The Los Angeles Auto Show Opens Today

Nov 19, 2010 by Lisa Newton

If you haven’t heard already, today is the opening day for the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show which will feature 20 new world debuts, including 30 new North American brands not yet seen.

This year’s Auto Show will showcase an auto industry that’s rapidly changing literally right in front of our eyes–merging consumer brands, excellent and dependable craftsmanship and new and different types of automobile’s powering systems to include hybrids, electric cars,and other new and exciting features to today’s automobiles and the industries that manufacture them.

On display, for example, will be vehicles ranging from the 50 electric and fuel-efficient like the electric Nissan LEAF, along with KIA,s Optima Hybrid– to crossovers from the Saab and Range Rover; and the much beloved sports cars ranging from Porsche and Lotus. Plus, the Italian car maker, Fiat, is also returning to the U.S. after a 27 year hiatus.

First started in 1907 (pdf), the LA Auto Show was the first such event to take place on the West Coast, and the largest event west of Chicago. 99 cars were included in the 1907 Auto Show.

Amazingly, even though the first Auto Show was in 1907, the first traffic lights in LA–on Broadway between 3rd and 7th–weren’t installed until 1920. And even stranger the first traffic laws weren’t enacted until 1925.

To keep everyone up-to-date on the latest in the auto industry, more than 15 concepts will be unveiled:

Including Mazda’s dramatic Shinari concept, Jaguar’s C-X75 electric supercar, and KIA’s POP electric concept with a spaceship like cabin. Also, several yet-to-be-seen and highly anticipated concepts are planned from Cadillac, Honda, Nissan and Subaru.

The show provides a ton of fun for both car lovers and has plenty of family fun, with entertainment provided by the popular Nissan Quest Kids’ Fun Zone, open both weekends–including the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The play area will include video games, toy car rides and a variety of other crafts and free activities for the show’s attendees.

The 103rd Los Angeles Auto Show, takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located downtown, at 1201 S. Figueroa Street in downtown LA.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, November 19th 11:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday, November 20th 9:00a.m. – 10:00pm
Sunday, November 21st 9:00am – 8:00pm
Monday, November 22nd 11:00am – 10:00pm
Tuesday, November 23rd 11:00am – 10:00pm
Wednesday, November 24th 11:00am – 10:00pm
Thanksgiving Day 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday, November26th 9:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday, November 27th 9:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, November 28th 9:00am– 8:00pm

The admission price is:

Adults: $12.00, but $2.00 off discount coupons, good for any day through Thanksgiving Day, can be found at the LAautoshow or participating LA new car dealers

Children 12 and under: free when accompanied by an adult

Seniors (65+): $8.00 – valid Friday, November 19th through Thursday, November 25th (Cash only and not valid with any other offer.)

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