LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Auto Show’s 115th anniversary edition begins a 10-day run at the L.A. Convention Center Friday, with electric vehicles at the forefront of hundreds of displays from more than 30 automakers worldwide.
“With California at the epicenter of electric vehicle manufacturing and design, our show continues to attract the world’s preeminent innovators, who want to reach car buyers throughout our state,” said Terri Toennies, president of the Auto Show.
“As electric vehicles gain a greater share of the market, it’s vital that consumers have the opportunity to experience the ever-growing number of models available.”
But while a wide array of EV and hybrid vehicles will take center stage — including cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks — the show will also feature traditional gas-powered vehicles, along with famous Hollywood cars, exotics, limited editions, “mind-blowing” gadgets and all manner of other automotive eye candy.
The show runs through Nov. 27, including Thanksgiving Day.
Among the highlights:
An EV test track will be available all 10 days of the show’s run, enabling potential buyers or the just plain curious to take new models from Chevrolet, Genesis, Kia, Volkswagen, the Vietnamese manufacturer VinFast and others for a spin. On the first weekend of the show, Porsche will also offer turns in the EV test track.
Showgoers can also partake of street test drives around downtown L.A. – – and the truly adventurous can strap in for “thrills rides” and truck ride-alongs inside the Convention Center’s West Hall with Camp Jeep, Ford Bronco Built Wild and Ram Truck Territory.
Look for debuts, too, from automakers such as Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, VinFast, VW and the British manufacturer Charge Cars.
On the electric front, the show will highlight “the various extensions of EV and emerging technologies,” including:
— L.A.-based, INDI EV displaying its INDI One, a four-door, 475- horsepower EV with a 300-mile range and a “revolutionary” interior living space;
— A 1967-style Mustang by Charge Cars that “reimagines classic American muscle with the modern benefits of electric drivetrain innovations,” and
— Primers on autonomous driving technology from Motional, which will showcase an all-electric IONIQ 5 robotaxi.
Cars with a California flavor will include the Czinger 21C — “the world’s most technologically advanced hypercar, which showcases the upper limits of battery and gas integration and innovation,” and, from Hyperion, the hydrogen-powered XP-1, which can hit speeds of 221 mph and boasts a 1,000-mile range, according to the manufacturer.
There will also be activities for kids and families, scavenger hunts, celebrity and sports autograph signings, luxury ride-ons, and collectibles for sale.
Live music, DJs, dancers and local vendors round out the happenings each day.
In addition, Subaru will host “Make A Dog’s Day,” encouraging attendees to adopt pets in need of a home.
This year’s show will be cashless. Tickets can be purchased at laautoshow.com/tickets/. Individual tickets, family and VIP packages include:
— Any day general admission tickets: $22 (adult), $12 (senior), $6 (child);
— VIP early entry on Saturdays and Sundays: $45 (adult), $24 (senior), $12 (child);
— VIP guided tours on select weekdays and weekends: $100 (adult), $45 (child), and
— Wednesday/Thursday Thanksgiving family four-pack: $65.
Special programs and ticketing options for military personnel and first responders are also available.
For more information, including daily hours, go to laautoshow.com.