2022 LA Auto Show wraps up its run on Sunday evening

LA Auto Show 115th anniversary exhibit: a 1915 Detroit Electric from The Petersen Museum and a 2023 Czinger 21C. (Jason Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

Los Angeles — The 2022 LA Auto Show concludes its 10-day run at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday evening. There are more than 1,000 new cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles on display.

The LA Auto Show is celebrating 115 years since the first show was held in 1907. There is a special exhibit featuring a 1915 Detroit Electric from The Petersen Museum and a 2023 Czinger 21C. 

Here are some of the big debuts: 

Subaru unveiled the all new 2024 Impreza SUV with smoke and rain on the stage. It comes with a new RS trim that is equipped with a 2.5-liter Subaru boxer engine delivering 182 horsepower. Subaru has a two level display that transports guests into a national park.

Fiat showed off its new 500e electric minicar. Three 500e concepts are shown on the show floor including designs by Armani, Kartell and Bvlgari. The official 2024 production model will be shown at next year’s LA Auto Show. 

Hyundai revealed its N Vision 74 hydrogen fuel cell concept. It features a 85-kw fuel cell stack in the front and a 62.4 kWh t-type battery on the bottom. The tank can hold 9.3 lbs of hydrogen and is expected to offer a driving range of more than 373 miles. Hyundai also offered free test drives of the Ioniq 5 EVs.

“This is my second time actually, we’ve been here a few years ago,“ said Denys Metelskyy from Thousand Oaks, Calif. “It’s a lot of electric cars which looks pretty cool so definitely seeing the change. That’s the reason we came here to see if electric cars were worth buying. I like the Chevy Silverado EV which is supposed to come out next year I guess.“

Kia introduced its 2024 Seltos small SUV with a new design, new technology and enhanced performance. It comes with a new X-Line trim with exclusive exterior features, an increase of 20 horsepower for the 1.6-liter, turbo GDI engine and design enhancements. The Kia EV6 is one of the finalists for the 2023 North American utility vehicle of the year. 

Porsche debuted its 2023 911 Dakar edition. It pays homage to the 1984 Paris-Dakar rally and will be limited to 2,500 units globally. The Dakar edition is equipped with a 3.0-liter twin turbo Boxer engine producing 473 horsepower. 

Vietnamese automaker VinFast introduced two new EVs. The VF6 and VF7 are electric SUVs designed by Torino Design. The VF7 is a midsize SUV while the VF6 is a smaller crossover. VinFast shipped its first batch of 100 electric vehicles to U.S. customers in September.

“We’ve been coming every year for a long time,” said Ian and Lenny Korob from Los Angeles. “I like it a lot. I think it’s cool that we can see the cars driving around inside now that there’s more electric options out there. We never saw that before, the demos where you could actually get in the car. The lines are pretty long but we’re looking to see if there’s a better time. We’re interested in the new Ford electric pickup truck and the new Bronco. I like the new Subaru Impreza.“ 

Hyperion Motors introduced its spaceship inspired XP-1 Hypercar. It is a hydrogen powered vehicle that uses NASA H2 technologies to deliver 2,000 horsepower to its four electric motors. The automaker also showed off its hydrogen refueling station called the XF-7 Hyper:fuel. 

British automaker Charge Cars premiered this ’67 electric car in the west atrium. If you’re thinking it looks like a Ford Mustang, you’d be right. The ’67 features electric motors and floor mounted batteries producing 536 horsepower. Only 499 of these will be made!

Toyota premiered its all new Prius hybrid car and Prius Prime hybrid. The 2023 Prius is the most fuel efficient ever with a combined 57 mpg. Meanwhile, the Prius Prime comes with a larger, lithium-ion battery to increase its range by over 50 percent. Both models of the Prius feature a new exterior design.

In addition, the new Toyota bZ SUV electric concept made its world debut in LA. “bZ” stands for beyond zero in terms of no emissions. The Japanese automaker hosted a sports skills competition for attendees to enjoy. The Los Angeles Lakers girls dancers made an appearance for autographs and a question-and-answer session. 

“I’ve been here about three or four times before,” said Eric Wang, an aerospace engineer at UCLA.  “There’s definitely a little less manufacturers, that’s understandable due to the shortage of cars. We’ve done a lot of test drives, a lot of the indoor experiences, especially the EVs. I’m really interested in the electric vehicles and that’s what I’m looking forward to. I have a Nissan Leaf 2013 but I am looking at the new ones because my car is pretty old and it has a range of 75 miles. All of the new cars have a lot more range and they charge a little bit faster too.“

Chevrolet showed off three of its EVs including the Silverado EV pickup truck, Equinox EV, and the Blazer EV. The Detroit-based automaker also introduced a new 2024 Silverado HD gas powered pickup truck. It comes with a new Duramax 6.6-liter, turbo-diesel V8 engine producing 975 lb.-ft. of torque, according to a GM estimate.

Volkswagen introduced off its new ID. Buzz electric multi person vehicle. It features a 150-kW electric motor producing 201 horsepower and 264 miles of range. Attendees were able to step inside and take photos. 

Ford displayed its Mustang Mach-E, Bronco and F-150 Lightning. The Michigan automaker also offered free test drives inside and outside of the convention center. The new Dark Horse Mustang that we saw at the NAIAS drew big crowds in LA. 

“It’s ok, we’re going over the EV race so it’s not as interesting as past years I would say,“ said Marko Manojlovic from San Bernardino, Calif. “A lot of repetition I would say from different companies. At the most, I’m looking at a plug-in hybrid. I’m looking at the 330e from BMW but I definitely want to have the range of a gas. If I want to go across country or something like that, I don’t want to be constrained by charging. My parents have a Tesla so I know. I like Tesla, I just don’t like the constraint to be honest.“ 

Nissan is offering free test drives of its Ariya electric SUV. The automaker also showed off its new 2023 Z sports car. It is one of the finalists for the North American Car of the Year. The new Z is equipped with a 3.0-liter, V6 engine producing 400 horsepower. 

There is a big NASCAR exhibit in the concourse area in front of South Hall. You’ll see race cars and trophies to get fans excited for the upcoming races at the LA Coliseum and the Auto Club Speedway. 

Tickets to the LA Auto Show are cashless. They can be purchased online at www.LAautoshow.com or on site using a credit or debit card.

The 2022 LA auto show continues through Sunday, Nov. 27. Hours for the final two days are: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

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video by Jason Rzucidlo / AmericaJR

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