Cars are still very much 'in' at the LA Auto Show
With the likely trend of auto shows focusing on mobility like what we recently saw in Tokyo, it is refreshing to see halls lined with production cars and concepts. Such was our experience at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Despite it being part of an umbrella brand called Automobility LA, combining auto and tech as cars get more connected; the LA Auto Show still hosted debuts of some of the latest models from major automakers from around the world.
One of the biggest headlines this year would perhaps be Ford's Mustang Mach E, an all-electric crossover that has drawn a lot of flak from Mustang loyalists. But it also earned praise from EV enthusiasts on the other end of the spectrum. We liked what we saw.
It now competes with Auto Guangzhou in China as the last major auto show to feature global reveals of key models that are expected to be sold in showrooms the following year. But we think LA will always have its charm.
Dodge celebrated 50 years of the Challenger nameplate highlighted by limited-edition 50th-anniversary performance models and all will only have 70 numbered units to mark the Challenger's 1970 model-year introduction.
Karma believes that electric cars should be sexy, their new 'open-source' SC2 GT concept packs 1,100 horsepower. The technology-driven company has recently made its engineering IP and platform open source to accelerate development with lower cost. If you're worried about durability, it is specced with carbon-ceramic brakes, Formula 1 style, push-rod operated suspension system and Karma-developed torque vectoring differential. It's powertrain consists of front and rear motors that deliver up to 1,100 horsepower and nearly 14,000 Nm of torque.
Hyundai's Vision T concept which is said to preview the next-gen Tucson, along with their Genesis luxury sub-brand highlighted the Korean automaker's presence at the show.
Volkswagen's new ID. Space Vizzion concept presented an interesting all-electric wagon and a continuing evolution of the ID. series which saw flat button-operated doors and advanced interior and connectivity features.
Initially debuting as the Sylphy at this year's Auto Shanghai, Nissan staged the reveal of the Sentra in LA to give the Corolla and Civic a run for their money. We hope Nissan brings back the Sentra nameplate for the Philippine market.
When the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette made its debut in July, it shocked the world with its sticker price of under $60,000. We see it in the metal at the LA show in topless convertible form and we still love it even if it costs $7,500 more. These are the Chevrolet vehicles we'd love to see on our roads.
When Mini pulled the covers off the rather extreme JCW GP concept in 2017, we didn't think they'd actually build one. It looked more like something for Gran Turismo Sport. Fast-forward to 2019, the JCW GP debuts with its dry carbon wheel arches and 'duck-faced' grill.
Acura hasn't had anything interesting and excited after the NSX, when they announced the Type S Concept in Monterey, that got us excited. It somehow reminded us of the Accord Type R previously offered in Europe.
Hulk green was the color of choice for Audi as they staged the global reveal of the RS Q8 at the LA Auto Show. It debuted alongside the 'greener' e-Tron Sportback finished in a bluish-gray hue.
Los Angeles is quite synonymous to convertibles and Lexus couldn't have chosen a better place to debut their new LC Convertible. Showing up as a rather production-looking 'concept' in Detroit earlier this year, the new drop-top Lexus grand tourer was definitely too breathtaking to hide.
Another regular attraction at the LA Auto Show is the Galpin Hall of Customs, a specialized display of custom cars by Galpin Auto Sports, the customization division of one of the largest dealer groups in North America.
Together with 'The Garage' and other custom displays like that of Lexus, it reminds us that they want to keep cars exciting and not relegated as mobility machines in their part of the world. Thank God.
The LA Auto Show runs until December 1st, and in case you can't go see it, check out our mega gallery below to see more cars that we liked.