LA Auto Show: Day Two In the Books
Day two of the auto show press days can be a strange place. Many of the key automaker's PR people have skipped town onto their next event, and so have many of the journalists. Those who remain are the real troopers of the game, hell bent on getting every last car of the show. Too bad they could have just hopped on Bold Ride to see the most notable cars from day two of the LA Auto Show! Volkswagen Beetle Convertible:
Congratulations VW, you've made a ragtop bug that I would not be embarrassed to drive! And that was the whole point in creating the new Beetle. Volkswagen eschewed the spherical styling of the first generation of the New Beetle in favor of more aggressive styling, hoping to capture some of the (sexually ambiguous) male market. Kidding aside, I reiterate: VW has made a Beetle Convertible that I would actually be caught dead in. For that, we thank you.
You want to know why we dig this car? Check out Jeff's rundown of why it rocks. There really are no bad cars anymore, and buyers in the small car segment have plenty of great options. Of them, this might now be the best.
Another car that has been making the rounds, but this was the first opportunity that I had to appreciate just how better the cabin is of the new Ram HD pickup. I didn't bother to check the trim because there were other, newer cars to behold, but from the looks of the saddle leather, this must be the Laramie Longhorn Edition. With a large Chrysler touchscreen and that shift-on-the-fly 4X4 dial, things are really stepping up in this cabin!
Lincoln had everyone a bit confused on day one of the show, when the American near-luxury carmaker had no new product at its stand, just bunch of classic Lincolns. I was convinced that they had no new product coming and this was their way of saying goodbye. Alas, no! The new MKZ might not be an instant head-turner, but the aft looks very sharp, and the entire(!) roof slides back as a sunroof. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this could be the car that saves Lincoln.
This car has been around for a bit, but who cares! It's a freaking three-wheeler! The paint is new so I'm all over it. These never get old, and being flanked by an armada of equally retro-tastic Morgan sportscars doesn't hurt either. The only that does hurt is how bad I want one of these Morgans. Ram HD Interior: