[This post has been sponsored by Mazda. As always, opinions are fabulously my own!]
Houston, It’s the Fashion Week for cars! Now through Sunday, the Auto Show is touring our city. You can see the latest and greatest models, take them for a test drive, and have some pretty cool interactive car experiences. All of this in a mall style set up with no pressure to buy.
What are the hottest Fashion and Trends for cars this season?
This was the number one issue addressed by companies at the show. The new sensor systems, the assisted driving, standard packages including back up cameras, and heavier metals being used in the frames. This tied in heavily with new technologies to keep your eyes on the road.
I am always surprised at the technological advancements and enhancements each company brings to the table. The ability to sync technologies with your phone, for cars to assist with different actions (like parking), and the ability to shop directly from your car. Tying technology in with safety, a shift towards more Bluetooth technology, touch screens, and voice activated commands.
With the increase in awareness for environmental concerns and omissions. Many companies are focusing on Electric and Hybrid. One of the cars showcased boasted an 8-hour travel time without having to refuel. The mileage you get in these cars and the efficiency is quite impressive.
A push for a more aesthetically pleasing car is in works for all companies. I noticed some brands, that in the past have been a more economical choice, are spending more time on design and creating fancier features. Some of those include the fabrics used in the interior, car paint colors, more rigid frames, and moving headlights (also a safety feature).
How is Mazda is keeping up with these trends?
1. Safety: guided cruise control, backup cameras, smart city brakes, and rear cross traffic alert.
2. Technology: Skyactive Technology which increases fuel efficiency and engine output. Research is also being done to incorporate apps and internet. The new Miyata only takes 12 seconds to open or close hard top convertible.
3. Enviroment: An electric version is in the works to be completed in the next 5 years.
4. Design: Options for interior/exterior colors has been expanded and more luxurious including the Nappa Leather, Japanese Rosewood, and the Machine Gray Exterior color.
Whether you’re a car person or not, I still think you would enjoy the show. The entertainment, activities, and games include something for the whole family. Make sure to wear comfy shoes because you will be doing A LOT of walking!