Washington Auto Show

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Advanced Technology Super Highway exhibition floor at the 2010 show

The Washington Auto Show is an annual local auto show held in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center between late January and early February. The event has evolved to emphasize and showcase the latest innovations in sustainable automotive technologies. Since 2008 the winners of the Green Car Vision Award are announced during the show.[1]


Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept at the 2012 show.
Ford Focus Electric exhibited at the 2011 show.
Nissan Leaf electric car exhibited at the 2010 show.
Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid exhibited at the 2009 show.

In 1921, a group of 20 Washington-area car dealers and distributors planned the first show to sell the public on the virtue of the horseless carriage. From that humble beginning, The Washington Auto Show has been on the fast track for growth and popularity. Housed in a variety of area venues, the show was staged for 18 years in the National Guard D.C. Armory. The show has gone on hiatus twice – once for war and once due to poor economic conditions.

After a break in the 1970s, the Washington Convention Center and The Washington Auto Show opened together in early 1983. By this date, the auto show had grown to require every available foot of display space, covering nearly eight acres – almost four times the physical size of the Armory shows, with three times as many models.

In 1988, The Washington Auto Show began using the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as its annual time frame, garnering a tremendous base of loyal fans and establishing its reputation as a family destination. The event was later moved to late January to coincide with Congress’ return from recess, enabling the show to capitalize on the business of Washington.

The show’s early planners, who sought every imaginative twist to draw attention to that newfangled mode of transportation, would be amazed to witness today’s incarnation.

The show features a full slate of entertainment, contests, interactive displays, exhibits on futuristic technology and family activities that can actually offer visitors a break from all those cars! And at the same time, The Washington Auto Show has firmly earned its title as one of the industry’s most prominent and pivotal events.


The 2015 show is scheduled to run from January 23 through February 1, 2015.


The 2014 show ran from January 23 through February 2, 2014.


The 2013 show ran from February 1 through February 10, 2013.


The 2012 show ran from January 27 through February 5, 2012.[2]


The 2011 show was doubled in length, from five days to ten. The 2011 show ran from January 28 through February 6, 2011.


The 2010 show ran from January 25 through January 31, 2010. Public Policy Days from January 25 to 26, and Public/Consumer Days from January 27 through 31.[3]


The 2009 show ran from February 4 through February 8, 2009.[4]


The 2008 show ran from January 23 through January 27, 2008.[5]


  1. ^ "Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Wins Green Car Vision Award". The Auto Channel. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  2. ^ The 2012 Washington Auto Show
  3. ^ "The 2010 Washington Auto Show Press Timeline". The Auto Channel. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Washington Auto Show 2009". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Washington Auto Show 2008". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 

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