2010 LA Auto Show Preview: A Look Ahead at 20 World Premieres

2010 LA Auto Show Preview: A Look Ahead at 20 World Premieres

The LA Auto Show officially starts this Wednesday, promising 20 world premieres, a long list of new models from Nissan and Chrysler, as well as numerous new electric cars and hybrids.

Chrysler’s many brands will have on display a long list of revamped models, ranging from the Dodge Durango and Charger, to the Chrysler 200 (the new name for the Sebring). And who can leave out Chrysler’s new parent company, Fiat, which will officially kick-off its return to the U.S. market at the show.

Nissan also aims to overwhelm with numbers, however, they’re also planning to launch some less traditional creations. Along with the Allure Concept we’ll see the new version of the Quest minivan, which promises to trade old quirky styling for a more elegant, Sienna-esque look. Also set to debut is the bizarre Murano CrossCabriolet, the world’s first AWD convertible SUV. And while it’s not a world premiere, Nissan is sure to get plenty of attention for the revised 2011 GT-R with 522-hp.

Nissan’s Infiniti luxury brand will also have several models on display including the M35 hybrid, G25 sedan and IPL G Coupe.

On the domestic side, Chevy will finally unveil a convertible version of the Camaro, while Buick will have on display a mild-hybrid version of the LaCrosse with a 37-mpg  highway rating. Ford will show off a new Focus race car.

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia look to make a big impact as well, with Kia set to debut both a hybrid version of the Optima sedan, while Hyundai will unveil its new 40-mpg Elantra for 2011.

As this is Los Angeles and “green” commuting is important, several automakers will present electric cars. Along with the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, Honda will unveil an all-new EV concept and is likely to give more info on it’s hybrid powertain for large cars. Toyota will roll out an electric version of the RAV4 CUV, built in cooperation with American electric car maker Tesla.

In the luxury segment, BMW will display its new X3 and 6 Series Coupe Concept, Audi will showcase the A7 Sportback and A8L, while Land Rover will unveil the new Range Rover Evoque 5-Door.

And lets not forget sports cars, with Porsche preparing to launch a high-performance version of the Cayman, likely dubbed the Cayman Clubsport.

Important concept cars set to debut in LA include the Subaru Concept in Motion, which will foreshadow the next-generation Impreza sedan.

For a more extensive preview, see our 2010 LA Auto Show Preview page here and keep up to date with AutoGuide’s coverage of the LA Auto Show here starting Wednesday, November 17th.