There’s no denying: 2020 was a challenging year. Many industries took a hit due to the pandemic, but 2021 will see rebuilding and regrowth, especially in the automotive industry. Every year brings new trends and innovations. Whether it be safer vehicle features and technology, or breakthroughs in sustainability, cars just keep getting better. Here are some of the top trends we expect to see in 2021.
As mentioned above, one of the biggest topics in the current auto industry is the focus on sustainability. This goes beyond just making environmentally-friendly vehicles and includes the manufacturing process and public relations. For example, Ford recently launched a campaign pledging to keep up with the changing times by practicing sustainability, researching eco-friendly technology, and building cleaner cars. With climate change being a serious consideration in 2021, we expect to see more push towards electric cars, lower emission vehicles, and sustainable practices.
Buy From Home
The shop-from-home necessity arose during the worst of the pandemic, but the shift drastically changed the way consumers purchase. This goes beyond just groceries and home goods; the auto industry has had to shift towards vehicle delivery, at-home test drives, and online inquiries. This is expected to stick around for a while, both for safety concerns and out of convenience. Research from the last year has shown that a good percentage of people are more likely to buy if they can purchase online sooner than at a dealership.
Just about everything is getting smarter these days, from your toaster oven to your home’s electrical system. Anything that can be connected to the internet is, and this will include more and more cars. Smart cars with internet access not only offer intuitive features like GPS and entertainment streaming, but they will also be able to offer awareness and safety features for driving and vehicle maintenance.
Though the past year has been uncertain and difficult, the future is looking brighter. Technology continues to advance and play a huge role in our productivity and well-being, especially in our cars. From protecting our families with up-to-date security features to protecting our environment and future, the auto industry is ever-changing. We look forward to seeing what comes next. From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!