LA Auto Show has ups and downs

Christine Chen

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This latest-generation BMW ActiveHybrid full hybrid with plugin technology is powered by a three-cylinder common-rail turbodiesel and electric motor on each side. Photo by Christine Chen / Staff Reporter

This latest-generation BMW ActiveHybrid full hybrid with plugin technology is powered by a three-cylinder common-rail turbodiesel and electric motor on each side. Photo by Christine Chen / Staff Reporter

The 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show was a huge disappointment this year because Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bentley did not have a display booth due to the failing economy. Many people who were expecting to see exotic luxury cars were hugely disappointed. However, many other cars made up for the disappointment such as the debut of the Mercedes- Benz SLS, Rolls Royce Ghost and the Lexus LF-A.

There were also several new alternative fuel vehicles that gave the Toyota Prius a run for its money. These new eco-friendly cars have more attractive features and aerodynamics.

The auto show was still entertaining at the least. I just hope next year, all the exotic car companies can come back and display their cars.