LA Auto Show Will Be Electrifying: Here’s Why

SEP 21 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 19

More than 50 global and North American debuts planned, nearly one-third are electric or alternative fuel

The Los Angeles Auto Show was founded back in 1907, then it slowly became one of the most important automotive events in the calendar. In 2016, the show’s Press & Trade Days merged with the Connected Car Expo (CCE) to become AutoMobility LATM – the industry’s first trade show converging the technology and automotive sectors to launch new products and technologies and to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding the future of transportation and mobility.

In a nutshell, the first part of the show called the Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA, takes place from November 26 – November 29. It’s a four-day event where more than 50 vehicles are confirmed to make their debut. After this part, the actual Los Angeles Auto Show (opened to the public), begins on November 30th and lasts up until December 9th – providing the public access to all of the concepts, newly revealed models and technology showcased during the AutoMobility LA.

According to organizers, the nearly one-third of the debuts slated for this year’s AutoMobility LA are electric or alternative fuel. Thanks to the entire automotive industry’s shifts toward electric and alternative fuel powertrains, the AutoMobility LA will showcase new technologies to further its commitment to autonomy, connectivity, electrification, and sharing.

“As the nation’s number one green vehicle market, it is fitting that nearly one-third of the debuts slated for this year’s AutoMobility LA are electric or alternative fuel,” said Lisa Kaz, President and CEO of AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show. “It is exciting to see how many volume and luxury brands are offering greener mobility options for environmentally-conscious Southern Californians.”

In turn, several established carmakers such as BMW, Toyota, and Volkswagen are showcasing multiple electric or hybrid models, joining their ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) counterparts. For example, this year’s LA Auto Show will see the BMW showcase three world premiere production vehicles and a new concept car, previewing the German carmaker’s vision for the future. Furthermore, the all-new BMW X5 is set to make its North American debut, joined by the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe and the BMW Z4 M40i Roadster.

Representing Japan are Subaru and Toyota. The latter is slated to reveal five new vehicles at the show, including hybrid and special edition models. Subaru, on the other hand, is slated to reveal several new models, including a plug-in hybrid. Volkswagen will also be there, cleaning up their name with several both global and North American reveals including an electric concept, as well as GTI and Beetle special editions. We’ll also see a few introductions from Porsche, Volvo and Nissan, joined by a full model spread from Tesla. Rivian’s all-new electric adventure pickup and full-sized SUV will make their world premiere at the show as well, providing the newcomer with a worldwide spotlight for their upcoming EV models.

This year’s LA Auto Show sounds interesting. However, we were told that more information regarding the show’s vehicle debut lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. If you’re in LA during that time, don’t miss it. If you’re not, our complete coverage of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show will give you plenty info & media in order to follow it properly.

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The Paris Motor Show is also going to be great.

First week of October 2018.

That’s a fun event to go in person too.

Sounds like a load of concepts and jam tomorrow.

Only one of real interest will be if Nissan reveal a launch of the 60kWh LEAF.

Prius will be getting a body refresh and Prius Prime/PHV could be getting a mid-cycle upgrade.

Yawn….. Toyota……Yawn

Mainstream sales have always been a yawn. That’s the basis of appealing to the masses. You see Camry & RAV4 all over the place, almost never noticing whether or not they are hybrid models. Corolla & C-HR are available as hybrids in other markets the same way. All can upgraded to offer a plug… without stirring any attention.

Achieving profitable & sustainable high-volume sales is not exciting, yet that is what automakers require.

Do you really want a standout vehicle that is nothing but an expensive halo sold to only enthusiasts?

Hope Rivian does well there.

This show is less than an hour drive away, can’t wait!
Alt E expo Santa Monica is right around the corner too. (NEXT MONTH)

Electra Meccanica debuts the Solo at the AltCar Expo on Friday 10/12.

https://www.altcarexposocal.com/

Electra Meccanica ……A company & a Product that Truly SUCKS !…

Can’t wait. Especially for Rivian.

Question for Vanja:

In this article about reveals, you included the statement “…joined by a full model spread from Tesla”. Does Tesla have anything to reveal?

Last yeat the Model 3 was locked so now you get to see the inside…lol.
Last year they surprised everyone with the TM3 showing….maybe they have another surprise this year…

EV are extremely scattered. Ignorance is the greatest human disability.

Don’t be so hard on yourself about your ignorance.

We will also see which manufacturers have NO battery-electric story whatsoever. Mazda, et. al.

Mazda wasn’t even on the main floor last year…seems fitting.

The main question is of course:

“Will there be a compelling and affordable new EV model on display (from any car manufacturer) that we haven’t heard about yet, and that will go into production within a few months, and that will be produced in substantial numbers (at least 50,000 per year)?”

Now that would be news.

Of course not. If there was something like that in the works, we would have heard about it…

Is it just me, is does it sound like Rivian will be the *only* interesting thing at the entire show?…