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November 21, 2014 Washington Post car chat

Henry Ford III and Aaron Shelby

Good Morning Warren and friends

What a great auto show in Los Angeles this week.

For any of you that are into performance, racing, and muscle cars I got to see the unveiling of the new Shelby GT350 and to meet Henry Ford III and Aaron Shelby.

Are you considering purchasing a Lincoln? Lincoln just came out with bespoke customization for members that sign up for Lincoln Black Label. I think it costs an extra $5,300.

Audi has Exclusive, BMW has individual, Mercedes-Benz has Designo for customization of an already unique car. Lincoln has introduced a new level of refinement in four exquisitely tailored design themes and a membership to an exclusive that goes beyond the annual detailing of a car to culinary sensations.

We saw a lot of fuel cell vehicles, new hybrid/plug-in concepts, but the one that blew my mind was the Porsche 918 Spyder. A plug-in hybrid that is 900 horsepower and cost $845,000 and is completely sold out. What does it say that Tesla and Porsche can sell out of their hybrids?

Then, of course, it is Los Angeles so we have to have all of the exotics and beautiful cars. My favorite is the Maserati Alfieri. It’s easy to love a Maserati, right? So, my most amazing, wow that’s different for that car company was the Infiniti Q80. Beautiful car and I hope it is the design of the future. It is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with plug-in hybrid technology that delivers 550hp that is supposed to get over 40mpg.

I love the car color, grey matte finish on the Bentley GTV8S. It costs an extra $35,000 but it really makes the car pop.

If we bring the vehicles down to earth there was a World Premiere Mazda cx3 new subcompact SUV – highly contented
Chevy Trax and honda hrv.

The funniest part of the day? I’m interviewing Derek Jenkins the head designer for Mazda and I introduced him as Derek Jeter. I didn’t catch it, Derek did. We had a good laugh.

Let’s chat about cars:

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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.