Our world is constantly changing, and the automotive industry is no exception. Today’s cars are rapidly evolving, introducing new technology and amenities that past generations of car lovers could have never imagined.
With so many changes happening at once, it can be difficult to keep track of each innovation — that’s why we created this list of the top three automotive trends to look for in new vehicles. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new car or are simply a car junkie, take a look at these trends you won’t want to miss.
The Rise of Subscription Car Services
These days, almost everything can be purchased through a subscription service. It only makes sense that the car industry would follow, and the wide variety of subscription car services available has not disappointed.
Car subscription services allow drivers to drive new cars without actually buying them, saving them money. The services do not require the driver to drive the car for a certain number of days, months, or years — all the driver has to do is pay a monthly fee and they’re set to hit the road.
A number of companies have announced subscription service options for 2019, testing out pilot programs in select cities before expanding nationwide. Luxury car brand Porsche announced their “Porse Passport” program, which allows drivers to pay $2,000 for full access to the Boxster, Cayenne, Macan, and Cayman car models. The service is only available to those living in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
Consumers outside of the Atlanta area or simply looking for a cheaper option can turn to the “Care” program by Volvo, which is offered nationwide. For a much cheaper 700 dollars for the XC40 model or 750 dollars for the S60 model, drivers can make their selections all through the program’s app. The program even comes with road hazard and maintenance plans, making the car subscription service the ideal route for some care drivers.
Electric Vintage Cars
There’s nothing better than cruising down the highway in a vintage sports car, but the environmental impact of these vehicles isn’t so nice. Fortunately for the eco-conscious vintage car lovers among us, startup Voitures Extravert is transforming vintage rides into electric vehicles.
Not only does this transition reduce the car’s effects on the environment, but it also allows the driver to bypass the mechanical issues typical of vintage cars. Voitures Extravert announced it would be expanding its services to include 12 vintage vehicles in 2019.
Changes in Tire Design
Self-driving cars have become a hot topic of conversation in the automotive industry, but the tires required for these vehicles are often overlooked. Two new tire models adapted for self-driving cars were debuted at the Essen Motor Show in 2018. The Hexonic tire was designed with seven sensors that allow it to shift for different terrain, and the Aeroflex is able to shift its shape to create more downforce. Both tires are products of the South Korean tire company Hankook Tire.