Today the automobile industry is booming – literally. We’ve got fresh conceptual prototypes at the Auto Shows making buzz, we’ve got new affordable/luxury models hitting the dealerships, and we’ve got the market of pre-owned cars moving impressive numbers. Life is good. Still, I can’t help but notice that the auto manufacturers all around the world are getting lazier by the minute. You know, back in the day it was natural for cars to go through big redesigns every year. And I mean big stuff, like the huge difference between, say, a 1955 Chevy and a 1956 Chevy; same goes for the Mustang, the GTO and all the rest of the Golden Age muscle cars, sports cars and everything in between. However, somewhere along the ride the majors in the industry came to the conclusion that revolution is too big of a deal and evolution is the way to go. For the last 4 decades (give or take) models only get small updates and live long, 5 to 7 years, with a mid-cycle refreshment to keep the folks excited and interested in the brands.
Getting The Old Ways Back – Redesigns And Refreshments Every Year
On the other hand, today, in 2016, we’ve got a different picture: the industry is dominated by new, forward-thinking tech, superb safety equipment, off-the-charts fuel-efficiency and improved constructions platforms/architecture. It’s safe to say that cars are evolving on a far bigger scale than before, so, the return of year-to-year redesigns (or, at least, updates) might just be around the corner. And that’s exactly why 2017 is gonna be one hell of a year for exciting cars. Folks have been waiting for a 180 degree switch for a while now, and next year is shaping up to be quite an interesting one. Obviously, there is a huge difference between complete redesigns and mid-cycle refreshments. A refreshment is when you keep the original platform, the existing architecture and add all kinds of styling updates, improvements in the interior – that kind of stuff – without having to rethink the whole thing and going radical with the mechanic construction. Still, even minor updates used to be big-time events a few years back.
Why 2017 Is Gonna Be One Hell Of A Year For Exciting Cars – Time To Go Fresh
On the contrary, in 2016, the majors can’t seem to get enough of them: for example, in 2012 Honda went for an emergency refresh (that’s a quote) for the outdated and outrun Civic; in 2013 Chevy did the same with the old and clumsy Malibu sedan. So, you don’t need to have a science degree to see that 2017 is gonna be one hell of a year for exciting cars. If you’ve been waiting for the tide to turn, then you can go ahead and pop that champagne open. Salute! Alright, now let me tell you a few interesting facts about developing new models: the automobile industry today is huge – both with profits and with bankruptcies. When a major manufacturer decides to roll out a brand-new car (a new model, that is, not just a redesign of an already existing one), they usually end up spending 5 to 6 BILLION dollars on it, if not more. And it takes +/-5 years to put the freshman into production. So, it’s no surprise that we don’t see a new model pop up every single day. Generally, it takes about 1/2th of a decade for the industry to give birth to a new car-child. But, it seems like that’s about to change as well.
6 Billion Dollars On A New Model? Count Me In!
Facts: it took less than two years for the brand-new and shiny Ford GT 2017 to hit mass production, even though it was one of the Blue Oval Brand’s most anticipated and cherished releases to date. The Giulia from Alfa Romeo is also ready to roll after being 2 years in development. With the perfection of the modular platforms that Volkswagen and Volvo really love, we might be getting a lot of new models on a daily basis (well, not that frequent, but you get the idea). And that’s another reason as to why 2017 is gonna be one hell of a year for exciting cars – supercars are also on board with the new trend, and the tech is there. However, 2016 is still going to be a routine year for the auto enthusiasts, so, we all will have to wait a whole year for the real changes to come. But that’s OK – we’ve been waiting a LONG time for this. Trust me, the world will be much different in about 1-2 years. I’m not really sure what the next American President’s agenda with the electronic vehicles will be (Obama had a sweat spot for them), but I CAN say that we’ll get a fresh set of wheels to keep us happy for a decade.
Why 2017 Is Gonna Be One Hell Of A Year For Exciting Cars – New Technology
Now, the biggest changes will be in safety equipment and techy features. In 2016 Chevrolet and Hyundai are set to sell vehicles that come with the Android Auto and the Apple CarPlay infotainment systems. Next year the technology will spread and become universal. Furthermore, a bunch of now-optional equipment will become standard, and that’s great news. The NHTSA is requiring all new cars to come standard with backup cameras. The mandate will come into play in 2017, so, the new models will already be affected by this new rule. As for the brand-new, exciting, drop-dead gorgeous and astonishing cars, the majors are – naturally – keeping it all under a big cloud of mystery. However, spy pics here and there hint that something great is on the way. We already know about a couple of hot future releases: for example, at the New York Show Ford took the industry by storm when they announced the official comeback of the legendary Lincoln Continental. The rebooted Conti will rival against Lexus, Caddy, and, of course, Mercedes-Benz.
Supercars Are On Board, Tesla Model 3 Is Coming
The pick-up trucks will get an all-new Silverado by Chevy as the new sheriff in town that will try to end F-150’s tyranny. An aluminum-intensive construction platform is in order, along with reduced weight, improved handling and better fuel-efficiency. The European giants will attack the industry with the brand-new Audi R8, the BMW M2 and the F-Pace from Jaguar (it’s an SUV, in case you were wondering). And it that’s not a good enough reason for you to say that 2017 is gonna be one hell of a year for exciting cars, take a look at what’s going on in the EV world: the highly-anticipated Tesla Model 3, which is dropping next year, is shaping up to be a game-changer: the officials claim it will be a premium-quality car with a charge that’s good for 200 miles and a starting price-tag of 35K without tax incentives. They believe this deadly combo will make folks buy 500K units a year by 2020. Quite ambitious, don’t you think? Naturally, the competition on the market wants to outrun Tesla. Chevrolet will roll out the Bolt late 2016 as a 2017 model and Nissan is ready to rumble with the next-gen Leaf.
Why 2017 Is Gonna Be One Hell Of A Year For Exciting Cars – Autonomous Driving
With the automobile industry leaning more and more towards technology, I believe 2017 will also be a big deal in terms of self-driving cars. True, the tech is too raw for people to let go of good-old steel horses with a steering wheel, but the foundation is already pretty strong. The brand-new E-Class from Mercedes will come with semi-automatic features, Tesla’s famous Autopilot system will be improved a lot, and Volvo will put 100 self-driving XC90 SUVs on the roads in Sweden. And that’s just the beginning, my friends. A lot can happen in 1-2 years, and judging by the big announcements and what we already have on the market, I bet it’s already happening. Rejoice – the automobile world is just about to get a whole lot more fun.
Check out this video: 2017 Tesla Model 3 Engine and Design