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Star Wars, toy cars and weird SUV convertibles: Highlights from the 2015 L.A. Auto Show

From the Kia Optima A1A to the Fiat 500e Stormtrooper concept car, there's a lot to see at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Here's a few of the highlights.

Baron Margo's spare-part contraptions

Silver Lake artist Baron Margo used to make toy cars out of aluminum, copper and brass — until 2000 when he decided he could build the real thing.

Every year or so since then, he's created a new contraption. At this year's show, we caught up with him riding in a futuristic jalopy powered by a Volkswagen engine on the wheels of Model A.

And yes, it's street legal.

A drive on the Dark Side

The Force was strong this week with Star Wars concept cars. Too bad there wasn't a Millennium Falcon.

A Darth Vadar car and a Fiat 500e Stormtrooper concept car at the L.A. Auto Show. (Michelle Maltais / Los Angeles Times)

The 2016 Range Rover Evoque

The new 2016 Range Rover Evoque convertible. (Range Rover)

The Range Rover Evoque bewildered us. With two doors and a ragtop, this SUV makes quite the odd mash-up. Nissan recently tried to sell a convertible SUV with the Murano CrossCabriolet, but it sold poorly until it was canceled after the 2014 model. (Read our review of the Range Rover Evoque here.)

A tale of two Kias

First there was a baby blue beauty. The Kia Optima A1A teased guests on the auto show floor with its suicide doors, convertible top and 245-horsepower engine. Unfortunately, it's only a concept and not for sale.

Take a closer look in the video below.

Every year, there's a car that doesn't really do it for us. This year, it was the Kia Forte TGD.

Maybe they'll roll out that Optima after all...

A big name for a small(er) price

Known for its luxurious sport sedans, Jaguar is looking to break out of its niche with the 2017 XE model and its more affordable price point of $35,000.

At about half the price, the XE could draw many more buyers than Jaguar's F-type. And we admit, we're tempted.



(Jaguar)

The auto show through the ages

Electric and hybrid vehicles caught the eye

Chevy Volt (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

The Chevy Volt was named green car of the year, but there were plenty of other EVs and hybrids on display.

Audi Quattro E-Tron

Audi Quattro E-Tron (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Ford C-Max Energi

We also took a look inside the Honda Clarity, the carmaker's first leap into the hydrogen fuel-cell space. (Read our review here.)


Porsche even announced a fully electric vehicle by 2020.

And we took a short -- and silent -- ride in VW's electric car, the e-Golf.

Honorable mentions

The imposing Cadillac XT5.

(John Locher / Associated Press)

The "Fiata," a Miata inspired Fiat 124 Spider. (Read our review here.)

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