2022 Los Angeles Auto Show Review Fleet Cleanliness Report

Electrified debut dominate the scene

Most vehicles launched in 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show were powered by some kind of electricity. Not all of them were, of course, because there’s always a lot of interest in gas-powered cars, SUVs and trucks. Here, in alphabetical order, are the world and North American premieres.

Back and better in the USA

Fiat stopped selling the Cinquecento, or 500th, in the United States (really only in California and Oregon) in 2019. We saw again the final year of this small but fun electric vehicle, noting its limitations, not the least of which was an 84-mile range. As a city car it’s fine, but that didn’t make it viable because all other electric cars had the ability to go much further. Fiat has announced that the 500e will return in 2024 with a range of 150 miles and an updated exterior and interior. A big difference between the latest 500e generation and the new model is that the 2024 is built on a dedicated EV platform, not just a battery and motor dropped off in the petrol version. We expect it to be fun to drive and will see it again when we get the chance to get behind the wheel. Fino ad allora, Arrivederci!

  • 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70

Own fleet report took a look at the all-new GV70 has electrified 2023 a few weeks before the Los Angeles Auto Show, and released this story as a preview. It’s another solid entry into the realm of luxury compact SUVs.

Genesis X Convertible Concept EV
A superb electric convertible

If it comes to market, oh boy! Genesis (part of the Hyundai Motor Group which also includes Kia and Hyundai) already has some of the best looking cars and SUVs out there, so adding the Genesis X Convertible Concept EV would just be one more beautiful design to oogle.

Hyundai Ioniq 6EV
Another silhouette to die for
  • • 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV

While many automakers are dropping sedans from their lineups, Hyundai not only believes in it, but does so in a big way. The Ioniq 6 EV is a delight to look at with its slippery aerodynamic shape that has a ridiculous drag coefficient of 0.21. Built with sustainable materials wherever possible, the Ioniq 6 is Hyundai’s next all-electric vehicle after the Ioniq 5 released a year ago. No on-sale date or price has been announced.

2024 Kia ​​Seltos SUV
Classic, but much improved

First launched in 2021, Kia has given a major refresh to its compact utility vehicle, the 2024 Seltos. Updates for the second-generation Seltos include 20 more horsepower from the 1.6 turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine liter which now develops 195 horsepower.

The grille is larger, and the front lighting now incorporates fog and daytime running lights. Also new for 2024 is the X Line Seltos trim which offers a bespoke grille and 18-inch wheels, roof rack and gloss black exterior accents. Available in all-wheel drive, the Seltos is also available in LX, S, EX and SX trims with three new colors of Pluto Blue, Fusion Black and Valais Green. Pricing will be released just before it goes on sale in spring 2023.

Lucid Clean Air
A lucid transition to affordability
  • • 2023 Lucid Air Pure EV

The Air Pure will begin deliveries in December 2022 with two motors, all-wheel drive, 480 horsepower, 3.8 seconds at 60 miles per hour and a range of 410 miles. The rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Air Pure will be available in 2023. The Lucid Air Pure is the company’s entry-level model with a starting price of $87,400 (for the RWD version).

Lucid hasn’t revealed much information about the seven-passenger Gravity, its first SUV, which will share ground with the Air line of sedans. The Gravity will be built on the Lucid Air skateboard platform which is configurable and flexible enough to be used on different vehicles. No sale date or price has been announced.

Porsche 911 Dakar
Taking 911 to new territory

With just 2,500 units sold worldwide, the limited-edition 911 Dakar will be offered with a design pack replicating the 1984 Dakar Rally-winning 911. horsepower and 420 lb-ft. of torque, good for a 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds. The 8-speed PDK automatic transmission will drive the original Pirelli P Zero summer performance tires or the optional Pirelli Scorpion Plus off-road tires. The 911 Dakar will be in dealerships in the spring of 2023, with a base price of $223,450.

  • 2024 Subaru Impreza Hatchback

All-new, the sixth-generation Impreza loses the sedan and is now only available as a 5-door sedan. The base Impreza has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine good for 152 hp and 145 lb-ft. of torque. To make things even more fun, the Impreza RS trim level features a 2.5-liter, 182-hp boxer engine with 178 lb-ft. of torque. The previous-generation manual transmission is gone, so all 2024 Impreza models feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Pricing hasn’t been released, but expect a spring 2023 on-sale date.

Toyota BZ electric compact SUV
EV #2 from Toyota’s new BZ brand
  • Toyota BZ EV Compact SUV Concept

“BZ” in Toyota parlance stands for Beyond Zero, the company’s new sub-brand for all-electric vehicles that began with the introduction of the 2023 BZ4X. Should the BZ compact SUV concept become a production model, it would take Toyota into design territory it has never trod before. The BZ concept shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show had flared fenders to accommodate the 21-inch wheels, no unnecessary fender liners, and a light bar nose that connected the radically inverted C-shaped daytime running lights. The tail features a clean, crisp edge housing the LED taillights. Don’t get me wrong, if this is the future of Toyota design, then the company is onto something big. No production information was provided.

  • 2023 Toyota Prius Hybrid and Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid

The all-new 2023 Prius and Prius Prime are not just a continuation of the outgoing models, but completely redesigned cars with a more powerful engine and a sleek design. Go here for our earlier look at these two important cars for Toyota.

  • VinFast VF6, VF7, VF8 and VF9 EV
VinFast VF7 EV
One of 4 VinFast electric SUVs

VinFast, the Vietnamese upstart automaker, introduced four all-electric models at the Los Angeles Auto Show: the VF6, VF7, VF8 and VF9. Ranging in size from compact SUVs to large SUVs, they offer an innovative battery subscription program. VinFast’s summary is as follows: “Customers will pay a monthly subscription fee where VinFast assumes responsibility for repairs, maintenance and battery replacement costs to provide a worry-free experience for the duration of life of the vehicle.” Pricing and on-sale dates for the United States have not been announced although they have already started setting up a dealer network.

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Story by John Faulkner. Photos by Lex Adams, John Faulkner and the makers.

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