Tuesday, 16 November, 2010 10:27 AM
Los Angeles Auto Show to kick-off the global auto show season
Preview: Nov. 17 and 18; Charity night: Nov. 18; Public days: Nov.
19 - 28
overview of the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show in 2006.
LOS ANGELES --
2010 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show will open to the media on Wednesday
and Thursday, Nov. 17 and 18. More than 50 new vehicle debuts will
take place over press days. The charity sneak preview will take
place on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Homeless Health
Care Los Angeles and One Voice LA. The LA Auto Show officially opens
to the public on Nov. 19 and runs through the 28. It will be open
on Thanksgiving Day as well. It all takes place at the Los Angeles
Convention Center, located at 1201 S. Figueroa Street.
The LA Auto Show is the
first major auto show of the 2010-2011 season. It continues with
the North American International Auto Show (Detroit) in January,
the Chicago Auto Show in February, the Toronto Auto Show in February,
the Geneva Auto Show in March and the New York Auto Show in April.
The Shanghai Auto Show, which takes place every other year, will
also be held in April 2011.
"As the auto industry
is getting back on it's feet, we're seeing great new products, we're
seeing more space being taken by the exhibitors, some new exhibitors
and 50 new product debuts," said Brendan Flynn, communications
director of the LA Auto Show. "It should be an amazing year.
We're going to have at least 15 concept cars on display."
Some of the new product
reveals include the Audi Quattro, Mazda Shinari concept, BMW 6 series
concept, all-electric Kia Pop, Jaguar C-X75, Nissan Ellure sedan
concept, Saab 9-3 Epower and the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.
is home to 13 or 14 design studios of the major manufacturers,"
the communications director explained. "For the past six years,
we've been having a designer's conference. This year the designer's
conference is really going to focus on a contest, the Design Challenge.
We have nine studios this year participating in the Design Challenge.
The test was to see if they can come up with a 1,000-pound vehicle,
lightweight, fuel-efficient vehicle that was up to all of the safety
requirements. We expect over 1,000 designers at the auto show."
The Designer's Night
party is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18 at The Conga Room at LA
Live, right across the street from the Staples Center. It begins
at 6 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m. The winning studio will be announced
at 7 p.m.
"We have 13 brands
participating," Flynn said of the ride-and-drive event for
the press days. "Audi is going to have an A3 TDI that's running
on a synthetic diesel fuel. BMW is going to have their MINI E and
their ActiveHybrid 7. CODA Automotive has their new electric sedan.
That's going to be an opportunity for people to get behind the wheel
and haven't had a chance to before. Of course, the Chevy Volt and
the Nissan LEAF will be participating. Those are both in the running
for Green Car of the Year as well."
He added: "The
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is also participating. Mercedes-Benz is going
to have their B-Series F-Cell, their electric fuel cell. Mitsubishi
is going to have their new i-MiEV. Porsche is going to have their
Cayenne S Hybrid. Volvo's going to have their C30 Electric. Volkswagen's
going to have their Golf Blue eMotion and also their TDI. Wheego,
which is a start-up manufacturer that makes exclusively electric
vehicles is going to have their first freeway capable electric vehicle."
The LA Auto Show will
serve as the unofficial beginning of the electric car area. It is
the first time that many production-ready electric vehicles are
on display at the show and buy them at dealers. The Volt and the
LEAF will both be displayed and auto enthusiasts will be able to
purchase one at their nearest dealer immediately after attending
the LA Auto Show.
from Southern California Edison and the Electric Drive Transportation
Association to help educate consumers about what they need to do,
how they get a charging permit station in their home, way to calculate
what their charging rates are going to be," Flynn said. "A
lot of that real practical information about owning and operating
an EV is going to be available throughout the run of the show."
What would like others
to know who are attending the LA Auto Show for the first time?
"There's a lot of
options for consumers coming to the LA Auto Show," the communications
director explained. "It gets crowded on the weekends. If you
could come on a weekday or during the evenings, we're open until
10 o'clock at night. There's also the new LA Live complex down there.
You can come early, park, go to the show, have lunch and catch a
movie. Lots of things to do downtown that weren't an option before.
Downtown is really becoming a bit of an entertainment hub. There's
a bunch of reasons to come to the LA Auto Show in addition to seeing
For more information
on the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, visit www.laautoshow.com.
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
2010 Los Angeles Auto Show will take place at the Los Angeles
Convention Center in downtown L.A.