The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show is here. What will you walk away with?
If the alternative-energy drive has taken over the show this year, there are still some worthwhile enthusiast cars and prototypes.
So Who's There?
Jaguar. The stunning inhouse C-X75 Concept prototype from the company displays a turbine hybrid, backed with a lithium-ion battery pack and four 195-hp in-hub motors. Yes, 600 hp. Rumor mill: "The car is not a simple prototype." Apparently the Tata group is serious about it.
Ford. Ford is the clear winner from the last two years of hell--well, at least, when it comes to its local competitors. The company has a vast choice of cars, suitable for anyone. Must see; electric Connect Transit, Ford Fusion (sign up for a ride if you still can), as well as a version of what the future electric Focus should look like.
KIA. The futuristic Kia EV project called Pop sports a healthy 18-kWh lithium polymer gel battery pack, giving the electric motor an output of 67 hp (50 kW) for 190 Nm of torque. Its shape, it not only conveys a futuristic message but serves aerodynamic purposes since it should reach 97 mph (140 km/h) with a 100 miles (160 km) range on a full charge.
Nissan. If you want to see the Leaf again, this is your chance, as well as other hybrids, including the very nice Altima hybrid.
Commuter Cars. This is your chance to not only get up close with the Tango but also bring one home with you. Rick Woodberry, owner of the company has one ready to go with you.
Honda. The CR-Z Hybrid will either move or not. Strangely enough, this CR-Z hybrid consumes more gas than the original non-hybrid 20-year-old one. What it does do on the other hand is raise the image people have of hybrids. Who says hybrids can't look agressive?
Toyota. No surprise here with its annual plug-in hybrid version of the Prius. A few are still being fleet tested and we should have it available on the market in a year or two. Lexus wants you to know that they have the "darker green" at the show. Ask them what they mean.