Star Wars, toy cars and weird SUV convertibles: Highlights from the 2015 L.A. Auto Show
The Chevy Volt is named Green Car of the Year at the L.A. Auto Show.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
The new Cadillac XT5 midsize luxury SUV is unveiled at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.(Briamn van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
1970 Chevrolet Camaro restored by GM- LT4 Corvette engine.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Nissan production crew member Steve O’Connell pulls a silk cover unveiling the all-new 2016 Nissan Sentra which will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Attendees at the Connected Car Expo around the Ford Focus Electric at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Juergen Roos sets up a display at the Porsche booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The auto show opens to the public Friday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
Kiyoshi Shimizu. Manager/Chief Engineer at Honda R&D talks about the The Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell vehicle at Honda’s Advanced Design Studio as part of the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles.(Chris Carlson / Associated Press)
The Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell vehicle motor is shown at Honda’s Advanced Design Studio as part of the Los Angeles Auto Show.(Chris Carlson / Associated Press)
The Infiniti QX30 is debuted as part of the Los Angeles Auto Show.(Chris Carlson / Associated Press)
A worker walks past the 2016 Ford Mustang at the Los Angeles Auto Show.(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
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.
The 2016 Range Rover Evoque
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.
The auto show through the ages
LA Auto Show, 1930. pic.twitter.com/lndcj8FS2i— Brian Thevenot (@LAThevenot) November 18, 2015
LA Auto Show, 1954 pic.twitter.com/QhAIxcC4NZ— Brian Thevenot (@LAThevenot) November 18, 2015
Electric and hybrid vehicles caught the eye
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
Ford C-Max Energi
Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid boasts 600mi in hybrid mode. 3 yrs free charging for CA/MD residents. $34,690 pic.twitter.com/YqSLVvd1Bi— Michelle Maltais (@mmaltaisLA) November 18, 2015
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.
At LA Auto Show, Porsche says it will have a battery electric vehicle for sale by 2020 - with 300 mile range and 15-minute recharge time.— charles fleming (@misterfleming) November 19, 2015
And we took a short -- and silent -- ride in VW's electric car, the e-Golf.
The imposing Cadillac XT5.
The "Fiata," a Miata inspired Fiat 124 Spider. (Read our review here.)
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