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Final Schedule Released for the 2017 Washington Auto Show® Industry and Media Day
Manufacturers, trade associations and government agencies offer breaking news and special announcements for press and media

(WASHINGTON) The Washington Auto Show®, the Public Policy Show on the Auto Industry Circuit and the largest consumer show in Washington D.C., has announced the final schedule for the annual Public Policy Preview Day on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Preceding the 10-day public show, the annual Industry and Media Day gives press and media professionals a sneak peek of the 2017 landmark event, which is celebrating 75 years of automotive innovation, during which manufacturers, trade associations and government agencies offer breaking news and special announcements regarding new models, automotive technology systems, policy initiatives and more.

In addition to press conferences, forums, special exhibitions and demonstrations, press attending the 2017 Public Policy Preview Day will hear from some of today’s leaders in automotive policy and technologies, including Dinesh Paliwal, chairman, president and CEO of HARMAN, who will deliver the annual industry keynote address at the newsmaker breakfast. Paliwal is globally recognized as a world leader in connected car technology, one of the main focuses of this year’s show.

“Connected vehicle technologies are revolutionizing and democratizing transportation for safer, smarter, more responsible and more accessible driving,” Paliwal says. “To realize the incredible potential of connected cars and autonomous driving, we must continue to forge innovative global partnerships that engage everyone from automakers and Internet of Things players to government and educational institutions. We are at an incredibly exciting point of development – and disruption – in Automotive, and I am grateful to The Washington Auto Show for connecting all of the key stakeholders and encouraging greater collaborations to help realize this next frontier in transportation.”

Schedule: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

  • 8:00 a.m. - WAPA/IMPA Breakfast – East Salon/Grand Lobby
  • 8:40 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions - East Salon/Grand Lobby
  • 9:00 a.m. - Dinesh Paliwal, Keynote – East Salon/Grand Lobby
  • 9:35 a.m. - Starship Technologies – Grand Lobby
  • 10:00 a.m. - U.S. Army – L Street Bridge
  • 10:20 a.m. - Toyota – Hall D
  • 10:45 a.m. - Jeep – Hall E
  • 11:00 a.m. - Chrysler – Hall E
  • 11:30 a.m. - Hyundai – Hall C
  • 11:50 p.m. - VW – Hall C
  • 12:25 p.m. - Lunch – East Salon/Grand Lobby
  • 1:00 p.m. - Green Car Announcements – Green Car Journal-West Salon/Grand Lobby
    • Connected Green Car of the Year™
    • Luxury Green Car of the Year™
    • Green SUV of the Year™
  • 1:25 p.m. - Future of Privacy Forum/NADA – East Salon/Grand Lobby
  • 1:45 p.m. – Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) – East Salon/Grand Lobby
  • 2:00 p.m. - Government Keynote – East Salon/Grand Lobby
  • 2:35 p.m. - ART-of-Motion – Third Floor Ballroom
    • Watch Jamaal Laamaj paint a 2017 BMW Mini
  • 3:00-5:00 p.m. - SAE Plenary Session – Meeting Room 146 AB
  • 5:00-8:00 p.m. - Sneak Peek Preview
    • ART-of-Motion – Third Floor Ballroom
    • Watch Ed the Artist paint a 2017 Toyota Prius

About the Washington Auto Show

The Washington Auto Show®, the largest public show in Washington D.C., is celebrating 75 years of automotive innovation with its landmark 2017 event. Known as “The Public Policy Show,” the Washington Auto Show kicks off January 24, 2017 with two days of powerful and purposeful dialogue between industry leaders and public policy makers on issues impacting the automotive industry. The event opens to the public January 27 to February 5, and will provide more than 750,000 square feet of autos, advanced technology and experiential events throughout all levels, exhibition halls, exhibit space and meeting rooms of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in which more than 35 domestic and import manufacturers present more than 600 vehicles. For more information, please visit


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