2018 Washington Auto Show opens to enthusiastic crowd, Friday, Jan. 26

Various circumstances aligned this year to help the Washington Auto Show (WAS) open successfully and on time to the public. The federal government reopened just in time for show’s MobilityTalks International Conference to go on as scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 23, including a panel discussion and reception in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. Second, and very important in January in Washington, it did not snow, the weather pattern that hopefully will continue through this weekend.

Starting next year, dealers and showgoers will no longer need to worry about the possibility of snow. In 2019, the Washington Auto Show will move to the spring, April 5-14, with MobilityTalks April 2-3 and Media Day April 4.

“We’re confident that the Washington Auto Show will be a grand success no matter when it’s held, but particularly during a time of year that already attracts so many visitors to Washington, both from the region and from well beyond,” said WANADA ­CEO and President John O’Donnell. “We’re also hopeful that, with more time between the Detroit Auto Show and ours next year, the OEMs will be able to give us even more new models and better displays.”

This year, in keeping with the Washington Auto Show’s brand as the Public Policy Show, some automakers showed their latest alternative fuel vehicle offerings. Nissan, for example, had the all-new 2018 Leaf, which went on sale a few days earlier. Toyota debuted its FCR (Fine Comfort Ride), a fuel cell concept car. Other manufacturers showed new truck offerings, in keeping with current consumer preferences for large vehicles. Read on for a more details of the events of MobilityTalks International and Media Days at the Washington Auto Show, open to the public through Sunday, February 4, 2018.

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