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LA Auto Show 2008 Photo Essay

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If you're in need of an escape from the forced awkward conversations with relatives that turkey and a day off from work brings, head downtown to the Convention Center and check out the LA Auto Show. All of the manufacturers you've heard of and a bunch you've never heard of, found enough money in their budgets to make the trip and fortunately they brought some of their best new cars with them. Ford premiered the 2010 Mustang, Mini unveiled an all-electric ride and Nissan busted out a cube-shaped vehicle cleverly titled Cube (For more new cars making their premiere at the LA Auto Show Jalopnik has their Top 10 Reveals).

One thing that seemed to be missing from this year's Auto Show that we saw plenty of last year - people working the booths. Looks like when the economy is down, the first thing to go are the guys and girls tasked with engaging the public while wearing a funny uniform. There were far less staff standing around doing nothing this year than at the '07 Auto Show. Maybe the manufacturers read last year's coverage.