Autumn is fast approaching and that means that the 2017 model year cars will soon be at dealerships all over town. And you can bet that the newest cars will contain certain features and characteristics that reflect the trends now driving the automotive industry. Of course, trends come and go, but right now there are certain trends that are universal across vehicle manufacturers and likely to influence the cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles we drive well into the future. Here are the 10 trends driving the automotive industry right now, and that you are likely to see at a dealership near you.
The average car built in 2016 was three inches smaller than the same model built in 2005, and nearly six inches smaller than the one built in 1995. While that might not seem like a lot, try taking half a foot of leg room out of the back seat of your car and you get an idea of what it means in terms of room and comfort. Manufacturers say they are able to make vehicles smaller today mainly because the engines today can deliver the same amount of horsepower in less cubic inches. However, most vehicle makes and models have been nipped and tucked all over, and automotive companies continue to squeeze space wherever they can. What’s interesting is that the shrinkage is happening across all makes, models and brands – cars, trucks, minivans, SUVs, you name it. And with younger consumers preferring compact and even subcompact cars, the mantra of “smaller is better” seems here to stay. Mini anyone?