Monday, November 28, 2011

Electricity in the Air and On the Floor at the LA Auto Show

2011 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:

2011 LA Auto Show
Prius plug-in hybrid prototype

2011 LA Auto Show
Blogger Toddler 2.0 likes Mercedes-Benz's AMG Black Series

2011 LA Auto Show
Coda all-electric car.

2011 LA Auto Show
Smart cars.

2011 LA Auto Show
Now we're getting pricy: Bentley's New Continental GTC.

2011 LA Auto Show
The most expensive sticker we found on the floor: Bentley's Mulsanne, at just under $300,000.

2011 LA Auto Show
Nissan Leaf.

2011 LA Auto Show
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.

2011 LA Auto Show
Mitsubishi concept car loves Los Angeles.

2011 LA Auto Show
Ford is pushing its Mustang hard -- big appearance in this week's "The Amazing Race." On the floor, this one's "Boss."

2011 LA Auto Show
Sorry, Blogger Toddler 2.0. This is just a truck on display at the Ford booth. There are no fish tacos inside.

2011 LA Auto Show
Attendees go for a test drive on the Ford floor.

2011 LA Auto Show
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.

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