In Los Angeles, the auto industry is holding its breath. Change is coming, but no one exactly knows when or how EVs or self-driving cars will make a dent in the way Americans drive. What is clear is that if new technologies are successful, California, with its push toward zero emissions and lucrative tax incentives, will lead the way in the charge.
The vast majority of the thousand cars on display at the Los Angeles Convention Center are powered by traditional gasoline engines and offer seating for at least five passengers. But the heightened presence of EVs and announcements about new car-sharing programs show that car makers are turning the page in the old playbook. Signs are everywhere of nascent change, starting with Tesla’s Model 3 display front and center on the show floor, as a reminder that new players are contenders.
Auto shows are where consumers go to shop for their next new models. LA may be known for convertible top-down cruising, but these days what dominates the road — and the auto selection — is a sea of sports utility vehicles.
The Los Angeles Auto show runs through December 10th. Here are some of the standouts we saw during the media preview.
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