Porsche presented a new generation 911, which marries traditional styling with modern packaging and a digital cabin. Picture: Porsche.
Porsche presented a new generation 911, which marries traditional styling with modern packaging and a digital cabin. Picture: Porsche.
Jeep revealed its Gladiator double cab bakkie. Like the Wrangler that it's based on, the double cab has removable doors and a fold-down windscreen. Picture: FCA.
Jeep revealed its Gladiator double cab bakkie. Like the Wrangler that it's based on, the double cab has removable doors and a fold-down windscreen. Picture: FCA.
Jeep was quick to point out that the Gladiator is not the brand's first pickup. Picture: Newspress.
Jeep was quick to point out that the Gladiator is not the brand's first pickup. Picture: Newspress.
The Volkswagen Buzz Cargo concept previews a battery-powered future 'Transporter' based on the retro ID Buzz. Picture: Kyle Grillot / Reuters.
The Volkswagen Buzz Cargo concept previews a battery-powered future 'Transporter' based on the retro ID Buzz. Picture: Kyle Grillot / Reuters.
The Audi e-tron GT Concept will spawn a Tesla-rivalling electric sports sedan in late 2020.
The Audi e-tron GT Concept will spawn a Tesla-rivalling electric sports sedan in late 2020.
Kia revealed its third-generation Soul. Picture: Newspress.
Kia revealed its third-generation Soul. Picture: Newspress.
Feel fenced in with Hyundai's new full-sized SUV, the Palisade. Picture: Kyle Grillot / Reuters.
Feel fenced in with Hyundai's new full-sized SUV, the Palisade. Picture: Kyle Grillot / Reuters.
The Vision iNEXT Concept combines all of BMW’s areas of future focus - autonomy, connectivity, electrification and services - into a single vehicle. Picture: BMW.
The Vision iNEXT Concept combines all of BMW’s areas of future focus - autonomy, connectivity, electrification and services - into a single vehicle. Picture: BMW.
Mazda's North American boss Masahiro Moro presents the all-new Mazda3. Picture: Chris Carlson / AP Photo.
Mazda's North American boss Masahiro Moro presents the all-new Mazda3. Picture: Chris Carlson / AP Photo.
The Rivian R1T is an innovative, all-electric double cab bakkie. Picture: Newspress.
The Rivian R1T is an innovative, all-electric double cab bakkie. Picture: Newspress.
The Rivian R1S is an SUV version of the R1T. Picture: Newspress.
The Rivian R1S is an SUV version of the R1T. Picture: Newspress.
Mercedes-AMG yanked the covers off the GTR Pro limited edition and the revised GT range. Picture: Daimler.
Mercedes-AMG yanked the covers off the GTR Pro limited edition and the revised GT range. Picture: Daimler.
Volvo made a point of showing no cars in LA, because mobility is the future isn't it? Picture: Newspress.
Volvo made a point of showing no cars in LA, because mobility is the future isn't it? Picture: Newspress.
Toyota has given the Prius a mild makeover for 2019. Picture: Mike Blake / Reuters.
Toyota has given the Prius a mild makeover for 2019. Picture: Mike Blake / Reuters.
Nissan still builds a Maxima for the US market, and this is the revised 2019 version.
Nissan still builds a Maxima for the US market, and this is the revised 2019 version.

The Los Angeles Auto Show, formally known as Automobility LA, is becoming a bigger deal each year, possibly even stealing some thunder from its counterpart up north in frosty Detroit, and this year saw a diverse mix of international product debuts taking place.

While 'electrification' and 'mobility' were the big buzzwords just as they are at any modern motor show, there were still some sports car thrills of the traditional kind, with Porsche revealing its new-generation but now highly digitised 911.

Towing an even more traditional line was the Jeep Gladiator, which is the American 4x4 brand's first bakkie in 26 years.

A new start-up from Detroit, Rivian, showed a more futuristic take on the double cab, with its cleverly-packaged, all-electric R1T.

A pair of down-to-earth compacts, in the form of the new-generation Mazda3 and Kia Soul, also made some waves at the show, while the Audi e-tron GT, BMW Vision iNEXT and Volkswagen Buzz Cargo kept the concept car flag flying.

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