AirTalk for November 16, 2011

Cool cars and hot wheels at the Auto Show

Car Makers From Around The World Exhibit At Los Angeles Auto Show

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The Hyundai Elantra is debuted at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

This week kicks off the Los Angeles Auto Show, where automakers show off their latest models and concepts in the city known for its car culture. It is the first major North American auto show of the new model year and sets the tone for the rest of the year for the car industry.

New vehicle debuts will number in the dozens when it opens to the public this Friday. Notable this year will be a significant increase in fuel efficiency across the board in all categories. A whole pack of electric vehicles will be highlighted at the show, including Mitsubishi’s all-electric I, the Ford Focus Electric, BMW’s i3 Concept, CODA’s Sedan, and the updated Honda Insight Hybrid.

The auto show is always the place for big, splashy debuts of high performance vehicles, sports cars, and luxury autos. This year’s show also features high-tech systems that have become one of the most important features of the car itself.

WEIGH IN:

What are the most anticipated new vehicle models? How will this year’s vehicle debuts compare to last year’s show? What new car technologies will be the buzz at this year’s Auto Show?

Guest:

Matt DeBord, senior reporter and business blogger for KPCC. He writes The DeBord Report for KPCC.org.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmund’s Inside Line website

Eddie Alterman, Editor-in-Chief, “Car and Driver”


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