Washington Auto Show Features Latest Innovations
February 4, 2010
|2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
|2010 Honda Insight
|2010 Subaru Forester's heated windshield wipers.
|2010 Jaguar XF
|2010 Toyota Prius
The annual Washington Auto Show was held last week in our nations
capitol. Many auto manufacturers came out in full force to show
their latest innovations, including several unique glass options.
Honda introduced its new 2010 Accord Crosstour, which is equipped
with deeply tinted privacy glass in its rear sidelites, wedge-shaped
rear quarter windows and in its tailgate. In addition, the vehicles
front windshield is designed to reject heat to reduce heat
from solar loading for improved comfort and air conditioning performance.
Heat-rejecting glass like that used in the Accord Crosstour likely
will begin showing up on more and more vehicles as Californias
auto glass regulations take effect in 2012. (CLICK
HERE for related story.)
Likewise, the new 2010 Honda Insight is equipped with a windshield
with heat rejection, but also sound insulation.
Privacy glass also has become very common, and appears on the 2010
Subaru Forester as well. In addition, the Forester comes with an
interesting new addition as an optiona windshield wiper de-icer.
Jaguar was on-hand with its newest sporty luxury vehicle, the 2010
XF, which, among many other options, has an electric backlite sunblind.
Other highlights of the vehicle include blue halo and interior mood
lighting, along with an aluminum dash board, satin or gloss wood
veneers, and twin-needle stitching on both its instrument panel
Despite much negative press directed toward Toyota for its recent
recalls, green vehicles comprised much of the show and one highlight
of this section was the Toyota Prius PHVa third-generation
Prius equipped with a lithium-ion battery designed to operate completely
electrically and at higher speeds and longer distances.
There were 42 total manufacturers on hand at the show and 700 new
cars on display.
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