Washington Auto Show Revs Up

The Toyota FV2 concept is among the futuristic rides on display at the Washington Auto Show this week.

The 2015 Washington Auto Show revved up at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC this weekend with a futuristic and family-friendly bent. Sadie Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and Dancing with the Stars signed autographs as fans flooded in on Friday. She’s the first of a full roster of celebs and special guests making appearances. Others include WWE’s Randy Orton, Washington Capitals player Brooks Laich and NFL legends Charley Taylor, Dave Butz and Mark Moseley.

But of course, the real attention goes to the hundreds of sleek new rides on display throughout the 703,000-square-foot convention center. Among them are some very cool concepts including Toyota’s FV2 a one-passenger vehicle that takes movement cues from the driver’s body movements and reads its facial features, emitting light patterns on the car’s exterior that reportedly corresponds to his or her mood. That’s right – your vintage mood ring is no longer cool.

Regional reveals included the Audi A6 and A7 PI, BMW X6M, Infiniti Q70L, Toyota Mirai FCV and Volvo XC90. A bit of history also was on display – the GM Futurliner No. 10 is part of the GM Heritage Exhibit and soon will become the first truck on the National Historic Vehicle Register. Futurliners debuted in 1939 and were created for the bowtie brand’s famed Parade of Progress traveling exhibition that toured the US throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

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