2018 will be a year to remember, especially in the automobile industry. It’s no secret that technology is constantly evolving, especially when it comes to our cars. It can be hard to keep up with all the changes and enhancements. Yesterday, automotive journalist, Michael Harley (Group Managing Editor for Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Dealer.com) joined me for an interview to discuss the top cars and trends at the 2017 LA Auto Show. It was founded in 1907, and as you can imagine a lot has changed in 97 years, especially over the last few years.
During our interview Michael shared everything you need to know about the LA Auto Show including the top three cars people are buzzing about. He dished on the autonomous trend that will be here before we know it. Michael also shared the top trends car buyers should look for. I hope this interview will help those shopping for a new car this coming year and give you a sneak peek at the latest car trends.
YouTube video: Watch Candace Rose Anderson interview automotive journalist, Michael Harley live from the 2017 LA Auto Show!
Candace Rose Anderson: Can you tell us about the highly acclaimed LA Auto Show which just kicked off?
Michael Harley: The show is actually a massive undertaking. It’s one of the first of the year as far as launching the auto show season. It’s 870,000 square feet, over 1,000 vehicles on display with 50 major debuts. It’s a big event.”
CRA: What do you anticipate the biggest trend in automobiles will be in 2018?
MH: “As far as trends go, I would say technology is probably the biggest trend. A lot of the automakers now are incorporating which means – let’s take for example the Ford Expedition behind me (please see video above for details). It’s all new for 2018, three row crossover, which means you can put up to eight or nine passengers in this thing. But what it allows you to do is connect up to 10 different devices. This is basically its own self contained cell website, which is cool.”
CRA: Are there any vehicles that people are really buzzing about this year?
MH: “There’s a lot of buzz here. There are three vehicles I’m hearing a lot of buzz about.
First and foremost I would go with the Subaru Ascent. It is the biggest vehicle Subaru has ever made. It seats seven or eight passengers whether you get the captains chair or the bench on the second row, standard all wheel drive, turbo charged engine and still has 8.7 inches of ground clearance. It’s every bit as capable as every Subaru before it.
Another thing, you can look at the Kia Sorento, which is refreshed for the 2018 model year. It has new front and rear fascia, so it looks fresh and up to date; plus new technology, new upholstery in the inside.
Lastly, I would take a look at the Hyundai Kona, yes just like the Hawaiian island. It’s a small crossover, but don’t consider it an entry level vehicle. This five passenger vehicle drives with some of the latest technology including a 17 inch touchscreen, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.”
CRA: What do you see as the future of the American Auto Industry?
MH: “The industry is actually going autonomous. What that means is the drivers coming out of the driver’s seat. Don’t expect that to happen for next five or 10 years. In the meantime what we’re going to see is the autonomous vehicles taking over some of the stuff drivers don’t really want to do like sitting in traffic or driving their elderly parents to the doctor. It’s going to make vehicles a lot safer and actually a lot more enjoyable.”
CRA: Like many people I’ll be in the market for a new car in 2018. What are some popular trends I should look for?
MH: “What I would look for is a vehicle that has a long warranty and has a lot of features. Right now, believe it or not, Hyundai and KIA are two of the automakers that I recommend most often – 10 year warranty and a lot of standard features.”
CRA: Do you have any additional tips or information that you’d like to share with us?
MH: “If I was looking for more information about the show I’d visit Kelley Blue Book’s website which is KBB.com.”
Interview Provided by Kia, Ford, Subaru and Hyundai. * Candace Rose was not compensated by the sponsors for this interview.