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Seven cars that made the 2018 LA Auto a big deal

November 30, 2018 Business 0 Views The Los Angeles Auto Show 2018 ended with a cute sweet combination of attractive…

The Los Angeles Auto Show 2018 ended with a cute sweet combination of attractive future technology, great old-fashioned “Murican Iron and some things that were a bit of both.” Not to mention a healthy dose of practical cars that do not suck.

Jeep Gladiator

Photo: David Tracy (Jalopnik)

The Jeep car is finally right and that’s exactly what everyone wants: just a straight up Wrangler pulling a pickup bed. The brochure advertises “100 percent Jeep, 100 percent truck.” Just,

“It sounds like a goofy catchphrase, but it was actually a big technical challenge,” my Jalopnik colleague David Tracy told me about dinner after the first day of the LA Auto Show.

David , as common readers know, is tragically dependent on Jeeps and had a significant role in designing the cooling system for the current Wrangler in his previous job at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. He left to come and work with us before Gladiatore ns development was close to completion, but remembered to work with project thinking like “it’s going to be a jeep or will it be a truck?”

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A jeep must be able to offroad, and a truck must go and jump. In the case of suspension and cooling systems in particular, these specialties can be difficult to reconcile. Especially when engineers are forced to work within the framework of Jeep’s famous seven-sledges.

David was very impressed by the 7.650 pound competition Jeep could squeeze out of this matter and I am. I mean it’s a car on a U-Haul trailer!

In terms of terrain ability, the long rear overhang and Ram 1500-esque rear suspension, the gladiator can not give a goat as good as the standard Wrangler. But it still has solid shoulders, a casing housing and optional locking differences. I have a feeling that it can break beyond a Colorado ZR2 or Tacoma TRD Pro handily. [19659000] All online (including us) has been exhaustively exhausted at the Amazingness of Rivian R1T and its three seconds 0 to 60 time, endless storage cubbies and the fact that ” The production version will look like this! “

I think this could be the most Instagram car of the show, as it looks like an Apple product, which generally means it will be interesting to the non-car public.

As a co-worker of the cult of everything that is crusty and rusty, Rivian’s photos and the press release made me quite skeptical. But personally the truck looks quite striking. The space is extremely well-utilized, inside and out, and the whole footprint is reasonably manageable. When it comes to the $ 60,000 prize after discount, it’s a big deal but it’s right in the same neighborhood of what you would pay for a charged F-150, Silverado or Ram.

However, I recommend that you retain some skepticism as far as the “production version” and whether such a thing will ever exist. The Rivian representatives I spoke to on the company’s booth could tell me exactly where the truck is slated to be manufactured, but it sounds like distribution and the service is still “elaborated.” That does not mean it will not happen, but

Honda Talon

Photo: Andrew P. Collins (Jalopnik)

Last time I was in a UTV, I destroyed my life. As a result, my relationship with vehicles like this is complicated. The combination of low weight, lean track and high power is inherently dangerous, but I still can not deny that UTVs pack otouchable off-road performance for what they cost.

Honda has done this type of buggy for work for years, but Talon is the first UTV it has built for straight-breaking, as it was a single-lane with wagons.

Talon looks very well-made, but its assassin is the paddle-switched dual coupling transmission. It is a distinctive feature of Polaris RZR and Can-Am Maverick (using CVT belts) and Yamaha YXZ (with its three pedal sequential manual) that could make this Honda the funniest UTV to kill almost yourself and a friend.

Cadillac CT6-V

Photo: Andrew P. Collins (Jalopnik)

The CT6-V is brand new and it already belongs to a museum. So I guess it’s advisable that Cadillac shows it on the side of its booth at the LA Auto Show, with its engine on a pedestal as an artifact.

As a huge and powerful American luxury car with limited production, the CT6-V is exactly the kind of stuff that enthusiasts use and no one buys. As my friend Chris Perkins at Road & Track rated: This V8-powered monolith is a future classic.

Lincoln Aviator

Photo: David Tracy (Jalopnik)

Hot damn. I almost did not bother this car because the last one I had heard, Lincoln Aviator was a Ford Explorer rebadged into a little bitty Lincoln Navigator. I had not seen one in years, and I’m quite sure that the handful original that’s not in the shrinkage now buys in buy-here-pay-a lot.

But the new airman is nothing less than breathtaking.

With sharp headlight, a royal grill, ornate hood sculpting and a very nice profile, the newspaper delivers a strong whiff of Range Rover Velar with the few best features of the strange little transitions Lincoln has crumbled in recent years. I really liked it as soon as I saw personally and then I opened the door. And then I fell in love.

The aviator’s interior is simple but obviously well thought out. Apart from the speaker and seat control area in the upper corners of the doors, which seems to lift directly from a Mercedes S-Class, does the aircraft’s cockpit look original and will I be accused of copying / pasting from the press release if I call it “timeless?” [Yes. -ed.]

I’m not so sure that the giant tablet was erased on the dashboard, but I’m really excited to drive this thing and I have not even bothered to recite the power.

Mazda 3

Photo: David Tracy (Jalopnik)

Mazda 3 has been driving car journalists for several years, because it’s a great value, fun driving, carvery and because it’s so bad at the butt to decide whether to type “Mazda 3”, “Mazda3” or the technically correct Mazda Mazda3. Ugh.

While retaining one of the worst names in the automotive industry until 2019, it also moves away from “good looks”, two fair devastating beautiful. The wide mouth is brilliant, the lines are all very clean and the back looks like a freaking Ferrari. The backlight circles, in my opinion, finish it perfectly. Inside, Mazda’s designers have early thought about how to combine an outstanding infotainment screen with a smooth flowing dashboard.

I’m very nervous in the future because Mazda refuses to fit on manual gearbox with good engine and top trim level, but now it can be somehow. The company is stuck on the packaging.

Mazda 3 seems to be a good option if you want a car that is convenient, stylish and decent to drive.

Porsche 911

Photo: David Tracy (Jalopnik)

Porsche has gingerly reworked the design of everyone’s favorite backward-looking car. As always it looks subtle and soft, it costs a fortune and will be extremely fast.

I noticed that the 2020 911 from the driver’s seat seems to feel much bigger than the outgoing car. But with the exception of the new PDK gearbox’s shifter, which strangely looks like a missile switch, the interior is generally smooth and tidy.

Honestly, it may be difficult to get excited about these when you live in Los Angeles and they are as popular as Camrys. But for those who are, you can rest assured that there will be an infinite alternative catalog of watches and power levels and sewing colors to obsess over.


I’ve spent most of my car journalist and career as dreading will bring exhibitions, but I’ve kicked up this year’s LA event. It may be partly because I have spent the last three months posted on my couch. anything. If you are in cars and you will be in Los Angeles next week, you should come through the show and enjoy some of these vehicles personally.

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