The 2015 Washington Auto Show with and Chevrolet #sponsored #nextgenvolt #tmom #was2015

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About two weeks ago, I was invited by to spend the day at the Washington Auto Show in Washington, D.C. to learn about the remarkable new Chevy Volt and other innovative automobiles set to hit the market this year. There were select media outlets visiting on this particular day to get an up-close, first glimpse at these remarkable rides without having to bump shoulders in a large crowd. The intimacy of the day provided the opportunity for in-depth conversations with a few of the prominent players in the automobile industry.

I was far too overwhelmed with the magnitude of cars and trucks that filled two floors at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. It was almost like stepping into a walk-in closet filled with prettiest shoes and having to decide which pair would compliment your outfit the most. In typical girl fashion, I wanted them all! But, in reality and much like my life, I was just a window shopper.

Our group of influential women from the DMV had the pleasure of taking a tour of the auto show floors under the guidance of James Bell, head of consumer affairs at General Motors. He somehow managed to keep our attention high by feeding us bits of information about each car, the industry and trends. We all listened closely on our headphones, all while admiring the shiny toys that served as the perfect mirror to catch a glimpse of whatever awesomeness walked by. I vividly remember a lot of "oohs and aahs" as James pointed out a few of the features...and this was just in the first five minutes. The wealth of information continued for hours.

Most of our day was spent on the upper level that housed the General Motors and Chevrolet automobiles. There was plenty of newness as we approached the area. I was impressed with the assortment of colors on display. There were different sizes and types of vehicles to meet the needs of every attendee. There were also a few beauties that caught my eye immediately, like this Chevy Corvette Z06 convertible:

When you hear the words, "zero to sixty {mph} in 2.9 seconds", there is an automatic attraction. I could totally picture myself in this car along the strip at the beach with my favorite jams pumping and my hair flowing in the wind. Maybe a scenic tour along the country roads in my rural town. Perhaps I could even drop my son off at one of his school activities to get him a few cool points. I should probably work on saving up $80,000 first. For now, I'll just salivate while looking at this picture.

Being the mother of two boys, I've had my fair share of big trucks lining the hallway and covering the floor. It was only right that I gravitated towards this big, red Chevy Silverado with awesome black rims. It was the adult version that I'm sure my boys would appreciate.

I could totally see myself tearing up the rugged terrain of an open field in the country. The bed of the truck was the perfect size to tote around possible fabulous finds from a flea market. The inside was also spacious enough to accommodate a family of four pretty comfortably. This isn't your grandpa's truck (although I am sure there is a grandpa who has one and is asked to pick up the grandkids in it because he is super awesome).

If I was going for a cuteness factor, the Chevy Spark EV would be an eleven on a scale of one to ten. I mean, I wanted to put this baby in my purse and carry it around like a cute puppy. It was the perfect size for those parking spaces at the mall where someone driving a Silverdo (ha) takes up two spots unapologetic and you could still squeeze in.

Look how cute! One of these adorable rides can be yours this Spring if you're in Maryland. Priced right under $18,000, this Spark EV is bound to take you all over for a fraction of the price all while provoking smiles and stares along the way.

You know how women get excited over the little things in life? Like your partner taking out the trash without asking or remembering a special date or sharing the remote control? Well, I fell in love with the littlest detail on the Chevy Tahoe – the runner board. It automatically lowers when the door opens and  retracts when the door closes.

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It's like rolling out the red carpet every time you get in and out of your vehicle. It makes this girl want to wear cool shades to prepare for all of the paparazzi.

I rekindled an old flame when I spotted the Chevy Traverse at the auto show (I was a Baltimore Chevy Girl). It was purple and sparkly and inviting. I love this particular SUV because I was given an amazing opportunity a few years ago to test-drive one for a week. I love how it combined the function of a mini van without being all mini van-ish. Not every mom is ready to take that step. The Traverse is spacious enough to tote humans and all their stuff.  Also cool enough for Mom and Dad to rock without compromising their roles. 

If I had my own awards to hand out, the Chevy Impala would definitely win BEST SHAPE. As women, we have charts with pictures and definitions of how to classify our bodies. As if! I felt a little hypocritical judging this car for the outward appearance. But, it was a beauty. The older model Impalas are more boxy with straight lines. I love the roundness of the 2015 version. 

I couldn't stop staring at it. Plus, navy blue is such a great color...and is the new black. Look at those curves. Man! Is this what guys deal with?!

While all of the vehicles I mentioned are great in their own right, the show belonged to the 
Chevy Volt. I thought that Michael Jackson fans were dedicated. That was until I had the honor of meeting a few Chevy Volt owners. They are like "ride or die", both literally and figuratively, for their Volt. I can only imagine the excitement they must have felt when the 2016 Chevy Volt made it's debut at the Washington Auto Show. Pamela Fletcher, Executive Chief Engineer of Electrified Cars for General Motors, delivered the reveal.

With some of the freshest lineups and dealerships in the industry, Chevrolet is working hard to delight and excite a new generation of customers. "You told us, and we listen...that really was the goal here. We wanted to give you more of what you loved", said Pam Fletcher.

Here are a few of the details that I learned from Pam about the Chevy Volt:

  • Sleek and sporty, didn't want to stand out
  • Front of the car has a little attitude
  • Generation one grill, Technical pattern, Also the back of the car
  • All new led lighting. Efficient.
  • Volt badging in same location
  • Premium look
  • Rocker panels, no more gray plastic
  • Seamless spoiler
  • Beautiful lamps, lots of elements to make
  • Lighting signature, Daytime running
  • Simplified and contemp interior
  • Soft colors, warm feeling
  • Knobs switches on steering wheel
  • Accommodations for 5 passengers. Fold flat seats, can be used like a truck
  • Antenna is sleek
  • Comfortable seats
  • Front heated seats, steering wheel and rear

This was just a fraction of what she mentioned. I learned so much about the world of electric cars that I almost wanted to break out in the infamous Electric Slide line dance just to stay within the theme. It's electric! Boogie woogie woogie.  Hey, Chevy! This may not be such a bad idea for your next marketing campaign.

It's clear to see why in 2014, Chevrolet has won more industry awards in the US than any other car company. They obviously know their stuff and value the opinion of their consumers. This is what resonated with me the most – they listen.

Being able to experience the auto show in this format far exceeded my expectations. Between the keynote speakers, panel discussions, tours and interviews, I am honored to have been a part of such a spectacular event. It didn't hurt that I was able to see old friends, meet new ones and re-connect with others.

Women are amazing, as if this needed to be said. Gone are the days where cars and trucks are subjects only to be touched and talked about by men. We can hang, if not better. When we're toting the children to school, practice, activities, grocery shopping, hanging with the girls or just going for a breather, we want the space that we're in to be one as inviting as the one at home. Research on car-buying doesn't have to be so one-sided. Trust us. After all, we have been shopping for "new wheels" for years. Just walk in any one of our closets. Move over fellas, She Buys Cars.

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