Text by Nick Kouris
The Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS) opened its doors to the public for the first day on Friday November 30th as rain descended on Southern California. We couldn't think of a more perfect way to end the car show season this year. The LAAS features an annual design contest, a hall dedicated to tuners and the aftermarket, exclusive concept cars and sees many North American and international debuts. What used to be ‘just another car show,' has turned into something much more significant.
Hyundai's booth is always recognizable with their signature blue neon and great car lineup.
The Jaguar F-Type convertible made its North American debut. A V8 and convertible makes every drive an eventful one.
Audi's exhibit of vehicles always looking exquisite, like a perfectly tailored suit.
The newly redesigned Range Rover has never made off-roading so elegant.
The design contest has become a staple of the LAAS for the past nine years, featuring studios from all over the United States, as well as Germany and Japan, among others. This year's theme, decided by the Design Los Angeles Board of Directors, was to create a Highway Patrol Vehicle for the year 2025. The Art Center College of Design in nearby Pasadena always displays at least one or two design contest creations, and has produced notable car designers such as Chip Foose.
A car fit for Iron Man, the NSX will definitely get you a spot in the front row at the Ritz Carlton valet.
The Lexus LF-LC concept combines luxury and speed in one amazing package - we hope it makes production soon.
AMG added more carbon fiber and increased horsepower to give the SLS Black Series a presence like no other car on the road.
A vehicle capable of driving to the ends of the earth, the Ener-G-Force Concept by Mercedes is one police vehicle you don't want in your rearview.
The Concourse Hall has always been strictly reserved for exotics and high-end cars. It is the ‘invitation-only' hall if there ever was one, featuring big names like Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, and Lamborghini.
The Alpina B7 is the epitome of an ultimate driving machine.
The powerful M6 coupe was hard to miss.
The BMW M5 continues its tradition of excellence.
The Chevy Camaro SS HotWheels edition brings back so many great childhood memories.
The Volkswagen Golf R was the center of attention at the V-dub exhibit.
With the plethora of "Toyobarus" at SEMA, it was nice to see the Subaru BR-Z & Scion FR-S on display in stock trim.
The Kentia Hall houses all things aftermarket, from tuners to customized exotics. Vendors have the chance to display and sell a wide variety of automotive merchandise, including die-cast models and detailing products.
Even Shakira is excited about the new Fiat 500-E, which made its North American debut at the LAAS.
The Fiesta, now available in ST trim, offers impressive performance figures and great mileage.
With a recent 5th place finish at Petit Le Mans, Nissan's unique DeltaWing has a podium victory in its future.
With even more V10 power and a weight reduction, the new SRT Viper is more venomous than ever.
The revised Porsche Cayman made its world debut at the LAAS.
Though the weather was not typical for late November, the energy this year was different from previous shows. A tangible buzz could be felt as the patrons lined up, eager to push through the doors and get that whiff of new car smell. Without a doubt, the exponential growth of social media over the past few years has translated into additional promotion for the LAAS. This year more than ever, people seemed genuinely interested in viewing what the event has to offer. Manufacturers used large video monitors, vehicle arrangement and vibrant colors to create inventive, attention-grabbing exhibits. Neon orange and lime green are no longer reserved only for Italians adorned with a prancing horse or bull.
With its V-Twin engine and unique livery, the Morgan 3-wheeler is bound to turn heads everywhere it goes.
The Saleen S7 is old by supercar standards, but still a strong contender in the performance arena.
The LAAS is always reserved for North American and world debuts, and this year was no exception, with nearly 40 new cars unveiled. More emphasis was placed on the aftermarket than in previous years - Southern California tuners like SMS Supercars, Callaway Cars and Galpin Auto Sports displayed half a dozen vehicles each. Despite an unfavorable economy, the LAAS has continued to expand and progress, and that is what makes it unique among all other auto shows.
All we want for Christmas is an Exotics Racing package.
Some lucky attendee won this beautiful Shelby Cobra.
DUB always brings an eclectic group of cars to the LAAS.
With a group of killer, high-end exotics on display, local stereo shop Al & Ed's Autosound was one of the most popular exhibits in the Kentia Hall.