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September 28, 2023





New Street Foods Competition kicks off at LA Auto Show on November 18-19, with complimentary access included for Auto Show ticket holders


LOS ANGELES (September 28, 2023) – The Los Angeles Auto Show® is delighted to host a new taste bud revolution when the USA Street Food Awards (usastreetfoodawards.com) makes its grand debut in North America. Set to kick-off November 18-19 at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show, the culinary event will celebrate the finest street food vendors in Los Angeles – the city that helped kick-start the food truck revolution!

Against LA’s vibrant backdrop, the first round in a nationwide hunt for North America’s first ever USA Street Food Champion will take place at the LA Auto Show. Founded in 2010 by the British broadcaster Richard Johnson, the awards have grown into an international sensation, currently taking place in 16 European countries and now making its debut in LA.

“Serving food on the streets of urban areas is a tradition that has been around for millennia, and today it’s what often connects thousands of Los Angeles commuters and pedestrians to the wonderfully diverse offerings of the world’s signature flavors. And with the rich history of street food in our city, it was a natural choice for us to host the first USA Street Food Awards, celebrating the link to the car culture capital of the world,” said Terri Toennies, President of LA Auto Show.

As every Angelino knows, food truck culture is a vibrant, dynamic facet of the city’s culinary scene, reflecting its diverse demographics and pioneering spirit. Historically rooted in the mobile taco trucks catering to late-night workers, the movement gained huge popularity more than 20 years ago, leading to the emergence of gourmet trucks serving a wide variety of flavors. The phenomenon has democratized gourmet food, making it accessible and affordable to everybody while providing chefs with a unique platform to experiment with fusion dishes and innovative flavors. As a result, the culture has grown, sprouting trucks to satisfy every craving, from vegan and organic to global cuisine, showcasing LA’s diverse culinary and ethnic landscape.

One of the primary attractions of the Street Food Awards is that visitors are able to eat, drink and vote their way around the competing food vendors. The awards are also judged by a panel of culinary experts, with each dish evaluated on taste, creativity, and presentation. The participants are invited to share the unique story behind their culinary journey, celebrating the mouthwatering flavors and highlight both the cultural significance and heritage behind each dish, which began on the streets of LA for many competitors.

The LA Auto Show®, one of the most influential and well-attended auto shows in the world, will provide the setting for the event. Annually drawing hundreds of thousands of auto aficionados from more than 50 different countries, the Street Food Awards will take place in tandem with the Auto Show on its first weekend, helping to feed and inspire the LA community of foodies and fervent car fans.

The Street Food Awards will then move across the United States, allowing food vendors in different cities to battle it out, 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. The events will continue throughout 2024, including Austin and New York. Other cities may be added throughout the year.

“My dream – when I launched the British Street Food Awards back in 2010 – was to bring this competition to the US. My first encounter with food trucks in America was what inspired me in the first place. So to finally celebrate the best US food trucks, and a whole way of eating that cities from coast to coast have gifted to the world, is a very special feeling,” said Richard Johnson.

This event will be co-hosted by Food Fleet, one of the premier mobile food solutions companies in the country. Founded by chef Jeff Mora, Food Fleet provides support for events of all sizes, including the LA Auto Show itself, ensuring visitors are served fresh, tasty food during the busiest days.

Visitors purchasing tickets to the LA Auto Show on November 18-19 will automatically be entitled to enter the Street Food Awards, taking place on the campus of the LA Convention Center. People wishing to only attend the Street Food Awards are able to purchase separate $5 tickets using the information below.

Visitors to the Street Food Awards will be able to purchase the food items being judged from each vendor. Sample packs can also be purchased for $20. The packs entitle attendees to obtain samples from three vendors and any number of sample packs can be purchased. A percentage of each sample pack purchase will go towards two organizations being supported by the Street Food Awards. These include Wave Foundation (thewavenw.org), which supports sustainable, equitable and resilient food systems, and Streets International (streetsinternational.org), a social enterprise providing culinary training to at-risk youth. Please visit usastreetfoodawards.com for the most up-to-date information.



Food fans wishing to attend the USA Street Food Awards can purchase tickets and sample packs in advance at laautoshow.com/tickets. Anybody who holds a ticket for the LA Auto Show on November 18-19 will automatically receive access to the Street Food Awards.

The 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show will be cashless. All tickets can be purchased online atlaautoshow.com/tickets with a credit card or bank card, and will include complimentary admission to the USA Street Food Awards on the relevant days.

For additional show information visit laautoshow.com.



Working media representing a recognized outlet wishing to cover the Street Food Awards may contact Claudia Sanchez (claudia@foodfleet.com). Judging will take place on November 19 and media will be invited to sample the dishes. Interviews with chefs and organizers will be available. Please note, a limited number of media places are available for this opportunity.



Registration is now open for the Media and Industry preview day on Thursday November 16. The LA Auto Show’s press and B2B gathering is an opportunity for the global community and key decision makers to gather in Southern California for the latest debuts, product announcements, networking opportunities and more.

Registration is accessible at laautoshow.com/media-and-industry-day



Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show® is widely recognized as one of the most influential shows globally. Reflective of its location, the show celebrates the love affair Angelenos have with their cars and offers a global platform to industry technology and innovation, synonymous with California.

The show runs for 10 full days over the Thanksgiving period and is a must-attend destination for many industry influencers, car enthusiasts and families wanting to enjoy a day out over the holiday season. Held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the LA Auto Show contributes several hundred million dollars to the local economy, stimulates the local job market, and is the number one revenue generator for the LA Convention Center.

For media inquiries, please email media@laautoshow.com or Claudia Sanchez for Street Food Awards (claudia@foodfleet.com)



October 20, 2021


New Trend Helps Brands Like Honda and Nissan See the Value of Modernizing Their Lease Policies

CINCINNATI, OHIO (October 20, 2021) – Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, released today new data that uncovers a growing trend in auto leases that is directly tied in with the ongoing microchip shortages and new-vehicle dealership inventory challenges.

Over the past 12 months Swapalease.com is seeing a nearly 500% increase in the number of leases getting bought out in its nationwide online marketplace. These leased vehicles are listed typically between 15 and 20 months old, and in many cases have less than 25,000 miles making them an extremely attractive source of used vehicle options on the dealer lot.

Customers greatly benefit on both end of the spectrum: 1) buyers at dealers have access to more used vehicle inventory and more selection to choose from; and 2) people listing vehicles on the Swapalease.com marketplace from brands with unfavorable and outdated lease policies are having more success escaping their lease contracts.

Brands such as Honda, Nissan, and Kia have traditionally made it extremely difficult for their lease customers to transfer leases for a variety of life reasons that have nothing to do with vehicle or brand preference. In many cases people want to remain with the same brand for their next vehicle, but the frustrations associated with transfer obstacles force people to eventually choose a different brand in their next car or truck. The current dealer lease buyout climate is offering these brands a glimpse at how modifying their policies might benefit them going forward.

“Many people simply want or need to change vehicles because they are having a new baby or are moving to a different part of the country and their existing car or truck no longer works for them,” said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of Swapalease.com. “They are happy with the brand they are with, but the difficult experience drives them into another brand. Hopefully, the current situation helps these brands see the value in modifying and modernizing their lease policies especially once the market normalizes.”

About Swapalease.com:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Swapalease.com is the world’s largest automotive lease marketplace and the pioneer in facilitating lease transfers online. More specifically Swapalease.com matches individuals who want to get out of their lease with people who are looking for short-term lease agreements. Prospective buyers can search the listings for the exact vehicle they want, and then register for a nominal fee, allowing them to use Swapalease.com’s safe online system to contact the prospective seller and close the deal. For more information about Swapalease.com or how to exit your lease early, call 866-SWAPNOW or visit www.swapalease.com.


ElectraMeccanica Announces New Cost-Effective Aluminum Chassis for Flagship, Single-Occupant SOLO EV

April 07, 2020

ElectraMeccanica Announces New Cost-Effective Aluminum Chassis for Flagship, Single-Occupant SOLO EV



VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 07, 2020  — ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) (“ElectraMeccanica” or the “Company”), a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, has announced the engineering and development of a new, cost-effective aluminum chassis for the Company’s flagship, single-occupant SOLO electric vehicle (EV).

The new, high strength, drop-in aluminum chassis will replace the current composite chassis in the SOLO EV, making it much better suited for mass production by reducing the overall weight and per-unit assembly cost of the vehicle. ElectraMeccanica has engaged a Tier-One engineering partner with a global presence, which will provide on-the-ground support in both Canada and China.

“This project represents our continued focus on evolving the safety, comfort and design of our flagship single-occupant SOLO EV, while incorporating important cost saving advantages to improve margins in mass-production,” said Paul Rivera, Chief Executive Officer of ElectraMeccanica. “The partner we’ve selected for this project brings significant expertise in lightweight, high-strength automotive safety structures that are perfectly suited for the SOLO. We look forward to the impending launch of the revolutionary SOLO EV later this year.”

With an MSRP of $18,500, the SOLO EV is a trend-setting all-electric, single-seat vehicle expected to revolutionize the commuting, delivery and shared mobility experience. To be one of the first to own a SOLO, please reserve yours online by visiting www.electrameccanica.com.

About ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp.   
ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) is a Canadian designer and manufacturer of environmentally efficient electric vehicles. The company’s flagship vehicle is the innovative purpose built; single-seat electric vehicle called the SOLO. This three-wheeled vehicle will revolutionize the urban driving experience, including commuting, delivery and shared mobility. The SOLO provides a driving experience that is unique, trendy, fun, affordable and environmentally friendly. InterMeccanica, a subsidiary of ElectraMeccanica, has successfully been building high-end specialty cars for 61 years. For more information, please visit www.electrameccanica.com.

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Company Contact:
Ms. Bal Bhullar, CPA, CGA, CRM
Chief Financial Officer & Director
(604) 428-7656

Investor Relations:
Greg Falesnik
Managing Director
MZ Group – MZ North America
(949) 385-6449

The Biggest Automotive Lightweighting Conference In The World Returns To Detroit At The CObo Center

May 17, 2018



The Biggest Automotive Lightweighting Conference In The World Returns To Detroit At The CObo Center



7th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit Summit
3 Day Summit – 21, 22 & 23 August 2018, COBO Center, Detroit, USA




The transition to a new generation of EV, autonomous and ICEV platforms, architectures and associated lightweight multi-material structures is gaining pace.  This is giving rise to a wide range of opportunities for new technology adoption and engineering innovation, but also creates potentially disruptive challenges for vehicle designers, engineers and their suppliers.

To address these new directions for the automotive industry, we are delighted to announce the 7th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit Summit – North America’s flagship OEM driven initiative on automotive materials, structures and manufacturing technologies.  This year’s summit returns to the CObo Center to focus on implementing lightweighting innovations & optimizing multi-material architectures for EV’s, autonomous vehicles & next-gen ICEVs.

With an agenda based on extensive research with more than 40 OEMs, the Summit will provide an unrivalled mix of new in-depth technical sessions, case study-led presentations and panel discussions on the hottest issues, enabling greater interaction between speakers and delegates than ever before.  As in previous years, there will be an adjoining exhibition hall showcasing the latest technologies, advanced materials and manufacturing processes for Body In White.

NEW for 2018 – Key Technical Focus & Innovation Areas include:

In-depth exploration of innovations toward EVs and autonomous vehicles – the automotive industry’s key focus for investment and development:
Explore new architectures, structures – whether predominantly steel, aluminum, or mixed-material – and battery integration strategies that offer best performance and improved crashworthiness that meet stringent safety regulations

Specific coverage of main vehicle segments and different design philosophies in choice of architectures, body structures and advanced materials:
Focus on EVs and next-gen ICEVs in SUVs, crossovers, city cars, sedans, luxury high performance EVs and electric commercial vehicles.

Increased focus on innovation in materials, structures and enhanced manufacturability reflecting the evolution in vehicle platforms and architectures:
Showcase of the most innovative BIWs for engineers evaluating the latest technical advancements in forming, joining, coating and testing processes first hand
How to get the most out of using lightweight materials and combine them effectively.

Greater networking and interactive discussion opportunities with leading OEMs and recent start-ups in EV and autonomous vehicles:
Introducing technical leaders and chief engineers in advanced design, body engineering,  simulation and predictive modeling, lightweight high strength metals and composites, manufacturing processes and automation.

Do not miss this interactive and dynamic industry gathering for automotive engineers and technology innovators in materials and structures. The agenda with speaker line-up will be announced shortly.

For more information, visit http://www.global-automotive-lightweight-materials-detroit.com/