AutoMobility LA Auto Show News: Winners Bolt, Ford, Elon Musk & Honda

20161116_161904.jpgAs the last day of AutoMobility closes at the Los Angeles covention center to the media and it opens tomorrow for the general public, there were more annoucenements and winners from AutoMobilty LA and the LA Auto Show.

Motor Trend Setters

Motor Trend gave out magazines and through a party to announce winners.

Winner of the Car of the Year is the Chevy Bolt EV was the first battery-powered vehicle to be conceived by GM to be a viable, affordable, mass-market, game-changing electric car, and just two numbers show why. The EPA has certified the Bolt EV will travel 238 miles on a full charge, and it costs only $29,995 after taking into consideration a $7,500 federal tax rebate.

The Bolt also won Green Car of the Year from Green Car Journal.

Winner of the Truck of the Year is the 2017 Ford Super Duty because it remains cool under extreme pressure, regardless of the circumstances. The design as a whole advances the direction of the previous generation without losing or abandoning its signature look or deviating from the consumer mission.

Winner of the Truck of the Year is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC. The GLC300 gets to 60 mph in a respectable 6.8 seconds and runs down the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds at 89.7 mph. In addition, the C-Class interior is the best in its class, as the seats are sofa-soft yet still supportive.

The Person of the Year is Elon Musk of Tesla Motors for generation interest in the industry and luring following.

AutoMobility StartUp Winner

PolySync, has been selected as the winning entrant in 2016’s Top Ten Automotive Startups™ competition. The Portland, Oregon-based startup was chosen for developing an operating system that helps simplify and accelerate the development, testing and implementation of autonomous driving technologies.

Design Challenger

Builders of Tomorrow,” an autonomous vehicle concept by Honda, Lego and Trigger Global, as the Judge’s Pick winner in this year’s “Design & Developer Challenge.”

This year’s winning team took a deep dive into what the 2050 autonomous vehicles would look like by opening up the Lego Creative Play Lab to children from various neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The children were tasked with designing their own self-driving vehicles to spur creative inspiration for the professionals. From there, the group of designers and developers transformed the youngster’s imaginative creations into realistic vehicle interior and exterior designs.

Auotmotive Annoucnements

Honda and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that the automaker will serve as the title sponsor of the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

Toyota showed the all-new 2018 Toyota C-HR – or, Coupe High-Rider. The C-HR will be available in two grades at launch, XLE and XLE Premium, each equipped with a long list of standard premium features that includes 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, supportive bucket seating, 7-inch audio display, and Toyota Safety Sense P™ (TSS-P).

Elio Motors, maker of a three-wheel vehicle that will get up to 84 mpg with a set $7,300* base price, today introduced its E1c engineering vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The E1c engineering vehicle features foundational and structural improvements to the frame, suspension, and safety systems that will ultimately create a more satisfying driving experience.  The E1c is part of Elio Motors’ E-Series vehicles, which are being built for testing and validation purposes

On Dispaly for Car Buyers

Tesla will be making its first LA Auto Show appearance with its Model X SUV, which will be towing an iconic Airstream travel trailer with a built-in mobile design studio. Similar to Tesla galleries and stores, the Airstream will be staffed with showroom displays and product specialists, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the many benefits of Tesla ownership. Tesla’s Model S premium sedan will also be on display.

Among other displays taking place during the LA Auto Show, there will be a variety of options for young people including the Chrysler Pacifica Kids Zone, where children can enjoy a full jungle gym and ball pit. Friends and family will also be able to stop by the Awsome “Pit Stop Photo Booth” to dress up in racing gear, pose and take home photo strips as souvenirs. Visitors can also count on seeing a full-size Porsche racecar made out of Legos, custom Corvettes and Harley-Davidson on the show floor.

LA Auto Show EyeCons: EyeCons is a classically addictive “distract and relax” match-two puzzle mobile game with custom LA Auto Show game tiles and location-specific rewards provided by sponsors as players advance from level to level. EyeCons is free and available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

Porsche Lego Car: Lego Master Builder Paul Chrzan will build two cars, a full-size Porsche 919 Hybrid racecar and a Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3, at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19. Lego kits will be available for purchase.

Toyota 3D Chalk Art: Toyota teamed up with We Talk Chalk, a group of professional chalk artists and street painters, to bring some artistic finesse to the LA Auto Show this year. The artists will create works of three-dimensional art for guest interaction using chalk.

Divergent 3D-printed Car: Divergent’s Blade production vehicle was built using Divergent 3D’s proprietary platform.