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.
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.
GALLERY— It’s the largest collection of European cars in North America, housed in a 132,000 square foot facility that once housed the Sunbeam Bakery—one of the largest bakeries in the area. It’s the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to its vast collection, the Lane has an enormous amount of character. Established in 2002 by Jeff Lane, the museum sports an unforgettable collection of Czechoslovakian Tatras, and other examples of the strange and beautiful.
GALLERY—This is what happens in Vegas every fall season at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, otherwise known as the SEMA Show. What started in 1963 by a handful of hot rod legends now consists of over 6,000 companies in support of a $30 billion a year industry. Today, the SEMA Show takes up a tad over a million square feet, attracts over 3,000 journalists, and has a total attendance north of 100,000 manufacturers, buyers and industry representatives. Editor John Grafman captured the best of the best from this year’s show.
LA REPORT—”Rocket” is an appropriate name for a Mustang with 725 ponies under a carbon-fiber hood. While just shy of being able to leaving earth’s orbit, it should be more than enough for anyone other than an astronaut. The melding of design talent extraordinaire Henrik Fisker, and Beau Bockmann of Galpin Motors (and GAS) is really a dream team in many ways. It also should be noted that both call Southern California their home. So, it just seemed natural to unleashing their offering at the 2014 LA Auto Show.