Trends that will be affecting the future were everywhere at this year’s auto show here in LA, writes California-based auto journalist Lynn Walford. The trends include increased screen size, innovative camera uses, digital mobility options, electrification and… a dog kissing booth.
“Besides the 60 vehicle debuts, automakers are offering technology to help drivers and passengers such as fancy screens, texting without picking up the phone and advanced safety features.” says Alexis Evans, Director of Communications for AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show.
“Electrification takes center stage at the LA Auto Show, though major debuts are still a few years out from hitting the roads,” says Jeff Huron, specialist, connected car for SBD.
Electric vehicle announcements included the Kia Niro EV, Kia Soul EV, Subaru of America first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid, the hybrid Toyota Corolla and Rivian’s adventure vehicles.
We are sorry to report to coffee drinkers, water dieters, teetotallers and soda-sippers who imbibe on the road that the Hyundai Palisade SUV has only 16 cup holders, three short of the 19 cup holders found in the Subaru Ascent, last year.
However, there is something for everyone at the LA Auto Show. Dog lovers can stop by the Subaru dog kissing booth to smooch a pooch or adopt one. Movie fans can see the BumbleBee transformer 1967 VW Beetle from the new movie and kids can see a Porsche made of giant Legos.
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