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See all the strengths and weaknesses ranging from Toyota and Subaru clones to a Barbie car

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At every auto show, the Conduct The team is tasked with combing the showrooms for the real highlights – those cars or parts of the show that really stand out. The flip side is identifying the weak spots, those things that just make you shake your head and wonder… why?

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At the 2021 LA auto show there was a lot to see, so choose the highlights was a difficult task, but the team was not about to shy away!

“I know she debuted a bit before the show, but I’m still going to choose the 2023 Corvette Z06 as my show hit,” Clayton Seams said. How can you ignore the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever? In this case, the Z06 develops an astounding power of 670 horsepower and pulls this lot thanks to a dual-clutch transaxle. He added: “It promises to be the best of the naturally aspirated sports cars. Can’t wait to drive one.

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Subaru and Toyota have launched their respective versions of an all-new all-electric vehicle. The Toyota bZ4X will be offered with a choice of two- and four-wheel drive models. The first should offer around 400 kilometers of green practice. In North America, Subaru has held its ground and will only offer the Solterra with all-wheel drive. Using a twin-engine design, it develops 215 horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque of instantaneous torque.

David Booth thought the bZ4X was the success of the series. “The reason for my choice was my hope – and, since Toyota Canada hasn’t released any pricing information, it’s really only a hope – that they could sneak it into the Great White North under that MSRP of. $ 45,000 base that would allow consumers the federal government subsidy of $ 5,000 for electric vehicles. Its specs are modest enough – 71.4 kilowatt-hour battery and 201 horsepower in its base front-wheel drive format – that it’s at least possible. So far, the only electric vehicles under 45 inches are small hatchbacks. If Toyota can get the bZ below the demarcation point, that would be a new price-value equation for battery-powered vehicles. We’ll have to wait until next year to find out, I guess.

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One of the candidates for a lowlight was the fact that these two EVs are stylistic clones. It seemed like a throwback to the old days of badge engineering. The differences in appearance basically boil down to nose job and different base wheels. Upgrade to the bigger 20 inches and the two EVs share them!

Although the two look very similar, Nadine Filion pointed out: “F in the end we have of them 100% electric vehicles from Subaru and its legendary AWD system, paired with Toyota, the creator of the hybrid tsunami 20 years ago. In addition, Nadine added: “The bz4x and Solterra will arrive in our dealerships next summer!

Nadine’s biggest dud was the Fiat 500-based Barbie car. “A sparkling white-silver roadster with hinged doors, rainbow wheels and a pink interior with fur headrests? Come on, this Barbie car is so sexist. She also added, “Mattel missed a great opportunity to show off a modern twist with something like a Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in that can ‘go anywhere’, like a girl can and should be able to. “

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Another highlight was not a car, but the foundation on which many new Hyundai / Kia electric vehicles will ride. The Global Electric Modular Platform (E-GMP) already underpins the Genesis GV60 and Kia EV6. The layout and manner in which it houses the battery, electric motors and power electronics without encroaching on usable space in the vehicle is a model of packaging efficiency.

“Not only does this give the fabulous Ioniq 5 an enormous 500km range,” said Elliot Alder, “but this platform also allowed them to create the fantastic concept, Seven. “

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Elliot’s miss was the Lucid Air, which has recently garnered a ton of attention. However, Elliot adds that for a premium luxury sedan, “the build quality leaves a lot to be desired. I was able to put a little finger between some of these spaces between the panels.

Further, it could sit under the Kia EV9 concept that Kia revealed in Los Angeles – the prevailing feeling was that it would hit the market, but in a less drastic form. It is slightly larger than the Telluride, but lacks a sharp style. The “Opposites United” design theme, which Kia is touting as its future design language, takes the traditional two-box crossover design and makes it truly square. To paraphrase a comment heard during the reveal, Kia has reinvented the term SUV – the inference being that it now means Seriously Ugly Vehicle.

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Clayton agreed it was a failure for him: “While I really enjoyed the interior treatment of Kia’s latest EV concept, the exterior of the safe left me cold. Kia says the design reflects nature, but I think it reflects a Hummer H2 in a funhouse mirror. It doesn’t matter, as the EV9 will likely be quite toned down by the time it hits production. He also added, “I’m disappointed because Kia has shown with the EV6 that they can make very stylish EVs. “

Another of the highlights was the launch of the fifth generation Range Rover. Although his general profile resembles the outgoing model, he is so different in terms of purpose and intention that he has broken the mold. At the base, it is elegant and opulent. Upgrade to the SV package and it rivals Maybach in terms of quality and workmanship.

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While the new Range Rover will launch with a 3.0-liter inline-six powered by a 48-volt mild hybrid system and an all-new BMW-based 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, it will also usher in the electric era. from Land Rover – in 2023 a 434bhp plug-in hybrid with 100 kilometers of electric drive alone will be followed in 2024 by a fully electric version and, according to Land Rover, it will do all of this without sacrificing its go anywhere ability and reputation.

The only weak spot that many seemed to agree on was that while there was a welcome buzz in the air, the LA Show was the first post-Covid show of any real consequence. The Munich auto show that preceded it was, in a nutshell, a disaster.

Some have hammered it in for the low-key, low-key approach; I was disappointed that more manufacturers didn’t step up their efforts and didn’t have a significant reveal at the show.

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David agreed, “What a snoozefest. Not only were there few press launches, but most of them were poorly organized. I can’t believe we’ve all forgotten how to do our jobs in just 18 months!

The official program listed Fisker, Hyundai, Subaru, Kia, Barbie and VinFast at the launch of the only press vehicle. In years past, it took a team approach to cover the myriad of reveals, some of which ran concurrently to accommodate the number of launches. Yes, any auto show is an expensive proposition and no one wants to invest where there is an outside risk of cancellation, but come on, go for it!

So, there you have it – some wonderful highlights and some nerve-racking weaknesses from the 2021 Los Angeles International Auto Show.

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