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While it’s not the biggest motor show of the year, the 2016 Los Angeles motor show has just wrapped up and CarAdvice was on the ground soaking in the concepts and production cars stealing the limelight.

As with each motor show we attend, we wanted to give you an insight into the cars we loved and those we didn’t love as much.

This year, it was Anthony Crawford, Alborz Fallah and Paul Maric representing CarAdvice.

Do you think we were right with the hits and misses, or is it our opinions that are the biggest misses of all?

Let us know in the comments below.


Paul Maric, in Los Angeles

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Best production car: Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV

0-60mph in 3.9 seconds, I’m not sure that anything else needs to be said. But, in all seriousness, this is a sign of the ‘new’ Alfa Romeo and it’s the brand’s first SUV.

Launching with three models and two engines, the Stelvio is sure to meet the demands of most customers, but it’s the QV that takes it to the next level. It looks stunning in person and is a bona fide sports car cum SUV.

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Best concept car: Cadillac Escala

Wow, just so much wow. This stunning concept car measures in at over 5.3 metres long and debuts the new styling direction for Cadillac and its models.

Under the bonnet there’s a huge 4.2-litre V8 engine that will shortly make its debut in the CT6. The other reason I’m a fan of this car is its remote connection to Australia. Aussie engineers are doing a great chunk of calibration and tuning work on V6 Cadillacs.

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Biggest miss: Everything at the Dodge stand

Now, before you jump to any conclusions, I’m not talking about the cars, per se. I’m talking about the fact most are not built in right-hand drive.

Take cars like the Challenger SRT and Charger Hellcat — the Hellcat uses a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 that makes over 500kW of power…it would be a no-brainer for the Australian market at an affordable price.

Let’s hope FCA comes to its senses and brings out a right-hand drive version of these two cars.


Alborz Fallah, in Los Angeles

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Biggest hit: Jaguar i-Pace

In terms of the biggest hit, they don’t get much better than this. It’s a stunning looking looking car and shows the direction Jaguar is heading in, in terms of its performance, technology and styling.

As an owner of an F-Pace, the i-Pace gets me excited about the future of the company and everything that it has coming. The range is impressive, as is the performance. Now they just need to put it into production and make it work.

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Biggest miss: GMC/Holden Acadia

I really don’t like the design of this car. The front end looks like a modified Captiva, while the rear looks like a Sorento. It just looks way too generic.

I’m sure it will do well when it comes to Australia, given it’s likely to be sharply priced and, of course, it’s a seven seater. But the design really just doesn’t work for me.


Anthony Crawford, in Los Angeles

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Best concept car: Jaguar i-Pace

There’s only one contender for that prize at this year’s LA Auto Show – all electric Jaguar I-Pace. Not only does it break new ground with its supercar-like styling (inside and out), but it’s performance and 500km electric range is outstanding.

Best thing is – it’s practically ready to go into production.

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Best production car: Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa has taken their potent Giulia platform and built a veritable super SUV with looks to match.

With a powerful stance, beautiful styling and performance to match some of the world’s fastest sports cars, this is Alfa’s new Halo car.

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Biggest miss: GMC Acadia

It’s got some great aspects; excellent spatial architecture and lots of room, but inside, it doesn’t feel all that special (even the top-self Denali).

Outside, it’s just not that well proportioned, either, with a large rear overhang and a short front overhang.


Mike Stevens, at CarAdvice Melbourne

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Best concept car: Jaguar i-Pace

Just stunning. I actually thought it looked a bit awkward, initially, but I came around to it quickly. An imposing combination of curves and hard angles, and an overall muscular shape.

The interior is beautiful, and hopefully a mark of where future Jag cabins will go. Most importantly: it looks, in my book, far meaner and more desirable than the Tesla Model X. Nicer than most new-generation Jags, too.

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Best production car: Alfa Romeo Stelvio

I would’ve given this vote to the CX-5, but it hurt my heart to hear the CX-9‘s turbo engine won’t star in this mid-sizer. It’s otherwise gorgeous.

But the Stelvio, yikes. Another muscular SUV – so muscular that it’s almost over-the-top – and with huge power available. Alfa Romeo’s back, if it can avoid the recalls its other FCA stablemates have struggled with…

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Biggest miss: Volkswagen Passat GT concept

I’m so glad we don’t get this version of the Passat. America, you poor bastards. And then throwing this ugly sports pack on it? Jeez, you lot have had a very bad year.


James Ward, in Spain driving the new Skoda Kodiaq

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Best concept car: Mazda RT24-P

Just wow! If anyone said that motorsport was about function over form, no one told Mazda. Considering they were responsible for the stunning Furai LM concept, this one looks positively production worthy and equally as beautiful.

I know it’s not really a concept, but since I’ll never get to drive one, it sort of fits the theme.

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Best production car: Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Forget any emotional conflicts about SUVs bearing traditional nameplates, this thing looks fantastic, and it it has the right amount of suitably ‘Italian’ Alfa DNA, it should be a hoot to drive.

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV is a sportier take on the brand

Biggest miss: Chevrolet Spark Activ

Can we all just stop with sub-compact SUVs now? They don’t work. This looks like it would have trouble going up a driveway. Make them a reimagined Suzuki Jimny (or even a Lada Niva) or don’t bother.

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