Although 2009 hasn't even ended, the 2010 Auto Show season is already kicking into high gear with the Los Angeles Auto Show running Dec. 4-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. While the North American International Auto Show in Detroit had traditionally been the main American auto show for important product debuts and concept car unveilings, the new reality within the automotive industry is that new product is coming out throughout the year and every major auto show now shares some of the spotlight for those debuts. Los Angeles is no exception with a promised 30 World and North American debuts to its credit.
Some 900 vehicles will be on display, representing manufacturers from Acura to Volvo. We'll be there to cover as many of them as we can, but there are a few that we are looking forward to seeing a bit more than the rest. All-new production cars debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show will range from the sporty open-top 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder roadster to the more mundane but no less important redesigned 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan. Other new vehicles on display cover a similar range of uses.
Small, fuel-efficient vehicles like the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Cruze and Mazda 2 will be new to these shores. New crossovers from Hyundai and Kia are coming. More than 50 new “green” vehicles will be on display including hybrids, modern clean-diesel, electric, hydrogen fuel cell, natural gas and ethanol-powered vehicles. Green concepts will include the 170 mpg Volkswagen L1 turbo-diesel hybrid, Toyota Prius plug-in, Mitsubishi’s PX-MiEV plug-in SUV and Audi’s all-electric e-Tron based on the sporty R8.
Speaking of the R8, Audi will be showing their new convertible Audi R8 Spyder. There will also be a number of other luxury and exotic debuts, including the all-new “entry-level” $250,000 Rolls-Royce Ghost, $375,000 Lexus LFA supercar, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG gull-wing sports car, and Porsche’s first four-door sedan, the Panamera. There is sure to be something for everyone at the LA Auto Show. For more information check out www.LAautoshow.com. For now, click through to see the top five cars we are most excited to see at the LA Auto Show.