At the Hyatt Regency Monterey, there was a gathering that we wish we could have attended. It was the 2015 Western Automotive Journalists Media Days conference, April 6 - 8, and it was a blend of the folks who write about cars and the manufacturers. Those lucky ducks had the opportunity to do an on and off road ride and drive, plus a day at the Laguna Seca racetrack. Suddenly, we all wished we were the esteemed journalists who work for the world’s top auto magazines!
Though we could not attend the event -- we don’t belong to that industry and we weren’t invited, as much as we would like to -- there are several auto trends happening in 2015 that are changing the way we drive, slowly but surely.
Small but Flexible Crossovers:
In 2015, we see a growing number of compact car-based sport utility vehicles. Auto brands like Jeep, Honda, Mazda, and Mini are rolling out these vehicles and targeting young, urban explorers.
More Trucks and Fast Cars:
Because gasoline prices are lower, we are starting to see more trucks and fast cars coming into the 2015 market. Toyota and Nissan are heavily competing against each other in the truck market, while Acura and Cadillac are making a splash in the fast car market. This should be a fun year for road trips!
High Tech Cars:
From USB ports for your thumb drive, to touch screen navigation systems, to driverless cars, there is a whole lotta high tech going on in the 2015 automobiles. We all know that driving while holding your cell phone is illegal, and so is texting and driving. With this new technology, we have an easier time staying connected to the outside world, but we are safer with our hands on the wheel. As for the driverless cars that Google is testing, we can’t wait to see how those vehicles are going to revolutionize the driving experience.
Tesla, Honda, and Toyota are all doing a great job of promoting their green machines. Teslas are sporty, sleek, electric vehicles, and we are seeing a growing number of them here in Monterey. Honda and Toyota have been building environmentally friendly automobiles for a long while, but they are taking it to the next level in 2015.
What do all these trends mean for us here at Robert’s Collision & Repair? Well, our commitment is to stay up to date with all the auto trends and provide premier service when they come into us for auto body, mechanical, detailing, and/or tire service.
If your pre-2015 vehicle requires service, we invite you to come in and see us here at Robert’s Collision & Repair. Known to be the premier auto repair shop on the Monterey Peninsula, we are located at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. Call to schedule an appointment at (831) 645-4712. We look forward to seeing you soon!