Monday, November 28, 2011
Electricity in the Air and On the Floor at the LA Auto Show
It was all about electric cars, hybrids and fuel economy at this year's L.A. Auto Show, which just wrapped up on Sunday. We finally made it over to the Convention Center on Saturday night to take it all in, and it was truly a brave new world. Small is big, electric is electric and hybrids are the new norm.
All told, the Auto show boasted 17 vehicles that achieve 40+ miles per gallon, as well as 35 hybrids/plug-in hybrids, nine clean diesels, two alternative fuel vehicles (the Honda FCX Clarity and the Honda Civic Natural Gas) and eight electric cars (BMW i3, Coda Sedan, Ford Focus Electric, Honda Fit EV, Mitsubishi i, Nissan Leaf, Toyota RAV4 and DOK-ING XD).
Debuts included the Camaro Zl1 Convertible, the Ford Mustang Boss 302, the new Honda CR-V, and more.
The one downside: We spent money on the Convention Center's horrible, overpriced fare for dinner, only to discover food trucks outside once we left one of the two showroom floors. The L.A. Auto Show needs to do a better job explaining the food options.
But other than that, it was a great way to spend an evening with the kids. Some photos:
Prius plug-in hybrid prototype
Blogger Toddler 2.0 likes Mercedes-Benz's AMG Black Series
Coda all-electric car.
Now we're getting pricy: Bentley's New Continental GTC.
The most expensive sticker we found on the floor: Bentley's Mulsanne, at just under $300,000.
I told the Blogger Toddler 2.0 about those J-Lo ads, and how she didn't really shoot them in the Bronx. The Toddler sighed.
Mitsubishi concept car loves Los Angeles.
Ford is pushing its Mustang hard -- big appearance in this week's "The Amazing Race." On the floor, this one's "Boss."
Sorry, Blogger Toddler 2.0. This is just a truck on display at the Ford booth. There are no fish tacos inside.
Attendees go for a test drive on the Ford floor.
Because we haven't let a video game console into the house yet, the Blogger Kid sneaks a play where ever he can -- here, at a Nintendo booth outside the Auto Show.