Nov 30 2018
1201 S. Figueroa St

The City of Angles knows how to throw a party and when it comes to putting on a show for the car crazy residents, they do it right. The Auto Show takes over the entire convention center, over 1,000,000 square feet, and they use every square inch of that space. L.A. is a city of diversity and their taste in automobiles is diverse as well. The show does its best to offer something for everyone and the result is this mix of main-stream cars and trucks, exotics, debuts and concepts, custom builds, and free test rides.

Of course the ultimate goal is to sell new cars. But L.A. has this reputation for being laid back (don’t believe it) so they go out of their way to create rules that forbids hard sell tactics on the exhibitors’ part, rather relying on the fact that you will simply buy a new car from the nice lady. It sounds corny but it works.

And why not. You get to see competitive models side by side, take them for a test ride, and you do it all in one place. Very convenient.

If you are in the area for next years show, you really owe it to yourself to experience this display of automotive excess.

Let’s talk about a few highlights.

60+ Debuts and Concepts Crowd the Show

Every kind of vehicle, SUVs, pickups, 4WDs, electric cars, performance rides, luxury, and entry level vehicles had something new to introduce at the Los Angeles show. Here’s just a small sample:

2019 BMW X7 public debut at the LA Auto Show(Brian  Williams/ For

2019 BMW X7 SUV

BMW has been teasing this seven passenger SUV for some time and finally did the reveal in L.A. It is the largest SUV in the BMW lineup and at $73,900 base price, the most expensive. But hey, convenience is worth something right? You can order this bad boy online at the BMW portal. It will take your deposit and connect you with a local dealer. Online orders get priority in fulfillment. Life is good.

I2020 Jeep Gladiator LA Auto Show debut. (Motor Authority)

2020 Jeep Gladiator. A Jeep pickup? Sure, why not. As Jeeps go, the Gladiator is pretty big. It’s a full 31” longer than a Wrangler Unlimited. And it packs dome power with a V6 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission it can tow 7650 lbs. It comes standard with 4WD but options to improve crawling rocks are available. This thing is a rolling Swiss Army knife with so many gadgets it will take a tear before you discover them all. And it can be a convertible.

2020 Porsche 911 S (

2020 Porsche 911 S. The latest generation of the icon that rolls out 443 hp from a turbocharged flat 6 that can get to 60 mph in a mere 3.2 seconds. With a starting price of $113,200 you might expect some extras and you get one. The new 911 has a “wet mode” that senses water on the road and adjusts performance to maintain grip.

Audi E Tron GT Concept (

Audi E Tron GT Concept. This is a preview of their Gran Turismo four door all electric coupe. Two electric motors, one for each axle, generate 590 horsepower and can transport this ride from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds. We wonder if Audi has tried to test this acceleration on the 405 freeway.

Rivian R1T Concept Pickup (

Rivian R1T Concept Pickup. If this one makes it to production, it’s going to change the pickup market. This all electric pickup claims to get to 60 from a stand still in 3 seconds flat from its quad-motor system. Getting to 100 mph takes 7 seconds. It can tow 11,000 pounds. Range, which is always a concern with EV is stated at 400 miles. It’s a bit weird looking with a trunk up front (frunk) where the hood would be, a hidden storage area under the bed, and a unique lateral pass-through compartment behind the cab that’s ideal for golf clubs. This one is special.

Custom Rides in The Garage

Southern California is home to dozens of talented tuners and modifiers. and they have a space at the show called The Garage to show off their creations. While there are  a slug of aftermarket creations, some are a bit more exotic than others.

You might be interested in the mods done on a Rolls Royce, Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and a Porsche. These boys are serious…and they’re good. Visit the Garage for the best in custom rides.

And the list could go on and on. It is truly an entertaining event, one worth your time to enjoy.

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