#59, Technology, Chinese influence on tap for LA Auto Show

James Raia

Manufacturer specialists, once know as Sirens are an enduring tradition of the LA Auto Show.

The LA Auto Show began more 100 years ago and it’s always changed with trends in the automotive industry — pick-up trucks to alternative fuel vehicles.

This year’s show, scheduled Nov. 29-Dec. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will be no different. More than 60 vehicles are confirmed to make their North American or global debuts.

Manufacturer specialists, once know as Sirens are an enduring tradition of the LA Auto Show.
Manufacturer specialists, once known as Sirens, are an enduring tradition of the LA Auto Show.

Lefteris “Lefty” Tsironis, the show’s marketing and communications director, is our guest on episode #59 of The Weekly Driver Podcast.

Tsironis takes co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia through the show, concepts to the increase of Chinese manufacturers to the enduring tradition of manufacturers’ ambassadors, once known as sirens.

One of the most prominent components of the industry — the advancing importance of technology in the industry — will be the focus of AutoMobility LA. It’s the preceding press and trade portion of the show, beginning Nov. 26.

Manufacturers’ continued emphasis on technology, autonomous driving and alternative fuel vehicles will be feature in the the four-day show.

Toyota plans to launch five new vehicles, including special editions and hybrid models.

Volkswagen has confirmed both global and North American unveilings, including an electric concept and GTI and Beetle special editions. Toyota is launching five new vehicles, including hybrid and special edition models. Subaru will also have multiple introductions, including a plug-in hybrid.

Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Nissan, Porsche, Volvo and several other marques have confirmed model introductions for AutoMobility LA. Carmakers debuting vehicles at AutoMobility LA will also have their new vehicles available during the public show.

Tickets, parking availability, confirmed manufacturers and other details of the show are available via the web site, www.laautoshow.com.

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Article Last Updated: November 16, 2018.

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