LA Auto Show 2013
2013 LA Auto Show debuts 40 new cars, showcases technology
By Vince Bodiford
As the first major North American auto show of the season, the L.A. Auto Show is hosting
some of the most important new vehicle debuts and set the tone for the rest of the year. The show is going on now through December 9 at the LA Convention Center. In addition to the auto show, there are also activities for the family and test-drives of the new cars. The LA show is one of the best attended public auto shows in the world.
More than 40 vehicles have made their debut at the show. The debut lineup this year also promises a compelling mix of the hottest trends and cutting-edge innovations driving today’s resurgent automotive industry, including world firsts from Chevrolet as well as European automakers such as BMW, Fiat and Volkswagen. Show-goers also will see global unveilings of new designs from Asian brands, including models from Acura, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan and Toyota.
Toyota has unveiled its all-new RAV4 at the show, which has a distinctive new look, and its trademark rear-mounted spare tire is now hidden underneath. The RAV4 appears larger that prior models. BMW showcases its i8 Concept, which also is a peek into the overall future design language of BMW. A popular introduction is the all-new Chevrolet Spark, likely one of the greenest and efficient new cars from General Motors. Cadillac’s hot new entry-level ATS sedan makes a run for entry-level luxury sport buyers, hoping to woo buyers from the European imports. Mitsubishi’s new Outlander made its debut, with larger overall body, and longer, flat hoodline and new nose. These and the other all-new cars are completely new from the ground-up, and they are packed with the latest in new technology.
The Motor Press Guild presented the 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan its “Car of the Year” award. This award is decided by the several hundred member automotive journalists from around the country.
Green and alternative fuel technologies, such as hybrids and all-electric vehicles, are featured in several world debuts at the show. There are also an increasing number of high-mileage internal combustion vehicles, including clean diesel, on display. Additionally, several automakers have unveiled emerging technologies that are dramatically changing the modern driving experience and making it safer.
These technology-laden vehicles share the media spotlight with a well-represented lineup of luxury and performance models underscoring Southern California’s status as the largest
market for these segments in the country. Of the 40 debuts slated, at least a dozen will come
from these two categories, including unveilings from the likes of Acura, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar,
Land Rover and Porsche.
“As the first major North American show of the season, L.A. sets the tone for 2013 and
the automakers have pulled out all the stops to excite new-car buyers. In virtually every
category from the greenest electric vehicle to high-horsepower performance models, the
technological advancements we are seeing today eclipse all previous automotive eras,” said
Andy Fuzesi, general manager of the L.A. Auto Show.
With California established as a global center for alternative fuel and advanced
technology innovations, it should come as no surprise that the L.A. Auto Show is a prime
venue for breaking news on all the latest developments. For more information about the show, visit LAAutoShow.com