What are the auto trends to look out for in 2018/19?

It’s 2018, and the world of vehicles and car trends have taken massive leaps. In 2018, not only have we seen groundbreaking advances in auto trends, but Elon Musk even sent a Tesla to Mars… Admittedly, the car went slightly off-road and is now veering in space, but still - it’s been a big year for auto news. The automotive industry is one such sector that is in an odd position this year. Not only is the auto industry facing decline for the first time in many years, but is also on the cusp of extremely profitable advances. As such, we’re taking a look at the car trends you need to watch out for.

Auto trends: Electric Vehicle

Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are about to go boom (in a good way). Manufacturers and dealerships need to be prepared for electric auto trends - particularly as the industry is experiencing rapid growth. This year, auto sales have declined, but electric vehicle sales have shot up by a staggering 30%. While there is still a wide berth between auto and electric, that number is expected to expand as people become more concerned about their carbon footprint.

When it comes to the latest car news, almost all brands are in the midst of an electric vehicle initiative. Take Mercedes, for example, promising to offer 50 electric models by 2022. Likewise, BMW will mass-produce electric vehicles by 2020. Another major player in the automotive trends industry, Toyota, plans to spend $13 billion on producing electric vehicle models by 2020.

As Britain and France are set to ban gas-powered cars by 2040, we imagine the auto trends for electric vehicles will skyrocket.

Autonomous vehicles

The latest car news for autonomous vehicles suggest this will be one of the auto trends to keep your eye on. While we are a long way from fully autonomous vehicles taking to the road, many giants are starting to invest in the industry. Autonomous car technology is in the works for the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Lexus, along with Tesla’s driverless autopilot system. Even Google is believed to be developing their autonomous technology, and rumours of a partnership between Apple and BMW are beginning to develop.

With so much investment in driverless technology, you would assume self-operating cars are imminent. However, we have a long way to go before reporting on these vehicles taking over the roads. For instance, manufacturers must tackle a range of technical challenges, alongside potential ethical consequences.

Multi-terrain vehicles

When it comes to car trends, multi-terrain vehicles are dominating. The industry for these vehicles has experienced astonishing growth over the past year. In fact, this rise has been particularly noted in all auto news. The five-door utility and reduced fuel consumption have certainly contributed to the increase. As mentioned above, we are becoming more concerned about the effects we are having on the planet, and this is one of the automotive trends we expect to continue past 2018.

3D printed cars

3D Printed Cars

We’ve got big auto news: the world’s first 3D printed car is expected to make its debut on the roads in 2019. Produced by Chinese company, Polymaker, as well as the Italian-based manufacturer, X Electrical-Vehicles (EXV), the LSEV is made almost entirely from 3D printed material. Signalling a major change in the latest car news - and the automotive industry as a whole - this introduction is predicted to inspire more companies to take a look at 3D printing. Only a few components of the vehicle - including the chassis, glass windscreen and tyres - are made using conventional methods within the industry.

The aim of 3D printing is to boast a positive impact on the environment. For instance, the Polymaker has reduced the number of plastic parts used in construction from 2000 (average number when using conventional techniques) to just 57. The reduction in car pollution is likely to see this become one of the biggest car trends of the next several years.

Tuning boxes

We may be biased, but tuning boxes deserve a mention in their own right. When it comes to racing car news, tuning boxes can significantly help reaching the desired power and torque. Certainly more cost-effective than the above auto trends, the tuning boxes market is experiencing substantial growth. While the diesel tuning box industry is already huge - undergoing a 6% increase in sales - it’s the petrol tuning box sector that is taking over, with a staggering 379% rise. It’s no surprise car tuning boxes are experiencing this surge - especially as the tuning box is relatively cost-effective and can be installed easily.

You can find more information on tuning boxes here.  

Wide body kits

In 2017, racing car news was dominated by wide body cars. These wide body kit trends are rapidly expanding due to the fact that these kits come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you are going to give it a go yourself, or get a dealer to create a custom wide body kit - you can do so within budget. The likes of Liberty Walk and Clinched are two major brands that have been attributed to the growth of this particular industry, which is no bad thing. This is one auto trend we expect to see for some time to come.

Split wheels

In 2017, racing car news was dominated by wide body cars. These wide body kit trends are rapidly expanding due to the fact that these kits come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you are going to give it a go yourself, or get a dealer to create a custom wide body kit - you can do so within budget. The likes of Liberty Walk and Clinched are two major brands that have been attributed to the growth of this particular industry, which is no bad thing. This is one auto trend we expect to see for some time to come.

Air suspension

Air suspension has been popular with petrolheads for many years now. Companies behind the growth, such as AirRex and Airlift Performance are expanding, paving the way for more people to turn to the impressive car modification. Likewise, the prices for air suspension have undergone an overhaul, becoming increasingly affordable. We expect to see more people embracing this auto trend in 2019.

Designs

Every year, new designs take centre stage with the latest car news. We’re sure the 2018 design trend will divide opinions… Welcome back, under car neons. First seen in Fast & Furious, the under car neon trade seemed to die off in the early noughties, but it’s making a comeback. 2018 and 2019 will certainly be bright…