#175, 2021 LA Auto Show virtual media preview

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After a postponement and cancellation because of the COVID-19 pandemic, LA AutoMobility and the LA Auto Show will be back later this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Collectively, the automotive industry can’t wait.

Plenty of other auto shows didn’t occur last year and won’t until later this year. But organizers of the Los Angeles show, the first major industry event of the season, decided to offer a glimpse into the future.

The 2021 Toyota Mirai was discussed during the recent LA Auto Show virtual Media Day.
The 2021 Toyota Mirai was discussed during the recent LA Auto Show virtual Media Day.

A virtual media gathering with representatives from many carmakers was recently held, and The Weekly Driver Podcast was part of it.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia listened to several presentations and follow-up question-and-answer sessions. We even submitted a few questions that were answered.

The LA Auto Show will be held Nov. 19-28.

In the meantime, on episode No. 175 of The Weekly Driver Podcast, we’ll hear from representatives from Magna, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Magna International is a Canadian mobility technology company for automakers. It produces automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components supplied to BMW, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Tesla.

The 2021 BMW ID.4 was introduced during the 2021 LA Auto Show virtual Media Day.
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 was introduced during the 2021 LA Auto Show virtual Media Day.

Toyota’s presentation is the introduction of the 2021 Mirai. It’s one of only three mainstream hydrogen fuel cell cars available in the United States.

LA Auto Show: EVs on the horizon

In the ever-expanding electric vehicle segment, Volkswagen’s latest offering is the ID.4. It debuted in late 2020 in Europe and in early 2021 to North American customers in early 2021.

It’s the fully electric crossover SUV under the Volkswagen brand. The German manufacturer is marketing the ID.4 as a high-volume, mass-market electric vehicle — a car for “the millions, not the millionaires.” We’ll hear VW’s presentation, too.

Please join Bruce and me for this virtual presentation hosted by the Motor Press Guild. It’s an audio-only preview of the pending LA Auto Show.

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