My Favorite LA Auto Show Design Details

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While most automotive journalists are sent to all corners of the world to check and drive the latest cars, the remaining 95% of our jobs are describing the latest and greatest cars, from photographs. You can imagine, something like a car, some of the best details are best seen in person, which brings us to the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Although the show is somewhat lackluster compared to shows of years past (and its larger counterparts at the Detroit and New York auto shows), a car show is always a great way to experience the sights, sounds, and textures of cars, all in one place. Here are a few that leave a lasting impression.

The 2024 Ford Mustang

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The Blue Oval showcased its most popular products like the Maverick, Bronco, F-150 Lightning EV and the all-new Ford Mustang 2024. Most of us can agree that the new iteration of the pony looks great – the details put into this car really bring it together. Look at that shoulder line. And that side crease. If you didn’t know you were looking at a new Mustang convertible, you’d probably think it was a Chevy Camaro. The similarities are already noticeable in pictures, but in person it’s pretty obvious. Thankfully, that doesn’t detract from the overall design.

Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV

Hyundai had a pretty big media day at the LA Auto Show with the introduction of the second Ioniq EV: the Ionic 6. We at Jalopnik fell in love with the Ioniq 5, and the 6 should definitely win over a ton of buyers. Just like the 5, the 6 also incorporated some stunning hints into the design.

Hyundai Ioniq 6 LED DRL 2023

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For example, Hyundai’s unique incorporation of LED daytime running lights. The Ioniq 6 features its “Parametric Pixel” amber LEDs, an attractive patterned addition first introduced on the 5.

Ioniq 6’s interior ambient lighting system is equally cool and innovative, with 64 colors and over 4,000 combinations, which synchronizes with the speed of the car. The faster you go, the brighter the interior will be.

Honda driver

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It might just be me, but this Honda Pilot seems to have a little Toyota 4Runner in the C-pillar.

The new Toyota Prius

2023 Toyota Prius

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I don’t think anyone expected Toyota to be a game-changer like it did with the 2023 Prius. Seeing it in person – the most striking part of the design is really at the rear of the car. The way the side pleats meet with the light bar at the back is so beautiful. (Those are words I never thought I’d say about a Prius.) There’s almost a fluidity to the design. I find myself with a near desire to thank the designers for having created a Prius that I really want to buy. He grew or matured from the fuel-sipping device of his early years. Now if we could just ask the designers to make every hybrid that appealing.

2023 Toyota Prius

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