LA Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Toyota’s Lisa Materazzo

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Toyota North America Vice President Lisa Maaterazzo poses for a portr
Toyota North America Vice President Lisa Materazzo poses for a portrait at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

We asked executives in town for the L.A. Auto Show to share some thoughts about cars, driving and the future of mobility. Here’s what we learned from Toyota North America Vice President Lisa Materazzo.

What historic car or truck do you wish you owned?

A 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe.

What’s your favorite weekend or summer holiday drive?


Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

If the future offered flawless autonomous driving, would you still keep a car for weekend driving?

Absolutely! For me, driving is a transformative experience that’s about more than the destination. It’s about freedom, independence and excitement.


What’s the top speed you’ve ever traveled in a car, and where did that take place?

About 170 mph in a NASCAR ride-along at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

What’s the most exciting change currently at work in the automotive industry?

Advancements in connected technologies that make driving safer, more convenient and seamless.

What current motorized vehicle (made by some other company than your own) do you particularly admire?

The iconic Vespa.

The L.A. Auto Show runs Dec. 1-10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Times coverage is at



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