Los Angeles is king of the US auto shows. And it’s looking at the future. LA does the best job of introducing and showcasing cars people buy and cars, SUVs, hybrids, PHEVs, and EVs that people are buying in small but increasing quantities. Our picks for 2019 are heavy on electrified cars because that’s what automakers focused on in LA, including the show-stealer, the Ford Mustang Mach-E and, and the fire-breathing Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid with 302 horsepower – not a typo – and a sub-six-second 0-60 time.
Here’s our pick of the best cars from this year’s show. It was a rich set of introductions, in part because there’s no other big show for months. The next top-tier US show isn’t until April, the New York Auto Show (NYIAS), because Detroit (NAIAS) has given up its wintry January date for June. The LA Auto Show continues with public days Friday (Nov. 22) through Sunday, Dec. 1.
The LA Auto Show concludes two days of press introductions, which followed several days of Automobility, the showcase and conference for new and alternative ideas in transportation, particularly alternative energy vehicles.
The show was also the scene of some of the first car of the year awards: Motor Trend cited the Chevrolet Corvette, Kia Telluride, Ram 1500, and Peter Schreyer, president and head of design management of Hyundai Motor Group (including Kia) as car, SUV, truck, and person of the year for 2020.
The North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) group announced its COTY finalists. Car: Chevrolet Corvette, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Supra. Utility vehicle: Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Lincoln Aviator. Truck: Ford Ranger Jeep Gladiator, Ram Heavy Duty pickup. The NACTOY awards had been announced at the Detroit show but now that it’s a June show, the awards have become a freestanding event in Detroit January 13.
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