DESIGN TAKES THE LEAD AGAIN
We sit down with GM’s Ed Welburn

LA CAR REPORT—“During bankruptcy, there was so much that was written that was negative about GM. Just mean and dark and vicious—all day, every day. It pissed off some of our designers. I think the team dug down deep during that very dark period and ended-up doing their absolute best work,” explained Ed Welburn, only the sixth person to serve as design leader in General Motors history. LA Car’s Sean Spear sat down with Welburn at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

100 SCENIC DRIVES
Scenes from the 2013 LA Auto Show

GALLERY—With 56 debuts, nearly 30 press conferences, and over 140 exhibitors of new and aftermarket products, the Los Angeles International Auto Show is a mecca for automotive photo opportunities. As the public show goes on through December 1, 2013, we’ve gathered some of our favorite scenes from this year’s show and placed them in a photo gallery.

BRAVE NEW WORLD
LA Auto Show’s “Connected Car Expo” goes into unchartered waters

LA CAR REPORT—For the first time, the LA Auto Show’s press days went from two to three days. The new day was to make way for “Connected Car Expo”—a day devoted to bringing automotive and technology professionals together to foster relationship-building in the connected car industry. A lot of key players were there. Editor-at-large Zoran Segina reports.

THE BIG KAHUNA
The LA Auto Show arrives

AUTO SHOW— As the car culture center of the world, there are roughly 20 car shows every week in the City of Angels. That’s around 440 car shows every year. And yet, there’s only one Grand Poobah of all car shows in the Southland. The Big Kahuna, the mother of all LA car shows: The Los Angeles International Auto Show. This year, 56 cars were introduced at nearly 30 press conferences, spread across three days, November 19th-21st, while the public show was held November 22nd through December 1, 2013. Here’s some of what was shown.

ROCK N’ ROLL
Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition

AUTO REVIEW—What happens when you cross an ash-bodied, maple-necked 1954 sunburst Fender Stratocaster with the newest version of the steel-bodied Volkswagen Beetle Coupe? According to both Fender and VW, it’s the Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition. We test one with the GTI-based 2.0 Turbo. LA Car Editor-at-Large Zoran Segina finds out if this Beetle can rock.

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