The 2011 edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show has opened its doors to the press. What will you see?
The gist is the LA Auto Show is apart and different from most other as its emphasis is on development and skunkworks, rather than the traditional factory production cars. Don’t get me wrong, you will see plenty of production vehicles but the goodies are in the bleeding edge technology presented.
In The Electric Arena.
Ford, brought it’s cavalry. The Electric Focus, while less edgy than last year’s should appeal to many. Yes, there is a lot of grumbling with the price, $39,995, on par with a CODA. Sorry, I won’t pit it against the Volt Plug-In Hybrid.
Mitsubishi iMiEV, or I as it called is there in a funky livery but check out the Air prototype behind. Mitsubishi will claim the lion’s share of EVs on the street. The base model with Federal and if you live in California should be around $18,500. Enough to shake up the competition.
CODA is there with a nice cut away of its drivetrain.
Audi taunted us with a revised Spyder version of the eTron and something many of us were waiting to test drive, the A3. unfortunately the company pulled out at the last minute.
BMW is showing its i3 and i8, as well as the ActiveE. The i8 didn’t stray too much fro the stellar prototype, although we can see the areas that will have to be tamed. The i3 hits a sweet spot. No firm price on either.
Honda had the electric Honda scooter I mentioned a year ago, unfortunate, no one had any information on it.
Dok Ing. An interesting new comer from Croatia who aims for the American market. This electric vehicle will turn your head and you will either get it or not. Not the cheapest at an estimated $98,000, but its performance will match expectation. Its McLaren seating arrangement is what caught my eyes, with the drive squarely in the middle front and two seat back on the side. More to come on this.
And you’ve been around the block for the electric drive.
In The Hybrid Font. Not much surprise there. Toyota has it’s two “new” Prius, the roomier last iteration and the ever soon to come Plug In-Hybrid, now stated 2012 version that retains the older body shape… that is for now. Infinity has this year’s new Hybrid, but the ride is identical to the gas version.
On The I-Wish-They-Had-That-In-Electric Podium. The Fiat 500 was already nice on the eye, the Abarth takes to another level. BMW will have a run for its money with this one. We cannot wait to see it with an electric drive. An electric Lotus. When? Why not? Seriously Lotus, you scream electric performance. Mastretta, watch for this Mexican group who built a first class chassis match by an equally impressive body.
I’ll have more to write the next few days.