This post is part of a compensated opportunity with SheBuysCars.com. All opinions expressed are my own.
Last week, I headed to DC for Influencer Day with SheBuysCars at the Washington Auto Show. Although this wasn’t my first auto show experience, it was my first time experiencing the Washington Auto Show. Imagine how exciting it was to attend the show with SheBuysCars and connect with some of my fellow blogging buddies, while meeting a few new awesome people. Talk about good stuff. And why am I sharing all of this with you? Because women are responsible for 85% of all car purchases and you need to know as much as you can before you hand over your dollars get your next car!
The day started with a keynote address delivered by Johan De Nysschen, President of Cadillac. Following the keynote the shebuyscars.com attendees were given a personal tour of the Washington Auto Show by James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs at General Motors. The tour was informative and I really enjoyed it because Mr. Bell calls it as he sees it. You definitely want a straight shooter like him giving you the real deal on what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to vehicles on the market.
We were later attended an Innovation Panel moderated by Kim Carpenter from GM communications with some of the brightest minds in innovation. The panel was very insightful and it gave me some perspective on innovation that will really change how I look at the car buying experience going forward. Particularly, Pam Fletcher, Executive Chief Engineer of Electrified Vehicles for GM, offered insight that really has me thinking about buying a completely electric car, like the Chevy Volt, in the future. I mean, I am all about sustainability, so why not consider a car that’s not just sexy but will ultimately save me cash (I LOVE saving money) and protect the environment. It really is a win-win.
As a Maryland resident, I can’t even begin to tell you what traffic is like most days of the week. The 2016 Chevy Volt has an increased it’s all-electric driving range to 50 miles which goes a long way for anyone commuting all the time. Plus, with aerodynamic and visual enhancements that will impress any smart, modern woman (that’s us), this car is unmistakably worth a test drive. I think it has the potential to make anyone consider making the switch to electric. With some of the freshest lineups and dealerships in the industry, it’s clear that Chevrolet is working hard to delight and excite a new generation of customers.
After a delicious lunch (thanks SheBuysCars & Chevy) I also attended a Volt Panel discussion where we were able to hear from experts in the industry about technology and innovation. We also had a chance to hear from a number of current Chevy Volt owners and it was pretty awesome because every single person that spoke had nothing but love for their Chevy Volt and it seemed like they would buy another Volt in the blink of an eye. Nothing speaks to the quality of a vehicle like customer loyalty. Real talk: I think their stories impressed me more than anything.
Later, at a panel discussion moderated by Scotty Reiss from SheBuysCars.com, I had a chance to listen to a group of dynamic women talk about how they got started on their career path and the contributions women have made to the automotive industry. I hate to admit it, but even as a woman I typically think of men when I think of the automotive industry. After listening to these accomplished women in the auto industry, I left feeling like woman really do run the world, and my 2-year-old daughter is going to kick some serious a$$ in the world when she grows up. Honestly, I have always felt that way, but listening to firsthand accounts from successful women in a traditionally male-dominated industry just gets me hype.
Finally, the day ended with some fun. We had a chance to check out some of our favorite vehicles and interact more with fellow attendees. One of my favorite cars there (aside from the Chevy Volt), was the Chevy Traverse. My husband and I have two young kids, and my mother travels with us often. Our current car can be a little tight and I am really not a big minivan fan (no shade). The Traverse is not only sexy, but it offers third row seating that still allows for pretty decent trunk space, and the technology inside the vehicle is just what I need in my life (can you say DVD player for the kids). I also love the second sunroof. Check out this fun video I made with my friends, T. Espinoza (The Style Medic), Christine St. Vil (Moms ‘N Charge), and Kirstin Fuller (Passenger156). It should give you a few good laughs and some insight into why we all want the Traverse.
And although motherhood has me pumping the breaks on super, duper sexy cars for a minute (the Traverse is just super sexy), I still had to check out this Corvette. Gorg!
Participating in Influencer Day with SheBuysCars was simply awesome. The ladies behind SheBuysCars and the folks at Chevrolet impressed me throughout the day, and I left feeling informed, inspired, and ready to figure out what my next car will be.
The Washington Auto Show will be in DC through February 3rd, so you still have time to grab your tickets and head on over. And definitely bring the whole fam. I’m sure you will all have a great time.