Los Angeles, November 24, 2014 – Founded over 100 years ago, the Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the most influential and best-attended auto shows there is. Every year, the who’s who of the auto industry flock to LA to bare witness to the unveiling of some of the world’s most stylish cars. The Show’s Press Days alone draw more than 12,000 auto industry decision makers and influencers including 4,000 media from more than 50 countries. Following Press Days, the Show opens its doors to the public and hosts approximately 900,000 guests over the course of ten exciting days.
This year, we were invited to the LA Auto Show as guests of Cadillac, to witness the unveiling of their brand new 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan & Coupe. In addition to major automotive consumer releases, we also witnessed the debut of several new concept vehicles that will shape the future of automotive design. We’ve included a photo gallery (in alphabetical order) of our favourite new cars at the 2014 LA Auto Show below. All eyes were on Audi’s Prologue aka A9 concept vehicle which is described as a rolling blueprint for future models. Bentley’s boat-sized and yacht-inspired Grand Convertible was another eye-catcher at The Show featuring the largest book-matched veneer tonneau cover ever crafted. BMW didn’t really wow us in any way. Not to take anything away from the BMW i8, but we’ve all seen it kicking around for a while now and despite not much appearing to have changed – it’s a sweet ride. Cadillac of course, the reason why we were in LA in the first place, didn’t disappoint. The new ATS-V is designed to compete with BMW’s M3 in the compact luxury class. The killer looks are only outdone by the car’s performance. We’ve included the Cadillac ELR in the list as well because damn that’s a beautiful car.
Chevrolet’s Chaparral 2X Vision quite simply stole the show. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen or are likely to see outside of a video game over the next few decades. And it makes it that much cooler. The Chevrolet Corvette C7 and Z06 look like angrier problem children of Corvettes past. These cars are beasts. Ford’s Mustang Shelby GT350 was the only Ford that left an impression. Celebrating 50 years of Mustang, this comes as a great gift to consumers and homage to Carroll Shelby. I’m shocked that my personal favourite out of all of the new concept cars is an Infinity! A bloody Infinity? The Q80 is quite possibly the most beautiful car I’ve ever seen in person. Cowhide interior and floor carpet, diamond-quilted leather interior, suicide doors, a stylish fast back, and gorgeous grill make this the most stylish concept car at The Show.
Jaguar introduced Project 7, which looks like a Jaguar F-Type from every angle only inspired by Jaguar’s Le Mans winning D-Type racing car. My personal second favourite concept vehicle is Maserati’s shark-like Alfieri. Inspired by the 1954 Maserati A6 GCS by Pininfarina, this is what they mean when they say sex-on-wheels. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a $250,000 work of art. The 6.0L V12 biturbo engine must purr like a kitten. Mercedes takes what it’s learned from the McLaren SLR and the Mercedes AMG SLS and applied it to the new Mercedes-AMG GT S. The result is a car well positioned to compete against the high-end Porsche 911s.
In the category of most shocking new concept at the LA Auto show, the Mini Superleggera concept car was a thing of beauty. God I hope they put this into production. Teenage girls will be lined up around the block to buy one. Porsche unveiled a few incredible new cars for 2016 with the 918 Spyder hybrid getting the most attention. This car starts at $250,000 and can go over $1,000,000 when you factor in all the extras. Toyota’s new FT-1 just blew me away. It had to be the best looking sports car at The Show. The thing is absolutely stunning from every conceivable angle. Now if only they could come with something close to this outside of a video game environment, like say a production model – that would be cool. Lastly, the Volkswagen GTI Roadster is yet another fiery video game inspired concept vehicle that’s all style.
So these are the new cars at the LA Auto show that left an impression on us. Big style trends to be on the lookout for include cool metallic colours over punchy prime colours, wide sweeping design curves, bigger wheels, massive oversized grills, and luxurious interiors. By the way, we’ve left out the SUVs, trucks and exotics because there just wasn’t enough time to cover them. For full gallery please scroll to the bottom of the post.
Photos: Spiro Mandylor, www.spiro.ca
Best of the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014