The LA Auto Show for the straight second year began with AutoMobility, an upgrade specific to ever-advancing automotive technology. As the second day of the media preamble to the two-week public show beginning Friday, innovation was a highlight at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The Weekly Driver interviewed representatives from four companies:
Bollinger Motors (www.bollingermotors.com)— Jeff Holland, Communications Director for the new electric truck manufactured in Hobart, New York, speaks about the unique-looking vehicle. Owner Robert Bollinger, via the company’s website, describes the truck as “the world’s first all-electric off-road and on-road sport utility truck.”
The company began in 2014 and a Bollinger prototype was on display at the auto show. According to company literature, “The all-electric, dual-motor drivetrain creates best-in-class horsepower and torque. All-wheel drive and 50/50 weight distribution provide unbeatable traction, and the suspension delivers best-in-class ground clearance. The result is the perfect truck for work and play.”
The Bollinger is reminiscent of the International Harvester Scout, a precursor to SUVs and made from 1961 to 19780 as a competitor to Jeep.
The Grand Tour — Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May return on Dec. 8 for the second year of the Amazon Prime series that seeks to rival Top Gear on BBC.
In season 2, studio segments will be filmed in the Cotswolds, near to Clarkson’s home in South Central England.
Amazon said the new studio location is the results of “sore joints, struggling lungs and a combined age of 158.”
Filming for Season #2 took place in Mozambique, Switzerland, the United States and Russian state of Georgia.
The Weekly Driver talked with a company ambassador about the expected continued mayhem the show’s hosts have planned.
Fair (www.fair.com) — The new app debuted in Southern California in August and will soon expand into the San Francisco Bay Area. It could change the process of acquiring a vehicle.
With a 10-minute process, vehicle ownership is completed online with an all-in-one, month-to-month payment.
The Weekly Driver talks with Jennifer Parke, the company’s co-founder, about the simplicity of the new app and how it could change the selling of certified pre-owned vehicles Parke likes to call “nearly new.”
Phantom Bikes (www.phantom-bikes.com) — John King is the owner and designer of the San Diego, California-based electric bike company that makes high-end, custom-made machines reminiscent of Indian Motorcycles.
King discusses with The Weekly Driver, the complexity and workmanship of his art, particularly his of one-of-a-kind bike that come with a trailer.
The LA Auto Show is open to the public Dec. 1-10. For information, visit: www.laautoshow.com.