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While the public days at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show have barely gotten underway, organizers are already declaring the event a success, and even critics agree that the show has come a long way in its effort to gain more credibility.
Organizers concede they were
forced to reschedule to November after years of trying to go head-to-head with
the bigger North
American International Auto Show, in Detroit. “The manufacturers wanted us
to move it, the media wanted us to move it,” said the show’s Andy Fugazi. The
payoff was significant. By the official count, there were 35 different cars,
trucks, concepts, and crossover vehicles unveiled during the
Not everything went smoothly. The
keynote speech, by General Motors Chairman Rick
Wagoner, was disrupted by a pair of environmentalist protestors, who rushed
the stage trying to get the CEO to agree to boost mileage. They were hustled
from the stage, but only after unfurling a banner demanding that GM agree to
become the most fuel-efficient automaker in the business. Meanwhile, members of
the media were faced with over a half-dozen competing evening events spread out
Nonetheless, the general
perception of media and manufacturers alike was that the newly reinvented L.A.
Auto Show was a success. More important, the revitalized show provides a
critical path to a huge market, said GM’s CEO, Wagoner. “This is where the
future is,” he explained, noting that
Will the rescheduled
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