[YesAuto Quick Review] The annual Los Angeles Auto Show always chooses to be held at the end of the year, and this is also the case in 2019. Compared with the lively Guangzhou Auto Show, the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show is a bit deserted, and the first new car seems to be far away from us, but this city in California on the west coast of the United States still shows us the unique charm of “Uncle Sam”. So, what are the interesting things to watch at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show? The auto show observations in this issue let us walk into this unique exotic auto show.
Quickly understand the key points of this article:
1. The Los Angeles Auto Show has a history of 102 years. In 2019, 35 vehicle brands will participate in the exhibition;
2. The Los Angeles Auto Show, which once focused on grandeur and luxury, is gradually moving towards performance sports;
3. Although new energy vehicles are a major trend, the American people obviously don't pay much attention to them;
4. Full-size pickup trucks and large-displacement multi-cylinder engines are still the main theme of the American automobile circle.
●The historic Los Angeles Auto Show: change is the eternal theme
The Los Angeles Auto Show opened for the first time in 1907. The venue was an ice skating rink with only 99 cars on display. With the development of the automotive industry, the auto show has changed the venue many times to adapt to the growing needs of suppliers. At the 1929 auto show, the short circuit of one of the aircraft exhibits caused a fire that destroyed the entire site and caused more than 1 million U.S. dollars (approximately 15 million U.S. dollars in 2019 U.S. dollars) in damages. No one was injured. The hard-hit Los Angeles Auto Show has not been sluggish ever since, and its exhibitors have gradually expanded its brand and scale, and its influence has further increased. Today, this long-standing auto show still has a good position.
A total of 35 brands participated in the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, which is no less than the 2019 Guangzhou Auto Show that was held in the same period. Among them, American brands include Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Lincoln, Bollinger Motors, etc., accounting for about a quarter of the share. In addition, European brands (such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Fiat, etc.) and Japanese brands (such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, etc.) also exhibited. As for the number of first new cars, although there are only more than 40 models, they cover a variety of models of different brands and have a rich diversity.
In addition, the Los Angeles Auto Show, which used to have a single exhibit, not only has more modified car exhibitions, but we can always find some interesting things in the booths of different brands. Like gaming? The 7-time League of Legends North American LCS champion, ADC player Doublelift will appear at the Honda booth; want to feel the charm of baseball? The Chevrolet booth can try the thrill of a virtual home run; want to take your furry friends home? The Subaru booth has a service for adopting stray pets. The Los Angeles Auto Show has gradually become more humane . Not only car lovers, but also more people with other hobbies are welcome to visit the show.
●The Los Angeles Auto Show is gradually transforming: performance cars become mainstream
Compared with the European auto show and the highly regional Tokyo Auto Show, which have been declining in recent years, the former Los Angeles Auto Show always has the debut of extended/luxury cars. However, due to the influence of the rising Chinese Auto Show, manufacturers choose to be at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Show more of its own sports elements, and keep the luxurious elements in China for release. As for the booth, many manufacturers have installed driving simulators, which attracted a lot of spectators to line up to play.
On the eve of the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, foreign media speculated that the main luxury brand Mercedes-Maybach GLS will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but the editors of the Autohome News Group speculated that the new car will be released at the two auto shows at the same time, and there is a high probability that it will appear. Guangzhou Auto Show. The final result was that AMG GLS 63 and AMG GLE 63 made their debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and Mercedes-Maybach GLS appeared in mainland China. When it comes to Mercedes-Benz, BMW cannot be missed. At the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW brought the 2 Series Gran Coupe, M2 CS, M8 Gran Coupe, X5 M, X6 M, and MINI JCW GP. Model. As for the German Audi, which has a low market share in the United States, it still quietly brought new S8L, RS Q8 and other performance cars.
As for Japanese brands, Subaru, which has been deeply involved in the North American market, has brought WRX/WRX STI white limited editions. The two white demons are placed in a low-key position, but next to the Honda booth is the Honda booth, which is a bit tit-for-tat against the Civic TYPE-R. meaning. As for the veteran American manufacturer Dodge, it has launched a 50th anniversary limited edition for its classic muscle car, the Challenger, which has aroused the fascination of countless large displacement and multi-cylinder believers.
●New energy vehicles: exploration is the focus, popularization will take time
In terms of new energy vehicles, electrification has become an irreversible trend in the global market, as is the case at the Los Angeles Auto Show. However, compared to the Chinese and European markets where mass-produced electric vehicles/introduction pure electric vehicles are flooded, proud and stubborn Americans seem to maintain an observant attitude towards new energy vehicles. It is not difficult to find from the debut of new energy vehicles at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Most of the new energy vehicles in the US market stay in the luxury brand/concept car field . Although there are more than 10 new energy vehicles launched for the first time, only about half of them are pure electric vehicles. Although there are several models like the Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid version , Hyundai’s new IONIQ and other people-friendly models, but overall, mass-produced cars that are grounded are still pitiful.
The actions of the new car-building forces are also not small. Tesla, which has not exhibited in the exhibition hall, chose to hold a press conference on the evening of November 21, US time. They brought a huge pure electric pickup—Cybertruck, which is also Tesla released the seventh production model. This huge pickup truck is close to 6 meters long, and the overall design is very “cyberpunk”, and the rigid body can hardly find any extra decorative lines. In terms of performance, the model equipped with a three-motor four-wheel drive version has an acceleration time of only 2.9 seconds from 0-100km/h. Currently, the vehicle offers three endurance versions of 250 miles (about 402 kilometers), 300 miles (about 483 kilometers), and 500 miles (about 804 kilometers).
The strange shape and the broken glass incident at the press conference have made this car a global topic in a short time. American netizens have also launched crazy discussions on social platforms. From the collected results, the West Coast and northeastern states Netizens in Illinois, Missouri, Louisiana, Alabama, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado are also more optimistic about Cybertruck, but netizens in the central region seem to be more optimistic about the design of the new car. Not too cold.
The rather niche sports car manufacturer Karma released two models at the Los Angeles Auto Show in one fell swoop, namely the SC2 positioning a new pure electric supercar concept car and the Revero GTS positioning the extended range supercar. The maximum power of the former electric drive system is 1088Ps (800kW), the peak torque is 14000N·m (yes, you read that right), and the acceleration time of 0-96km/h is only 1.9 seconds; the latter is the performance version of Karma Revero, Its power system consists of a BMW 1.5T three-cylinder engine and two electric motors, while the fuel engine does not participate in power output. The maximum power of the dual-motor system on the rear axle of the car is 543Ps (400kW), and its 0-96km/h acceleration time is 3.9 seconds.
The American start-up Bollinger also brought brand new Bollinger B1 and Bollinger B2 models at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. The two models are pure electric SUV and pure electric pickup. Hardcore retro is the design style of the whole car, a bit like a military model. The B1 and B2 models have the same power, power battery and other parameters. They are equipped with dual motors with a maximum power of 615Ps (452kW). The acceleration time from 0-96km/h is 4.5s, and the maximum speed can reach 161km/h. A power battery pack with a capacity of 120kWh. The new car will start production in 2020 and is scheduled to be officially delivered in 2021.
●Unique American car culture: stubborn plot created by region
Although we can see an endless variety of models at the Los Angeles Auto Show, what cannot be ignored is the high occupancy of pickup trucks in the United States. For example, Toyota, Chevrolet, GMC, Jeep and other brands have chosen to display a large number of pickup trucks at the prime position of the booth. In fact, the American people's preference for pickup trucks and large-displacement engines is for a reason.
Although the United States is one of the most powerful developed countries in the world, it has a large area with sparse population and a large share of agricultural exports. It is a characteristic of the United States. A pickup truck that can pull goods, carry people, and has plenty of power is very important for farmers. It can be said to just need the same existence. The huge cargo compartment can hold a variety of goods, the four-wheel drive system can cope with the muddy roads, the powerful torque output can tow the RV, and the family can take a self-driving tour.
In terms of power, the naturally aspirated engine with simple structure and easy maintenance has mature technology and low failure rate. The relatively loose emission regulations in the United States also make large-displacement self-priming engines have room for survival. In contrast, small-displacement turbocharged engines restricted by strict emission regulations in Europe and other places have complex structures and higher failure rates. Once a problem occurs, the high labor cost will definitely make car owners painful.
what? You said that the old engine parameters are not good-looking? It's okay, there are displacements and cylinders to make up, and cheap gasoline prices also allow these behemoths with a fuel consumption of 15L/100km to start at will. Even in California, where high-tech companies have gathered and are more open to new technologies, the penetration rate of electric vehicles does not seem to be so optimistic, but there are not a few “big V8s” whizzing past when the green light started.
● Full text summary:
Although the Los Angeles Auto Show did not rank among the “Top Five International Auto Shows”, we can still see colorful new cars for the first time. Compared with the slightly declining European Auto Show and the overly regional Tokyo Auto Show, the Los Angeles Auto Show has highlighted more sports and performance, and is clearly different from the Chinese auto show, which is gradually moving towards luxury and comfort. As for new energy, the general trend of electrification has also come to the North American continent, and manufacturers from various countries have also brought their own new energy vehicles, but stubborn Americans still seem to prefer large-displacement engines and pickup trucks. The concept of “different” was also conveyed in the exhibition. This issue of “Auto Show Observation” is over here. What do you want to express about the Los Angeles Auto Show and American cars? Netizens are welcome to actively discuss in the comment area, and we will see you in the next issue.