Maps, schedule, debuts and more. Here's what to know about the 2023 LA Auto Show – NBC Southern California

The Los Angeles Auto Show’s doors are open for a 10-day event featuring what’s new and what’s coming down the road in the automotive industry.

The show features a nearly one-mile test track for electric vehicles, a sprawling display of more than 1,000 vehicles from a broad range of manufacturers, the USA Street Food Awards, themed attractions and more at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Here’s what to know about the auto show.

For as long as cars have been part of the American landscape, Los Angeles has been the place to tell their stories.

A promotional vehicle is pictured for the 1920 Los Angeles Auto Show,

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An illustration featuring the Los Angeles Auto Show, a promotion for the West Coast’s first showcase of the car.

The first LA Auto Shows made use of tents to house the increasing number of cars that were included each year. In 1929, an electrical short circuit in an airplane exhibit started a fire that spread rapidly. More than $1 million worth of vehicles were burned to shells. No serious injuries were reported.

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A fire destroyed 300 new automobiles at the 1929 Los Angeles Motorshow.

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A view inside a the auto show in the 1920s.

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The earliest LA Auto Shows were at a skating rink, inside the basement of a department store, big-top-style tents and the Shrine Auditorium. In the 1930s, it moved into the new Pan Pacific Auditorium.

The Los Angeles Auto show is featured in this undated photo.

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Crowds pack the Los Angeles Auto Show in this undated photo.

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The 1955 LA Auto Show featured a cutaway of a Chevy Bel Air. The show returned tot he Pan Pacific Auditorium in 1952 and featured 152 vehicles, including more models from European manufacturers.

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General view of the 1950s Motorama car show in Los Angeles.

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By the end of the 1950s, the LA Auto Show featured about 400 vehicles on display.

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Porsche 356s are pictured at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The post-World War II shows featured an expanding number of European cars as service members returned home with an interest in foreign makes.

A promotional banner for the 36th Annual Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Go-Go girls appears in front of a Fiat convertible at the 1968 Los Angeles Auto Show. By the 1960s, the show’s expanded offerings featured Japanese cars alongside the familiar European and American models. This was the height of the muscle car era.

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BMWs on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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A promotion banner for the 1968 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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The Ford display included the latest Mustang at the 1968 LA Auto Show.

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LA Auto Show visitors check out the latest from Volvo.

LA Auto Show visitors line up outside the display tent.

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Toyota unveiled its Prius hybrid powered car at the 1997 LA Auto Show. It had yet to be introduced in the U.S. but the car was already in production in Japan.

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This is one of the Prius models on display at the November 2019 LA Auto Show.

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Shaquille O’Neal relaxes in the Lincoln Cartier L Town Car, which made its world debut at a news conference during the 2000 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.

Actor, Hummer enthusiast and future California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a look at the engine of a Hummer H2 at the 2002 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Aston Martin was in the spotlight for an exhibiting featuring the cars of Secret Agent 007, James Bond, at the 2003 LA Auto Show.

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A view of the LA Auto Show’s current location, the Los Angeles Convention Center on Nov. 28, 2018.

When is the LA Auto Show?

The show at the LA Convention Center will be open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 24-25 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 26.

The show runs through Nov. 26. See a floor map here.

How much are LA Auto Show tickets?

All tickets must be purchased here. There are no on-site ticket sales.

Tickets for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $27 for adults ages 13-64; $15 for senior citizens 65 and older; and $10 children ages 6 through 12. Tickets for Monday through Thursday are $24 for adults ages 13-64; $13 for senior citizens 65 and older; and $8 children ages 6 through 12.

Early 8 a.m. entry tickets are available online for Saturday and Sunday and Nov. 25-26 are $50 for adults ages 13-64, $27 for adults 65 and over and $14 for children ages 6 to 12.

Children 5 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

LA Auto Show test drives

Test drives will be available on Electric Avenue from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, including vehicles from Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Lucid, Polestar, Porsche and Volvo. Test drives of the Verge TS motorcycles will also be available on the test track circling the Convention Center’s South Hall.

Getting there and parking

Driver will likely see more delays than usual this weekend and early next week in and around downtown Los Angeles due to damage from the 10 Freeway fire. The stretch of freeway damaged by the fire is not expected to open until Tuesday.

That’s one reason show organizers highly recommend public transit. Pico Station is the closest stop, about a block from the convention halls.

Parking is available at the convention center and nearby venues.

What’s new at the LA Auto Show?

The Electrification Discovery Center has ambassadors fluent in both Spanish and English who will provide information on driving characteristics, charging options and purchase incentives for both pure EVs and hybrid models.

Matt DeLorenzo, author of “How to Buy an Affordable Electric Car: A Tightwad’s Guide to EV Ownership,” will host weekend sessions at the center about how to buy an affordable electric car.

More than 1,000 vehicles will be on display, including the global debuts of the Lucid Gravity electric SUV and the all-new 2025 Subaru Forester compact SUV and North American debuts from Acura, Hyundai and Kia

The show will also include entertainment-themed attractions with the displays of the six classic cars transformed into eco-friendly showcased on the Max series, “Downey’s Dream Cars”; cars from the “Fast & Furious” films; and 10 cars from the “Kevin Hart Kollection.”

The auto show will mark the start of the USA Street Food Awards Friday and Saturday with some of Los Angeles’ top food trucks competing. The Street Food Awards will then move across the nation with winners from each city heat competing for People’s Choice and Judges’ Favorite at the final round back in Los Angeles in November 2024 in the USA Street Foods Champion Cook-off.

Camp Jeep, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen have placed indoor ride-along tracks directly within their main hall exhibitions. Ford’s Adventure Track will begin inside its exhibit space and head outside, a first for the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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