Genesis, Porsche and Toyota
These are the stars of Los Angeles
Auto shows are now having a hard time with visitors and manufacturers. But at the Los Angeles Auto Show from November 18 to 27 there is even news for Europe.
Andreas FaustHead of Car and Mobility
The Los Angeles Auto Show is a grab bag. Sometimes a bland show from local garage dealers, sometimes breathless fireworks of new products. This year, the results of what is now probably the most important American auto show are lackluster. With one exception, the European manufacturers are reticent: with the 911 Dakar, Porsche is showing an off-road version of its sports icon. Sensible? Perhaps in California, one of the main markets of the brand.
But otherwise, mainly Asian exhibitors dominate the events. With the X Convertible, Genesis reveals the study of an electric convertible, which has more to do with the clear and aerodynamic design line than with the declaration of intent to bring something like this to series production. Subaru introduces the all-new 2024 generation Impreza, still only for the US, though the compact hatchback’s shape looks very European.
Toyota with two innovations
But Toyota really goes full throttle and pulls the rag out of the new Prius. The hybrid pioneer almost 25 years ago, the new one is now available as a plug-in hybrid with an electric range of almost 80 kilometers and 223 hp, almost double that of before. And with the bZ SUV Concept, the world’s largest automaker is also showing an electric counterpart to the C-HR crossover, with a strikingly futuristic interior.
The absolute eye-catcher at the trade show, however, is Silicon Valley start-up Drako with its Dragon carbon fiber crossover. There is 2000 electric horsepower for the spectacular gull-wing doors, which allow the luxury SUV to reach 100 km/h in 1.9 seconds. Its charging capacity of 500 kilowatts would also be an industry record.