2015 Los Angeles Auto Show: Thrilling Rides
by Joel Arellano
EVENT: LA Auto Show 2015 Media Days
WHEN: November 18 – 19, 2015
WHAT: Cars are fun! That seemed to be this year’s theme at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. While there was plenty of future tech showing during the Connected Car Expo earlier that week, many of the car debuts during press days showcased vehicles that embodied the thrill of driving.
Three automakers especially stood out. The 2017 Guilia Quadrifoglio by FCA brand Alfa Romeo is a stunner and looks to bring some competition in the luxury segment dominated by the Germans.
Another FCA brand is also looking to take on a long-established segment leader. In this case, it’s Fiat. The more mainstream Italian brand, Fiat celebrates its fifth anniversary returning to the US with the return of its 124 Spider convertible. Aimed squarely at the Mazda MX-5, car reporters and enthusiasts are licking their collective lips to see if the sexy Italian entry has what it takes to match – or even surpass – everyone’s affordable roadster.
Speaking of cars that drop their top, Mercedes-Benz tuner division AMG unveiled several at the show. Two of them, the SL63 and SL65, are part of the SL lineup. Same with the full-size S-Class’ new S63 Cabriolet. Finally, the C-Class now gets an AMG-tuned C63 coupe as part of its extensive mix. Yeah, it’s not a convertible, but it’ll definitely thrilling to be on the road (especially as the driver).
Of course there was more than the above rides at the show. Come back to Why This Ride for our next post as we cover some of the latest automotive tech revealed at this 2015 LA Auto Show.