The LA Auto Show continues to be a November tradition in 2011. It is consistently one of the most popular and largest auto shows in the United States and this year looks to be no exception. If you haven’t been to this event before is just want to know what to expect this year, here is a closer look at what you can expect.
The 2011 LA Auto Show will run from November 18th to the 27th. Tickets will be $12 per person and children under 12 can get in for free. As always, it will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Depending on the day, the hours of operation will range from 9am to 10 pm. If you are concerned about crowds, then choosing the right day is essential. In general, weekdays (especially Thanksgiving) are the least crowded.
Bring the Kids
If you have kids, then November 19th, 20th, and 25th – 27th might be your best options. This is when the Kids Fun Zone is open. It is a weekend attraction that features a variety of interactive activities for kids 12 and under. This includes face-painting, video games, bounce houses, education activities, arts, crafts, and the Dodge Kids Course.
Get a Special Sneak Preview on November 17
You are the type of person who really wants to stay ahead of the pack, then you will enjoy the Sneak Preview Night held on the 17th. This is a special night that will give you sneak peak at the latest debut models and concepts from across the world. Plus, all of the proceeds go to benefiting Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. There are two types of tickets you can buy to this event. For $125, you get to enjoy hors d’oeurves and a cash bar. For $250 a ticket, you will get the Deluxe hors d’oeurves, hosted bar, access to the Gold Lounge and Seating Area. It is always a great time and benefits an excellent cause.
What Will You See At the LA Auto Show?
It seems like there are new additions to the LA Auto Show every week. The categories include debuts (both North America and World), concept cars, and alternative fuel vehicles. Here is a quick look at the vehicles which have already announced that they will be at the LA Auto Show in November 2011.
ñ Fiat 500 Abarth
The European version of the Fiat Abarth is already well-known, but the United States version will debut at the LA Auto Show in November. It will include a more powerful engine with Multiair technology. Little else has been released as to what the American trim will look like.
ñ 2012 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
Hyundai has announced that they will show a new version of the Elantra Coupe that will set the foundation for an R-Spec offering. By offering a two-door Elantra, Hyundai will be adding 3 more body styles including the sedan and touring models.
ñ 2012 Hyundai Azera
It is expected that the 2012 Hyundai Azera will have a very similar design as the Korean-market Grandeur, which was revealed earlier this year. In terms of how it will fit into the Hyundai lineup, many people believe that it will be slotted below the Genesis, but above the Sonata.
ñ 2012 Infiniti JX
The 2012 Infiniti JX was first introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, however the first production model will be unveiled at the LA Auto show. It will then be officially launched sometime in the spring of 2012. It is a 7-seat crossover with a very luxurious interior and overall aggressive styling. It also features next-generation telematics.
ñ Lincoln MKS and MKT
Earlier this year, Lincoln announces that it would be unveiling seven models which are either new or updated over the next few years. At the 2011 LA Auto Show, they will roll out the changes made to the MKS and MKT. The goal of the new re-design is to combine the strengths of BMW and Lexus – aka “engaging to drive” and “luxurious”.
ñ Pantera Is Back
DeTomaso is most well known for the Pantera and fans were shocked (and not impressed) when they debuted the Deauville concept at the Motor Show in Geneva. At the LA Auto Show, DeTomaso is bringing back a new Pantera. While the details have been kept under wraps, enthusiasts have a reason to be excited again.
The LA Auto Show has become the leader in green cars and associated technologies over the years and there is little doubt that 2011 will be any different. While many automakers have kept a lid on exactly what green cars they will be showing, the winner of the Annual Green Car of the Year and Nielsen Automotive Green Marketer of the Year will be announced at the show.
If you love cars, then the LA Auto Show in November 2011 is definitely the place to be.