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2013 Washington Auto Show opens doors Fri.

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From Chevrolet to Lotus and Corvette to Fiat, this year's Washington Auto Show features some of the most coveted cars around.

GM's SUVs lined the walkways.

But at Ford, it was all about electric. One Ford Focus featured a charge plug in the front, allowing driver to juice up in their home's garage.

"Electrified products are the future. We predict that the hybrids will make up the bulk of it, followed by the plug-in hybrids, followed by the small, fully electric," Gil Portaltin, with Ford Motor Company said.

Downstairs at Mercedes, engineers had their eyes on safety.

Spokesman Richard Krueger said, "We have a front range sensor on the bumper in the right hand and left hand sides."

On the new E-400 Hybrid, red lights and beeps alert drivers if a car comes too close. If drivers don't react, auto breaking kicks in to help keep passengers safe.

"Traffic becomes safer, and we will reduce fatalities," Krueger explained.

While all of the cars featured something unique, one was voted number one.

The Cadillac ATS is the 2013 Car of the Year, lauded for its smooth ride and dashboard innovations.

Cadillac's Darin Gesse said, "This is the Cadillac Cue. It's an 8-inch LCD screen, and we can select everything from weather to navigation and Pandora."

One more unique feature - the screen vibrates when it's touched.

"That way you can keep your eyes on the road and know that you've selected an icon," Gesse continued.

Innovations like this have auto sales up and the forecast even better. Experts say this is what a comeback looks like. They believe 2013 auto sales will exceed 15 million units.

Doors at the Washington Convention Center open to the public Friday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids 6-12-years-old. Kids under five get in free.

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