There will be at least nine global debuts in late November at this year’s L.A. Auto Show.
The confirmed brands are BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Subaru and Volkswagen according to a media release from the show organizers.
While most of those debuts are still unconfirmed, organizers will need to battle hard for big debuts this year because of scheduling conflicts with the press previews for L.A., Tokyo and Guangzhou, China.
Porsche will debut its Macan (picuted) small SUV in L.A. this year, which is likely to be the highlight of the show. Past reports suggest the Macan will share its platform with the Audi Q5, although important items including engines, suspension components and interior materials will all be different.
Chevrolet is expected to bring the Colorado to U.S. showrooms by late 2014 as a 2015 model, and the timing could work for GM to debut its new small trucks during the L.A. show. Last April, General Motors president Mark Reuss expressed interest in Chevrolet’s mid-size pickup being aimed specifically at the West Coast market, which would further emphasize the possibility of an L.A. Auto Show debut.
Volkswagen debuted the Golf Variant in Geneva last March, but it still hasn’t shown the North American version, which is called the Jetta Sportwagen in this market.
BMW’s plans are also still unclear, but the brand is planning as many as eight debuts and one global debut.
MINI will also bring a new model, although the brand’s pattern of unveiling spinoffs of current models makes it difficult to guess if it will really be a new car or just another rehash.
Much of Honda’s product portfolio has been recently refreshed. The Accord and Civic are too new, as is the CR-V. Instead, it seems likely that the company might use LA to release new green car information, as it has in the past. The Insight, Civic Hybrid and FCX Clarity are due for redesigns soon.
Mercedes-Benz will debut its new nine-speed transmission in the 2014 CLS for the U.S. market. The brand’s four-door coupe is midway through its current lifecycle, and the integration of a more efficient transmission would only serve to bolster sales of a facelifted model.
The current model Subaru Legacy began in the 2010 model year, and based on the company’s typical product lifecycle, it could be among the cars debuting. Subaru brought a concept preview of its next WRX to the New York Auto Show in late March, but it would be premature to expect a production version of that car so soon afterward.
Ford recently released a refreshed version of the Fiesta, and the current generation Focus has been around since 2010. The Fusion and Fiesta both use share the same style of front fascia while the Focus has yet to receive a refresh.
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