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What you Missed at the New England International Auto Show

January 25, 2019 | By |

Each year, automobile manufacturers release new and exciting vehicles in hopes that consumers will trade in or upgrade their current vehicle.  Industry leading brands such as Jeep, Toyota, Lexus and Audi all make their way to Auto Shows across the country to share what makes their car unique and worthy of purchase.

With the rise of instant information accessibility, not many are seeing the draw of an auto show anymore. Why go out of your way to see something that you have already seen five different YouTube videos about? At the end of the day, a vehicle can be seen as more than a medium that gets people from point A to point B. Many now choose a car as an extension of themselves, so why take the word of someone you have never met? Sure, that YouTube video explains all the need to know basics of a certain car, however, everyone’s personal tastes differ.  Auto shows bring all the newest vehicles under one roof for you to personally interact with and get the information you want, without bias.

Vehicles of note at this year’s auto show were the newly redesigned Toyota RAV4, the soon to be released Jeep Gladiator, and the upcoming Tesla Model X rival, the all electric Audi E-Tron.

The RAV4 has been one of the top selling SUVs since it came out in 1994 and is currently on its fifth generation. With sales staying strong through each generation, Toyota has decided to overhaul their best-selling SUV with a brand-new design.  The all new RAV4 sports a sharper, more aggressive exterior and a driver focused interior housing the latest safety technology.   New vehicle variations are added to appeal to all buyers while keeping even the most basic version full of driver safety features you otherwise pay extra for. Overall the all new RAV4 seems to be a great package with little compromise.

Jeep keeps true to their rugged roots with the addition of the all new Gladiator. Once known as the J20 back in the 1960’s, this jeep-truck has been updated for the modern age. When you need utility both on road and off road, the Gladiator has you covered.  What now looks like a Wrangler with a truck bed, the Gladiator can provide the four-door family hauler with room to spare.  Although it is planned for a 2020 release, the Gladiator is already making its rounds on Auto Show floors to show eager followers what they can expect.

Audi also showed off their all electric E-Tron that is said to be arriving spring time of this year. According to Audi Product Specialist Patrick Holland, the Audi E-Tron is the brands first “fully electric vehicle”. He also mentioned that at the current moment the E-Tron will be an order-only vehicle with limited to no inventory at local Audi dealerships.  The E-Tron will use the brands highly praised Quattro all-wheel drive system to take advantage of the new electric powertrain and get over 200 miles to a single charge.  With only two other fully electric competitors – Tesla’s Model X and Jaguar’s I-Pace, Audi won’t have too much competition once the E-Tron launches.

The New England International Auto Show is held every year in downtown Boston and gives those who attend plenty to look at. Although this show is rather small in comparison to shows such as the Detroit Auto Show or New York Auto Show, the smaller venue creates a less chaotic environment for car lovers to enjoy what’s on display

Photos and Article co-written by Albina Sveda

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