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01/11 LA AUTO SHOW, VERSION 2.0

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Published on Thu, Jan 15, 2004

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

BMW's 6-Series convertible made its world debut just days earlier

LA AUTO SHOW

LA AUTO SHOW, VERSION 2.0 Photos by BILL WRIGHT Text by ROY NAKANO

One of the little-known secrets of the LA Auto Show is that the second week is better than the first. That's because manufacturers will often display vehicles that received their world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit the week before. Once they have fulfilled their obligation to debut their wares at Detroit's press preview, the car companies will bring out duplicate copies of the vehicles shown in the Motor City. Such was the case with the Volkswagen New Beetle and Corvette C5. Last year, it was the Mustang GT concept car. This year, there were a whole flurry of cars only shown during the second week in LA: The production versions of the new 2005 Mustang and Corvette, the Audiesque Ford Five Hundred, the PT Convertible, the Lexus RX400h hybrid SUV, the Mercury Mariner, the Scion tC coupe, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, Mercury Mariner, and the BMW 645ci convertible.

The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti also made its world debut in Detroit

The 2005 Mustang showed up during the second week of the LA show

The Chrysler PT Convertible at the LA Auto Show

Ford's new Five Hundred

We discovered something else during the second week: There were a lot of happy and excited people at the show. The show organizers estimate that around one million people attended the show. So, the automotive journalists can grumble all they want about the LA Auto Show being overshadowed by the show in Detroit. The fact of the matter is: This show is organized by the automobile dealers in Greater Los Angeles. So long as the customers keep coming to this show in groves, don't expect much to change. Back to the LA Auto Show report: LA Auto Show Makes A Wrong Turn.

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