As promised, I’m going to keep you posted as Motor Trend Garage and I explore this year’s LA Auto Show. This year, we cornered a few media passes, which gave us a behind-the-scene look at almost 60 new car debuts and concepts. Basically, there’s something for everyone. One thing I did notice is that this year’s theme appears to be an attempt to bring together tradition and innovation, which automakers hope will keep attracting younger buyers.
On the home front, Ford debuted its new and improved Ford Explorer along with the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and both are visually stunning. Another attractive vehicle was Chevy’s impressive and beautiful Chevrolet Chaparral 2x Vision Gran Turismo Concept car, which brought everyone’s futuristic dream racecar from their childhood to life. It’s a ride you must check out. Chevy’s Luxury division Cadillac also debuted a car – the Cadillac ATV-V.R, which according to Cadillac is track ready of the lot – that will turn heads once you take it out of your garage.
Our European counterparts also had a few vehicles of their own to showoff. Porsche debuted its new and anticipated 911 Carrera GTS to the world for the first time. They also announced that actor Patrick Dempsey would start racing full time for Porsche’s endurance racing teams, which includes Le Mans. Both Mercedes-Benz and BMW had a few very impressive debuts in LA. Mercedes introduced the world to the new AMG GT S and the ultra exclusive and gorgeous Mercedes-Benz Maybach S600.
BMW released a new 2 Series Convertible and a new X6 family car as well, however BMW amazed the crowd with the roar of their new M versions (X5 and X6) featuring classic BMW M Series power all within the safety of a family luxury S.U.V. Fiat also impressed the media with its 4-door cross over Fiat 500X. Equipped with more space and power, this Fiat has been designed specifically for the U.S market.
There were also several impressive debuts from companies like Audi, Acura, Jaguar, and Saleen, but there was only one car that truly left me in awe – Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports’ beautiful and mean looking 725hp Ford Mustang, which they are calling “The Rocket”. Set to start selling next year at Fisker’s approximation of a little over $100,000, its such an attractive and powerful car, that it’s worth the money.
This years Los Angeles Auto Show is sure to excite the pockets of many buyers this year, and I am sure many custom garages will be happily waiting to house them.
Check out our gallery below, then head over to this years LA Auto Show.