5 hottest cars, tech at Nashville Auto Show – The Tennessean
The Nashville International Auto Show showcases the latest cars, trucks, minivans and even performance cars. We compiled the five hottest cars and technology at the show.
McLaren 570S prototype
The first in the McLaren sport series, this exotic car shows off with a carbon fiber chassis, roof and interior portions, based on Formula One race car technology.
Another unique feature is a vertical, portrait-style screen to the right of the dashboard.
“It’s now narrow, which is intentional because it keeps the driver closer to the passenger,” said Chad Sierer, McLaren general sales and finance manager. “You want all the weight in the middle at the lowest point possible.”
The design was inspired by wildlife to create such features as the door tendon, which channels air flow in such a way it cools the engine, which is in the back of the vehicle.
The first delivery of the vehicle is later this month.
General Motors (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac) has incorporated Apple CarPlay for Apple and Android phones in all its 2016 vehicles, from the Silverado to a Suburban to a Corvette.
The screen on the car displays the app icons like on your phone, including text messaging, iHeartRadio and maps.
“This obviously allows people to take it a step further and really bring their digital lives in the car with them,” said Fred Ligouri of General Motors.
Each vehicle has a hot spot embedded with On Star, reaching a 50-foot radius around the car. After a three-month trial period, drivers can subscribe via OnStar, or add the vehicle as a device via AT&T.
With a button on the steering wheel, drivers can also access Siri to send or check text messages, navigate to an appointment on the driver’s calendar, and more. CarPlay blocks visual apps to keep the driver’s eyes on the road.
Other new GM trends include wireless phone charging mats inside the car, and a side-moving running board on the 2016 Silverado for easy access to the front of the bed of the truck.
The 2016 version of this traditional family vehicle is even more family-, trip- and tailgating-friendly.
A Shop-Vac vacuum cleaner is installed in the trunk, with a cord reaching all the way to the front of the vehicle.
“It’s got a little filter in there which you just pop out and replace,” said product specialist Joe Semmes. “It’s really powerful.”
It has its own built-in cooler in the front to keep drinks cool, and approximately 15 cup holders.
Other features include a wide, 16.2-inch DVD screen, blind-spot monitors, high-resolution back-up camera and easy-to-fold back seats. Passengers can also stream music wirelessly from their phones.
BMW Park Assist, i8
Known for its tech innovations such as heads-up display (a projected screen eye-level on the windshield), BMW’s latest technology is Park Assist.
With the press of a button, the 2016 vehicles uses sonar to park itself, including in tight spaces and parallel parking spots, BMW specialists said.
The manufacturer also showed off its latest performance car, the i8.
In addition to the heads-up display and park assist, the car can also correct itself from drifting out of a lane.
Mazda SKYACTIV Technology
Mazda’s latest vehicles showcase a mixture of performance and hybrid cars with new SKYACTIV Technology.
“It has great efficiency and low emission without compromising its power and performance,” said product specialist Catherine Smith.
Some vehicles feature the i-ELOOP regenerative braking system, which recycles kinetic energy usually wasted when the driver’s foot releases the accelerator. i-ELOOP can add two more miles per gallon to the car.
The innovation also includes Smart City Break Support, which senses a collision and stops the car.
SKYACTIV is featured on Mazda’s latest vehicles, the 2016 Miata, MX-5 and CX-3.
IF YOU GO
When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S.
Tickets: $10, $5 for seniors 62 and older and active military, free for children 12 and under