How things can change in the space of 10 years. The LA Auto Show a decade ago was a mix of the same old facelifted and increasingly heavy cars sporting all sorts of wonderful creature comforts. Simply put, the offering was repetitive and innovations were just slugging along. Electric cars weren’t making a dent yet despite this whacky startup called Tesla Motors and its electrified Lotus sports car.
The following year, and a majestic global financial crash later, macho V8 cars and trucks took a bow and opened the door for new and exciting cars we had never heard nor seen before. Center stages were strange. Unusual electric vehicles (EV) created a seriously confused public, with visitor after visitor asking where the engine was. As the years went by and the economy improved for auto companies, “regular cars” came back and EVs were dismissed, eventually to backstage.
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