CARS.COM — Election exhaustion got you runnin’ on fumes? You might consider escaping to La-La Land for some sun, stars — and, of course, cars. The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public on Nov. 18 and promises to showcase all the newest and coolest four-wheeled vessels to carry you to your happy place.
L.A. has a rep for being big, flashy and heavily emphasizing the luxurious, the exotic and the environmentally conscious — and 2016 is no exception. SUVs dominate the roster of vehicles confirmed for the show, with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and Ford EcoSport among those we haven’t seen before, and the 2017 Land Rover Discovery, 2017 Mazda CX-5 and Toyota C-HR among those we have (in some form or another).
Luxury vehicles are also making a strong showing, naturally, in a city where 1 in 3 vehicles seem to be either a BMW 5 Series or Porsche 911. In addition to the Discovery, the luxury lineup includes the 2018 Audi Q5, Mercedes-AMG E63 S sedan and two versions of the Porsche Panamera.
Fear not, non-celebrity-civilian types, there also will be fare for you to look at that you might actually be able to consider buying. The 2017 version of the Nissan Versa Note should strike the right chord among practical people. On the other end of the spectrum, however, is the Cadillac Escala luxury sedan; on a scale of 1 to 10, the concept peaks our curiosity in the double digits.
The L.A. Auto Show kicks off with a media-only preview on Wednesday and Thursday at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., where we, of course, will be to cover the action in full, so check back often. The show opens to the public Nov. 18 and continues through Nov. 27. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 27.
General admission is $15 for a regular adult ticket, $10 for seniors 65 or older and $5 for children 6-12 (children younger than 6 are free when accompanied by a paying adult/senior); advance regular adult tickets are $12 each. Early entry and group rates for parties of 20 or more are also available. Click here for more admissions info.
Take note that exhibitors have implemented a new bag policy for 2016: Bags, purses, backpacks, camera bags and diaper bags larger than 12 inches by 15 inches by 6 inches are prohibited. For more info go to www.laautoshow.com, call 310-444-1850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what we know about so far:
- 2018 Audi Q5
- Cadillac Escala Concept
- 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
- Ford EcoSport
- 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude
- 2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk
- 2017 Land Rover Discovery
- 2017 Mazda CX-5
- 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S sedan
- 2017 Mini Countryman
- 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl
- 2017 Nissan Versa Note
- 2017 Porsche Panamera
- 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Plug-In
- 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
- Toyota C-HR