Record Number of World and North American Debuts Help L.A. Auto Show Shatter Attendance Records

Jan 17, 2000, 00:00 ET from L.A. Auto Show

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A new nine-day record
 1,004,275 consumers went California Dreamin' for the newest automobiles at the
 2000 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show that closed yesterday at the L.A.
 Convention Center.  The new attendance figure surpasses last year's nine-day
 attendance of 860,229.
     Fueled by a healthy economy and surging new car sales, automakers rolled
 out nearly three dozen never-before-seen production models and concept
 vehicles to highlight the more than 1,000 vehicles on display.  The number of
 vehicles that received their World or North American debut also is a record
 for the L.A. Auto Show.
     The two Media Days that preceded the public opening attracted journalists
 and industry executives from around the world and across the U.S. who watched
 as automakers staged entertaining and informative news conferences.  Many
 automakers took advantage of the show's California Dreamin' 2000 theme by
 incorporating it into their presentations.  For instance, Los Angeles Lakers
 Center Shaquille O'Neal made a surprise appearance by helping Lincoln Mercury
 President Mark Hutchins introduce the extended Lincoln LS.
     Among the new models and concept vehicles that received their World or
 North American debut were:
     Production Models
       2001 Acura CL
       2001 Audi TT Roadster
       2001 BMW Z8
       2001 BMW 3Series Sports Wagon
       2000 Daewoo Korando
       2000 DeTomaso Mangusta
       2001 Infiniti QX4
       2000 Kia Spectra GS
       2000 Kia Spectra GSX
       2001 Lexus IS 300
       2001 Mazda Tribute
       2001 Pontiac Aztek2000 Porsche 911 Turbo
       2000 Rolls-Royce Corniche
       2001 Saturn SC
     Concept Vehicles
       Buick Regal Cielo
       Cadillac EldoRODo
       Chrysler Java
       Dodge Neon SRT
       Ford Desert Excursion
       Ford Mustang Bullitt
       Honda Spocket
       Hyundai Equus
       Lincoln LS
       Mazda Miata Mono Posto
       Mercury Mountaineer
       Mitsubishi SUW
       Oldsmobile Profile
       Saturn CV1
       Subaru ST/X
       Suzuki GV Platinum
       Toyota Ultimate Celica
       Toyota Celica Convertible
       Volkswagen Baja Bug
     In addition to the many debuts and news conferences, the Art Center
 College of Design showcased senior design studies and works in progress, while
 the panel discussion attracted an overflow crowd to listen to design
 luminaries discuss the future of design.

SOURCE L.A. Auto Show