LA Auto Show 2011: Part One

Words by Matt Willis

Every year, the Los Angeles Auto Show comes to town and brings in thousands of people from all over the world. New, never-before-seen vehicles are often introduced here, along with new technologies and developments in the automotive market.

We arrived and immediately made our way through the modified and exotic section while it was still early, hoping to avoid the crowds.

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Ferrari Enzo on display…

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Lotus Evora at the Galpin Auto Sports booth…

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Ford Focus with a satin silver paint, also at the GAS booth.

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Here is the Focus RS 420 we saw at SEMA back in November…

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…and this satin orange Boss 302.

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Lexus IS-F at the Vossen wheels booth…

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I love the Porsche Cayenne, but I felt this one was a bit too overdone. All the carbon fiber trim was very distracting…

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The little faux aerodynamic flares everywhere are tacky as well…

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The same Bugatti Veyron we saw at SEMA, on display with Platinum Motorsport.

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The Nippon Oil (Eneos) GTR. Strange…this was supposed to make its post-SEMA debut at another event next week, but apparently not…

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Widebody Z33…

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Back in the main hall, we visited the Hyundai booth where this Veloster was being shown…

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Audi E-Tron Spyder Concept…similar styling to the R8 but with some even more futuristic touches. I love the tail light design…

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The wheels looked like turbofans off a Boeing jet…

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Wrap-around windshield…

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BMW’s i8 electric sports car concept…

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The smaller BMW i3 city car was right next to it…

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Camaro ZL1…

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Hot Wheels Camaro…

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Another city car, the Chevrolet Spark. It is refreshing to see (versus their previous metro car, the Aveo), but it will take some time for the Spark to start a fire in sales. I didn’t see a whole of interest in it, and with more familiar and upscale options like the Fiat 500, iQ, and Smart…some patient convincing will be needed.

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Grand-Am spec Mazda RX-8

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Scion FR-S on display. Of course, this has since been unveiled as a production car…although it doesn’t look anything like this.

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VW Golf R…

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Volvo has this rather deceptive looking concept sedan-coupe thing, called the “You”. I wasn’t too impressed with it, despite the fact that I think the cars Volvo has been putting out are been getting better and better. The “You” did not seem to have any direction…it had opposing doors, but the interior wasn’t even that spacious, other than the “floating” style seats.

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Subaru BRZ “STI” concept…

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I’ve never, for the longest time, been a fan of Jaguar. Other than the early model E-type, everything they made seemed to be uglier than the last. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’ve kept a good hold on their image as being luxurious sports cars, but have not been very appealing from the outside. This C-X16 concept, though, changes the game. This is just beautiful…

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I love the lines and how refined it is.

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Mercedes had a lot of treats, including the SLS AMG…

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C63 AMG Black Series…

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Will wrap up the coverage this weekend…thanks for looking!

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