This year's show in Los Angeles marks the final time that the event will be held almost simultaneously as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Thank goodness! Now, both the L.A. and Detroit shows will get the stand-alone coverage that the events deserve — not to mention making life a little less hectic for automotive journalists, photographers and countless automotive industry folks. Look for the Detroit show to maintain its early January date with the L.A. show occupying a late November or early December timeframe.
While the cold climes of Michigan do see the more significant number of new model or concept unveilings, our soggy So Cal surroundings get a fair share as well. Among this year's more significant L.A. debuts were the Audi A3, BMW M3 Competition, Chevrolet HHR, Ferrari F430, Ford Mustang convertible, Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG, the Volkswagen Jetta and the production version of Pontiac's slick roadster, the Solstice.
Check out the April 2005 issue of Road & Track for more cars and info from both the L.A. and Detroit shows.