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November 30, 2015

Auto Show Season Begins With 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

Los_Angeles_Auto_Show-Connected_Car_Expo-postcards-001-new_cars_player_rulesIt’s been more than a hundred years since the first Los Angeles Auto Show displayed 99 cars at an area skating rink. Since that first show in 1907, the event has now grown so large it occupies the entire Los Angeles Convention Center, drawing hundreds of thousands of auto fans each year. One of the most influential auto shows in the world, the Los Angeles Auto Show sets the tone for the entire auto show season. AskPatty’s Chief Editor Brandy Schaffels and President of our Dealer Division Cherie Watters were there to view the highlights.

2015_LAAS_bas-IMG_9091-Fiat_500e_stormtooperThis year’s show featured more than 30 North American and World premieres unveiling more than 50 production and concept vehicles from the compact, luxury, performance, and low- and zero-emission segments.

Vehicle debuts included the all-new Bentley Bentayga SUV, 2017 Acura NSX supercar, 2017 Cadillac XT5 luxury midsize crossover, 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid, 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible SUV, and Jaguar’s first performance SUV, the F-PACE. Other vehicle debuts include Infiniti’s QX30 crossover, Hyundai’s newest Elantra sedan, Kia’s next-generation Sportage SUV, Buick’s redesigned LaCrosse, and a concept from Scion that demonstrates the company’s design direction for a new vehicle set to go into production in 2017. There was even a fun, stormtooper-themed Fiat 500x (pictured here). We saw so many vehicles, we had to break them into three separate stories highlighting the fun cars, the sedans, and the utility vehicles, so watch for them here at AskPatty over the next few days.

Los_Angeles_Auto_Show-Connected_Car_Expo-Lyft_cofounder_keynotes_CCEIn response to the high-tech changes fueling the industry, the Los Angeles Auto Show organizers now open press days with the Connected Car Expo, focusing on the future of automotive mobility. Now in its third year, the CCE expanded to the nearby JW Marriott to bring together some of the world’s automotive and technology leaders to explore everything from in-vehicle security innovations and autonomous driving solutions to augmented reality and car sharing platforms.

Opening on November 17 with a keynote by Lyft, Inc. Co-Founder and President John Zimmer, some CCE exhibitors included OnStar (demonstrating connectivity, including 4G LTE Wi-Fi and Apple Car play), Volvo (showcasing its autonomous vehicle technology), and Hyundai (who was exploring a new Virtual Guide featuring augmented reality technology coming to its vehicle lineup later this year). For future passengers’ comfort, Faurecia also debuted its Active Wellness seat, which detects the driver’s drowsiness or stress levels and then takes countermeasures to relieve those conditions. And these are just the highlights!

Hyundai_Ladies_LuncheonCherie and I also attended a special Women’s Automotive Forum presented by Hyundai in partnership with Infinity by Harman. Panelists included Melanie Batenchuk, founder and Editor-in-Chief BeCarChic.com; LouAnn Hammond, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of DrivingTheNation.com; Jean Jennings, President and Editor-in-Chief of JeanKnowsCars.com; Scotty Reiss, Founder SheBuysCars.com; and Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of Department of Transportation of the City of Los Angeles.

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A special preview fundraiser on the night before the show opened to the public allowed special guests to browse the show floor without the crush of crowds -- up to 600,000 people -- during the public days.

Those who bought tickets to this special event were able to attend a private party with hosted hors d’oeuvres and beverages throughout the night, live entertainment by Cirque Berserk, and access to view all vehicles from 6 PM to 10 PM. 

Funds raised from the auto show preview night helped raise critical funds for the Staples Center Foundation and GRAMMY Museum’s music education programs for K-12 students.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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