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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.



California has the most cars, most new car registrations and largest population in the United States so it stands to reason that we always win the annual race to the top of the car theft charts.  But what is it about the Central California cities that are connected by California State Highway 99? Highway 99 is the north/south artery, paralleling Interstate Highway 5, that starts around Bakersfield and ends in Sacramento. It also seems to be the hot track for hot wheels!

Here’s the list of the 8 California cities/regions that are on the Top 10 list for car thefts:

  • No. 1: Fresno
  • No. 2: Modesto
  • No. 3: Bakersfield
  • No. 5: Vallejo – Fairfield
  • No. 6: Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
  • No. 7: Stockton
  • No. 8: Visalia-Porterville
  • No. 9: San Francisco-Oakland-Freemont

With the exception of the San Francisco Bay Area and Vallejo, all the other cities are connected in a direct line by CA 99.  Is it the economy? Foreclosures? Unemployment? A need to sell car parts? I’m sure there are lots of reasons for car thefts, but it does seem to hit these cities harder than others.

You may be asking why Los Angeles isn’t on the Top 10 list.  The answer is simple: LA County is just too big.  While I’m sure that the absolute number of cars stolen in LA/LA County dwarfs that of the other cities listed, you also have to factor in the total number of cars and people in the region.  As a ratio, there are fewer cars stolen per capita and per the total number of cars than in the other cities/regions listed.

Here’s a great graphic from Click it for a larger version. I love their conclusion:

If you live in California and drive a white Escalade, might we suggest you invest in The Club [an anti-car theft device that locks on your steering wheel].

If you live in Vermont and drive a tan Audi A6, you might want to take out the alarm system, sell it, and hit the slopes.

Car Theft Statistics