#206, Live from the LA Auto Show; It’s Electric

James Raia

The new Fisker Ocean was unveiled at the LA Auto Show.

The 2021 LA Auto Show media days began Wednesday, Nov. 17, marking the first major automotive show of the season after a two-year COVID-19 pandemic. The Weekly Driver Podcast was in attendance for the first of our daily episodes.

A few minutes after the show opened, co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia visited various halls at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We viewed the new models of legacy brands, Ford to Chevrolet, Honda to Chrysler. And we viewed a slew of current and pending (maybe) electric vehicles — high-end Porsche to moderately priced Hyundai, the Mullen Five (2024?) to the 2022 Lucid Air, the MotorTrend Car of the Year.

The LA Auto Show featured many current and pending electric cars.
The LA Auto Show featured many current and pending electric cars  and also  new Nissan Z.  All Images © Bruce Aldrich/2021

As the first LA Auto Show since November 2019, differences in this year’s show were readily apparent from the last edition.

LA Auto Show: Electric Cars Galore

The emphasis on electric vehicles from more manufacturers is an overriding theme. Matted color palates are also more prevalent.

The Weekly Driver Podcast has hosts offer our opinions as we meander from manufacturer to manufacturer.

We observed the new Mustang Mach E, the new, bigger and the more plush Lincoln Navigator and its competitor, the Jeep Wagoneer.

As for electric vehicles, newbies include the Kia EV9, Fisker Ocean, Nissan Ariya, Subaru Solterra, Toyota bX4X and Vietnamese startup VinFast.

A vintage racing Porsche was showcased at the LA Auto Show.
A vintage racing Porsche was showcased at the LA Auto Show.

Of course, where’s the new, there’s usually old. Among the vast array of new Porsches in the Germany manufacturer’s segregated hall, a wondrous barn find — a vintage 1960 Porsche 356, 1,600 Super 90 resplendent in dents and patina.

LA Auto Show: Public Show, 10 Days

Following another media-only day, the public show will be held Nov. 19-28. For show details, visit: www.laautoshow.com.

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The Weekly Driver Podcast
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James Raia and Bruce Aldrich

Hosted by James Raia and Bruce Aldrich, The Weekly Driver Podcast dives deep into the highways and byways of the automotive world. Each week, we put you in the driver’s seat, exploring unique, unusual, and often untold stories from across the industry’s spectrum.

Article Last Updated: November 20, 2023.

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