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2017 LA Auto Show Highlights

By: Angelo Ilumba December 1, 2017
You don't have to go to a galaxy far far away to see the sights at the 2017 LA Auto Show.

The latest and greatest of the auto industry invades the Los Angeles Convention Center today through December 10.

DMV.org attended the show’s preview as part of Automobility LA ,which also includes a tech conference.

See some of our takeaways from the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Debuts

In the modern world where everything seems to happen online before it happens in the real world, the auto industry is catching up. Most new cars tend to debut online these days. However, there still is a bit of excitement to be among the first to see a new car in person.

The LA Auto Show hosts more than 50 North American, world, and auto show debuts. Check out just some of the highlights.

BMW i8 Roadster

BMW wants to take over the “electrified” market. One step along the way is revamping their i8 Coupe with a bit more power, as well as introducing the i8 Roadster to the lineup. LA is an ideal place to showcase the car to the public, as this looker is sure to entice anyone who wants to cruise up and down the coast with the top down while keeping things green.

Other notable BMV debuts include the new M5 as well as the M3 CS.

BMWi8Roadster
The i8 Roadster is one of several BMV debuts at the LA Auto Show.

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep made a big splash this year debuting their new Wrangler lineup. The new models are set to live up to Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts’ expectations. The combination of modern in-cabin amenities (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible systems) and the trail-ready durability of the Wrangler promises a great drive on the road, dirt, gravel, mud, water, etc.

Jeep
The new Wranglers feature updated looks but remains completely recognizable.


Lincoln Nautilus

The Lincoln MKX suffered from two big problems. The midsize SUV was victim to Lincoln’s bland letter-based naming, and it was heavily criticized for its aesthetics (especially for its “mustache” grille).

The Nautilus solves both problems. Along with its new name, the Nautilus also comes with a new slick look. Out with the mustache and in with a new strong grille.

Lincoln
The end of Movember saw the former MKX lose its much maligned mustache.


Porsche

As per tradition, Porsche has its own exhibit room separate from the two main halls in the convention center. In the Porsche room you will find four debuts highlighted by the new 718 GTS Cayman and Boxster.

The 911 Carerra T also stands out among the new Porsches. Shedding some weight, the latest 911 Carrera T is Porsche's attempt to appease its enthusiastic sports car purists.

Cayman
The new 718 GTS Cayman does not come standard with a world-class tennis player. (That's Maria Sharapova in the driver's seat.)


Tesla Is in the House

Relegated to small kiosk displays outside of the main halls in the past, Tesla is now officially at the adult’s table with its first true display in an auto show main hall. The Tesla exhibit is a must-visit for those who have wanted to get their eyes and hands on the Tesla Model 3.

Nissan Goes Intergalactic 

Can’t wait for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Stop by the Nissan display at the LA Auto Show.

In addition to debuting the new crossover Nissan Kicks, Nissan unveiled six cars stylized as Star Wars spacecraft. In fact, the entire Nissan display is Star Wars-themed, and even includes a virtual reality droid repair shop.

Titan
Nissan ups its security for the 2017 LA Auto Show.


Crossovers Crossovers Crossovers

For the second year in a row the show is dominated by crossover/subcompact SUVs. This isn’t entirely surprising, considering this segment continues to be very popular among car buyers. In the mix of all new crossovers, you can find:

  • Kia Sorrento.
  • Hyundai Kona.
  • Porsche Cayenne (although Porsche still likes to call it a sports car).
  • Toyota FT-AC (concept).
  • many more.

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