If you've spent a moment scratching your head wondering about the relevancy of the LA Auto Show, The Detroit Free Press may be able to enlighten you on why the West Coast auto gathering matters. Despite Rhode Island's best efforts, California is still the most populous state in the Union, and one out of every 10 new vehicles sold in the US has a California registration. What's more, the state soaks up one third of all electric vehicle sales and a quarter of all hybrid sales in the nation.

It's no surprise, then, that analysts predict a total of 43 new vehicles will bow at this year's LA Auto Show with an electric motor on board. Those include the BMW i8 Spyder, Ford C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi among others. All told, the 2012 LA Auto Show will feature 24 world debuts and 25 North American premieres. Stay tuned for our live coverage from the show floor.


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      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Electric cars are still pipe dreams. Hybrids are still driven mostly by idiots. LA is still in a terrible place for a city.
        Henry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Just shows that you have no clue whatsoever.
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly, I think the better question is: why is Detroit still a more important show than Los Angeles? More so than any other city on earth, Los Angeles sets the culture of the global automotive community. In Seoul, London or Moscow, does anyone care about what's happening in Detroit? There's a reason every manufacturer has a design studio in southern California.
      ocnblu
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can feel the media onslaught everywhere I look trying to stick electric cars in my face. Well I don't want any part of a hybrid or a full electric vehicle... not now, NOT EVER.
        TwoBits
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ocnblu
        You act like cars were "meant" to be internal combustion... it just so happens that was the technology that progressed the fastest and fit the needs. If they had stuck with electric around a hundred years ago, you could be saying to not stick all these internal combustion cars in your face. Cars are an human invention and there is nothing "supposed to be" about them.
        Scott
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ocnblu
        I do not like them here or there, I do not like them ANYWHERE! Seriously though, I feel the same way . . .except for the "not ever" part. For me to even consider a hybrid or electric, the following would have to occur: 1) Electric infrastructure would have to be seriously expanded. 2) Battery technology would have to improve by orders of magnitude for range and weight 3) You would have to convince me that Hybrid/Electric vehicles are not just shifting the fossil fuel burden elsewhere in the manufacturing chain or vehicle lifecycle: I'm talking about battery material sourcing and electric power generation.
      RJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting stats there. 1 out of 10 cars in the US you say? The population comprises 12% of the US's overall population. Assuming 2 year olds (and most people under 16) don't buy cars, that would imply a good deal of individuals personally own more than one car.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RJC
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      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a convincing argument........for why LA auto show is irrelevant
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looking forward to your coverage. Autoblog knocks it out of the park every auto show. Can't wait!
      S40Powered
      • 2 Years Ago
      Covering autoshows are the best thing AB can do. Always delivering the goods. Bring it!
      Jobu
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it would then follow that the only show we need should be once a year in Beijing...
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think anyone who follows the biz knows there are three and a half auto shows worth paying attention to in the USA. Obviously Detroit but also NYC and LA with Chicago being an almost.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        I would say the Detroit and LA shows are more important than the NY show.
          foxtrot685
          • 2 Years Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          I agree. Mostly because by the time the NYIAS comes in April, mostly everything has already made its debut, or we've already seen what it will look like and gotten US/ global specs since by that time its already in production somewhere else in the world. have
          turbomonkey2k
          • 2 Years Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          You clearly weren't in NYC to see the press reveal of the Hyundai Genesis coupe when they actually drifted two of the coupes INSIDE the convention hall. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUG-vRtKQoo
          foxtrot685
          • 2 Years Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          OMG!! OMG!!! I wasn't in NYC to see Hyundais press release of a whopping ONE vehicle that we had already seen press images of and US Specs were already leaked and released before this kick-butt reveal where they drifted it inside of a building. I think my heart just skipped a beat!! /sarcasm
      Thomas
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've looked through the pictures - YAWN... When will an auto company do something interesting.
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