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Two Dodge Chargers in the Dodge exhibit at the January 2006 LA Auto Show
Mercedes S-Class at the January 2006 LA Auto Show
BMW 6-Series debuts at the 2004 LA Auto Show


The LA Auto Show is an annual auto show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in late November/early December. The LA Auto Show is an OICA sanctioned international exhibition and also endorsed by the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association. It is open to the public for ten days each year, filling 347,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Every year the LA Auto Show kicks off with two press days full of activity for journalists, designers and industry representatives alike. In 2008, the show had a record number of debuts with 23 world debuts and 15 North American debuts. Press days also include a breakfast sponsored by the Motor Press Guild, the “Green Car of the Year” award presented by Green Car Journal, the Design LA Conference, which includes the announcement of the winning Design Challenge entry, and the newest addition to press days, the Green Cars Ride & Drive. Automobile Designers finish out the Design LA Conference on Thursday night of press days at the Designers’ Night Reception.

The first event to kick off the show to the public is the annual charity event, Sneak Preview Night, which takes place on the Thursday night before the first public day. General and gold area tickets are available to purchase for this festive event and all proceeds are donated to Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles and One Voice.

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History

The Los Angeles Auto Show began in 1907 with ninety-nine vehicles on display at Morley’s Skating Rink. As the auto industry grew, the auto show changed venues four times throughout the 1920’s to accommodate the growing needs of vendors. In 1926, it took place at the corner of Hill and Washington where it stayed for the next four years. During the 1929 show, an electrical circuit in one of the airplane exhibits caught fire causing the entire show to go up in flames ending in more than $1 Million in damage. With the help of the community, the show re-opened one day later at the Shrine Auditorium.

The show continued to prove successful throughout the 1930’s, but took a down turn during the Second World War and went on hiatus from 1940 through 1951. In 1952, the show re-opened at the Pan Pacific Auditorium with 152 vehicles on display, including those from international manufacturers.

Throughout the next 50 years, the show continued to grow becoming the success that it is today. In the past decade, the show has changed its name from The Greater Los Angeles Auto Show to the LA Auto Show. In 2006, the show moved its dates from early January to late November/early December, thus resulting in two shows during the year 2006, the second marking the 100 year anniversary show.

2010

The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show will be held from November 19 through November 28, 2010, with press days on November 17 and 18. The Sneak Preview Night will be held on November 18, 2010.

2009

The 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show was held from December 4 through December 13, 2009, with press days on December 2 and 3. The Sneak Preview Night was Thursday, December 3, 2009. Tickets for this event went on sale in October.

Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati did not appear at the show.[1]

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Production models

World debuts

North American debuts

Concept cars

World debuts

North American debuts

GM also held a press conference for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt (shown as a prototype at the 2008 show), announcing availability in California in late 2010, with other markets to follow later. [20]

While Nissan/Infiniti did not hold any press conferences at the LA show, they unveiled the 2011 Infiniti M at an event in Beverly Hills to coincide with the show.[21] The refreshed 2010 Infiniti G sedan was also introduced at this time.[22]

2008

The 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show was held from November 21 through November 30, 2008, with press days on November 19 and 20.

Facing a budget crisis, General Motors stated that they would cancel their press conferences and debuts for this year's show. [23] Their current vehicles were still on display, and previously introduced vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt still made an appearance. Chrysler also did not introduce any new models to the press, although its electric vehicle prototypes revealed in September (Dodge EV, Jeep Wrangler, and Chrysler Town & Country) were on display.

Production models

World debuts

North American debuts

Concept cars

2007

The 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show was held from November 16 through November 25, 2007, with press days on November 14 and 15.

Production models

World debuts

North American debuts

Also present at the show were the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid and Cadillac Escalade Platinum, which were originally slated to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show but instead debuted a week earlier at the South Florida Auto Show in Miami.

Concept cars

December 2006

The November 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show was held on November 29 through December 10, 2006. The Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles lists this show under their 2006 season.

Production models

World debuts

North American debuts

Concept cars

Audi, Volkswagen, and Daimler Chrysler also announced their plans for new BlueTec diesel cars, designed to meet stringent emissions standards.[24]

January 2006

The January 2006 Los Angeles show was held on January 6 through January 15. It featured the following new models.

Production models

Concept cars

See also

References

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  17. ^ "Hybrid-Electric Supercar with Microturbine Technology Debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show Dec. 2-13". Taume News. 2009-12-2. http://news.taume.com/World-Business/Auto/hybrid-electric-supercar-with-microturbine-technology-debuts-at-los-angeles-auto-show-dec-2-13--13839. Retrieved 2009-12-2.  
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  21. ^ http://www.autoweek.com/article/20091202/LOSANGELES/312029998
  22. ^ http://www.nissannews.com/newsrelease.do?id=961&mid=1
  23. ^ Newsday (from the Los Angeles Times) - Carmakers' slowdown takes the shine off auto shows
  24. ^ Neil, Dan. "Los Angeles Auto Show," Los Angeles Times 29 November 2006: G1.

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