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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:20

Houston Auto Show Showcases New Technology

Written by Ed Mayberry, Houston Public Media
More than 800 models are displayed at the Houston Auto Show, from nearly 40 manufacturers. More than 800 models are displayed at the Houston Auto Show, from nearly 40 manufacturers. Photo via Houston Auto Show

The Houston Auto Show at NRG Center displayed more than 800 vehicles from nearly 40 manufacturers. That includes electric cars, although dealer Carroll Smith said sales of those remain sluggish.

“It almost appears as if it is a revolution, but the reality is that today, the average dealer in the United States is only selling one electric vehicle a month,” Smith said.

 

Smith also said regular gasoline engines are becoming so efficient, it raises questions about taxes.

 

“Our roads are funded by a gasoline tax. As we change more and more, even to fuel-efficient internal combustion, if you see a huge shift to that, where are we going to fund our roads?” Smith said.

 

What is selling? Cars with collision avoidance systems, said Steve McDowell with Infonation, a firm that mines auto sales data.

 

“People coming into this show don’t realize how many autonomous features there are. Collision prevention, which is one very important feature---these are the best vehicles that have ever been built,” he said.

 

We thank Houston Public Media for reprint permission. 

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