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DETROIT LIONS
The industry comes roaring back at the Detroit Auto Show

AUTO SHOW—Did you hear the roar? With auto sales topping 16.5 million in 2014, the mood at this year’s North American International Auto Show (AKA the Detroit Auto Show) was both upbeat and optimistic. Automakers and analysts are predicting that sales will continue to climb and reach 17 million in 2015. Yes, Detroit is on a roll. Further cementing the importance of NAIAS, is the continued resiliency of the U.S. economy the demand for cars and trucks. Here’s a summary of the top world debuts at this year’s show.

SCENES FROM THE CES
The state of automotive electronics in 2015

GALLERY—Once the domain of audiophiles, adult videos, and every manner of gizmos and gadgets, the Consumer Electronics Show has crossed into the automotive world. For 2015, the car companies were well represented at this annual Las Vegas mega-event, to show off everything from infotainment systems to autonomous vehicles. LA Car Editor John Grafman was there to memorialize the highlights through digital imagery.

THE SOUND OF SUMMERS
Breaking the sound barrier in car audio

LA CAR REPORT—Just when you think the state of mobile audio has reached a plateau, along comes someone with an approach that forces us to bring out a word that hasn’t been used in a while: Breakthrough. That someone is Oscar-winning re-recording mixer Gary Summers, and he calls his approach “Aural Vision”. The name may sound a bit hocus-pocus, but the approach is steeped in long-established, conventional acoustic principles.

THE NEXT GENERATION VOLT
Scenes From A Hollywood Coming Out Party

LA CAR REPORT—What do Paris Hilton, Torri Spelling, and Lance Bass have in common…besides being TMZ bait? Apparently it is a love for environment-friendly cars making their debut in Hollywood. Such was the case at Quixote Studios in WeHo Monday night, where the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt took center stage in a studio featuring DJs, dance club lighting, lounge chairs, and a free-flowing bar.

NEW CALIFORNIA DRIVING LAWS FOR 2015

LA CAR REPORT—In her younger days, Salma Heyak would have found one of California’s new driving laws for 2015 very handy. Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry reports on the law in question, as well as the handful of other driving laws that took effect January 1st of this year.

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