There will be plenty of opportunities to look under the hood at this year's Washington Auto Show.

What to expect at this year’s Washington Auto Show

Automotive enthusiasts will soon convene in the nation’s capital to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the latest class of vehicles as the annual Washington Auto Show kicks off.

Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the heart of the District of Columbia, the week-long event – taking place from Jan. 23 through Feb. 1 – will as per usual feature hundreds of cars and dozens of nameplates, all unveiling their latest lineup of 2015 cars, including the Acura ILX, Audi Q7 TDI, Buick Lacrosse, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford Edge, Honda Accord Coupe, and Hyundai Sante Fe Sport, just to name a few.

A major theme of the auto show will be mobility, as an increasing number of vehicles today sport mobile device features, including WiFi from passenger seats, plug-ins for iPods and iPhones and other technologies that exemplify just how “connected” society is today with reams of information available at the touch of a button or the stroke of a screen. On hand at the show will be Washington Post columnist Warren Brown, who recently penned the book “The New Mobility.”

The Washington Auto Show is just around the corner, starting on Jan. 23 and lasting through Feb. 1.

“The car is a communications device that has come of age,” said Brown, whose book will be available for purchase to those in attendance. “Breakthrough technology in telecommunications and safety has connected the car and driver with the outside world in ways we could hardly foresee.”

Cadillac president to serve as keynote speaker

After a breakfast sponsored by the Washington Automotive Press Association and International Motor Press Associations, the proceedings will shift into high gear with the keynote speaker, Johan de Nysschen, global president of Cadillac and General Motors executive vice president.

The 54-year-old industry veteran will focus much of his comments on how far the automotive industry has come and where its future is headed over the next decade. De Nysschen will add to the rich history of keynote speakers who have addressed thousands of showgoers in the past including Alan Mulally, former president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, Deter Zetsche, who served as CEO of Daimler Chrysler, as well as Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai’s CEO.There will be plenty of celebrity guests hobnobbing with auto aficionados over the week as well. WWE superstar Randy Orton is scheduled to make an appearance on Jan. 28, Sadie Robertson of hit cable television reality series “Duck Dynasty” on Jan. 23, NFL legend and former Washington Redskins wide receiver Charley Taylor, as well as Dave Butz, and Mark Moseley, who also played for the D.C. area’s home team in the 1970s and 1980s.

Car giveaway will be a ‘hands-on’ affair

No auto show is complete without contests and giveaways, and they’ll be plenty to take advantage of throughout the week, none bigger than the ever-popular “Hands-On Contest,” sponsored by Hyundai.

As it’s title suggests, contestants compete by seeing who can stay in physical contact with a vehicle the longest. The winner will drive home with the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata.

“The Hands-On Contest is a hallmark of The Washington Auto Show that puts the thrill of winning a new car literally within arm’s reach,” said Kevin Reilly, Washington Auto Show chairman. “We thank the Washington Area Hyundai Dealers for sponsoring this contest and allowing us to showcase Hyundai’s cutting-edge technology and award-winning products.”

Those who plan on being there when the competition takes place – Jan. 27 – have until Jan. 18 to register.

Tickets for the show are $12 for adults, and $5 for children between 6 and 12. Kids 5 and under get in free.

More attractions are being added regularly to the schedule of events, so be sure to check out the auto show’s website as Jan. 23 nears.