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Los Angeles Auto Show 2018: the latest news

The 2018 LA Motor Show did not disappoint, with Audi, BMW, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes, Porsche and Toyota all at the famed LA Convention Center this year with a slew of new cars on show.

As always, we had boots on the ground to cover all the new car reveals and concept unveilings, while bringing you all the latest news, best pictures and a range of videos.

The stunning Audi e-tron GT Concept was arguably the most striking car to check out, but the new Mazda 3 and new Porsche 911 certainly brought it closer. Then there was also the new Kia Soul, which made its public debut, not to mention the BMW X7, Jeep Gladiator, Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro and Toyota Prius.

Scroll below for all the key cars from the 2018 LA Auto Show, plus a look at what each manufacturer had at the show…

Los Angeles Auto Show 2018: the flagship cars

• Audi e-tron GT Concept – The new Audi concept previews the upcoming all-electric four-door coupé.• BMW X7 – BMW’s largest SUV had its first public presentation.• Kia Soul – The new Boxy mini SUV has arrived with full electric power for the UK.• Mazda 3 – Mazda’s new Golf rival has arrived with revolutionary engine technology.• Porsche 911 – The 992 generation 911 has arrived in Los Angeles.•Toyota Prius- Toyota’s hybrid superstar gets a facelift for 2019.

Los Angeles Auto Show 2018: news

• Audi PB18 concept could make production• Audi electric hatchback on the way• New Porsche 911 hybrid in at least four years

Los Angeles Auto Show 2018: Gallery

2018 Los Angeles Auto Show: AZ


• Audi e-tron GT Concept • Audi R8 Facelift • Audi PB18 concept could go into production • Audi electric hatchback on the way

One of the stars of the show was the new e-tron GT concept, which foreshadows an upcoming high-performance all-electric four-door coupe. Confirmed for production in 2020, the e-tron GT Concept will eventually become the brand’s Porsche Mission E alternative. The new, more powerful and facelifted R8 was also present, and we have already driven it.


BMW X7 - LA Motor Show - front

• BMW 8 Series Convertible• BMW M340i xDrive• BMW Vision iNEXT• BMW X7

There was a lot to see at the BMW stand. Headlining the show for the marque was the new X7 – a full-size Range Rover rival and the biggest SUV BMW has ever made. The new 8 Series Convertible was presented for the first time in metal, alongside the six-cylinder M340i xDrive and the huge BMW Vision iNEXT concept.


• Byton K-Byte and M-Byte

Recently entering the electrification market, the Chinese start-up Byton presented its K-Byte Saloon and M-Byte SUV concepts. The K-Byte we had seen before, but the M-Byte was a new addition to the lineup. Marketed as a “smart and intuitive vehicle”, the M-Byte features technologies such as a 49-inch touchscreen spanning the width of the dashboard and side cameras in place of exterior mirrors.


• Hyundai Palisade

In addition to the return of the Le Fil Rouge concept, Hyundai unveiled the Palisade in Los Angeles. This premium SUV sits above the Santa Fe in the company’s lineup, targeting growing families. Tasked with establishing itself in the market dominated by the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander in the United States, the new Palisade can accommodate eight people.


Jeep Gladiator - LA Motor Show - Front

• Jeep Gladiator

The new Jeep Gladiator pickup was officially unveiled at the LA Motor Show. It is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 developing 285 hp, lightweight aluminum panels and a towing capacity of 3.5 tons. It will arrive in the US next year, with a European launch planned for 2020. It remains to be seen if the Gladiator will be offered in the UK, however.


Kia Soul - LA Motor Show - Front

• Kia Soul

The all-new Kia Soul made its global debut at this year’s Los Angeles Motor Show before going on sale in the UK in 2019. We’ve seen the new model tested in the wild before, but now Kia discovered its latest version of its square SUV. The model is expected to be sold as an electric vehicle only in the UK.


• Lincoln Airman

The premium three-row Lincoln Aviator SUV sits between the upcoming Nautilus and the flagship Navigator – but it’s a US-only car. It features innovative technology, such as Reverse Brake Assist and Suspension Preview Technology – a system that scans the road for imperfections and preloads the suspension to maximize passenger comfort. .


New Mazda 3 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

• Mazda3

One of the show’s stories ended on the Mazda stand, with the world premiere of the all-new, fourth-generation Mazda 3. the Kai concept. Hatchback and fastback variants have been unveiled, while under the hood the Mazda 3 is the first model to use the firm’s new Skyactiv-X engine technology.


Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro - LA Motor Show - Front

• Mercedes-AMG GT Redesign• Mercedes AMG GT R Pro

After the presentation of the new B-Class, GLE and A-Class Sedan at the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes focused on the AMG GT in Los Angeles with the debut of the AMG GT R Pro. It’s a much more track-focused version of the 577bhp AMG GT R, implementing weight-saving techniques, suspension revisions and new aerodynamics.

Meanwhile, with the now three-year-old AMG GT, the entire range has been given a facelift, with tweaks for the regular GT as well as the GT S, GT C and GT R.


MINI John Cooper Works International Orange Edition - front 3/4

• MINI special editions

MINI lines up in Los Angeles with four new special-edition models aimed strictly at the US market. Two new John Cooper Works MINI hatchback models have arrived in the form of the Knights Edition and the International Orange Edition (pictured).

Elsewhere, a new version of the MINI Countryman Cooper S was shown, called the Countryman Yin Yang Edition. The Clubman was no slouch either – a new Cooper S-powered special edition was on display.


Polaris Slingshot - LA Motor Show - Front

• Polaris Slingshot

The Polaris Slingshot received a few siblings – four new Slingshot variants were introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show; the S, SL, SLR and Grand Touring. Each increase in trim level offers an increase in driver comfort, with the top-of-the-line Grand Touring model fitted with comforts such as ‘one roof’ and ‘one windshield’, as well as a seven-inch touchscreen.


Porsche 911 - LA Motor Show - front

• Porsche 911• New Porsche 911 hybrid in at least four years

While the latest news from Porsche was about the brand’s shift to electrification with the next Taycan, the new 911 took the brand squarely back to its roots at the Los Angeles show. The new generation 992 911 has made its debut and is the latest chapter in the 45-year evolution of the iconic model. For now, the new generation car has just been presented in Carrera form, but high-powered Turbo, GT2 and GT3 models are expected later. Porsche is also expected to introduce a 911 plug-in hybrid during the 992’s lifecycle.


Rivian R1S - LA Motor Show - static front

• Rivian R1S • Rivian R1T

Tesla will not have the electric pick-up market on its own since the American start-up Rivian has unveiled its challenger. The R1T is a 5.5 meter pickup with four electric motors, which produce 197 hp each. That means 14,000Nm of torque and a claimed 0-60mph time of around 3 seconds. Although mainly intended for the American market, it could arrive in Europe in 2021.

Joining the R1T was the R1S SUV. The all-electric seven-seater shares its powertrain with the pickup and promises true off-road capability, with a three-foot paddling depth, underbody protection and plenty of performance.


Toyota Prius - LA Front

•Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius has been updated for 2019 and the big news is that an all-wheel-drive version will be coming to Europe for the first time. The facelifted car, which was revealed in Los Angeles, has been tweaked inside and out, with new front and rear headlights and a new front bumper the most notable additions.


Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo - LA Front

• Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo Concept

It was a quiet show for Volkswagen, but they showed off a new Pike’s Peak-themed livery for the ID Buzz Cargo concept. The all-electric van is powered by a 150kW electric motor and promises a range of between 200 and 340 miles depending on battery size.

Which car do you think was the star of the 2018 LA Auto Show? Let us know below…

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