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On January 30 and 31, the automotive industry will turn its focus to the public policy that shapes it during the 2013 Washington Auto Show.
Washington doesn’t hold press days in the traditional sense. That’s right; sexy product announcements filled with anticipation and excitement are as rare as spotting a purple squirrel. But D.C. does one thing that no other auto show all season can compete with – talk legislation and regulation.
One could argue that D.C. is the true epicenter of the car sector. There is a special breed of reporters and manufacturer representatives who are dedicated to following the every twist and turn of the policy process that impacts their industry. Yes, this auto show is much different from the hustle and bustle that journalists heading to Detroit, New York or L.A. crave. Washington’s hustle and bustle happens all year round – on Capitol Hill.
So I invite you to take a walk on the intricate side of our industry next week. Take a break from concept leaks, Super Bowl ad previews and chatter about what will be revealed in New York. Join our world, as seemingly nerdy as it may be, and learn about the cogs and spokes behind the industry – and the cars – you love.
2013 Washington Auto Show Resources
Wed., January 30
The Policy Summit hosted by National Journal LIVE
Affordable Mobility: A Road Map to Energy Efficiency
Thurs., January 31
Auto Show commences at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Newsmaker breakfast sponsored by the Washington Auto Press Association (WAPA) and International Motor Press Association (IMPA) – 8:00 am
Keynote from Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America – 8:45 am
2013 SAE Plenary Session – from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm in Room 145AB
Safer and Cleaner Technology in a Digital Age
Industry Preview Reception from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award & Dinner – 7:00 pm
Follow the #WAS13 hash tag on Twitter for regular updates. We’ll also be live-tweeting from @BeCarChic.
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