Archive for November 18, 2011

There were so many interesting new or refreshed cars that I couldn’t help myself from taking so many pictures. Here’s gallery number four:


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.