If you have customers visiting your showroom that haven’t bought a car in a few years, they may see some new trends. Technological advances make buying a car exciting, and drivers will find their ride more comfortable, with every convenience at their disposal. Here are several trends that are changing the car market in 2017:
Self-driving cars: While you won’t see completely autonomous cars on the road in the next couple of years, you can expect to see some self-driving assistance. Experts say that cars won’t become autonomous all at once; instead, you’ll see added conveniences each year as cars become more equipped for self-driving. As you have seen, there are cars on the road this year that alert you when you’re too close to the line or if someone is hovering in your blind spot. Those conveniences will gradually increase until a car can fully take over driving responsibilities.
Crossovers: The demand for crossover vehicles continues. Consumers buying a car want both the fuel-efficiency of a car with the passenger and cargo capacity of an SUV. The crossover looks like an SUV and drives like a car, but it’s the number of seats and the cargo room that make it popular with families. Nearly one-third of all new car sales last year were in the crossover category.
Big Data: Cars are coming with more computer capabilities and many models are able to tie into the apps available through iOS or Google Android. Infotainment will gather momentum in cars, as will traveling assistants, the mobile version of an Amazon Echo. You’ll soon be able to schedule appointments and gather information from your car the same way you do with your Echo. Expect, though, that as cars become more computerized, they’ll also need robust security management and surveillance.
Old becomes new: Look for some old favorites to return with new updates. Ford is releasing a new style of its F-150 and Chevy will bring back the Bronco, which hasn’t been available since 1996, but remains a cult favorite of the brand.
Millennials flood the market: While much has been made of Millennials not entering the car market, giving up buying a car for more temporary solutions like ride-sharing, it turns out that Millennials are now buying cars. They are expected to be the dominant new car buyers by 2020.
Buying a car looks much different than it did a decade ago. From parking assistants that hint at a future of autonomous driving to computerized systems on the dashboard, buyers can expect a more convenient and effortless ride this year.