3:58 pm in Blogging (in) LA, Downtown, Driving, Events, Transportation by frazgo
Ford World 2012 LA Auto Show, click to embiggen
So much to talk about so will try to bring it down to a Reader’s Digest condensed version. I will also try to bring you up to date as well as what you missed during Press Days which were this Wednesday and Thursday.
First of all, if you are looking for exotics fuhgetaboutit, there are none. The entire class is represented by Galpin’s stock of Aston Martins. Very nice cars, but not the boat load of Ferraris, Lambos and Rolls of years past. That’s what happens when the L.A. show grows so big with a focus on green cars it alienated that fun bunch of fantasy cars. Read the rest of this entry →
9:28 am in Driving, environment, Events, People, Social issues, Transportation by frazgo
Cadillac ELR formerly known as the Converj coming to us soon.
Wednesday I got to meet up with GM exec Jim Federico, Executive Director of Engineering, Electric Vehicles at the L.A. Auto Show. I got to ask some of my own questions as well as those you readers posed as part of the ticket contest I was able to run. It was an interesting visit, certainly a lot of information with some answers as well. Where to start with the questions and answers is my big dilemma.
Al Pavangkanan posed the question regarding new battery technology. Jim couldn’t give specifics of what they have in store but did say that they are working with the battery suppliers to develop new technologies that will give us more power for the size compared to what we have now. The problem all the manufacturers have run into is that there isn’t a rush to develop batteries as there isn’t really a market demand for them yet in quantities to offset their costs. Those costs affect what we pay for an EV now, but as demand increases, production increases there will be more incentive to develop new battery technology and help lower costs. Read the rest of this entry →
6:16 pm in Driving, Events, Mass Transit, Transportation by Matt Mason
MINI Coupe: all fun, no mess
Like many Los Angeles area folks, I’m crazy about cars. Fortunately, I’m able to incorporate my love into my work, and covered the L.A. Auto Show on Press Day 1 yesterday. Unfortunately, my day was ruled as much by the cars on the roads outside than by the shiny new models inside the Convention Center.
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