LAAS 2019: KARMA

Karma Automotive is bringing auto tech to the LA Auto Show

Karma is evolving beyond a car company to become a tech-driven brand equally focused on being an important engineering, design, customization resource and high-tech incubator to others. As the only company creating and building cars in Southern California today, Karma’s presence at these two major automotive forums reinforces our commitment to and our investment in the region.

Dr. Lance Zhou, Karma CEO

Southern California based high tech mobility incubator is going to be making some noise at the 2019 LA Auto Show with our first look at the new SC2! Karma Automotive is stepping out of the shadows with their vision of the future of Auto with its technology, design and product story. They are investing more than $1M to build a enhanced Design Studio at the Global Headquarters in Irvine, CA. It’s all part of the long term plan to expand on the design identity and future models with the U.S. launch of its 2020 Revero GT luxury electric vehicle. Next will be the new Karma global platform in 2021 and expansion of retail sale to consumers.

Meet Karma Group and the 2020 Revero GT
As our name implies, Southern California-based Karma Group is more than just a car company. Although we are best known as a creator of soul-stirring luxury electric vehicles, Karma has emerged as a high-tech incubator offering innovators a perfect platform to prove their emerging technologies. Founded in 2014, Karma is reinventing the traditional retail-based automotive business model to create non-traditional value by opening its engineering, design, customization and manufacturing resources to other companies looking to speed product development, access new technology, or make their products more luxurious. The Revero GT is a luxury electric vehicle powered by dual electric motors that embodies Karma’s goals of offering leading automotive design, technology, customization and an outstanding customer experience. Our growing number of retail partners in North America is accepting pre-orders of the Revero GT now with first deliveries expected during the fourth quarter of 2019. Every Revero GT is created with great individual care and world-class craftsmanship at the Karma Innovation and Customization Center in Moreno Valley, Calif.

The 2019 LA Auto Show returns November 22 – December 1, 2019 at the LA Convention Center! Whether it’s new vehicle shopping, free test drives, experiencing the latest tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides and supercars, there is something for everyone at the show. You can purchase tickets to the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show (Nov. 22 – Dec. 1) at https://laautoshow.com/tickets/.

LAAS 2019: HYUNDAI IONIQ

The 2020 Ioniq Electric, Hybrid & Plug-in Hybrid gets a first look at the 2019 LA Auto Show

Hyundai has plans for the future with the announced of plans for 13 new alternative fueled vehicles by 2022. The lineup will include six sedans and seven SUVs had will have a refreshed 2020 Ioniq Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid to be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. They have big auto plans for 2020 with a all-new Sonata HEV sedan. Additional eco-focused automobiles will be showcased over the next three years.

Hyundai to expand its Eco-Focused product lines from 5 to 13 by 2022

“As the automotive industry evolves to meet the needs of a diverse customer base and environmentally-aware society, we will continue to provide alternative-propulsion options in a variety of product choices. For consumers seeking forward-thinking and eco-friendly personal transportation options, Hyundai’s product line-up meets these criteria and more.”

Mike O’Brien, Vice President of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America

One of the world’s largest auto shows with 1,000 vehicles will return over Thanksgiving week. Whether it’s new vehicle shopping, free test drives, experiencing the latest tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides and supercars, there is something for everyone at the show. November 22 – December 1, 2019 to the LA Convention Center. Buy Tickets

LAAS 2019 DEBUT: 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Honda’s going ELECTRIC at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show

Honda is bringing a all new exhibit to the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show that showcase the new line of electrified vehicles. This includes the debut of the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid (launching in Spring 2020) that is the first hybrid-electric SUV from Honda in the USA. It’s part of the “Safety for Everyone” campaign that highlights their ‘Safety Zone’ feature with the 10th Generation Civic Coupe that is one of the 10 models earning a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Crash Rating from HNTSA. We’ll also hear from Kyle Shaules, Honda Civic customer who will share his real life experience of survival on November 20th. He’s one of the three Honda customers that share life affirming stories as part of the new ‘Safety for Everyone’ social media campaign.

The new North America Auto display area is making it’s debut at the LAAS with lots of fun for attendees!

  • HondaLens Live – an augmented reality showcase of the 2020 CR-V Hybrid 
  • Honda Safety Zone – featuring a crash-tested 2019 Civic Coupe, real-world customer storytelling and a Seatbelt Selfie Wall 
  • Honda x Gaming Zone – with live appearances by premier global esports organization, Team Liquid, and an interactive retro-style Honda Circuit racing game: 
    • Monday 11/25 2;00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.: Head2Head/Twitch Live Stream featuring live play, hosted by Andy Bravo, eSports Commentator/Analyst 
    • Sunday 12/1 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Live appearance of Doublelift, seven-time League of Legends LCS Champion, with Steve Arhancet, Co-Owner/Co-CEO of Team Liquid
  • Honda Winning Moment – an augmented reality photo booth where show goers can place themselves in the scenes of historical sports moments, including in IndyCar, National Hockey League and League of Legends championships

LAAS 2019 DEBUT: MAZDA CX-30

LA Auto Show US Debut of the CX-30

Los Angeles Auto Show gets the first look in the US of the new Mazda SUV, and the 2020 CX-5 & 2020 CX-9

The 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS) will be open to the public from November 22 – December 1 at the LA Convention Center (BUY TICKETS). I’m covering the 2019 LA Auto Show as press and am excited to see new additions to the Mazda lineup. The Kodo design will be expanding after the impressive Mazda3 to the new Mazda CX-30. The Kodo design is eye catching and mature interoperation of the Mazda Auto design that consumers have loved for decades to appeal to changing needs. It offers more comfort and a expanded interior to allow driver and riders to talk and share the journey.

Mazda’s three SUVs offer premium experience with new upgrades and improvements. The CX-5 has the Engine Harmonic Enhancer, increased maximum torque and off-road traction assist. The CX-9 expands on that with offering all-new available second-row captain’s chairs, hands-free power liftgate and a larger nine-inch touchscreen display.

Automotive fans can watch the Mazda Press Conference on 11/20 at 1:20pm PT LIVE on YouTube

First Impression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility

I was invited to celebrate Nissan and the Last Jedi in Hollywood for the second year collaboration with the iconic film series. They had two days of celebration with the Light Side and the Dark Side of the Force. I despite being a Jedi missed the Light Side so had to turn to the Dark of the Empire. Happily it was in a Nissan Rogue that had me impressed from the moment my eyes saw them in the Roosevelt Hotel Parking lot. Nissan brought the new redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf and Nissan Rogue. I was very impressed seeing the new design and direction of Nissan that is embracing useful technology to improve the lives of drivers. This was my second spin in Nissan after test driving the 2018 Nissan Leaf that was quite a delight with it’s pep, increased mileage and the fact that it’s damned sexy for an affordable EV and in North America you get free charging for two years!I am fascinated by Nissan Intelligent Mobility I noticed the display at the 2017 LA Auto Show but it wasn’t until I was a passenger that I saw it first hand. I consider myself someone who embraces technology so at first my curiosity thought it was simply a better display, new navigation system or better blind spot warnings. No Nissan Intelligent Mobility is so much more than that as I got quite the surprise on the 101 highway in Los Angeles. I was the passenger looking at the new interior and chatting with my co-pilot when she say’s ‘look’. I glanced over and realized her hands were not on the steering wheel in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic. Like all of you I immediately said ‘look out we’re going to get in an accident’. Again she says ‘look’ and than she wiggles her legs. The car was driving itself andas a geek I was very excited but as an LA driver I was freaking out. But than she explained that it is able to ‘see’ the lines so it would ‘drive’ down the road as well as the system was able to retain a distance from other autos. My mind was blown as Ilooked at her feet and hands. She explained that you can set the system to drive the speed limit and I thought what will Nissan think up next since this felt very futuristic to me!!!Now I have to say getting used to Nissan Intelligent Mobility will be a little hard for me but if I could have the option on my car or suv well sign me up. I’m lucky to live in LA the land of the eternal sun but sometimes during the rare rainstorm I’d love to have that assurance that I’d make it home. So I am very curious how the system works in adverse weather from rain to sleet to snow as well as driving at night. Now this isn’t a situation where you can take a nap in the backseat and program the car to drive you to the next county but it definitely is a useful upgrade for those who drive and want to have extra safety features. I would love to have this for a long drive on the highway to really see how it works. It was very simple to use and for the couple of miles we went down the road was mesmerizing. I literally couldn’t take my eyes off the steering wheel and kept glancing at the brakes.My first impression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility is curious fascination. I think it would take a while for me to feel confident using this tech that is completely new to me but I’m very adaptable so know that I would adjust pretty quickly. If you are looking for a new car/suv/truck and enjoy new tech this is something you have to check out. I think it’s work the money since it would be useful for driving around town and on the highway. The only way I could adore it more is if it spoke in the R2D2 voice! SaveSaveSaveSave