TodayApril 16, 2022

Highlights of 2014 Los Angeles auto show (LAAS)

2014 Los Angeles auto show

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the highlights of the 2014 Los Angeles auto show.

We highlight four different countries through the car companies;

The first is from Germany with the Volkswagen AG showing off Audi’s Prologue concept that is more than rumored to be the next production A9. The 600 horsepower concept is the first Audi to receive laser lights. The car is not just a pretty face, however, it is loaded with technology and will show it off at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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Audi Prologue headlight

Audi R8 Competition – A racecar sold directly to consumers, clocking at 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds.

Next, we go to the United States car company that brought out a legacy sportscar that pays homage to the great performance race car guru, Carroll Shelby. The Shelby GT350 has a V-8 naturally aspirated engine that gets over 500 horsepower. Ford also announced that the Ford Shelby GT350 will be the marque at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports reunion. Most people thought it was going to be a Ferrari.

Off to Italy, where the Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCA) has a wonderful little company called Maserati and that company is bringing out a car in homage to one of the original Maserati brothers, Alfieri. Alfieri must have been one great engineer because that is one beautiful car.

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Maserati Alfieri

Next, we move to Japan and France, home of Nissan Corporation, head of Infiniti. Infiniti brought out the most sumptuous concept called Inspiration. The Inspiration was first seen at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2014, Paris Motor Show. A V-6 plug-in hybrid technology that delivers 550hp that is supposed to get over 40mpg.

As we close we go back to Germany with the BMW 228 convertible as a wonderful graduation present. Think of Mazda Miata, Audi A3.

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BMW 228 convertible


Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.