Round-up: LA Auto Show 2022

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Karl Smith tours the 2022 LA Auto Show, which shows signs of a move toward greater public engagement

The Los Angeles Auto Show is open to the public this week, with plenty to show and quite a few playgrounds for kids of all ages. Much ink has been spilled over the demise of the motor show in general, with Geneva canceled three times, and Paris, Frankfurt/Munich and Detroit all being disappointments. But this being Los Angeles, the capital of entertainment, plenty was on offer. Let’s take a quick tour of this year’s show.

In the West Hall – long the stronghold of American carmakers – trucks rule supreme. Indeed, with indoor tracks, complete with climbing “hills”, towing sleds and steel gantries measuring feats of strength. Surrounding static displays of huge trucks were pickups and SUVs circulating continuously on these tracks, climbing hills, and pulling weights. 

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