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Issue Four
Jan. 6, 2003
LA Auto Show
LA Auto Show Photo Gallery
Mission MINI

Porsche Cayenne Introduction
Maybach Introduction
2003 Jaguar S-Type Road Test
Coming Next Issue
Detroit Auto Show
Nav-TV Interview
Bose Headphones

2003 LA Auto Show: Manufacturers Show Their Hand, continued

Ferrari Enzo

Mazda Booth at LA Auto Show

Hundreds of photos
LA Auto Show
Photo Gallery

Porsche put on a spectacular event, complete with a fantastic luncheon that was obviously well attended - plates and flatware were on short supply by the time we reached the buffet lines. Everywhere we looked, we saw folks from Car & Driver, Motor Trend, Road & Track, European Car and so on. This was obviously a big event.

Just minutes before the Porsche Cayenne was unveiled, Mitsubishi was taking the wraps off of their 2004 Lancer Evolution - a vehicle that promises to challenge the Subaru WRX for import muscle bragging rights. From what we overheard while waiting for the Cayenne presentation to begin, Mitsubishi put on quite a show and everyone sounded very enthusiastic about the Lancer Evolution's arrival on US soil.

No sooner had we finished eating than we found our selves running over to the Mazda booth to catch a glimpse of two new vehicles - the RX-8 (X-Men car) and the "new 6" as Mazda called it. Mazda had constructed a movie theater-like atmosphere, complete with popcorn stand, hot pretzels and movie theater-style seating. With no room in our guts for popcorn, we made our way over to the Ferrari display.

Ferrari had a gorgeous, fly yellow Enzo on display, and it was absolutely breathtaking. I had seen the Enzo (in Ferrari Red) at the SEMA show in November of 2002, and frankly it didn't do much for me there. However, having seen it in yellow and having had the opportunity to sit in it, touch it and admire its attributes up close and personal, I've changed my tune.

The Enzo is truly an amazing vehicle. The amount of carbon fiber combined with the numerous finely machined aluminum, magnesium and titanium pieces is incredible. The simple act of opening and closing the doors demonstrates how well crafted the Enzo is - they glide open and glide closed with exacting precision. Everything in the cockpit is exact - the assembly tolerances are spot on.

With time running out, we made our way over to the Bentley display and from there we spent a few minutes admiring the Mosler MT900. We finished by taking a stroll through the Aston Martin 007 display before leaving the show.

The Los Angeles Auto Show truly was a great experience, not only for all of the debuts and incredible vehicles inside the show, but for the vehicles and people that we saw while wandering around Hollywood. We all have lumps on our heads courtesy of wandering into a lamppost while staring at some sort of exotic that was cruising down Sunset or Santa Monica Boulevard.

But there's no time to heal our wounds, as there's no rest for the wicked. We're off to Detroit to cover the 2003 Detroit Auto Show, where we'll cover more debut vehicles, concept vehicles and "action" from the Motor City. Stay tuned to Roadfly for exclusive information from the automotive industry.

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