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An auto show in Washington, D.C.

Also referred to as the D.C. Auto Show, it is one of the Top 5 largest in the United States behind only New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Washington Auto Show page on 27 June 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Washington Auto Show (WAS) is an annual local auto show held in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center usually in late January. It is among the largest auto shows in North America, trailing only the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (NAIAS), the LA Auto Show, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) and the Chicago Auto Show in size. It is sometimes also referred to as the D.C. Auto Show. The event has evolved to emphasize and showcase the latest innovations in sustainable automotive technologies. Since 2008 the winners of the Green Car Vision Award are announced during the show.

Overview

Designated one of the nation’s top five auto shows by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, The Washington Auto Show includes cutting-edge exhibits, latest model cars and displays of historic vehicles. Often referred to as the “Public Policy Show” on the auto show circuit, the 10-day public show is preceded by two Public Policy Preview Days of special events and announcements for officials in government, industry and the media.

The Washington Auto Show is also the largest public show in Washington, D.C. Over the course of its many years this beloved and historic D.C. tradition has attracted Washingtonians of all stripes – and political affiliations. On display are more than 700 new models from over 42 manufacturers. The 2016 show will feature VIP tours led by award-winning automotive writers and a special exhibit area for live painting of “art” cars. There will be onsite visits from sports personalities and mascots, a Family Fun Zone and a beer garden, presented by Samuel Adams.

History

In 1921, a group of 20 Washington-area car dealers and distributors planned the first show to sell the public on the virtue of the horseless carriage. From that humble beginning, The Washington Auto Show has been on the fast track for growth and popularity. Housed in a variety of area venues, the show was staged for 18 years in the National Guard D.C. Armory. The show has gone on hiatus twice – once for war and once due to poor economic conditions.

After a break in the 1970s, the Washington Convention Center and The Washington Auto Show opened together in early 1983. By this date, the auto show had grown to require every available foot of display space, covering nearly eight acres – almost four times the physical size of the Armory shows, with three times as many models.

In 1988, The Washington Auto Show began using the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as its annual time frame, garnering a tremendous base of loyal fans and establishing its reputation as a family destination. The event was later moved to late January to coincide with Congress’ return from recess, enabling the show to capitalize on the business of Washington.

The show’s early planners, who sought every imaginative twist to draw attention to that newfangled mode of transportation, would be amazed to witness today’s incarnation.

The show features a full slate of entertainment, contests, interactive displays, exhibits on futuristic technology and family activities that can actually offer visitors a break from all those cars! And at the same time, The Washington Auto Show has firmly earned its title as one of the industry’s most prominent and pivotal events.


Multimedia

23 January 2015
New Engines, Materials Highlighted at Washington Auto Show
George Putic, VOA News
Duration: 2:52
Visitors at this year’s Washington Auto Show would be hard-pressed to say which types of engines will prevail in the next few decades. Manufacturers are working with all kinds of power systems, as well as combinations of them, and new materials. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
25 January 2007Washington Auto Show Previews New Fuel Technologies
Art Chimes for Voice of America News

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4 February 2008Hot New Cars on Display at the Washington Auto Show
Ernest Leong for Voice of America News

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23 January 2015New Engines, Materials Highlighted at Washington Auto Show
George Putic, VOA News

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Photographs

Pontiac G6 GXP Pontiac G6 GXP
Pontiac G6 GXP coupe photographed at the Washington Auto Show.
Photo by IFCAR
January 24, 2007
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2009 Pontiac G6 GT 2009 Pontiac G6 GT
2009.5 Pontiac G6 photographed at the 2009 Washington DC Auto Show.
Photo by IFCAR
February 6, 2009
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2010 Mazda CX-7 2010 Mazda CX-7
2010 Washington D.C. Auto Show
Public domain photograph by IFCAR
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
25 January 2007Washington Auto Show Previews New Fuel TechnologiesArt Chimes
4 February 2008Hot New Autos Hit Washington Auto ShowAnthony Fontanelle
4 Febraury 2008Hot New Cars on Display at the Washington Auto ShowErnest Leong
31 January 2012Remarks at the Washington Auto ShowPresident Barack Obama
5 February 2013Auto Show Dazzles With TechnologyPhil Alexiou


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