October 28, 2020

Highlights from the L.A. Auto Show 2009

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The Los Angeles Auto show is a yearly event where you get to see all the new models coming out in the next year, plus all the concept models that may or may not ever come out. Here’s a few of the beauties we thought were worth highlighting…

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Let’s start with the wild card. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is hopefully going to pull Chevy out of bankruptcy since this will be the maker’s first truly efficient electric/hybrid. You can plug it into a regular outlet and charge your whip in 8 hours or if you plug it into a 240V outlet (lke you home’s washer and dryer) it will charge in just 3 hours.
Pros: You are supporting the American Economy Cons: It’s a fucking Chevy

A $375,000 LEXUS?!?!? I know Lexus is a “luxury” car maker, but it has never been in the price range of Maybach, or Bentley, Or Rolls Royce, and Lexus has never had the performance numbers of Ferrari or Lamborghini or McLaren, until now. The new Lexus LFA is a luxury supercar. 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 202 miles per hour!?!?! This is a very interesting move for Lexus.
Pros: Great numbers, Lexus Reliability. Cons: Not sure if Lexus has the prestige to support the price

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Next up is a big disappointment in my book. Mercedes tried to resurrect one of their most famous vehicles, the 1954-57 Gullwing. This is a beautiful car that was only owned by the wealthiest people in the world.

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I think Mercedes missed the mark on this one. To me it looks like a $258,000 Chrysler Crossfire with Delorean doors.

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Pros: It will hold it’s value based on exclusivity. Cons: If you buy one for that reason you are a douche

To see the rest of the whips, visit the L.A. Auto Show’s website.

2 thoughts on “Highlights from the L.A. Auto Show 2009

  1. Where does the energy come from that charges electric vehicles? Probably a coal plant somewhere, but I wonder if there is net savings.

  2. I agree. I think it probably does come from a coal grid, but the goal is probably to use the infrastructure we have now and get people used to plugging in. Then the electric companies will start using more windfarms and water wheels to power their plant. Of course we won’t see any major money savings but at least we know our kids won’t have 6 heads.

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