LA Auto Show 2012
The fastest-ever Jaguar saloon, designer visions of CHiPs-style vehicles circa 2025, and a Smart car sprouting wings - courtesy of fashion designer Jeremy Scott - were among just some of the more intriguing global unveils of 2012's LA Auto Show.
With California by far the biggest sales region in the US - and also the most significant state for hybrid and full-electric vehicles - plus North America still the second largest market in the world, the LA show is an important auto event from a business and environmental viewpoint.
Luxury and eco were key themes of the physical cars unveiled, from new EVs by Smart, BMW, Chevrolet and Fiat to beautiful sports cars by Porsche and Jaguar. There were also surprising virtual vehicles revealed within the creative context of the Show's LA Design Challenge - where designers from diverse brands are invited to imagine future vehicles around a set theme - this year's task being to design an eco police car for 2025.
There are larger car shows with more new products to view, but the LA Show is still a thoughtful one, and always full of interest.