The 2015 LA Auto Show: News and New Car Pictures

The 2015 LA Auto Show: News and New Car Pictures


The 2015 LA Auto Show floor was full of the now-usual alternative vehicles—Honda’s Clarity fuel cell, EVs at VW, and Volvo’s autonomous Concept 26.

There was also all the typical car-show sizzle—gray leather jumpsuited female Alfa paratroopers, a bikini-clad couple at the Alfa historical display (Italians are apparently big on surfing), and uber-sleek, tall models gracing the Porsche center.

There were also more than a few amusing quirks as well: A pair of French Christian Louboutin heels in an Alfa Romeo display case of Italian luxury goods. At the Lexus stand, there was what I called the George Forman grill on the LX570—a body-double of the boxing legend’s eponymous cooker, turned vertical and applied to the front of the oversized SUV. My favorite: A sexy new Mustang in the Ford booth that proclaimed “I’m exciting!” across its windshield. Dear product-marketing executives: We are not as dumb as we look.


On a more pleasant note, there were two encouraging trends at this year’s show. First, handsome crossovers are coming to market—and hopefully putting their ugly-duckling peers to shame. My favorites: the Jaguar F-Pace (which the company is taking on an interesting multi-city roadshow), the Mazda CX-9, Cadillac’s XT5, and the Infiniti QX30.

The second and most important trend? Bad-ass, gasoline-powered, high-horsepower sleds. Audi unveiled no less than three: the new R8 V10 Plus, the A8 Plus, and the RS7 Performance. Mercedes showed off its new SL two-seater (still too cushy and heavyset for my taste).


BMW brought its M4 GTS, a car that’s track-ready and on prescription-strength Red Bull. Alfa Romeo unveiled its Guilia—the long-awaited (and keep waiting—its on-sale date in the U.S. keeps getting delayed) sedan that set a four-door lap record at the Nurburgring.

The take-home performer, though, was the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport—featherweight, engineered down to the last bolt by Porsche’s in-house motorsports geniuses, and decidedly not street legal.


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Luqman Ahmad is a passionate car enthusiast from Lahore, Pakistan. His vast experience with old and modern cars from Pakistan includes Toyota, Suzuki, Hyundai, Tuscon, and Honda, as well as all other brands operating in Pakistan.

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