DC Auto Show more about policy than product

DC Auto Show more about policy than product

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

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View Schedule of Events

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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Melanie Batenchuk founded Be Car Chic in 2009 as a way to help consumers make smart decisions when buying and selling their cars. Her prior work at the dealership, trade association and manufacturer levels has provided her a deep understanding of the complex facets within the auto industry, making her a leading woman in her field.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Matt Keegan at 9:33 AM

    Count me among the reporting nerds that will be in attendance this year. It will be my first DC show and I am sure that it will shed much light on the intersection of public policy and car manufacturer strategy.

  2. Melanie Batenchuk Author at 4:00 PM

    Hey Matt! Glad to hear that you’re going to make it to D.C. for the Show. It’s a good thing we got our little bit of snow out of the way first. I think we’ll be in the clear next week. I look forward to finally meeting you in person. Thanks for your ongoing support!


  3. Matt Keegan at 5:35 PM

    Melanie, I am glad to hear that. Our winter drama comes in on Friday and the panicking has already started. In any case I’m taking Amtrak next Tuesday to avoid possible problems. Strange to hear that from a car guy, right?!