Yesmobilemechanic website issued a new report lately that 2015 was the
best year for American car sales ever. The American car industry, like so much
of the manufacturing sector, was struggling to stay competitive less than a
decade ago. Now, it has rebounded to an all-time high. However, those
statistics may be lacking that 2015 was a great year for new cars across the
globe, with car makers of every nation selling record or near-record
quantities. Part of this high sales was a return to some semblance of economic
stability after the global recession of 2008, but it's also attributable to an
industry that is more attractive to its consumers than ever. The adaptability
and innovation of 2015 looks to continue at high speed in 2016 with these hot
trends for new cars.
Safety has, of course, always been a major aspect of this industry. Now, however, technological advancement makes it easier than before to incorporate safety without reducing the driver's enjoyment. While we may be some years from fully-automated autos, the technology on which it is predicated is already being incorporated into current models. 2016 new cars will continue to enforce this envelope with motion sensor technology that automatically decelerates or stops the car when impact is large. Other safety features are made to take the driver into account. For example, some manufacturers are outfitting their products with a "teen mode" that allows parents to restrict the stereo use, as studies show a correlation between loud music and new drivers getting into accidents. With this teen mode, the kids will hopefully focus more on the road.
Goodbye Gas Guzzlers
Expect oil use to keep improving. Some analysts might urge a careful look on this point, and it is possible that the recent drastic fall in gasoline prices could affect sales of new cars in the short term. Still, the time period for design, engineering, and manufacturing doesn't really sync with short term dips and spikes in the fuel market. Add to that the fact that climate change is moving from the environmentalist edges to front and center of the wordwide political discussion. In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has worked with the EPA to craft Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards that require each automaker to hit average miles per gallon goals across all models (within a given class i.e. cars, light trucks, heavy trucks). So while low gas prices might temporarily make gas guzzlers more affordable, the overall trend will continue towards fuel efficiency.
Wireless connectivity is here to stay. New cars are being standardized with Bluetooth connectivity, cloud-based entertainment to be connected with all your devices, and smart technology that learns as you drive your car. Moving to broadband connection will even improve the safety and fuel economy as automobiles are able to process larger and larger amounts of data and information from a variety of sources.
If you're looking for a new ride this year, keep an eye out for these hot new trends!