Each year, thousands gather to see what tech gadgets and products will be unveiled at the most powerful tech event in the world, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). In the latest episode of CBT NOW, Tim Jackson, the former President and CEO of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, joins us with a recap of the automotive-related releases.
The Consumer Technology Association hosts the most influential technology event in the world, the CES. This event allows brands to conduct business, form new partnerships, and for the industry’s brightest minds to showcase their latest products. Jackson attended this year’s five-day event, which marked the organization’s 100th anniversary. The event aimed to attract over 135,000 visitors and took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 9-12.
1. It’s not a secret that Honda and Toyota have felt the criticism of not pushing EVs fast enough. However, Honda announced its intentions to produce two electric models. The first EV is the Salonn Concept, “Which looks like a flattened Cybertruck,” Jackson asserts. The second EV the automaker unveiled was the Space Hub, which is set to be released for sale in 2025.
2. While Kia has been a steady contender in selling quality EVs, the automaker unveiled its whole new sub-brand: Platform Beyond Vehicle (PBV). The exhibition featured five model concepts, including commercial vehicles.
3. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 revealed tire upgrades where the driver would be able to turn the vehicle’s wheels while fitting into tighter, smaller parking spots.
4. Mercedes Benz unveiled its next-generation all-electric G Wagon. In addition, VinFast recently released its all-electric pickup, “Which is an advantageous move with the startup’s goal of coming to the U.S. market,” Jackson says.
5. Ultimately, the CES showcased its flying cars division: One from XPENG and the other from AERO-HT, which also displayed the ground and air models of the vehicle.
"The event was just amazing." – Tim Jackson