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4 Auto Trends Hitting the Road

Senior consumer reporter and “Deal of the Day” columnist Kelli B. Grant test drove the New York International Auto Show  in search of the best, worst and coolest from automakers’ new lineups. Read her dispatches here and here.

Over the next week and a half, more than a million car will visit the New York International Auto Show – some in search of their next vehicle purchase, others just interested in a peak at the future of car technology. With 1,000 vehicles on display over 846,000 square feet of convention floor, there’s a lot to consider.

Most models have made strides in fuel efficiency – or leaps, when it comes to new hybrid and electric versions. New technology adds web searches and Facebook check-ins to drivers’ list on onboard capabilities. And for those truly early adopters, there’s the first flying car, although a spokesman says preorders have already pushed the wait time to more than three years.

Here are four trends experts say are driving upcoming models:

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