Best cars of 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

2018 Los Angeles Auto Show license plate sign

The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is currently running until Dec. 9.



The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is on right now in downtown LA, where this year more than 60 brand new vehicles across several segments made their debut. We’ve put together a shortlist of our top three favourite cars taking centre stage in the La-la Land.

Audi e-tron GT Concept

Although still technically a concept, the four-ringed brand is promising a production version in approximately two years. The e-tron GT is a fully electric four-door coupe constructed from a mixture of carbon fibre, lightweight aluminum and high-strength steel developed in partnership with Porsche. The wedge-like profile is complemented by matrix LED headlamps and an evolution of the signature Singleframe grille.

Separate front and rear-mounted electric motors provide a net 590 horsepower and all-wheel drive, and a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds. The large 90 kilowatt-hour on-board lithium-ion battery allows for a maximum driving range of over 400 kilometres.

2020 Porsche 911

The 911 looks pretty good for 55, Porsche rolling out the eighth iteration at the show dubbed the Type 992. The German luxury automaker is renowned for its subtle redesigns of their hero sports car over the years (save for one exception: remember the “fried egg” 996?), and this one is no different. It’s a little wider, boasts full LED headlights and a thin LED tail light bar and standard 21-inch wheels.

The entire shell is made from aluminum, and under the hood, a bi-turbo 3.0-litre flat six engine puts out 443 horsepower. Trims to arrive first will be the Carrera S and 4S, sometime next fall.

2019 Mazda3

The compact Mazda3 hatchback enters its fourth generation wearing the latest KODO “Soul of Motion” design language, embodying the essence of Japanese aesthetics. Returning in both a sedan and hatchback variant, there’s a difference — they look and feel quite unique from one another rather than largely being the same model with either a trunk or a hatch. 

The 2019 Mazda3 will also feature the optional SKYACTIV-X powertrain teased earlier in the year, utilizing compression ignition technology combining cleaner emissions with diesel-like performance and fuel efficiency. More details to come closer to the launch date. 

Posted by Benjamin Yong

Benjamin Yong is a freelance journalist and communications professional living in Richmond, B.C. He is often found writing about cars and the auto industry, amongst other things, or driving around in his work-in-progress 1990 Mazda MX-5. Twitter: @b_yong Instagram: @popuplights