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The LA Auto Show is not only large, but in 2011, it was hard to keep track of all the significant introductions.  The first day there is a news conference scheduled almost every half hour and mobs of journalists and camera crews move from display to display to watch the presentations and eat the free food. I thought Jaguar Land Rover Group had the best food, followed by BMW.  But Nissan thrilled crowds with its grilled cheese and ice cream food trucks.

The second day had fewer introductions – mostly the exotics. However, there are some manufacturers who don’t bother to show up until the show opens to the public. For example, there was no Ferrari or Maserati display during press preview.  Fisker Automotive was M.I.A.  Also, many standard models (with no major changes) don’t show up until the second day of press preview. Honda didn’t bother putting an Accord or Odyssey minivan on the floor until after the big news which was the introduction of the all-new 2012 CR-V.

I missed the Green Car of the Year award that was presented to the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas. It beat out the Ford Focus Electric, the Mitsubishi MiEV, the Toyota Prius v and the VW Passat TDI.  The Civic NG doesn’t look any different from the standard Civic sedan – in other words, it’s terminally dull and would get lost in the sea of mediocrity of bland subcompact appliances.  So I apologize in advance for walking right by it in the Honda display.  As Rick Perry would say: Oops!

I had a busy second day, so I’m putting up more galleries of cool new and refreshed products for the 2012 and 2013 model year.


Day Two of Press Preview of the LA Auto Show was hectic.  There were lots of cool new cars, but some were missing. There wasn’t a Maserati, Ferrari or Lamborghini in sight even though there were reports about a new Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder introduction.  No show for Bentley either. We should have seen the new Bentley Continental GT. Maybe it will be there later in the week.

I also missed the introduction of the Hyundai Equus. Hyundai didn’t even have a Genesis on the floor. I’m sure those will all show up for the regular show.

Mitsubishi was also disappointing. I wanted to check out the Lancer Sportsback, but no luck. There were a couple dull SUVs on the platform, nothing else. There will be more there for the regular show. The big debut for Mitsu was the i MiEV. Yawn.

Below are more auto pictures from the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show:

The 2011 Audi R8 Spyder is sexy from all angles. This one has the Lamborghini V10.

The R8's interior is beautifully-crafted and driver-oriented. Very nice.

I really liked the new 2011 BMW 740i (short wheelbase). The cockpit simply fit my body better than the excellent one in the Mercedes S Class. But the 2011 Audi A8 looked better than all of them.

The 2011 BMW 740i has the 3.0 liter in-line, 6-cylinder turbo engine from the 535i and 335i. Why it's badged 740, I don't know.

The seats in the BMW 740i are superb.

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