Get your tickets now to attend this years Los Angeles Auto Show. As usual it will be at the Convention Center and this year promises big changes that will make it bigger and better than before. This year’s press days promises over 50 World and North American premiere’s for the show goers to ooh and ah over.
The really big news is that Kenetia Hall is going to be better organized and renamed “The Garage” to really showcase custom rides and tricks to upgrade your own car.
Press Days this year have been renamed to be more descriptive of the 4 days prior to public opening. Now called Auto Mobility it focuses on the future of transportation beyond just the automobile but how solutions now are being worked on for denser populated cities of the future. These exhibits will be open to the public as “Go-Movement” during public days…you just miss on the actual press presentation.
Tickets range in price from $5-12 and can be bought in advance HERE. I STRONGLY recommend buying tickets in advance, especially for weekends as the lines can be hours long at the door.
Parking is pricey $20 for the day so be prepared to pay the price of admission. Traffic around the convention center is circus like during the show and I again have a recommendation to work around that problem. Use the Expo or Blue line and exit at the Pico station for a quick 2 block walk to the convention center.
Good morning all, as you are well aware Los Angeles is becoming a Tech giant in its own right and the L.A. Auto Show is looking for app developers working in the mobility field. Any app you’ve developed that has to do with autos, mobility and transportation will be considered in this competition to be a feature at the AutoMobilityLA , the auto industries private show held just prior to the public L. A Auto Show.
The top 10 winners of this competition will get a few perks like inclusion i the L.A Mobility video’s, invitations to the 2 day L.A Mobility private show as well as breakfast with the movers and shakers in the auto industry. For more information and how to enter do so click HERE.
One the things you get in Press Days of the Los Angeles Auto Show that you don’t get in the public days is the grand reveals and Green Car Drives. It is physically impossible as a party of one to hit every press conference so I have to pick and choose which to attend so I can get in and see all the cars on display and photograph them. Trust me its a lot of work and not all party and booze and great food. There is some of that, but the thrust of the 2 day event is press conferences and not all are wowsers.
Audi was a real surprise. Instead of the ususal hype and bluster, they started with an apology for the current diesel kerfuffle with fudged testing vs operation parameters. They promised to earn their customers respect back. Then they went into the discussion on the future of Audi relying on electric cars, first to come is the A3 E-tron and soon to follow an all electric SUV the E-tron Quattro in a few years. By 2025 Audi expects 25% of all cars they sell to be electric. Read the rest of this entry →
First up…Chevy’s Volt took the green car of the year award in a ceremony held Thursday Morning. Later I got to drive it and was impressed. Smoother ride, smoother transition back and forth between EV and gas mode, with much more time in pure EV mode than the prior version. Add in a much more refined, high end materials and fit in finish inside this car is nothing like its hard edged predecessor. I can see easily why it won “Green Car of the Year” for its technilogical and creature comfort advancements. Nice job Chevy.
We know little of this car other than an entry on the schedule of premieres during Press Days of the L.A. Auto Show coming up in 2 short weeks. Elio is a new car company the P5 is their debut car. Little is known. Rumors abound. Its a 3 wheel car, .9liter 3 cylnder, 80+mpg, 0-60 in under 10 seconds, top speed over 100. This is either going to be the greatest thing since the Tesla to make us change how we think about cars or will will be another blip on the radar that we snicker over like the Dale. I fear the latter as with “cheap” gas again and a resurgance of guzzing SUV sales and falling hybrid sales, but we’ll see. It may just wow us.
The L. A. Auto Show is open to the public 11/20-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Buy your tickets now and avoid the lines at the ticket booths. While there judge for yourself if the Elio Motors P5 is the future or a blip.
Fun little video recapping some of the more spectacluar reveals at this years L.A. Auto Show. I can tell you from experience we’re getting better stuff shown here than Detroit for the most part.
In just 3 weeks I’ll be at NAIAS in Detroit. Its a fun show, but ours is way bigger physically and has the best reveals. They still get North American Truck and Car of the year, so we need to figure out how to wrangle that out of their meat hooks.
Day 1 of L.A. Auto Show Press Days did not disappoint
Toyota’s Sponge Bob Tribute minivan
Of all the truly amazing things at this years L.A. Auto Show this one stopped me in my tracks and I thought wtf. Prolly the best use of a minican ever. If you want to see what Toyota is really capable of check out their FT1 concept. Vette…they have your number and are gonna kick you square in the crotch.
Are you ready? I know I am. Press Pass in hand I’ll be doing nothing but press events and shooting hundreds of amazing concept and production autos coming our way Press Days 11/19-20/2014.
Thursday evening 11/20/2014 is the Preview Party. It does cost you, but the proceeds go to benefit the Grammy Museum’s music education programs. I did this event a few years ago and its simply amazing. Great food and booze all over the place. Meander through the event, meet the Manufacturers reps that are there for Press Days and really get to know about the cars. If you’ve got $275 per person to spare its worth it and its for a great cause. Of course since this is a non-profit organization a portion of your ticket is tax deductible.
Friday 11/21/2014 the Show will open to the public. You can buy your tickets direct HERE.
Starting on Wednesday I’ll be posting pics from my cell phone through the day. That evening the entire days worth of images will be uploaded to flickr. Thursday I repeat the process with the addition of driving “green cars” and that days shoot will be posted up for consumption late in the day and Friday. By Friday I’ll be posting stories here and on SoCalAutoBlog.
Although I can’t help with a freebie…this promocode AUTOTRADER2014 good through 11/15 will get you discounted tickets good for admission 11/24-27.
I’ll try not to throw too many superlatives at the event, but this year I think they are going to be able to outdo what they’ve done the last several years.
On tap are 60 reveals for this show, 30 of which will be Global Reveals…or reveals for the first time anywhere for the global market. Those are always pretty spectacular as the manufacturers really want to get our attention.
In addition to the Green Car of the Year, Green Truck of the Year and Green Fleet of the Year awards are going to be awarded at this years Los Angeles Auto Show. Smell us…we’re really a big deal.
As always I’ll be there for press days and blogging what happens along with the oddities of the day that regular show goers don’t get to see. I’m even going to a few of the Manufacturer private after parties which are always fun. Last year Hyundai had Ziggy Marley as the entertainment and the wait staff was all dressed as zombies. Too. Much. Fun..
Chevrolet premiered its new Camaro Convertible at the show yesterday. Among the things set up is this cool photo booth, but not just any photo booth, but one with something like 4 dozen cameras lined up in an arc that increases in height. You jump, the flashes go off and you are captured frozen in flight. The entire set of images is strung together with a 3d”ish” video of you frozen in flight with the Camaro. Very cool and very fun. I predict that this will be hands down the most used interactive display at the show this year. Its that cool. When done you can facebook it, twitter it or email it to yourself. How cool is that?
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German Press and Jetta TDI "Green Car of the Year"
Volkswagen did the unimaginable at the LA Auto Show. It garnered the “Green Car of the Year”. VW did it with a diesel, not a hybrid, not some exotic fuel, but a performance oriented turbo-DIESEL. Hopefully that award will open up a few eyes to the ease one can “go green” and not have to give up any driving fun in the process. (Snark alert:hopefully once and for all it will undo the diesel myths and damage done by GM with their failed attempt of making the diesel an important part of the US auto scene 30 years ago).
When I first heard it started inside the LA Convention center I knew there was going to be something really special about this car. It didn’t smoke at start. Other than a quick clatter when it first started it was silent when running. It was silent under light acceleration. The exhaust had a faint smell, not the sweet-sour you associate with a gas car, something more or less “nutty”. Not objectionable, certainly not visible and something you had to look hard to notice. That is a huge change from the last round of diesel VW’s we saw here a few years ago.
This years LA Auto Show had a few new wrinkles for press days. The big one was that the manufacturers ponied up nearly 2 dozen “green cars” for the media to drive. They were all were nominees for “Green Car of the Year” and represented a broad approach to cleaning up our cars more than they already are. For my driving I opted for those cars that are more traditional in nature that the average guy would feel right at home in and get great results without having to change their driving habits or style. (Well, one car was just for kicks and giggles simply because I want one. You have to read to the end to figure out which one it is I wanted).
I’ve spent the last two days wandering around the LA Auto Show checking it all out. This is a quick run down of my favorite activities at the show that will be available to the public at large when the show opens.
My absolute favorite was Volvo’s “City Safe” demo where you actually get to sit in the car and put the system to the test real time. It works, amazingly well. I have to thank Adam Kopstein from Volvo who let me ride along and “tape” the ride. Its amazing how well the system works. I did it and failed the first time as instinct stepped in and before I got close enough to activate the system, I braked myself and had to retry the test. Its freaky. It works.
It doesn’t take much imagination to see this working very well in real life. Imagine being in a parking lot, or bump and go traffic, exhausted and turning around to hand the kid in a car-seat a bottle or just turning your head before a lane change and the car in front stops quickly. City Safe won’t let you rear end them, or if fast enough you won’t do much more than a tap with no damage to either of you. Bring your DL and be prepared to stand in line. Its a trip but well worth the thrill…and no extra charge! Read the rest of this entry →