Ready or not here it comes. This year has a ton more hype and likely well deserved. There will be 50 debuts, with as many as 20 being World Premieres. Some of the debuts are so secret that on the press conference guide they are listed as “TBA” as the manufacturer doesn’t want anything leaked until the unveiling.
Press days are November 28-29 and I look forward to seeing all the new cars and Green Car of the Year award. Of course I’ll share what I find here and on flickr.
Full press release after the jump.
The Los Angeles Auto Show® will feature nearly 50 vehicle debuts at the Show Nov. 28-29 when it opens for Press Days and Nov. 30-Dec. 9 for the public. The show will host world debuts ranging from electric vehicles to performance and luxury designs from a global array of the world’s top automakers. The number of debuts and strong representation from the world’s key auto manufacturing regions underscore both the rebounding strength of the industry as well as the importance of the Show as a launch venue. Coverage of the unveilings promises to be extensive thanks to 25 press conferences and registered media from over 50 countries.
The debut lineup includes world firsts from Chevrolet and Ford, as well as European automakers such as BMW, Fiat, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen. Show-goers also will see global unveilings from Asian brands, including Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.
These debuts will highlight the latest in-car technologies, as well as continued fuel-efficiency with several hybrid, electric and alternative-fuel vehicles. Overall, there will be two dozen all-electric or plug-in electric models at the Show, at least a dozen clean-diesel vehicles and nearly 20 vehicles achieving 40-plus mpg with highly advanced four-cylinder gasoline engines.
Underscoring the L.A. region’s status as the largest luxury and performance market in the country, of the nearly 50 debuts slated, at least a dozen will come from these categories. Premieres in this segment include the world debut of Acura’s all new flagship sedan, the 2014 RLX, the North American debut of the BMW i8 Spyder plug-in hybrid roadster concept as well as an undisclosed world debut from the Bavarian marque. The Show will also play host to the North American debut of the Jaguar F-TYPE convertible sportscar as well as a yet-to-be-disclosed world debut from Jaguar. Mercedes-Benz will have a total of four debuts including the world debut of the SLS AMG Black Series and one other yet-to-be-named world debut. Other debuts in this category will be seen from Audi, Bentley, Land Rover and Porsche.
Show debuts will also include compact performance unveilings such as the North American debut of the Mini Paceman and Clubvan, as well as the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. Hyundai will debut a longer, seven passenger version of its Santa Fe crossover along with an undisclosed world debut, while Honda also has a world debut planned. The Mazda6 mid-sized sports sedan will have its North American debut at the Show while Kia will present the Forte sedan for its world debut.