The LA Auto Show is always a treat for car shoppers and enthusiasts alike. I was shortchanged a little this year time wise I was only able to be there for part of one day and typically I like to have two solid days to get through the place. Since nearly 2 million new cars are sold in California each year the Los Angeles Auto Show is critically important for the automotive industry.
Here are a few highlights.
Porsche is always amazing and you start in their little room and wonder why you had kids. You’re like, “This would be so much more rewarding than sending my children to college. This is the weekender that I need because I am a smart, sexy woman who wants to drive to the desert with my bestie and…” I didn’t say I thought that… you felt that way… right?
Okay, whatever… we all have our fantasies… this is mine.
And from the custom side this is the only Panamera I’d ever want to drive (sorry kids, the Panamera just doesn’t excite me ordinarily)
I fell in love with the Mercedes restorations from Mercedes Motoring. In addition to being enthusiastic and talented I found the owner, J.G. Francis, to be humble and accommodating.
I tried getting some information about the new Mercedes plug in C Class but no one was around to answer questions. I’m curious to see how their plugin does but my experience with Mercedes ownership (2015 E Class) is that they are not leaders in technology.
Ford has a new Escape for 2017 and I personally cannot wait to get into it.
Everyone had an opinion about the new, more aggressive, Lexus grille. I happen to love it but I also think that owning a sports car you haven’t customized is sinful.
The NSX is almost certainly the most exciting car at the show and it’s the details that make it so special. For instance, the door handles remind me of the Aston Martin Vantage.
Maserati is showing the Ghibli and assures me changes have been made. They say it’s morphing into a practical car made by a highly impractical car manufacturer. It’s stunning but my brain can’t turn a Maserati into a daily driver.
Chevy brought out a 1970 Camaro. It’s there to remind you of the 9239483 reasons you have always loved cars.
You absolutely must visit my friends at Z Electric. What happens when you mix technology and nostalgia? This.
Lastly we have Range Rover. I don’t really know what happened here. Maybe they were trying to do something like a Volkswagen Thing? What they ended up with is an uglier version of the Nissan Murano.