2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Day One #LAAutoShow

Posted: November 20, 2013 in Acura, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Automobile Manufacturers, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Car Shows, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Jeep, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Los Angeles Specific Issues, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Ram, Range Rover, Volkswagen, Volvo
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The Campagna T-Rex. These three-wheeled wonders are from Canada and are very expensive - $60 - 70,000. I have it direct from an owner that they are fun beyond belief. Nice toy if you can afford one!

The Campagna T-Rex. These three-wheeled wonders are from Canada and are very expensive – $60 – 70,000. I have it direct from an owner that they are fun beyond belief. Nice toy if you can afford one!

LAAutoShow Day 1 005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Rear

All new, if you can afford it, is the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S. Available in both coupe and cabriolet form. When you choose options, it’s usually in $10,000 increments.

LAAutoShow Day 1 006 Porsche 911 Turbo S int

The interior of the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. Red leather is my favorite interior for just about any sports car.

LAAutoShow Day 1 007 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

This is the “lesser” 911 Turbo Cabriolet. It’s missing the S, but I’d still love it and give it shelter.

LAAutoShow Day 1 013 Porsche 918 Spyder rear

This is the production Porsche 918 Spyder. There is NO BAD ANGLE on this fantastic super hybrid.

LAAutoShow Day 1 014 Porsche 918 Spyder Int

The interior of Porsche’s 918 Spyder Hybrid is just as futuristic as the exterior. I’m sure Jay Leno already has one.

LAAutoShow Day 1 016 Lincoln MKC front

This is the all-new Lincoln MKC (C for crossover, compact). It’s based on the Ford Edge, but with lots of upgrades and changes. It’s not just a badge-engineering job. I think it’s handsome and will find some traction in the very big compact SUV/CUV market.

LAAutoShow Day 1 017 Lincoln MKC rear

The rear doesn’t work as well for me. The MKC kind of has a fat ass and the “signature” taillights that sweep across the whole rear just make it look larger.

LAAutoShow Day 1 022 Lincoln MKC int

The interior of the Lincoln MKC is more successful. With a combination of MyLincoln Touch and physical buttons and knobs, this is the direction Ford and Lincoln are taking to try and appease pissed-off consumers who hate the touch controls.

LAAutoShow Day 1 024 Ford Transit Connect Titanium Wagon Cross Country by LGE CTS Motorsports (2014)

I think the new 2014 Ford Transit Connect family of wagons and utility vans will find many new customers as it comes in different sizes with much more car-like interiors.

LAAutoShow Day 1 029 Ford Edge Concept front

This Ford Edge Concept is very close to the upcoming production 2015 Edge Crossover. I like the bold look.

LAAutoShow Day 1 030 Ford Edge Concept

That’s quite the in-your-face grille, isn’t it? The 2015 Ford Edge Concept

LAAutoShow Day 1 031 2014 Ford Focus ST

The lighting just doesn’t do justice to this neon yellow 2014 Ford Focus ST. It’s really quite arresting – and you might get arrested driving far too fast in it.

LAAutoShow Day 1 039 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

I think the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be a huge hit in LA. It is EPA rated at 50 mpg in the city – better than anything else in its class. It may look like a standard Accord, but it’s far more than that. This is the Limited model (of course).

LAAutoShow Day 1 040 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Int

This is the interior of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. It looks pretty much like a standard up-level Accord. Nicely made, good materials, not too opulent.

LAAutoShow Day 1 042 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Dragon Edition

Who wouldn’t want a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Dragon Edition with dragon tattoos all over it?

LAAutoShow Day 1 043 Jeep Willys Wrangler

This Jeep Wrangler pays homage to Willys Jeeps of years gone by.

LAAutoShow Day 1 046 2014 Jeep Cherokee Carver Mopar

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Carver Mopar Edition is quite arresting. You won’t mistake this for anything boring when you see it coming up behind you in your rear view mirror.

LAAutoShow Day 1 047 2014 Jeep Cherokee Carver Mopar int

Nice 2-tone leather interior on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Carver.

LAAutoShow Day 1 049 2014 Dodge Charger SRT Super Bee

Nothing like old-school muscle, right? Here is the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT Super Bee. It screams fast!

LAAutoShow Day 1 050 2014 Chrysler 300S in Deep Chrome Gray

I love this new color on this 2014 Chrysler 300S. It’s called Deep Chrome Gray and it’s an available factory option. Model who looks like a mannequin not included.

LAAutoShow Day 1 052 2014 Fiat 500

Yet another special edition Fiat 500. You have to love how the model coordinates her outfit, including those fabulous shoes, with the car.

LAAutoShow Day 1 053 2014 Fiat 500L Mopar customized for the beach

I doubt you’ll ever see this on the road, but you could outfit and paint your Fiat 500L to look like this. It’s the ultimate LA beach wagon, right?

LAAutoShow Day 1 055 2014 Fiat 500E

This is the 2014 Fiat 500 E – for electric. I’ve seen several of these already running around LA.

LAAutoShow Day 1 056 2014 Ram 1500 Diesel

Finally. The Holy Grail of light-duty pickup trucks – This 2014 Ram 1500 has a 3.0L V6 diesel optional engine making 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of low-end torque, good for towing and lugging stuff. You used to only find a diesel engine option in the more expensive, heavy-duty pickup trucks. Ram is the first manufacturer to change that.

LAAutoShow Day 1 058 Dodge 100 Celebration in Orange

Part of the LA Auto Show was a celebration of 100 Years of Dodge. And Dodge celebrated with a display of orange muscle cars spanning decades.

LAAutoShow Day 1 063 1954 Plymouth Belmont Concepty by Virgil Exner - front

I fell in love with the Virgil Exner show-stopper concept car. It’s a 1954 Plymouth Belmont and I think it’s the only one in existence. It will be auctioned off by Barrett Jackson.

LAAutoShow Day 1 064 1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept rear

The rear of the 1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept

LAAutoShow Day 1 065 1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept int

The interior of the 1954 Plymouth Belmont

LAAutoShow Day 1 067 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sports Touring Berlinetta

What a stunning pre-war car. This is a 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sports Touring Berlinetta. Wow, just wow. Some lucky bastard will pay a lot of money to own this car at the next Barrett Jackson auction.

LAAutoShow Day 1 069 1964 Chevy Corvette Asteroid for Jan & Dean front

Talk about 60s excess and mod styling. This 1964 Corvette Stingray Asteroid was made for Jan & Dean. It will be auctioned by Barrett Jackson. Get your checkbooks out!

LAAutoShow Day 1 071 1964 Chevy Corvette Asteroid for Jan & Dean int

The interior of the Corvette Asteroid is just as fabulous as that retina-searing exterior paint. Fantastic!

LAAutoShow Day 1 072 Lamborghini Gallardo in Paris Hilton Pink Exotic rentals

If you have enough money, you can rent this Lamborghini Gallardo Spider in matte hot pink. The Exotic Collection.

LAAutoShow Day 1 077 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

Lucky bastard, that Mr. James Bond guy. Mr. 007. This is one of your latest rides, a 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. Beautiful paint and interior coachwork.

LAAutoShow Day 1 081 Cadillac ELR

This is the $78,000 Cadillac ELR plug-in, based on the Chevy Volt. Pretty, but I’m not sure anyone is going to buy it when you could buy a Tesla Model S for the same change.

LAAutoShow Day 1 083 Cadillac Elmiraj concept

Another Cadillac show-stopping concept car, the Elmiraj. Perfect rear-drive proportions in this big coupe. Rumors is that Cadillac will actually build something like it. If only, it’s fantastic. GM is great at show cars, not so great at follow up.

LAAutoShow Day 1 089 2014 Cadillac Escalade ext

The one thing GM is good at is trucks and this 2014 Cadillac Escalade is one gigantic, in your face truck. I expect it will satisfy existing and future NFL and NBA stars as well as rap artists.

LAAutoShow Day 1 090 2014 Cadillac Escalade side & int

The interior of the new Escalade is definitely a step up from the last generation. Of course, you’ll pay for it too. Still, very nice.

LAAutoShow Day 1 092 Bentley Mulsanne int

The interior of the Bentley Mulsanne is sumptuous and welcoming. I’d love to spend time in one.

LAAutoShow Day 1 094 Bentley Flying Spur

The new Bentley Flying Spur is much better than before. It’s no longer the Continental Flying Spur, it’s its own line now. Beautiful proportions, from all angles. Inside is fantastic too.

LAAutoShow Day 1 095 2014 Corvette Stingray front

I know you’ve already seen thousands of pictures of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, so I though I’d publish a few more.

LAAutoShow Day 1 096 2014 Corvette Stingray rear hatch

There is enough space in the hatch of the 2014 Corvette Stingray for a nice, long weekend, but not much more. Still, practical as far as sports cars go.

LAAutoShow Day 1 100 2014 Corvette Stingray int

The interior of the new Corvette Stingray is far better than any other Corvette of the past 40 years. But I wasn’t bowled over with quality and still think it’s a bit cheap-looking. Sorry to be the naysayer here.

LAAutoShow Day 1 101 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible looks great in this dark green. It’s presence is commanding. You can’t take your eyes off it. Good for Chevy & Corvette.

LAAutoShow Day 1 103 2015 Chevy Colorado

Finally, the upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is not a joke. It’s a viable contender to the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. Where is the Ford Ranger??

LAAutoShow Day 1 104 2015 Chevy Colorado interior cutaway

The interior of the new Chevy Colorado is light years ahead of the horrible original Colorado.

LAAutoShow Day 1 105 Infiniti Q30 concept

This is the Infiniti Q30 Concept. It’s based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA and is front drive with AWD optional. I think I’d probably rather have the GLA, but I’ll wait to see the production Q30.

LAAutoShow Day 1 108 Mercedes SL 65 AMG rear

What’s not to love about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG? I mean, it has a twin turbo V12 engine, drinks gas like a drunken sailor and it totally awesome, if you can afford it.

LAAutoShow Day 1 109 Mercedes SL65 AMG int1

The interior of the SL65 AMG is of the highest quality. Quilted leather seats are amazing. Switchgear it top-notch (it should be for more than $200k).

LAAutoShow Day 1 110 Mercedes SL65 AMG cockpit

I took this picture just to remind myself I got to sit in the SL65 AMG.

LAAutoShow Day 1 111 Mercedes SL65 AMG int detail

The interior of the SL65 AMG is covered in French-stitched leather detail. Check out the Burmeister tweeter in the corner.

LAAutoShow Day 1 112 Mercedes SL65 AMG front

The front of the 2014 SL65 AMG.

LAAutoShow Day 1 114 2014 Mercedes S550 int detail

This is an interior detail of the all-new Mercedes S550 sedan. The new flagship Mercedes is really the best out there. It even puts the Audi A8L to shame. Amazing quality.

LAAutoShow Day 1 116 2015 Volvo V60 rear

Volvo is finally giving us something new. The 2015 Volvo V60 is a very stylish sports wagon. Great lines.

LAAutoShow Day 1 118 2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive

Here’s something interesting, a 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. It has a 28 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that Mercedes says is good for 112 miles per charge.

LAAutoShow Day 1 121 2014 BMW 328d rear

I wrote about it, and it makes an appearance at the LA Auto Show – a 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon. Love it. This might be my next car, considering its 43 mpg…

LAAutoShow Day 1 122 BMW 328d int

This is the expensive version of the interior of the 2014 BMW 328d wagon. Nice stuff.

LAAutoShow Day 1 123 2014 BMW 335i xDrive Gran Turismo

You won’t see many of these on the road. This is the 2014 BMW 335i xDrive Gran Turismo. The proportions just don’t work. I’m not a fan. Why not just buy the wagon? Of course, these are meant for the Chinese market so that the owner can ride in the back seat and be driven.

LAAutoShow Day 1 125 2015 BMW i8 ext

The production version of the 2015 BMW i8 is every bit the show car. Not many will be made, but all will find buyers. I expect to see some of these floating around LA when they go on sale sometime later next year.

LAAutoShow Day 1 126 2015 BMW i8 int

The interior is very nice of the i8. I didn’t get a chance to get close for a good picture as there were so many people trying to get in.

LAAutoShow Day 1 129 BMW X4 Concept

Oh god, another answer to a question no one asked. It’s the X4 Concept – basically a baby X6. And there will even be a 2nd Gen X6 – who knew anyone would buy them?

LAAutoShow Day 1 130 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe rear

Now this is what BMW should be making more of. This is the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe. The most gorgeous 4-door luxury coupe on the market.

LAAutoShow Day 1 133 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe side

The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is just beautiful, moving or standing still.

LAAutoShow Day 1 135 2014 BMW X5 interior

The 2014 BMW X5 is all new. It’s a best-seller for BMW. The new interior is excellent.

LAAutoShow Day 1 137 Lexus LF-LC concept

We’ve seen the Lexus LF-LC Concept Coupe before, but I’m not tired of it yet. Lovely, if only it looked this good when we see the production IS Coupe.

LAAutoShow Day 1 141 Lexus deviantART IS F-Sport

This Lexus deviantART IS F-Sport should satisfy some boy-racers, but not very practical.

LAAutoShow Day 1 144 Jaguar F-type Coupe rear open

If only my new digital camera hadn’t blurred all my shots of the Sexiest Jaguar Ever. The all-new F-Type Coupe is the best looking Jag made and the sexiest since the original E-Type of the 1960s.

LAAutoShow Day 1 148 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

The Jaguar F-Type Coupe, from the rear. R is the one with the 5.0L supercharged engine. The howl of this car is pure bliss.

LAAutoShow Day 1 151 Range Rover Autobiograpy interior

Time for a pick-nick in the back of this 2014 Ranger Rover Autobiography.

LAAutoShow Day 1 152 Range Rover Autobiography front

The front of the 2014 Range Rover Autobiography (which it the top trim level).

LAAutoShow Day 1 154 Range Rover Sport front

Here’s the 2014 Range Rover Sport Autobiography

LAAutoShow Day 1 155 Range Rover Sport interior

Interior of the 2014 Range Rover Sport Autobiography. Not quite as nice as the much more expensive Range Rover.

LAAutoShow Day 1 158 Audi R8 V10 engine

This is what they call Car Porn – The 2014 Audi R8 V10 shows off its naked Lamborghini engine.

LAAutoShow Day 1 159 Maserati Quattroporte

The all-new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte (four door). I think it’s lost something in translation from the last-gen model. The model, however, has lost nothing at all. Perfect with the car — and I told her so.

LAAutoShow Day 1 160 Maserati Qattroporte front

You do know it’s a Maserati when you see the front, not so much from the rear. Still, the Quattroporte is nice, if not blood-boiling.

LAAutoShow Day 1 162 2014 Acura MDX front

I’m so bored with Acura. This is the 2014 Acura MDX. But who cares? It will sell, just because it’s a Honda, but it does nothing for me.

LAAutoShow Day 1 166 2014 Acura MDX int

The interior of the 2014 Acura MDX. Nice quality. Good materials.

LAAutoShow Day 1 167 2015 Golf TDI rear

Some day we will get the 2014 Golf. It’s been out in Europe for nearly 2 years now. This is the TDI (diesel) 5-door version.

LAAutoShow Day 1 168 2015 Golf TDI int

You won’t see many of these in the U.S. A Golf TDI with a manual transmission.

LAAutoShow Day 1 169 2014 VW Beetle GSR

This is kind of cool. It’s a 2014 VW Beetle GSR. I’m not sure why it looks like a bumble bee, but it does. I think I might get tired of the color combos after a while.

LAAutoShow Day 1 170 2014 Mazda3 interior

Note the yellow stitching on the interior of the VW Beetle GSR.

LAAutoShow Day 1 172 2015 VW Golf GTI

The 2015 VW GTI

LAAutoShow Day 1 174 VW Golf GTI detail

VW GTI (Golf) side detail

LAAutoShow Day 1 175 2014 VW Beetle Cabriolet TDI

This is a 2014 VW Beetle Cabriolet TDI. Why not have fun and great fuel economy at the same time?

LAAutoShow Day 1 176 2014 VW eGolf

This is the 2014 VW e-Golf – an Electric Golf. They only did this because of California’s zero-emissions mandate.

LAAutoShow Day 1 178 2014 Mazda 3 side

The 2014 Mazda3, in a racy paint job.

LAAutoShow Day 1 180 2014 Mazda3 ext

2014 Mazda3

LAAutoShow Day 1 182 Subaru Legacy Concept front

This is the best-looking Subaru concept ever. It’s a Legacy Concept. No way will Subaru make a production car look this good, but it’s nice to know they can make a cool show car!

LAAutoShow Day 1 183 Subaru Legacy Concept int

Definitely not a production Subaru. The Legacy Concept interior is beyond great for Subaru. If only they would produce it.

LAAutoShow Day 1 184 Subaru Legacy Concept rear

The chunky styling, heavy character lines and deep indentations are only found on a show car. Still, a toned down version would be swell, if it looked this great.

LAAutoShow Day 1 185 2014 Subaru WRX

The all-new Subaru WRX (world rally car). It’s a niche market for Subaru, but it has very little competition in the US.

LAAutoShow Day 1 187 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid interior

The interior of the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Pretty much standard Impreza issue.

LAAutoShow Day 1 188 2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid side

Subaru licensed hybrid tech from Toyota to make the Crosstrek Hybrid. I hate this green.

LAAutoShow Day 1 189 BMW i3 int driving 1

The highlight of the show for me was driving the 2014 BMW i3 electric car. I probably shouldn’t be taking pictures while driving, but we were crawling in Downtown LA traffic.

LAAutoShow Day 1 190 BMW i3 int driving 2

The interior of the BMW i3 is very futuristic. Lots of recycled and sustainable materials are used.

LAAutoShow Day 1 194 BMW i3 int

You sit in a very upright position in the BMW i3. The floor is mostly flat as the battery is under the back seat and the motor sits between the rear wheels. Lots of fun to drive, very fast acceleration.

LAAutoShow Day 1 195 BMW i3 Ext

There was a huge fleet of BMW i3s at the LA Auto Show. This was my tester. Of course, they all looked the same. The regenerative braking was so strong you hardly ever needed to touch the brake pedal. Amazing what happens when electrons are reversed and the motor becomes a generator. The force is so strong, brakes are hardly necessary.

LAAutoShow Day 1 196 BMW i3 parade

The fleet of i3s went on forever.

LAAutoShow Day 1 198 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo front

The big reveal for Porsche was the 2015 Macan. It was called the Cajun for most of its gestation period as it was the Baby Cayenne (Cayenne Junior).

LAAutoShow Day 1 200 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo rear

The Porsche Macan is based on the Audi Q5, but it’s definitely all-Porsche in styling, inside and out.

LAAutoShow Day 1 202 2015 Porsche Macan int detail

Interior detail of the 2015 Macan S (a basic V6). Prices start at $49,000.

LAAutoShow Day 1 203 2015 Porsche Macan S rear

The rear of the 2015 Porsche Macan S.

LAAutoShow Day 1 207 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo int

This is the tricked out, leather and carbon fiber interior of the 2015 Macan Turbo. I didn’t see a price, but the twin-turbo V6 Turbo isn’t going to be cheap.

LAAutoShow Day 1 210 2015 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible interior

This is the interior of the 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible – a whopping $65,000 – who is paying that much for this car??

LAAutoShow Day 1 212 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible front

Here’s the front of that $65,000 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible. Nice, but really?

LAAutoShow Day 1 213 1965 Ford Shelby GT500

Countdown to the 2015 Mustang, the 50th Anniversary of Ford’s pony car that started it all. This is a 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang. Beautiful. The 2015 Mustang will be revealed to the world on December 5, 2013.

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