November 12, 2011 |
The Los Angeles Auto Show is the first major North American auto show of the new model year. It is known for automakers introducing hybrid, fuel-efficient and electric vehicles that grab the attention of California's eco-conscious drivers. It's also the place for big, splashy debuts of sports cars, the kind of vehicles that people fantasize driving on Pacific Coast Highway. This year's show, which opens to the public Friday, will have plenty of both. Audi plans the American debut of its S line of sports coupes.
November 25, 2010 |
Electric vehicles, many of which will hit dealership showrooms starting next month, took center stage at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show. But while wooed by the futuristic designs and promises of huge fuel savings, many tire-kickers at the show raised worries about how they would keep the cars powered up and running. So amid a flurry of announcements about ever more clean-fuel models coming to market, industry officials kept busy touting how there was a growing network of public and private charging stations available for electric vehicle operators.
November 22, 2010
Ove r a century’s time, the Los Angeles Auto Show has moved from Hamburger’s Department Store to the Pan-Pacific Auditorium to the Los Angeles Convention Center, with myriad stops in between. It’s grown from a local curiosity to an international sensation. And it’s come full circle — from prominently displaying electric runabouts to gas-guzzling muscle cars and now, finally, back to electric vehicles. But amid all these changes, it’s perhaps been best at making memories.
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.
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.
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.
November 16, 2007 |
Starting today and for the following nine days, more than a million people are expected to plunk down $10 each to attend the Los Angeles Auto Show. Little do they know, the show is already over.
November 15, 2007 |
Coming soon to a freeway -- or driveway -- near you: cars that don't need gasoline. American Honda Motor Co., Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. announced plans at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday to put alternative fuel technology vehicles on the road in California in coming months. A few drivers will even get to park them in their garages. Honda and GM's Chevrolet have developed hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars for limited test use, while Ford is producing a plug-in hybrid vehicle.