November 19, 2010 |
Fuel economy is on display at the sprawling Los Angeles Auto Show, opening to the public Friday, and it's not just cool new plug-ins, hybrids and electric buggies. General Motors Co., once a symbol of gas-guzzling, carbon-belching driving, was there at Thursday's media preview with its Chevrolet Volt winning an award for "green car of the year" and also offering some hints on how its vast array of sedans, sport utility vehicles and sports cars will meet ever more stringent fuel economy standards.
November 21, 2013 |
Of the scores of cars on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we've culled the herd down to five you definitely need to check out. The show, at the L.A. Convention Center, opened to the media on Tuesday and opens to the public on Friday. Here are our five favorites (and one total loser): Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo. Wow. Just … wow. Jaws dropped in unison as this over-the-top supercar concept rolled through a haze of smoke onto the Mercedes-Benz stage. You will never own this car, and it's not because you are not super-rich.
November 25, 2013 |
Southern California's love affair with the automobile continues unabated - at least at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where thousands of car fanatics, shoppers and families are descending on the downtown L.A. Convention Center. After days of media previews, dozens of photo ops and scores of curious critics, the public has been getting its chance to kick the tires, assess the added comforts, and check out the fuel economy claims. The show runs through Sunday. Now in its 106th year, the show is an auto playground for grown-ups.
November 29, 2006 |
THE centennial Los Angeles Auto Show opens on Friday. It's taken only 100 years to get it right. In recent years, the show has taken place in January, at or around the same time as Detroit's huge hometown show, which left the L.A. event with the automotive equivalent of Hollywood's dreaded B-list: last year's concept cars, a scattered handful of less-than-earthshaking debuts, and of course the latest Ferrari, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce aimed at L.A.'s excessive-income demographic.
December 2, 2009 |
Forget the supercars and green machines. At this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, the emphasis is on affordable small cars and minivans. The auto industry, trying to climb out of its worst sales slump in decades, wants the spotlight on vehicles it can sell -- now. Last month's tepid U.S. car sales only underscored the industry's need to focus on getting consumers to buy cars, instead of trying to impress the auto critics. So the big global debut at this year's L.A. show, which begins Friday and runs through Dec. 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is a redesigned Toyota minivan.
January 12, 2005 |
To know what strange times these are in the automotive world, you need only contemplate the words: hydrogen-powered Hummer. At first glance -- and second and third -- using hydrogen to power a 3-ton SUV seems a sadly comical misapplication of technology. Why not a bulldozer powered by hydrazine rocket fuel or a minibike shot through with plutonium fuel rods? Why not capture 3.5 billion fireflies and use their precious incandescence to power a Buick?
November 14, 2007 |
PORSCHE -- a company associated with environmental friendliness like Wilt Chamberlain is with prim chastity -- is going green. On the company's stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show (starting Friday) is a front-wheel-drive, zero-emission electric car. One version of the car is a series-hybrid -- the gas engine doesn't turn the wheels but, rather, charges the batteries -- and features all-wheel drive. Very cutting-edge stuff.
November 18, 2007 |
The salesman caught me eyeing the sporty coupe and offered a test drive. "Just looking," I said. "Come on," he said. "Hop in. What have you got to lose?" Ten minutes later, we were breezing down the coast highway north of San Diego. Sunny skies, blue waves and a sweet new ride. "Whaddya think?" he asked when we cruised back into the lot. The two-tone car was cool.
November 16, 2007 |
After two days of media frenzy, the unofficial verdict is in: The most beautiful car at this year's L.A. Auto Show has been out of production for 32 years. The car, a Czech-made Tatra 603/2, was put on display by automotive supplier Faurecia, which makes components for car interiors. The French company rescued a junked 1972 Tatra and restored it, creating a new, drastically modified interior filled with high-tech gadgets and materials -- in essence, a concept interior.
HOME & GARDEN
December 8, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Auto Show is nothing more than a gigantic jewelry store for men. We ogle the latest bangles from Germany, Japan and, increasingly, Ohio. Have you seen the Acura NSX, cut like an engagement ring? That's right, made in Ohio. It may be the most hormonal item to come out of the Buckeye State since "Glee. " And just the right thing to wear to your next Lakers game. Me, I can't afford a Lakers game or an NSX. But a boy can dream. And as my buddy Paulie says, most of us will never own the home of our dreams.