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In this edition of Car Coach, Lauren Fix highlights the top automotive trends for 2014.

Auto show season is in full swing, and many people are left wondering how technology and the auto industry will impact each other as 2014 unfolds.

High-performance hybrids feature the fuel efficiency that's expected from hybrid, while offering high-performance driving. Porsche offers the Panamera e-Hybrid, while Audi offers the R8 e-Tron and The Tesla Model S. It allows drivers to have a fun ride in an electric vehicle. New models are expected from nearly every manufacturer.

Believe it or not, you may be driving an almost autonomous car sooner than you think. With the onset of new technologies, including blind spot detection, active cruise control, and safety features, car manufacturers are almost there. Having someone else drive your car may not be a good fit for everyone, but car and its computer's ability to help keep you safer on the road is something all consumers desire.

Diesel power is another upcoming trend. By the year 2020, many surveys show half the vehicles on the road will be diesel-powered. The VW Group sold over 100,000 diesel-powered vehicles last year. A recent study showed consumers are becoming more interested in diesel fuel powered vehicles because they go longer distances, have better resale value, and allow better performance and towing capacity. More manufactures are expected to jump on board in the near future.

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