The LA Auto Show, which continues through the weekend, drew record crowds and show-stopping new hybrids and 2016 models of America’s favorite cars and trucks. The new Jeep Wrangler has a rough and tough look with eye-popping features galore. The show includes never seen before 2016 models and concept cars, and there are classics from the 1970’s and 1930’s.
The 12-day Auto show takes a few hours if you visit each display, which has brand new models in BMW, Mercedes to really classic cars like the 1970 Camaro. Chrysler brought back the design from the 1950’s with a Chrysler 300c Platinum, said spokesperson Chelsea Watts. “This is the top of the line luxury sedan, with heated, ventilated leather seats inside. There’s also genuine wood inlays and other luxury features. It still has the iconic body design of the 300 and it even has more rounded edges in the front. It has incredible power under the hood, a 3.5 liter, and a V-8 engine that gets 25 MPG on the highway with new powerful transmissions,” said Watts.
Some attendees like Jim Schwartz, Playa Vista, CA came to see the new SUV’s, which he’s shopping for right now. “I’ve really been focused on the new Chevy Colorado because I own a 2013 model, and the dealer sent me a really good deal,” said Schwartz. “I checked out the High Sierra, and I really wasn’t impressed, because it looks like an old retro truck with a lot of wood paneling in it. I also looked at the Malibu, where they changed the back end, changing the whole look of the car, which I thought was pretty cool.”
Swartz also noted that many of the new cars and trucks are so uniquely designed, and he believes that all dealers are targeting the younger people. “I noticed that Chevrolet is actually thinking about restoring the 70’ Camaro,” said Schwartz. “I don’t believe that Chevy or Ford is targeting our age bracket anymore. Everywhere I drive you see the Mustangs and Camaro’s with designs and features of the 1970’s and there’s a lot of young people driving them.”
One exciting feature of the LA Auto show you might want to check out is getting behind the wheel and test drive one of the nearly 100 of the latest models. Registration for all of this year’s test drives will take place onsite during the LA Auto Show (slots are available at a first-come, first-serve basis). Note: registration at each test drive kiosk/desk will close 30-60 minutes prior to the hours posted. Requirements to participate: You will have to present your 2015 LA Auto Show ticket stub prior to signing up; drivers must meet age requirements for each manufacturer and have a valid driver’s license. Passengers are allowed and must be at least eight years of age; drivers and passengers must sign a waiver of liability and may be asked to provide follow-up information; you may be asked to pass a breathalyzer test in order to participate.
LA Auto offers these tips: Saturdays and Sundays tend to have the most participating vehicles. Rather than wait until later in the day, they recommend signing up to test drive your favorite vehicles upon your arrival to the show. Ride and drive models will be posted online before the show are subject to change without notice at the discretion of each participating brand.
Some of concept cars on display through Sunday (Saturday, Nov. 28: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm) (Sunday, Nov. 29: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm) include: Aston Martin DB10, Scion Concept, Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept, Volvo Concept 26 and Volkswagen Golf GTE to name a few. One drawback if you wanted to sit in the driver’s seat, you have get in line, which has scores of children of all ages sitting in the front seat for quite a while with the parents in just about all of the show cars. The parking is expensive at $20.00, so you might want to grab a parking spot a few blocks away for $10.00, if you don’t mind walking. A better way would be to take the Metro Red Line, and get off at stops nearby for $8.00 a roundtrip pass. The food and drinks are pricey, but if you walk north of the LA Convention Center, around the downtown area, you can find some great, inexpensive places to dine out.