The 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show concluded recently, and it’s time to recap the big launches, notable vehicles on display, and other interesting details from the event. Despite the absence of Stellantis, which owns Fiat, Jeep, and Chrysler, among other brands, there were still plenty of highlights to discuss.
One of the biggest stories from the show was Lucid Motors’ debut of its Gravity SUV. The vehicle boasts an impressive projected range of 440 miles and comes with a price tag around $80,000. While it looks like a luxury SUV, I didn’t have the opportunity to sit in the “frunk” (front trunk) during the event. Lucid’s CEO, Peter Rawlinson, stated that their vehicles are more attainable than people might think.
Another interesting vehicle at the show was Aitekx’s RoboTruck. While it may resemble Tesla’s Cybertruck, the company claims that there is no direct inspiration from Elon Musk’s creation. It’s certainly a head-turning design.
The show also featured some fictional vehicles from the Fast & Furious franchise, including an orbital Pontiac Fiero and Vin Diesel’s Charger. These cars are not real but were displayed to highlight the films’ car-centric themes.
Hyundai made headlines at the event with its partnership with Amazon. The online retailer announced plans to start selling Hyundai vehicles in its U.S. store next year, with other brands to follow. This move aligns with Amazon’s commitment to offering a wide range of products to consumers.
While electric vehicles (EVs) were a prominent focus at the show, there was also attention given to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. This highlights the industry’s recognition of the electric future but still relying on gas-powered cars for profitability.
Although sustainability considerations weren’t prominently discussed during many presentations, Kia stood out with its concept EVs that incorporated sustainable materials such as mushroom-based leather alternatives, hemp fibers, recycled fabrics, natural dyes, and bio-plastics. However, it’s important to note that these are concept vehicles and not currently in production.
Overall, the 2023 LA Auto Show showcased a wide range of vehicles, from EVs to traditional combustion engine cars, and highlighted the industry’s ongoing transition towards electric mobility.