2009 LA Auto Show Preview

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In recent years the Los Angeles Auto Show has emerged as an important venue for automobile manufacturers both international and domestic. In the past, debuts were limited to convertibles or the occasional sports car, but with the state of California leading the charge in promoting alternative fuel, hybrid car and electric vehicle technology, the LA Auto Show has become the place to showcase new “green” products as well.


Debuts expected for 2009 include the 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2011 Mazda2, along with the Cadillac CTS Coupe, 2011 Toyota Sienna, Porsche Boxster Spyder and the North American debut of the Lexus LF-A supercar, Mercedes SLS, Rolls-Royce Ghost, BMW 5 Series GT, BMW X1, 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo and GT3 RS.








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Top LA Auto Show 2009 Preview Stories



More Powerful Engines Expected When 2011 Ford Mustang Models Debut in Los Angeles


Rather than the more traditional venue of Detroit, the Ford Motor Company will use the LA Auto Show to debut its new lineup of 2011 Mustang models…



Chevy Cruze to Debut in Los Angeles With 40-MPG Four-Cylinder Engine


After lagging behind in the compact car segment for decades, Chevrolet may finally have the car that will not only silence critics, but please them too…



2011 Hyundai Tucson to Get North American Debut


Having recently been unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany, Hyundai will officially launch its new 2011 Tucson for the North American market at the LA Auto Show in early December…



Lexus LFA Supercar to Make North American Public Debut in Los Angeles


With its world debut in Tokyo and a private industry-only display at the SEMA Show, Lexus will give its LFA supercar the official first public showing in North America at the LA Auto Show…



2011 Ford Fiesta to Debut at L.A. Auto Show in December


Ford has announced that the 2011 Fiesta will officially debut at the L.A. Auto Show this December. While no official details have been released, expect it to be quite similar to the European versions. Both a hatchback and a sedan model will be offered…



LA Preview: Cadillac CTS Coupe to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show


Cadillac will finally take the wraps off the production version of the CTS Coupe at the LA Auto Show. Based on the CTS sedan, Cadillac has seen enough success with the four-door model to launch a stylish two-door that will compete against everything from the BMW 335i and Infiniti G37, to the Audi A5 and Mercedes E-Class Coupe…



















































































































Latest LA Auto Show 2009 Coverage


MINI Coupe and Roadster Concepts Ready for North American Debut in LA


December 2, 2009 | MINI’s two new concept cars are slated to make an appearance at the LA Auto Show, giving Los Angeles residents and local media a first chance to see the two fun cars since their world premiere at the Frankfurt Auto Show…


A First Look at Ford’s U.S.-Spec Fiesta


December 1, 2009 | Just a day before Ford will officially take the wraps off the U.S.-Spec version of the new Fiesta, a few CGI images of the car have shown up on the automaker’s website. Along with the hatchback version we also get our first look at the sedan, which was built specifically for the North American market…


Limited Edition Scion xB Release Series 7.0 Set for LA Auto Show Debut


December 1, 2009 | With no new models lined up in the production schedule, Scion is getting ready to once again debut a limited edition Release Series version of its popular xB platform. Dubbed the xB Release Series 7.0, like previous RS models, this car comes with a full package of aftermarket parts, including a custom paint color, and retails for a pretty reasonable price…


New Performance Package Makes 2011 V6 Mustang Track Ready


November 30, 2009 | With the new Mustang V6 now boasting an impressive 305-hp thanks to an all-new 3.7-liter engine, Ford has decided to launch a new Performance Package for the car aimed at improving handling, braking and acceleration…


Ford Gives 2011 Mustang New 3.7-Liter Engine With 305-HP


November 30, 2009 | Ford has officially announced that it will debut an all-new V6 engine for the 2011 Mustang at the LA Auto Show later this week…


2011 Chevy Cruze Unveiled Ahead of LA Auto Show Debut


November 29, 2009 | Just a few days ahead of the car’s scheduled debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Chevy has drawn back the covers on the North American-spec version of its Chevy Cruze world car. This new compact model replaces the Cobalt in Chevy’s lineup…


Watch Out Lexus, BMW to Give Hybird 7 Series its U.S. Debut in Los Angeles


November 27, 2009 | Along with BMW’s futuristic Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, the German automaker will also showcase hybrid versions of the 7 Series and X6, both if which are slated to go on sale in the near future. ..


BMW’s Hugely Powerful, But Not So Efficient, X6 Hybrid Headed to Los Angeles


November 27, 2009 | When BMW first introduced its X6 model, one of the many questions surrounding it was, “who wants a vehicle like this?” Apparently the answer is BMW engineers…


Volkswagen Bringing 170-MPG L1 Concept to LA Auto Show


November 25, 2009 | As amazing as the 71-mpg Polo BlueMotion model is that Volkswagen plans to show at the LA Auto Show next week, the German automaker will also show another fuel-efficient vehicle that gets more than double that car’s mpg rating…


Prius PHV Concept Set to Plug-In at Los Angeles Auto Show


November 25, 2009 | After first debuting in Frankfurt and then traveling to Tokyo, the Prius Plug-In Hybrid Concept is set debut on U.S. soil for the first time at the LA Auto Show next week…


Volkswagen to Showcase Diesel Efficiency with 71-MPG Polo Blue Motion


November 24, 2009 | One of Volkswagen’s premieres set for the LA Auto Show next week is the newly-launched Polo BlueMotion. Now VW has no plans to offer this European model in North America, but the automaker is using the debut to promote its message that diesel is an immediate solution to using less fuel, while continuing to test the U.S. market’s reaction to the sub-compact Polo, which fits in underneath the Golf in VW’s European lineup…


Dodge to Unveil Updated 2010 Viper ACR in Los Angeles After Reclaiming Laguna Seca Track Record


November 24, 2009 | The mystery of the Dodge Viper LA Auto Show world premiere has been solved, with the automaker announcing it will debut a revised version of its ACR model. With just a few minor tweaks, the 2010 ACR also lays claim to the production car lap record at Laguna Seca Raceway…


Revised Porsche 911 Turbo Gets 500-hp and Paddle-Shifters


November 24, 2009 | With high-end automakers like Ferrari and Lamborghini announcing that they will not be participating in the LA Auto Show this year, we’re thankful that Porsche has decided not to keep its high-performance goodies from us. Along with the updated GT3 RS model, Porsche will use the LA show to debut its updated 2010 911 Turbo in North America…


2010 Porsche GT3 RS Gets Full Round of Updates for North American Debut in LA


November 24, 2009 | Porsche will give North American audiences their first look at the updated 2010 GT3 RS when the car debuts alongside the revised 2010 911 Turbo at the Los Angeles Auto Show in just a few weeks time…


Subaru Announces Hybrid Engine for 2012


November 24, 2009 | In a weeks time at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru will display its Hybrid Tourer Concept which will be the focal point of an announcement that the Japanese automaker will introduce a hybrid engine in 2012…


Subaru to Unveil Spec C-inspired WRX STI Special Edition Model in Los Angeles


November 24, 2009 | The highlight of Subaru’s LA Auto Show display will be the WRX STI Special Edition model, which gets upgrades donated from the Japanese-market spec C model. Available in Aspen White paint, the real highlight of the Special Edition STI is an upgraded suspension that comes directly from the Japan-only spec C model. Additional upgrades include a set of custom spec C wheels…


Infinti to Show Updated G37, New QX at Private Event


November 23, 2009 | With Infiniti already having announced that it would debut the all new 2011 M at a private event the evening before the LA Auto Show, news has now leaked that the automaker will use the venue to showcase two more vehicles…


Infiniti M37, M56 to Debut Ahead of LA Auto Show


November 23, 2009 | With Infiniti’s parent company (Nissan) have made it clear that it would not display at the LA Auto Show due to budget concerns, the automaker is preparing to use the event to its advantage by showing the all new 2011 Infiniti M37 and M56 at a private event the evening prior to the show…


Lamborghini And Bentley Will Be No-Shows in Los Angeles


November 23, 2009 | Despite the huge concentration of exotic and high end cars in Los Angeles, many exclusive automakers won’t be in attendance at this year’s annual LA Auto Show. The latest two to drop from the list are Bentley and Lamborghini…


Cadillac CTS Coupe Revealed Ahead of LA Auto Show Debut


November 23, 2009 | Just over a week ahead of the car’s scheduled debut, Cadillac has revealed the Coupe version of its popular CTS model, looking almost identical to the concept. Even more exciting is the confirmation that GM’s luxury brand will also deliver a 556-hp CTS-V Coupe, which is expected to debut alongside the standard version at the LA Auto Show…


More Powerful Engines Expected When 2011 Ford Mustang Models Debut in Los Angeles


November 20, 2009 | Rather than the more traditional venue of Detroit, the Ford Motor Company will use the LA Auto Show to debut its new lineup of 2011 Mustang models. Just last year the car was significantly revised with a modernized exterior and a significantly improved interior that is now well beyond what the competition is offering…


BMW’s Wild Turbo-Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Concept Car Headed to LA Auto Show


November 20, 2009 | Along with a hybrid 7 Series and a hybrid X6, BMW will use the LA Auto Show as the venue to introduce North America to its Vision EfficientDynamics Concept. Built as a show-piece to display BMW’s fuel-efficiency expertise, the Vision ED Concept is also a true BMW, offering impressive fuel economy while not sacrificing performance…


Audi E-Tron Concept Car Set to Electrify Audiences at LA Auto Show


November 20, 2009 | A project that was vehemently denied to exist by Audi executives, the E-Tron electric R8, was officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany a few months back. Now it is making its first trip to the U.S., with a planned North American debut at the LA Auto Show…


525-hp Audi R8 Spyder Set to Drop Top in Los Angeles


November 18, 2009 | After much anticipation Audi unveiled the drop-top version of its R8 in Frankfurt a few months back and now the car is set to get its North American premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show…


Chevy Cruze to Debut in Los Angeles With 40-MPG Four-Cylinder Engine


November 17, 2009 | After lagging behind in the compact car segment for decades, Chevrolet may finally have the car that will not only silence critics, but please them too. The all new 2011 Cruze will replace the Cobalt and take on cars like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic…


Rolls-Royce Ghost Set to Materialize at LA Auto Show


November 17, 2009 | What better venue to host the North American debut of the Rolls-Royce Ghost than the LA Auto Show?…


2011 Hyundai Tucson to Get North American Debut


November 17, 2009 | Having recently been unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany, Hyundai will officially launch its new 2011 Tucson for the North American market at the LA Auto Show in early December. The Tucson is likely to keep much of the design we first saw in Frankfurt and is a bold departure from the rather bland look of the vehicle it replaces…


Lexus Gets Serious About LF-Ch Hybrid for North America With Showing in Los Angeles


November 17, 2009 | After initially announcing that the production version of the LF-Ch hybrid hatchback concept would be offered exclusively in Europe, Lexus has hinted that it may bring the model to other markets including North America…


Mercedes SLS AMG Flagship to Make North American Debut in Los Angeles


November 17, 2009 | For the first time since the car’s world premiere at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes is getting ready to display its new supercar. This time, however, it will be on U.S. soil at the LA Auto Show…


2011 Buick Regal to Get Auto Show World Premiere in Los Angeles


November 17, 2009 | Having just been the focus of a private showing at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, the all-new 2011 Buick Regal will get its official public world premier at the LA Auto Show in just a few weeks time…


No Ferrari 458 For Sunny SoCal


November 11, 2009 | Excited for the LA Auto Show? Can’t wait to see the new Ferrari 458 in person after its worldwide debut in Frankfurt a few months back? We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the amazing new 458 won’t be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show…


2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Revealed


November 11, 2009 | Having already launched in Australia, we have been give a glimpse at what Mitsubishi’s 2010 Outlander GT will look like, but now Mitsu has released a full gallery of U.S.-sec photos, showing the new Outlander in detail. Much of the design for the revised crossover is the same, except for one glaring difference – the front end…


2011 Toyota Sienna Set to Debut


November 10, 2009 | Has the crossover killed the minivan? Toyota doesn’t think so.. not yet, at least. Japan’s largest automaker has announced that it will debut the all-new 2011 Sienna minivan at the Los Angeles Auto Show in early December…


Bugatti Teases 16C Galibier With New Photos, Video


November 9, 2009 | With our previous glimpses at Bugatti’s 16C Galibier ultra-sedan reportedly leaked, these are the first official images of the car from Bugatti, hinting that the ultra-luxury and ultra-performance Volkswagen brand might be preparing to confirm the car’s production – possibly as early as the LA Auto Show…


Porsche Boxster Spyder Drops Weight, Gains Horsepower


November 5, 2009 | After much speculation, Porsche has finally announced that it will introduce a light weight Boxster Spyder model at the LA Auto Show. Designed with inspiration from the iconic Carrera GT, the Boxster Spyder gets lower side windows for that chop-top roadster look and also comes with a unique single clamshell rear with two bulges to really accentuate the two-seater nature of this sports car…


2011 Ford Fiesta to Debut at L.A. Auto Show in December


October 7, 2009 | Ford has announced that the 2011 Fiesta will officially debut at the L.A. Auto Show this December. While no official details have been released, expect it to be quite similar to the European versions. Both a hatchback and a sedan model will be offered…


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