Ford announced its all-new GT, a two-seat, mid-engine supercar which (last made in 2006) influenced by the hallowed GT40 from the 1960s. Not to be overshadowed, Acura revealed the final production model of its NSX supercar, the second generation of the car Formula One driver Ayrton Senna famously drove. Although Acura is incorporating a unique hybrid setup (a V6 engine accompanied by three electric motors), this gorgeous vehicle is a performance-first machine that will thrill anyone who jumps into the driver’s seat.
The future is alternative
Efficiency comes in many shades, one of which is fuel cells. Ballard Power Systems, based in Burnaby, B.C., was at the forefront of fuel cell development in the early 2000s but decided the technology would never work in vehicles. Ballard was wrong – and so were a lot of pundits who also wrote off fuel cell vehicles. Hyundai introduced the first Canadian recipient of its fuel cell Tuscon at CIAS – a family from Vancouver. Toyota’s Mirai FCV is already out in California. And Honda’s next-generation fuel cell vehicle, tagged the FCV, will be introduced in the U.S. by 2017.
The future is natural