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Gallery: Cutting edge concepts, revamped legends and standout cars of the 2018 LA Auto Show

All focus on the new Porsche 911
All focus on the new Porsche 911
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Byton shows the K-Byte Level 4 autonomous smart sedan concept during the Automobility technology pre-show portion of the LA event
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Byton shows the K-Byte Level 4 autonomous smart sedan concept during the Automobility technology pre-show portion of the LA event
BMW shows the Vision iNext concept in the flesh and metal
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BMW shows the Vision iNext concept in the flesh and metal
The BMW iNext concept puts focus on a variety of emerging car technologies, including electric power, autonomy and connectivity 
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The BMW iNext concept puts focus on a variety of emerging car technologies, including electric power, autonomy and connectivity 
The Vision iNext features a digital instrument panel and infotainment screen, along with more covertly integrated "Shy Tech"
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The Vision iNext features a digital instrument panel and infotainment screen, along with more covertly integrated "Shy Tech"
Lexus introduced the LC Inspiration Series Concept at Pebble Beach and shows it again in California at the 2018 LA Auto Show 
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Lexus introduced the LC Inspiration Series Concept at Pebble Beach and shows it again in California at the 2018 LA Auto Show 
The LC Inspiration's "Flare Yellow" paint and 21-in black forged alloy wheels give it a big, bright look
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The LC Inspiration's "Flare Yellow" paint and 21-in black forged alloy wheels give it a big, bright look
The Lexus LC Inspiration includes a carbon fiber roof and active rear spoiler
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The Lexus LC Inspiration includes a carbon fiber roof and active rear spoiler
The new Lexus ES doesn't debut with the digital mirrors in the US, but it still looks pretty good in LA
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The new Lexus ES doesn't debut with the digital mirrors in the US, but it still looks pretty good in LA
The 2019 Lexus ES sedan
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The 2019 Lexus ES sedan
The new Lexus ES sedan starts at US$40,525 after delivery fee
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The new Lexus ES sedan starts at US$40,525 after delivery fee
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe
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2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe
The upcoming 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe will get some of the upgrades first introduced on the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, including a performance steering wheel and the telematics system with 10.3-in infotainment screen and digital instruments
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The upcoming 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe will get some of the upgrades first introduced on the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, including a performance steering wheel and the telematics system with 10.3-in infotainment screen and digital instruments
Smart EQ ForTwo on show at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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Smart EQ ForTwo on show at the 2018 LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Benz A 220
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Mercedes-Benz A 220
Mercedes-Benz A 220
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Mercedes-Benz A 220
Mercedes debuts the new AMG GT R Pro
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Mercedes debuts the new AMG GT R Pro
Mercedes updates the AMG GT R Pro with suspension, lightweighting and aero improvements
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Mercedes updates the AMG GT R Pro with suspension, lightweighting and aero improvements
Infiniti shows the Prototype 10 electric speedster concept at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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Infiniti shows the Prototype 10 electric speedster concept at the 2018 LA Auto Show
The Prototype 10 still looks brand-new three months after its Pebble Beach debut
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The Prototype 10 still looks brand-new three months after its Pebble Beach debut
2019 Acura NSX on show at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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2019 Acura NSX on show at the 2018 LA Auto Show
2019 Acura NSX
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2019 Acura NSX
Audi debuts the e-tron GT Concept in LA 
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Audi debuts the e-tron GT Concept in LA 
This year's LA show was a little light on concept cars, but the Audi e-tron GT was one of the big concept debuts
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This year's LA show was a little light on concept cars, but the Audi e-tron GT was one of the big concept debuts
Jaguar I-Pace on show in LA
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Jaguar I-Pace on show in LA
Jaguar I-Pace
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Jaguar I-Pace
After breaking the 8-minute mark and setting an all-time record at Pikes Peak earlier this year, the Volkswagen I.D. R chills out in Southern California
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After breaking the 8-minute mark and setting an all-time record at Pikes Peak earlier this year, the Volkswagen I.D. R chills out in Southern California
Volkswagen's radical racer: the I.D. R
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Volkswagen's radical racer: the I.D. R
Volkswagen I.D. R
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Volkswagen I.D. R
The I.D. R wasn't the only Volkswagen to set a record this year; this overhauled Jetta set a class record over 210 mph in Bonneville 
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The I.D. R wasn't the only Volkswagen to set a record this year; this overhauled Jetta set a class record over 210 mph in Bonneville 
Alongside the Beetle Final Edition, Volkswagen shows this 1964 Beetle
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Alongside the Beetle Final Edition, Volkswagen shows this 1964 Beetle
A tour-ready 1964 VW Beetle
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A tour-ready 1964 VW Beetle
With help from California's THR Manufacturing, VW heavily modified its Bonneville Jetta, tuning the 2.0-liter turbo engine to 600 hp, lowering the suspension, dropping in braking parachutes, adding in Salt Flat wheels and tires and plenty more
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With help from California's THR Manufacturing, VW heavily modified its Bonneville Jetta, tuning the 2.0-liter turbo engine to 600 hp, lowering the suspension, dropping in braking parachutes, adding in Salt Flat wheels and tires and plenty more
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Bonneville set a new record in the Southern California Timing Association’s Blown Gas Coupe (G/BGC) class earlier this year
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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Bonneville set a new record in the Southern California Timing Association’s Blown Gas Coupe (G/BGC) class earlier this year
Toyota takes the Prius all-wheel drive
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Toyota takes the Prius all-wheel drive
Toyota powers the Prius AWD-e's rear wheels with an independent electric motor, giving it all-wheel drive capability
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Toyota powers the Prius AWD-e's rear wheels with an independent electric motor, giving it all-wheel drive capability
Toyota Corolla Hybrid debuts at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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Toyota Corolla Hybrid debuts at the 2018 LA Auto Show
The 2017 Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride includes a six-seat interior with a bench and four swiveling captain's chairs
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The 2017 Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride includes a six-seat interior with a bench and four swiveling captain's chairs
Toyota shows the Fine-Comfort Ride concept it originally unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
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Toyota shows the Fine-Comfort Ride concept it originally unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
The Fine-Comfort Ride is a high-tech fuel cell concept with a unique interior layout and supporting technology
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The Fine-Comfort Ride is a high-tech fuel cell concept with a unique interior layout and supporting technology
Toyota goes back in its concept annals even farther with the FV2, which originally debuted in 2013
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Toyota goes back in its concept annals even farther with the FV2, which originally debuted in 2013
The Toyota FV2 is a tilting three-wheeler with a digitized skin
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The Toyota FV2 is a tilting three-wheeler with a digitized skin
Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan
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Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan
Hyundai shines some light on alternative powertrains with the Kona Electric (left) and fuel cell Nexo
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Hyundai shines some light on alternative powertrains with the Kona Electric (left) and fuel cell Nexo
Tesla Model S
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Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S
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Tesla Model S
Tesla Model 3
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Tesla Model 3
A pair of Vanderhalls greets us in the lower-level "Garage" 
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A pair of Vanderhalls greets us in the lower-level "Garage" 
1971 DeTomaso Pantera "ADRNLN" by Ringbrothers
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1971 DeTomaso Pantera "ADRNLN" by Ringbrothers
The Jaguar E-type continues to be one of the most beautiful cars ever made, even a half-century later
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The Jaguar E-type continues to be one of the most beautiful cars ever made, even a half-century later
Jaguar E-type
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Jaguar E-type
2019 Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe
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2019 Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 
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2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 
We saw this Hoonigan Ford RS200 at SEMA, and here it is again in LA
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We saw this Hoonigan Ford RS200 at SEMA, and here it is again in LA
Hoonigan 1986 Ford RS200
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Hoonigan 1986 Ford RS200
#Vanlife meets wagon life with this 1977 Ford "Cruising Van and Wagon" combo customized by Galpin Speed Shop
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#Vanlife meets wagon life with this 1977 Ford "Cruising Van and Wagon" combo customized by Galpin Speed Shop
Possibly the smallest car in LA: Classic Mazda R360 Coupe
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Possibly the smallest car in LA: Classic Mazda R360 Coupe
A peek inside the Mazda R360 microcar
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A peek inside the Mazda R360 microcar
And you thought the rear seats of your 2+2 were cramped ... inside the Mazda R360 Coupe
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And you thought the rear seats of your 2+2 were cramped ... inside the Mazda R360 Coupe
1971 Mazda Cosmo
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1971 Mazda Cosmo
1996 RWB Porsche 911/993
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1996 RWB Porsche 911/993
1996 RWB Porsche 911/993
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1996 RWB Porsche 911/993
Ford GT in Galpin's Hall of Customs
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Ford GT in Galpin's Hall of Customs
A 1914 Ford brightens a hallway at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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A 1914 Ford brightens a hallway at the 2018 LA Auto Show
Porsche 918 Spyder
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Porsche 918 Spyder
Genovation bills its GXE electrified Corvette as the world's first street-legal electric car to exceed 220 mph
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Genovation bills its GXE electrified Corvette as the world's first street-legal electric car to exceed 220 mph
Genovation drops an 800-hp dual-motor electric powertrain on a Corvette platform
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Genovation drops an 800-hp dual-motor electric powertrain on a Corvette platform
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
Porsche celebrates the debut of the all-new 8th-generation 911 by also showing a first-generation 911
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Porsche celebrates the debut of the all-new 8th-generation 911 by also showing a first-generation 911
As usual, Porsche's goal with the new-generation 911 was less total overhaul, more gentle modernization
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As usual, Porsche's goal with the new-generation 911 was less total overhaul, more gentle modernization
Exterior changes on the new 911 include wider wheel housings, flush-mount pop-out door handles and a slimline rear lighting signature
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Exterior changes on the new 911 include wider wheel housings, flush-mount pop-out door handles and a slimline rear lighting signature
A peek inside the new 911, where Porsche has added a standard 10.9-in infotainment touchscreen
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A peek inside the new 911, where Porsche has added a standard 10.9-in infotainment touchscreen
The new Porsche 911 comes powered by a 444-hp turbo flat-six
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The new Porsche 911 comes powered by a 444-hp turbo flat-six
Inside Porsche's dedicated mini-hall at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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Inside Porsche's dedicated mini-hall at the 2018 LA Auto Show
Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo
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All focus on the new Porsche 911
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All focus on the new Porsche 911
Kia debuts the all-new 2020 Soul
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Kia debuts the all-new 2020 Soul
2020 Kia Soul
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2020 Kia Soul
Kia promises a much better lithium battery on the new Soul EV and will announce EPA-estimated range figures in 2019
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Kia promises a much better lithium battery on the new Soul EV and will announce EPA-estimated range figures in 2019
Ford shows off the newly extended GT at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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Ford shows off the newly extended GT at the 2018 LA Auto Show
Mitsubishi puts the e-Evolution concept on show at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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Mitsubishi puts the e-Evolution concept on show at the 2018 LA Auto Show
Mitsubishi originally debuted the e-Evolution at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
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Mitsubishi originally debuted the e-Evolution at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Nissan shows the refreshed 2019 Maxima
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Nissan shows the refreshed 2019 Maxima
Nissan gives the refreshed 2019 Murano new V-motion styling and Safety Shield 360 tech
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Nissan gives the refreshed 2019 Murano new V-motion styling and Safety Shield 360 tech
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Volkswagen brings back the "Rabbit" nameplate with the 2019 Golf GTI Rabbit Edition
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Volkswagen brings back the "Rabbit" nameplate with the 2019 Golf GTI Rabbit Edition
BMW shows off the all-new 8 Series Coupe at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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BMW shows off the all-new 8 Series Coupe at the 2018 LA Auto Show
BMW's M850i xDrive Coupe is powered by a 523-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8
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BMW's M850i xDrive Coupe is powered by a 523-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8
BMW 8 Series Convertible and Coupe at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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BMW 8 Series Convertible and Coupe at the 2018 LA Auto Show
After its debut in Pebble Beach, the BMW Z4 drives south to LA
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After its debut in Pebble Beach, the BMW Z4 drives south to LA
Inside the new BMW Z4 
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Inside the new BMW Z4 
The latest sports car hardware from BMW
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The latest sports car hardware from BMW
Inside the BMW 8 Series Convertible
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Inside the BMW 8 Series Convertible
Byton shows its K-Byte all-electric sedan concept 
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Byton shows its K-Byte all-electric sedan concept 
Volvo employs a different strategy at the 2018 LA show, leaving all its cars behind to put the focus on the fast-changing atmosphere in the auto industry
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Volvo employs a different strategy at the 2018 LA show, leaving all its cars behind to put the focus on the fast-changing atmosphere in the auto industry
Indeed that is not a car; instead Volvo focuses its LA booth on in-vehicle connected services and other auto evolutions
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Indeed that is not a car; instead Volvo focuses its LA booth on in-vehicle connected services and other auto evolutions
Mazda debuts the new Mazda3 sedan 
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Mazda debuts the new Mazda3 sedan 
Mazda has four engine options ready for the new Mazda3
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Mazda has four engine options ready for the new Mazda3
All-new Mazda3 at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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All-new Mazda3 at the 2018 LA Auto Show
Inside the new Mazda3
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Inside the new Mazda3
The new Mazda3 hatchback follows in the styling footsteps of last year's Kai Concept
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The new Mazda3 hatchback follows in the styling footsteps of last year's Kai Concept
Polaris Slingshot SLR
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Polaris Slingshot SLR
Polaris Slingshot SLR
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Polaris Slingshot SLR
After a world premiere earlier this year, the Kia Niro EV makes its way to LA for its North American debut
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After a world premiere earlier this year, the Kia Niro EV makes its way to LA for its North American debut
Nissan GT-R
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Nissan GT-R
Chrysler Pacifica MPVs
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Chrysler Pacifica MPVs
The 797-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye looking fierce
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The 797-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye looking fierce
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye
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Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye
The eye-grabbing curves of Hyundai's 2018 HDC-1 Le Fil Rouge concept
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The eye-grabbing curves of Hyundai's 2018 HDC-1 Le Fil Rouge concept
Hyundai originally revealed the Le Fil Rouge at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
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Hyundai originally revealed the Le Fil Rouge at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
The Hyundai Le Fil Rouge opens its doors
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The Hyundai Le Fil Rouge opens its doors
Inside the Hyundai Le Fil Rouge
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Inside the Hyundai Le Fil Rouge
Jaguar goes sporty with the E-Pace crossover
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Jaguar goes sporty with the E-Pace crossover
Volkswagen will end production of the Beetle in 2019
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VW Beetle Final Edition
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VW Beetle Final Edition
All-new BMW 3 Series
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All-new BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series
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BMW 3 Series
Acura ARX-05
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Acura ARX-05
Infiniti at the 2018 LA Auto Show
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Infiniti at the 2018 LA Auto Show
Infiniti QX50
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Infiniti QX50
Mercedes-Benz S 560
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Mercedes-Benz S 560
Tesla Model X
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Tesla Model X
West Coast Customs combines a 1965 Porsche 356 body with a 2008 Cayman chassis
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West Coast Customs combines a 1965 Porsche 356 body with a 2008 Cayman chassis
This bulging pile of muscle mass is The Rocket from West Coast Customs, a one-off concept car based on a Tesla Roadster
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This bulging pile of muscle mass is The Rocket from West Coast Customs, a one-off concept car based on a Tesla Roadster
West Coast Customs Rocket includes a carbon fiber bodywork and 3D printed optics
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West Coast Customs Rocket includes a carbon fiber bodywork and 3D printed optics
Byton M-Byte concept
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Byton M-Byte concept
A look at the digital interior of the Byton M-Byte concept
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A look at the digital interior of the Byton M-Byte concept
Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Door Coupe
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Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Door Coupe
Tesla Model 3
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Tesla Model 3
First-gen Porsche 911
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First-gen Porsche 911
Fiat 500X
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Fiat 500X
Icona shows its Nucleus concept, "the ultimate self-driving living room"
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Icona shows its Nucleus concept, "the ultimate self-driving living room"

New Atlas spent the bulk of last week attending the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, which opened to the public over the weekend and runs through Sunday, December 9. The show is a bit more low-key than in past years, but it still has its fair share of major car debuts and appearances, bringing together more than a century of automotive design. The cars of this year's show include classics from the deep past, modernized icons of the present, and visions of the near and distant future.

A not-so-crazy eight

The Porsche 911 is quite possibly the most iconic sports car the world over, and it's now entering its eighth generation. Porsche describes California as a second home for its world-famous sports car and is using the LA Show as the debut venue for the all-new 911.

As usual, Porsche's goal with the new-generation 911 was less total overhaul, more gentle modernization
As usual, Porsche's goal with the new-generation 911 was less total overhaul, more gentle modernization

The new 911 follows Porsche's usual formula of gradual evolution, gaining tweaked aesthetics, modest performance enhancements via a new-gen 444-hp turbo flat-six, interior updates like a 10.9-in touchscreen-based multimedia system, and new technologies like the standard Wet mode damp-road assistance system. You can look closer at the US$113,200 (before $1,050 delivery fee) 2020 911 in our full article.

Another sports icon goes electric

Most sports car enthusiasts would consider the Corvette a pretty nice destination, but the brains at Maryland's Genovation Cars call it a starting point, building it out into the 800-hp all-electric GXE supercar. The company has set a 190.5-mph (306.6-km/h) standing mile record, topped out at 209 mph (336-km/h), and expects the twin-motor e-Vette to be the world's first street-legal electric car to top 220 mph (354 km/h). Genovation even lets the driver do the shifting with 7-speed manual and dual-clutch gearbox options. It estimates the range of its performance-first creation at 175 miles (282 km).

Genovation bills its GXE electrified Corvette as the world's first street-legal electric car to exceed 220 mph
Genovation bills its GXE electrified Corvette as the world's first street-legal electric car to exceed 220 mph

The GXE isn't debuting in LA, having appeared at previous events like CES 2018, but it's still pulling in plenty of attention in the West Hall atrium. It's available for reservation now, and Genovation will build just 75 models, deliveries to start in mid 2019.

A record year in review

Volkswagen absolutely tamed the Wild West this year. First, it destroyed the all-time Pikes Peak record with a sub-8-minute run in its purpose-built, high-tech I.D. R electric race car. Then it took a properly modified Jetta to the Bonneville Salt Flats and raised the class record up over 210 mph (338 km/h). Two very different but very demanding race environments, two very impressive record-breaking performances.

After breaking the 8-minute mark and setting an all-time record at Pikes Peak earlier this year, the Volkswagen I.D. R chills out in Southern California
After breaking the 8-minute mark and setting an all-time record at Pikes Peak earlier this year, the Volkswagen I.D. R chills out in Southern California

Both the Bonneville Jetta and I.D. R are taking a little time off and relaxing under the hot lights of LA. Both are worth checking out, but we're a bit partial to the bold looks and larger-than-life aerodynamics of the 670-hp I.D. R.

We've packed the photo gallery with dozens of additional concepts, sports cars, classics, race cars and more. Check it out here.

1 comment
guzmanchinky
I used to write for a car magazine and had a press pass. There used to be gorgeous models in barely there gowns all over the cars. They have really toned it down compared to even 10 years ago. The speed at which cars are changing is amazing. In ten years I would guess most cars will be at least level 3 autonomous. And in 20 years, maybe most without steering wheels at all? Almost all of them electric with quick charging batteries? Exciting times.