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2014 LA Auto Show Preview


author photo by Colin Ryan November 2014
  • High-end cars get the LA star treatment
  • New design directions from top names
  • Little crossovers are still big news

The 2014 LA Auto Show opens its doors to the press on November 19 and to the public from November 21 to 30. This is the first major show of the season to take place in the United States, and plenty of world debuts are expected.

This Fall's Blockbusters

Los Angeles is a very car-friendly city, and there are many luxury vehicles on the streets -- a trend that will be reflected on the show floor. For instance, the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, the high-performance version of Cadillac's premium compact sedan, will launch at this year's show.

A limited-edition (only 100 made) Porsche Panamera Exclusive will also premiere at the show. Based on the 2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive and with a price tag of around $265,000, the Exclusive comes with extremely luxurious features. Show attendees will also get a look at the 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS coupe and cabriolet in the metal, and the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport compact luxury SUV will be officially unwrapped before going on sale next March.

The probable successor to the Mercedes-Benz GLK crossover utility vehicle is the GLC, which is based on the C-Class sedan. Although it's not yet confirmed to debut in LA, it would make a lot of sense. BMW, meanwhile, is bringing a pair of high-performance SUVs to the show: the 2015 X5 M and 2015 X6 M.

Audi will display its 570-hp 2015 R8 Competition supercar with a price tag of about $200,000 and the ability to reach 199 mph. Only 60 examples will be built, and they will all be sold in the United States.

In a city known for excess and conspicuous consumption, one of the major news stories will be about a little car. The 2016 Honda HR-V, a crossover utility vehicle based on the 2015 Honda Fit subcompact, is set to launch here. Meanwhile, over in the posh area of Honda operations, the revamped 2016 Acura ILX premium compact is being unveiled.

Small crossovers will continue their march toward world domination at this year's show with the all-new Mazda CX-3, which, to no one's surprise, is a size below the 2015 Mazda CX-5.

The updated 2015 Chrysler 300 sedan is yet another world debut scheduled for LA, along with a revamped 2016 Ford Explorer (one of two Ford global reveals), plus vehicles from Fiat, Lexus, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Concepts and Other Big Ideas

A potential headline-stealer is an Audi concept currently shrouded in secrecy. An essential part of Audi's identity is strong styling, and it recently took on a new chief of design, Marc Lichte, so this car is expected to give a taste of Audi looks that are to come. It just might provide a teaser for a flagship A9 model.

There have also been mutterings that Mercedes-Benz might arrive at the 2014 LA Auto Show with a new concept heralding its design future.

The Scion iM concept is a compact hatchback that could rival the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf if it ever went into production. This could be a good idea, because the xB is supposedly in line for the ax.

Remember Fisker? The brand that manufactured expensive hybrids driven by celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Bieber? They were supposed to rival Teslas. But things short-circuited, and the man behind the marque, Henrik Fisker, resigned. Now, however, he has returned with two concept cars that were created in conjunction with Galpin Auto Sports, a Los Angeles-based tuning house connected to a massive dealership. One is said to be along the lines of an American muscle car, but the other will remain a mystery until the start of the show.

AutoTrader.com will be at the November 19 and 20 press days to bring you full coverage of all things essential and interesting at the 2014 LA Auto Show.

What it means to you: The American automotive world will receive new and intriguing threads at the first auto show of the season.

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