It only makes sense that Los Angeles has a huge, internationally acclaimed auto show. We all have second homes in our cars and our city is known for being the North American hub for modernism. Yesterday, we attended the LA Auto Show, where car manufacturers come together for a few days to give everyone an idea of what exactly is coming up in the future of cars.
The show is located at Downtown’s Convention Center and has taken over the entire space (both wings are covered in cars…even the basement!). For those of you who haven’t been to a particularly large show at the space, the Auto Show will definitely be a lot to take in as the floor seems to go on and on and on with cars: it can be a lot to take in. But, it’s do-able! Even if you don’t find yourself to be a car person–if you can drive–you will have fun there. It’s kind of like a non-moving amusement park attraction of “locomotion from the future” where you get to walk around (and sometimes touch) new devices and technology from automotive powerhouses like Cadillac, BMW, Volkswagen, Chevy, Toyota, Scion, Coda, Honda, and even people like Nintendo, Hot Wheels, and Pasadena’s own design hub, Art Center. Moreover, the show has been around since 1907 and, really, can be considered a World’s Fair of cars (you can read the history of the show here).
There were a lot of standouts at the show that you have to look out for. A few things that we saw that were perpetually crowded with people gawking and staring were: the Cadillac CUE (the next step in uniting your driving experience with your online experience), the BMWi Concepts (two futuristic cars that seem to do everything but fly), Nintendo’s 3DS alcove (where girls in skimpy outfits prance around inviting you to play Mario Kart), the multiple Smart Car knockoffs (both Chevy and Scion had them, which were most impressive), Acura’s S.H.I.E.L.D. promo car (yes, from the movies Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, etc.), and many, many more. We’ll be sharing our picks for the best-of-the-best at the show this Monday, in case you’d like to stop by the show over your Thanksgiving time off.
The LA Auto Show runs through next Sunday, November 27, and is even open on Thanksgiving Day (for better or worse). Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 online, and children under 12 are free. The LA Auto Show is an institution in this city because we are a motor city. Do yourself a favor and stop by, take two or three hours, and be prepared to see many of the cars at the show all over the city very soon.