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Top automotive trends of 2018 (autonomous vehicle slip and fall, proliferation of trucks and SUVs)

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As 2018 draws to a close, trucks and SUVs will continue to dominate. Top tendances automobiles de 2018 (glissement et chute des véhicules autonomes, prolifération des camions et SUV)

Aftermarket sales remain strong as consumers seek to customize their vehicles.

Despite bold promises from manufacturers, the public seems disinterested in autonomous driving.

Here are the top car trends of 2018 with a look ahead to next year.

The auto industry and the aftermarket remain strong as Americans continue their love affair with personal transportation. Despite pessimistic predictions to the contrary, cheap gas and a strong economy encouraged buyers to hit showrooms and walk out with something new. This year, aftermarket products offered a wide variety of choices for car enthusiasts, leading industry experts to believe that 2019 is poised for steady and continued growth.

Above all, trucks have supplanted imported sedans to become the new status-symbol luxury vehicle.

Top Automotive Trends 2018: Trucks & SUVs dominate

Top Automotive Trends 2018: Online Retailers Benefit

What was seen at SEMA2018

Projections 2019: Engine Technology & Carpooling

2019 Projections:Smarter Cities & Economic impacts Top tendances automobiles de 2018 (glissement et chute des véhicules autonomes, prolifération des camions et SUV)

Major automotive trends 2018: winding down

Top Automotive Trends 2018: Trucks & SUVs dominate

At the start of 2018, the automotive industry watched in which direction the trends were going. Concerns centered on alternative powertrains (hybrids and electric vehicles), sales of passenger cars versus trucks, and the impact of world events on consumer confidence.

With ten months of the year behind us, pickups, SUVs and minivans have solidified their dominance, rising from 63% of the total market in 2017 to 68.5% in October 2018. As a result, we have seen major automakers like Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford are dropping some sedans due to weak sales. Additionally, luxury manufacturers have started to get into the light truck game. We even have SUVs from Jaguar, Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce - and rumor has it Ferrari will be building one too!

Lamborghini Urus: Photo: Automobili Lamborghini.

Top Automotive Trends 2018: Benefit for Online Retailers

As sales of new vehicles increase, sales of aftermarket accessories also increase. Owners of new vehicles who want to personalize them turn to their favorite parts retailer. Advances in safety and technology, including lighting and cameras, trickle down to drivers of older cars who also want these features. And they get them in the secondary market.

With trucks taking a bigger slice of the pie, truck-specific needs like big wheels and lift kits are selling strongly. And since consumers (including car owners) prefer to shop electronically, it is online aftermarket retailers who benefit greatly from these trends.

On the other hand, hybrid and electric vehicles still represent a very small percentage of the market. Predictions that all road vehicles will be autonomous in five years have faded into the background. Several high-profile accidents and fatalities have given this technology a black eye, forcing some companies to postpone or even cancel their efforts.

The most realistic predictions are that widespread applications are at least a decade or two away. Top tendances automobiles de 2018 (glissement et chute des véhicules autonomes, prolifération des camions et SUV)

Earlier this year, Hyundai entered into a strategic partnership with Autotalks to manufacture Vehicle to Everything communication chipsets. V2X technology allows vehicles to communicate with each other, as well as with road users and infrastructure. Photo: Hyundai Motor Company.

What was seen at SEMA 2018

Every year, thousands of car enthusiasts travel to Las Vegas for the SEMA show. A colleague who participated shared some ideas. He said that compared to previous visits, he had never seen the show so crowded, which is a testament to the health of the aftermarket.

Not surprisingly, the number one trend was trucks, trucks and more trucks. p>

Horsepower was high as always, and this year reaching or exceeding 1,000 horsepower seemed almost normal. The electric cars were on display alongside the big gas-powered brutes; both a new concept electric Camaro and an electric-converted '49 Mercury were shown. Self-driving vehicles, on the other hand, haven't been a huge draw, as consumers continue to cling to their long-held desire to own their own, preferably custom, set of wheels.

Chevy eCOPO Camaro Concept. Photo: Chevy.

Projections 2019: Engine Technology & Carpooling

New engine technology: thanks to VW, the diesel engine is almost dead. New technologies like Nissan's variable displacement engine and Mazda's compression gasoline engine will ensure that gasoline remains a viable fuel source. Hybrids and pure electric vehicles will slowly but surely capture a slightly larger percentage of sales.

However, as long as gasoline remains cheap in the United States, trucks will sell in large numbers, especially with their high-powered engines.< /p>

Next carpool ride: Uber, Lyft and others may add to congestion in places like New York, but they're helping convince young adults that owning an old-fashioned car isn't a given anymore. Related to this is the emerging “vehicle subscription” model. Vehicle subscriptions include maintenance, taxes and insurance, all for one monthly issue. Exchanges with other models in the manufacturer's range are usually included. Top tendances automobiles de 2018 (glissement et chute des véhicules autonomes, prolifération des camions et SUV)

Consumers can opt out at any time. The wrong side? Monthly prices between $1,000 and $3,000. They're starting with the luxury brands but, if it catches on, expect automakers to find ways to cut that cost.

The "Mercedes-Benz Collection" allows subscribers to switch between different vehicles depending on their needs. or way of life. The program consists of three tiers - Signature, Reserve and Premier - with prices ranging from $1,095 to $2,995 per month after an activation fee. Subscribers can choose from all the vehicles available in this tier, including sedans, coupes, convertibles, roadsters, and wagons. Photo: MBUSA.

2019 Projections: Smarter Cities & Economic Impacts

Crowded urban areas: We're on a collision course as single-occupant SUVs compete for space with carpool drivers in already congested urban areas. Add to that: FedEx and UPS trucks making hourly Amazon deliveries, lack of investment in public transit, electric scooters serving as an alternative, and worries about pollution and climate change.

Some European cities have already planned to ban internal combustion vehicles from their streets within the next decade.

I predict that in 2019, some US cities, recognizing that an outright ban is too extreme, will instead take congestion pricing and “pedestrian car-free zones” seriously as ways to combat congestion.

The elephant in the room: The auto industry, perhaps more than any other, is highly dependent on global free trade. The inability of world powers to find a solution to trade problems could upset all or part of what we expect for 2019.

Major automotive trends 2018: boiling

All in all, my predictions for 2019 are more than what we already have; pickups, Jeeps, crossovers, power, customization and individualization. The aftermarket is healthy and looking forward to continued strong growth in 2019. Especially as SUVs continue to take a bigger percentage of the new-vehicle sales pie at the expense of fewer sedans.

Richard Reina is the Product Training Director has over 30 years automotive work experience in CARiD and an automotive enthusiast and expert.

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