The Daily Driver

Josh Ludski-Lee (he/him), Reporter

We love cars. Old cars, new cars, but how about cars that haven’t even been released yet? In November 2021, I went to the LA Auto Show and saw some of the car industry’s latest innovations. Brands presented this year included Toyota, Ford, Porsche, Subaru, Hyundai, and others. Several small and startup brands also had stalls with some very concept-esque cars. Here, I’ll share some of the coolest cars I saw. With that, welcome to the Daily Driver.

The Mission-R Concept at the 2021 LA Auto Show (Josh Ludski-Lee)

 

Porsche consistently delivers. They did so this year with their Taycan – an electric sedan with up to 750hp. Porsche showcased multiple Taycans, including the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo – a more-rugged looking electric wagon with a 0-60 time of 2.7 seconds. Also on display was their breathtaking Mission-R concept. This electric race car was designed for the track and includes some of the most futuristic design coming out of Porsche.

The F-100 Eluminator Concept at the LA Auto Show (Josh Ludski-Lee)

 

Ford was another company showcasing innovation and design – especially with their new Bronco. The Bronco brand was a staple for off-roading back in the 90s and earlier, and is a brand that Ford revitalized in 2020. They executed it brilliantly. As well as showcasing multiple Broncos indoors, Ford had an off-road course where people could experience the cars. The steep incline-climbing and small turn radius (thanks to a trail-assist feature) showed that the Bronco could conquer off-road. Ford also showcased their Mach-Es and the all new F-150 Lightning, a fully electric truck. Furthermore, there were a lot of concept Fords on display, including a customized surfboard Mustang, the F-100 Eluminator, and customized Mach-Es. 

The Tacozilla Concept at the 2021 LA Auto Show (Josh Ludski-Lee)

 

2021 marked a year of collaboration for Toyota and Subaru, with the releases of the new GR86 and BRZ. These two cars are almost identical, and both offer great driving dynamics with a manual gearbox. Subaru and Toyota also stepped into the EV market with the release of the Solterra and bZ4X SUVs respectively. In addition, Toyota re-designed the Tundra and displayed one of the coolest concepts at the show – the Tacozilla camper (which is based on a Toyota Tacoma).

 

Other honorable mentions: Hyundai and Kia (both owned by Hyundai Motor Group) have really upped their quality game in the past couple of years. Their interiors, design, and technology have improved massively. At the LA Auto Show, Kia showed off it’s new EV6 and Hyundai showed its Ioniq 5. Both had promising stats and really smart design. Jeep presented the new Grand Wagoneer and a redesigned Grand Cherokee. Several small startup brands also showed off concept electric cars with specific uses. For example, EdisonFuture showed off their EF1-T electric truck, which was huge, but still in the concept stages. 

 

Overall, this year’s auto show showed that the car industry has more to offer than ever. Despite the absence of a few mainstream brands, the conference halls were packed with innovation and design, with vehicles ranging from tiny electric delivery capsules to concept campers. You could tell that the mainstream car industry is going electric, but the vehicles on display were still incredibly exciting. The car industry is moving fast right now, and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes. Thanks for reading!

 

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Sources (Possibly not all listed):

Floor Map – LA Auto Show

https://www.porsche.com/

Porsche at the LA Auto Show 2021 – Los Angeles Auto Show 2021

Highlights – Porsche Mission R

We Drive Porsche’s Mission R Electric Concept Race Car (caranddriver.com)

The Ford Bronco

What is Trail Turn Assist? (ford.com)

The Future of Custom Vehicles: Ford Unveils All-Electric F-100 Eluminator Concept With New EV Crate Motor Customers Can Now Buy | Ford Media Center

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