On the Road with Rex & Carol: L.A. Auto Show

1996 Chevrolet S-Series

1996 Chevrolet S-Series Extended Cab Pickup with easy access system (third door).

Yugo accordion

A Yugo accordion on display at the L.A. Auto Show for the New York School of Visual Arts.

Yugo phone

A Yugo working telephone in bright yellow.

on the road Automotive manufacturers are showcasing their 1996 models at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.
   Located in five halls of the LA Convention Center, the show includes an impressive lineup of new sports cars, sedans, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and luxury models.
   The Hummer shares a hall with Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, and Rolls Royce. The International manufacturers are mixed in with the American manufacturers in two other halls. A Yugo Next Art Exhibition takes up one hall all by itself, and the fourth hall has the auto and truck accessories, exhibits, classic cars, custom rods, lowriders, motorsports, limited production vehicles, and the electric vehicles.
   Chevrolet introduced their new 1996 Malibu, a mid-size roomy sedan. The Malibu name is from their 1960s model name but the 1996 car has its own look.
   "The Malibu is a customer-driven design," said Jim Perkins, General Manager of Chevrolet-Geo, "and exceeds the standards by 50%."
   Perkins explained how the more efficient engines run hotter and how the Malibu was designed to make the engine compartment cooler and the cab more air efficient.
   The 1996 Chevrolet S-Series Extended Cab Pickup with the new easy access system has a third door which is an optional feature. The extra door allows for people and cargo to load more easily into the rear-seat area. The option is also available for the C/K series.
   Perkins was featured in a COPS take-off video to demonstrate a specially-designed 1996 Tahoe that is being marketed to law enforcement agencies.
   "The Tahoe is roomier than a sedan," said Perkins, who explained the unique needs of law enforcement and the room for more gear.
   heir extended cab pickup with a third door and a Tahoe that is being marketed to law enforcement agencies.
   A big attraction at the show is New York School of Visual Arts' unusual display of Yugos.
   It is car art at its best. An instructor was able to purchase 39 Yugos for students to turn into working models of something else.
   The result was a number of cars that became other things, such as a tiled working shower and bathroom, a bricked barbeque, a wooden chapel, an armored car, a grand piano, a Pullman train car, a working golden casino, a police car, a blue mail box, a movie theater, a diner complete with blinds and neon, and much more.
   It's worth the trip to Los Angeles to see it all!