It seems like just a year ago we were gearing up for another Los Angeles Auto Show amid devastating wildfires casting a literal and figurative dark cloud over the official kickoff to the season of new-car reveals — because it was just a year ago. So, here we are again in similar circumstances, and as we noted in 2018, despite the comparative frivolity of obsessing over the latest automobile offerings coming to market while people face hardships brought on by the still-burning blaze, California still loves its cars — and the auto show still must go on.
True to La-La Land form, of the roughly three-dozen global and North American debuts we know about now, about half are from exotic-sports-car or luxury brands. Just shy of that many are SUVs or crossovers. And just shy of that number are eco-conscious electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles. L.A., like the fall foliage at Griffith Park, you never change (and we love that about you).