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Innovation & Technology: LA Auto Show

Over the past week, Stylesight has been at the LA Auto Show previewing the innovations making their debut at this spectacular automotive showcase.

Fashion designer Jeremy Scott collaborated with electric car brand Smart on a customized, limited-edition vehicle. The car was displayed with Scott’s signature wings donning the rear, which also serve as the brake lights. The collaboration was a first of its kind, in which a fashion designer was commissioned to modify and adjust the exterior of the car.

We continue to see that size does matter in terms of our cars. Many companies are now feeding consumer requirements for compact and mile-conscious vehicles. Concept cars, such as BMW’s i3 Coupe are an example of the new breed of low weight vehicles that have the options of electric and gas and a simple touch screen interior console.

Another stand out car is the Chevy Spark EV, which is General Motors‘ second, full electric vehicle since the EV1. They are also the first automotive company to integrate Siri into their vehicle to provide an “eyes-free” mode.

Lastly, Hyundai’s concept car, Veloster C3, took the idea of the eco-concious, micro-car a step further by using recycled materials for its construction. The sliding canvas roof is made from truck tarps, while the flooring of the hatchback is made from old skateboards.

Keep watching Stylesight for our comprehensive roundup of the LA and Detroit (North American) automotive shows in early 2013. – Amanda Gilbert, West Coast Correspondent

Related report: Paris Motor Show 2012

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