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LA Auto Show Goes Full Throttle

A diversity of cars and concepts.

by on Nov.22, 2010

Will significant previews, like the debut of the Fiat 500, pack the public into L.A.'s Staples Center?

Want to get a read on the mood of American motorists?  Head to the L.A. Auto Show, this week.  The annual event has routinely offered an insight into the economy – and the mood of the motorists who quite literally drive one of the biggest sectors of the economy.

Over the last several years, the LA Auto Show reflected the arrival of a financial crisis that sank far deeper than anyone might have expected. Anyone who wondered about the financial problems plaguing Detroit only had to visit the Chrysler booth, where even the spotlights were turned off, in 2008, to save money.

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But the show that just opened its doors to the public seems poised to make potential buyers forget the depressed mood of the past years. This year, the LA show is vibrant and very much alive.

In the 20 years that I have attended the show, I have never seen a larger audience during the media preview days. Significantly, the event brought not just media but plenty of industry insiders, curious to see what their competitors brought on stage.

(You could even see a number of Chinese engineers lying flat on their backs at the Nissan booth trying to take measurements on the maker’s new Quest minivan.)

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BMW Planning Triple Reveal at LA Auto Show

ActiveHybrid X6 and 7, Vision concept car make N.A. debuts.

by on Nov.25, 2009

The fuel economy of a microcar, the performance of an M-Series model; the 2010 BMW Vision makes its North American debut at the L.A. Motor Show.

The fuel economy of a microcar, the performance of an M-Series model; the Vision makes its North American debut at the L.A. Motor Show.

Showgoers at Los Angeles’ Staples Center will get a good look at three high-efficiency models from BMW, when the 2009 L.A. Auto Show opens, next week.

Though first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in September, it will be the first North American showing of the ActiveHybrid X6, ActiveHybrid 7 and EfficientDynamics concept car, all collectively pointing to the various strategies the German maker will use, in the coming years, to cope with demands for significant increases in fuel economy.

High-Performance News

High-Performance News

The challenge facing the automaker is to maintain its reputation for sporty, dynamic handling, even as it meets tough new mileage and emissions standards here and abroad.  It’s a challenge that will be particularly difficult for luxury makers, who generally produce larger, more powerful products than mainstream manufacturers, and traditionally rely on a scoff-law approach by defying U.S. regulations and buying their way clear by paying fines.

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