Auto shows give us a perfect glimpse into the future. Through them, we can see what the best and the latest major manufacturers have in store for us. However, there are more and more independent and smaller manufacturers that are going full steam ahead, so it’s always a pleasure to see what they have planned for us. One of the largest consumer grade shows in the USA has to be the 2018 LA Auto Show which will never let you down with it’s diverse offer.
Counting more than 1000 vehicles, it can be hard to pick your favorite, but with this article, I’ve gathered what I think is a must see during this year’s edition of the show.
Production cars are certainly the main attraction at the show since you can buy the cars as is. With 39 manufacturers on-site, and vehicles ranging from performance cars, all the way to vans, you’ll have all your automotive cravings satisfied.
Strong American Presence At The 2018 LA Auto Show
Chevrolet has the strongest presence this year, showcasing 31 models in total. By the looks of it, the whole Chevy line-up will grace the floor of the LA convention center. What caught my eye is the 755 hp Corvette ZR1.
Alongside the big daddy ZR1 is the Grand Sport 3LT version of the C7 ‘vette, packing 460 hp.
Latest gen Camaro comes in three flavors, the SS 1LT, Coupe 2LT and the convertible.
Ford also has a fairly strong presence at the 2018 LA Auto Show, with 20 vehicles on display. The main attraction is of course the V6 EcoBoost Ford GT.
In terms of exclusivity, the monstrous 5.2 liter Shelby Mustang GT350 is not too far behind the sleek GT.
If you’re not that into wild cars like the GT350 and the GT, then the Mustang EcoBoost Premium Fastback is right up your alley.
Race Cars Can Be Show Cars
Sticking with the US terf, the American branch of Honda has set up something special. Acura is represented by the NSX GT3 and ARX-05 LMP race cars, alongside the various production cars.
For those that haven’t seen the production version of the NSX, the 2018 LA Auto Show offers you a chance to indulge it in full detail.
Speaking of race cars, Subaru NA teamed up with DirtFish Rally school for the 2018 LA Auto Show. As a result, the DirtFish prepped Subaru BRZ and Impreza WRX STI are on display at the Subaru camp, right next to their road going Impreza in a number of versions and a few other models. For those attending, Subaru has a special debut vehicle as well.
Volkswagen and Kia spiced things up with a bunch of concepts and one-of vehicles. For Volkswagen, there’s the all electric Pikes Peak winner, the I.D R, as well as the fully electric new-age edition of the legendary T1 van, the I.D Buzz Cargo.
Debuting is the Beetle Final Edition which will mark the end of a nearly seven decade long production run and one secret model.
Kia is debuting a currently unknown model and the Soul Crossover, but that’s not that interesting. What is however is their unique Forte Drift Car, clad in RedBull livery and the Queensland Police Stinger.
They’re also showcasing two models tuned by DUB, the DUB Stinger GT and the DUB K900.
The Electrifying Side Of The 2018 LA Auto Show
While we’re at the topic of special debuts, let’s look at three not that popular names; BYTON, Polaris Slingshot and Rivian.
BYTON is a Chinese manufacturer formed by ex BMW and Nissan Motor executives, with employees from Tesla, BMW i division and similar EV focused programs. It’s easy to guess that their two models, the cleverly named K-Byte and M-Byte, are electric. I find them quite appealing in presence and I hope that they’re equally appealing in specs.
Polaris Slingshot will debut the Grand Touring, the S, SL and SLR models, while the Michigan based Rivian is hoping to change the pick up market with their EV R1T truck.
BMW is debuting six models; the chunky X5 and X7, the sporty Z4 and M340i and the classy 8 series in coupe and convertible form. Highlights from the showroom floor have to be the hybrid powered i8 coupe and vert, alongside the M models. Sprinkled on top of the already pompous lineup is the BMW Vision iNext Concept.
Walk over to the Toyota booth and you’ll find some wicked concepts. Representing the four wheel category are the Toyota TJ Cruiser, which I can only assume is the successor to the legendary FJ Cruiser and the Toyota FINE Comfort Line. In the three wheel category, we have the oddly shaped FV2 and the iRoad Demo Car. As for production spec, the TRD spec GT86 is at your disposal.
Saving the best for last in my opinion, are two of the best looking concepts at the show; the Infinity Prototype 10 and the elegant Hyundai Le Fil Rouge.
In Infiniti’s words, “Prototype 10 shows our intent for future INFINITI performance — illustrating a dynamic fusion of our desire to electrify our cars, and the promise to deliver supreme driving satisfaction.”, which I’m excited for, because I find it just gorgeous.
On the other hand, the Le Fil Rouge is a mix of Hyundai’s heritage, with it’s proportions being based around the golden ratio. That explains why it looks so attractive.
Be Present At The 2018 LA Auto Show
The 2018 LA Auto Show is a promising venue, with heaps of interesting vehicles. It really is a show for everyone.