Acura, which spells Honda where we come from, had a very progressive new Android-based digital dashboard called Precision Cockpit, that avoided the usual confusion of touch screens by offering the driver a console-mounted dished touchpad which showed - as you looked at the screen straight ahead - where your finger was in the switchgear. This would eliminate hard keys, we were told.
Another fascinating sidelight was the remark by Mini boss Peter Schwartzenbauer to the effect that a battery-powered Mini was coming (in an existing body shape) and that by the time it hit the market in 2019 there would have been a big breakthrough in battery technology that would make electric cars much easier to own and use. Salvation for electric cars is close, he suggested.
However for now, in LA at least, the whole world seemed to be raised on its wheels, to have a short rear overhang and a powered "liftgate", and it looks like staying that way for quite a while.
This year, the show has been renamed to fit with the times; the new name is Automobility LA, but we’ll stick to Los Angeles motor show for simplicity. See below for the major stars we’ve predicted for this year’s show, but stick around for more; this year’s LA show looks to be a good one.
Some of the reveals will have happened overnight, but we’ll be bringing you all the information around – and some extra to boot – from the show. Our team in LA are ready and waiting with their notebooks and pens.
Your team covering Los Angeles from our Twickenham office are Sam Sheehan covering the news desk, Jimi Beckwith on the live blog and George Hawkins in charge of social media, while we have Steve Cropley, Matt Burt, Mark Tisshaw and Rachel Burgess reporting from the show floor.
We’ve already seen Jaguar’s I-Pace concept yesterday, which started the show with a bang, as well as the Lamborghini Huracán rear-wheel drive Spyder late last night. Still to come are plenty of reveals, including the all-important Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Mazda CX-5 and more.
Los Angeles motor show 2016 - the cars
The 2016 LA motor show is now up and running. We look through the key cars on show there.
More cars will be added to this list as information is released, so keep checking back for the latest.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio