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Top picks for best of LA Auto Show

Charles Fleming, Russ Mitchell and James F. Peltz, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Business News

The Los Angeles Auto Show features hundreds of new cars and trucks, many of them on display for the first time in North America and some for the first time in the world.

Here are our nominees for the most beautiful, the most significant and the most interesting.

Porsche 911 Carrera T

Porsche unveiled the Carrera T well before the auto show, but that didn't stop sport-car enthusiasts from going slightly gaga over this new lightweight, back-to-basics 911. Based on audience reaction, it's almost guaranteed to be a top seller for 2018.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla is using the 2017 auto show to show off its Model 3, the affordable electric four-door sedan that it hopes will further co-founder Elon Musk's plan to put every American driver in a battery-operated vehicle. Tesla wouldn't let anyone get inside the new $35,000 car, but from the outside it looked very tasty.

 

Jeep Wrangler

Fiat Chrysler's design team scores another victory, with a major Jeep Wrangler update that makes this iconic vehicle look rugged, old-fashioned and modern all at the same time. Show visitors praised its retro styling. Rock climbers will appreciate its 21st century drivetrain and transmission.

VW ID Buzz

Volkswagen's smiley-faced all-electric reinvention of the 1960s microbus turned heads when it was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance last summer and got visitors' iPhones popping at the convention center last week. The only bummer? Although the all-electric VW ID sedan and ID Crozz SUV will be out in 2020, the ID Buzz won't be available for sale until 2022.

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