What Not to Miss at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

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If there is an obvious theme to the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show running through Dec. 9, it's that marketing departments still believe people want new adventures. So, the show promotes new vehicles by showing all the cool things you can do with them.

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From Subaru's seven-passenger Ascent SUV to Honda's five-passenger Passport SUV to the long-awaited debut of a Jeep pickup truck, the open-roof 2020 Gladiator, and the Rivian R1T pickup and R1S SUV (the newest electric vehicles to make an appearance), all were being promoted as if every car buyer wants to go hiking, biking or hang gliding.

To keep that theme going, almost every one of the big automakers have some dealer accessory displays at the show so buyers can know how to accessorize their new vehicle. Optional wheels, shifter boots, storage racks, headlight surrounds, gear bags, bed frames and more will all be available for purchase through local dealers.

Below are just some of the vehicles and displays you need to see if you happen to be near downtown Los Angeles in the next two weekends.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams


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Rivian R1T: This is a project more than 10 years in the making and has an almost uncountable number of problem-solving features. We like the four-wheel independent air-ride suspension; each tire has its own 200-horsepower electric motor.


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Jeep Gladiator: We first saw the Wrangler-based prototype more than 13 years ago. Now it's here and given the media buzz, the Gladiator is likely to be another big seller for Jeep. How the pricing and trim ordering breaks down will be interesting to watch.


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Ram 1500 Rebel: With the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, the truckmaker is doing well sales-wise. The 2019 Ram 1500 was named the 2019 MotorTrend Truck of the Year and is a finalist in the 2019 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards. This new Rebel looks pretty good in Blizzard White.


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Ford Rangers on Parade: There are six all-new Rangers on display in the Ford booth that provide potential customers with plenty of accessory options and project-building ideas in terms of camping and exploration packages.


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Chevrolet Trucks: The Chevy display has quite an assortment of cars, pickups, SUVs and crossovers, but the largest and most diverse lineup is the pickup trucks. Naturally, the Colorado ZR2 Bison is at the front of the lineup with a new medium-duty Silverado 5500 dump truck as the caboose.


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Karlmann King: It's not really an LA Auto Show unless you see some interesting and custom muscle trucks trying to catch the eye of a wayward celebrity or top-tier athlete. This year it was this unique one-off sporting an F-550 frame and axles, as well as an upgraded 6.8-liter V-10. This stealth unit weighs about 8,500 pounds.


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Toyota Stable: Toyota had quite a few pickup trucks on display for Southern California auto shoppers, including a (literal) stable of TRD Pro offerings, with the Tacoma, 4Runner, and Tundra dressed in their Lazer Blue outfits. And we offer a few more show-floor oddities and highlights below.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams


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It's a shame, not one truck pictured could do a days work. Not even one set up to use for hunting.
Just optional stuff for the gronola crunching, one with nature guys with hair buns...

The current majority demographic that buys trucks and suv are not DIY'ers. The days of a truck being a tool has sailed. It is now a couch.

Roman just bought one of those Ram Rebels with the E-Torque system and he is pretty p.o.'d about the Ram mileage claims


Wow. Roman looks pretty disappointed.

I like how many vehicles are displayed in an off-road theme which represents their design intent. Ford, not to be outdone,has already placed their up coming Ranger on a vehicle hoist. HAHAHA!

Plenty of work trucks there. See your optrician.

"I like how many vehicles are displayed in an off-road theme which represents their design intent. Ford, not to be outdone,has already placed their up coming Ranger on a vehicle hoist. HAHAHA!
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Dec 3, 2018 11:12:13 AM"

I think the ranger being on a hoist is to get people familiar with the view they'll be seeing. lol

These trucks are a bunch of good ideas bunched into one vehicle. You may not be asked to really like the "whole" package but it shows off all there is to offer and lets the consumer choose what fits them.

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More a collection of fairly cosmetic "customs" a sort of Pickup Hot Rod Show

what would you prefer, Robert?

More obtainable vehicles for the general public.whether they be Luxury,Work or Lifestyle vehicles. Try and distance yourself from the creations the late George Barris would have come up with.

that's what dealer showrooms are for.

This, on the other hand, is a big national show. The attendees want to see splashy lighting, girls in bikinis and over-the-top pickups.

@ Papajim
Different mentality here to the US, they would avoid the outlandish concepts and go to the new practical models

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