Its Showtime! Speakers set for Public Policy Days at Auto Show; Show opens to public Friday, big crowds expected

Itês Showtime! Speakers set for Public Policy Days at Auto Show;

Show opens to public Friday, big crowds expected

The Washington Auto Show is ready to open against a backdrop of another spectacular year just past for the auto industry, an improving economy and the lowest gas prices in years. In a year when economists are forecasting record auto sales of 17 million for the first time since 2001, area residents are expected to flock to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the regionês premier automotive event, known on the auto show circuit as the Public Policy Show.

The event kicks off on Capitol Hill today, January 21, with a program new this year, Made Across America. Taking place off Pennsylvania Ave, between 3rd and 4th Streets NW, the event will layout directly in front of U.S. Capitol. Nearly every American-made vehicle will be represented– whether it has import name plate or not — many of them driven to the capital by manufacturer staff from across the country. The program will offer tangible evidence that the industry is back to near peak production and record profits.

The event will be followed from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. by CARtalks, in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building. A series of dynamic, 10-minute talks, this public policy forum will tackle issues such as connectivity, autonomous driving and alternative energy. The talks will feature thinkers and visionaries leading the industry, including Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and Sharon Silke Carty, editor-in-chief of AOL Autos-Autoblog-Autobloggreen.

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