LA Auto Show Sets Tone

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Porsche 918 Hyper Car
Porsche 918 hyper car

As the first major North American auto show of the year, the 2013 LA Auto Show sets the tone for all of the shows to follow in 2014.

With over fifty new vehicle debuts expected from top manufacturers, as well as cutting edge technological and communication designs on display from around the globe, this show promises to do that and more.

By bringing key creative automotive and technological powers together at this event, the new leadership team imagines this show will set the tone for the next century.

Over fifty new vehicle debuts have been confirmed for press days, which will be held on November 20, and 21, 2013. Top automakers, worldwide, plan to unveil their finest automobiles to date. Some are being introduced for the first time and several are being reintroduced, for the first time on American shores.

  • Porsche figures to unveil the Macan, a highly anticipated SUV crossover, which will be offered as a Macan S, Macan Diesel, or Macan Turbo. Porsche will also present the 918 hyper car, the Panamera Turbo S, and the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and S models. The 918 hyper car, in particular. is a real show stopper. It features 887-horsepower, a 0-62 mph time 0f 2.6-seconds, and an EPA fuel efficiency rating of 92.5mpg.
  • Subaru will unveil the redesigned WRX and Legacy models; both are expected to feature a wider, more aggressive appearance.
  • Volkswagen should present the CrossBlue Concept crossover SUV, which made its initial debut earlier this year in Shanghai. It is a 450-horsepower gasoline/electric hybrid SUV. Also, making its American debut is the eGolf, a plug-in electric vehicle.
  • Chevrolet will introduce the new Colorado pickup which will reinvent what a mid-sized pickup truck should be. Look for the Colorado to have all of the amenities of Chevy’s full-sized trucks, in a smaller version.
  • BMW is slated to unveil the new 4-Series convertible, which will replace the smaller 3-Series. The eco-friendly BMW i3 (totally electric) and i8 (hybrid) vehicles should also make their North American debut; both have major eye appeal.
  • Honda will introduce a concept fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). The fuel cell electric vehicle varies from conventional electric vehicles in that it never needs to be plugged-in for charging. The on-board generator keeps the battery charged, and runs on hydrogen. The FCEV make no harmful emissions, only water vapor (steam).
  • Ford is expected to unveil the long-awaited Lincoln MKC-Crossover SUV.
  • Mercedes-Benz will feature the GL BlueTEC and smart electric drive at the show’s Green Technology Ride and Drive. Also, two new high-performance AMG vehicles will be simultaneously unveiled in LA and Tokyo. The Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG and SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION are expected to make a big splash among high-end sports car enthusiasts.
  • Mini will unveil its much anticipated brand new vehicle format.


The Connected Car Expo (CCE), which will run concurrent with the LA Auto Show, is expected to connect technological giants with automakers in an effort to remove the current boundaries from the future of mobility.

In addition, the LA Auto Show will host influential automotive safety and manufacturing executives, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s David Strickland and Chief Executive Officer from the AutoAlliance of Automobile Manufacturer’s Mitch Brainwol, in conjunction with Google’s Ron Medford and Bruce Mehler from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

High-ranking executives from Sprint, Qualcomm, and OnStar are also expected to attend.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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