Los Angeles Auto Show

Heading to the LA Auto show tomorrow to see what the carmakers are highlighting.  Most interesting to me are the concepts and the green vehicles. 

There will be over  50 vehicle debuts unveiled at the LA Auto Show, according to one of their releases:

The 2010 show will host 20 world debuts and more than 30 North American debuts across virtually all vehicle categories. The show opens amidst improved auto sales and a growing sense of optimism that is evident from the increased number of debuts, more participating manufacturers and larger, more elaborate exhibits.

I never attended the shows when they were all glitz and glory, but I have seen the past couple of years’ shows very utilitarian and glitz-free.  If the exhibits are, in fact, more elaborate, then that points to where the carmakers are hoping to see consumer interest grow.

My greatest interest is in all things green.  I’ve attended the Verde Exchange conference earlier this year, as well as a US/Canada summit where the top thinkers gave a good overview of the challenges of building a grid that can supply the needed electricity for EV technology.  Again, from the LA Auto Show:

This year’s show also marks the historic arrival of the modern electric car era. After years of anticipation, consumers can finally purchase mass-produced electric vehicles complete with factory warranties. The first two highly anticipated vehicles to kick-off this modern era of electric transportation include Chevrolet’s range extended electric Volt and Nissan’s battery electric Leaf. Los Angeles will be one of the first markets to receive these two vehicles in Nov. and Dec. of this year and the LA Auto Show will be the ideal place to learn all about EV ownership. Featuring more than a dozen electric drive vehicles arriving in the near future, the show will map out how electric transportation will progress in the coming years.

I’d so love to be a first-adopter tester for one of these vehicles.  Having test-driven about 10 different green machines last year, it was pretty amazing to get a glimpse into what is to come.  This year, promises even more.  About 13 different alternative fuel vehicles will be available for test drives to media, so keeping fingers crossed that I’ll be able to book in for a few slots. 

Of course I’ll pop over to the specialty cars…just cuz…Lotus is unveiling 5 concept cars, so that should be interesting — to see where the interest 1% of the population is headed.

I’m not a car gal in the sense that I’m not a dedicated auto industry blogger…but I am a discerning consumer.  I’ll be looking at what fits well with the Baby Boomer and 50 plus consumer, and at some of the offerings for their kids.  If there are any particular cars you want me to check out, comment or email asap and I’ll do my best.  Cool pics to follow in the coming days.

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