Los Angeles 2013 motor show
2013 Los Angeles Auto Show
The Los Angeles Auto Show will be a mix of green motoring and glitz in 2013
26 November 2013
THERE were few surprises at this year’s Los Angeles motor show, with Porsche
debuting its Macan compact SUV, Mini tearing the covers of its new Hatch and
Subaru showing off its new-generation WRX performance sedan as expected.
Subaru pulled a rabbit out of its hat by showcasing a concept previewing the
sixth-generation Legacy/Liberty mid-sizer ahead of a likely 2014 production
Jaguar’s sexy F-Type coupe was given its first public airing before an expected
local on-sale date in the quarter of this year.
Ford debuted a concept version of the vehicle that could become the Blue Oval
brand’s Territory replacement come 2016 when the company shuts its local
The mid-size Edge SUV is likely to be confirmed for right-hand drive production
shortly and is the front-runner to replace the Falcon-based Territory and sit
above the recently launched EcoSport and Kuga SUVs.
Honda was one of a number of car-makers flying the flag for green motoring at
LA, with its futuristic FCEV hydrogen fuel-cell concept.
AFTER unveiling two Nismo cars in Tokyo, Nissan continued the high-performance
push in LA with a 180kW/325Nm version of the Sentra, which may pave the way for
a hotted-up Pulsar in Australia.
Fellow Japanese maker Subaru followed up its anticipated WRX launch and a first
look at what the new Liberty may look like with the unveiling of a Legacy (as
it is called in the US) concept.
The Germans had a good presence on the first few days of the show with a
convertible version of the 4 Series from BMW as Mercedes rolled-out an
outrageous AMG Vision GT concept followed by a fire-breathing AMG variant of
the Mercedes GLA compact SUV.
Ford added to the SUV-count with its near-production ready Edge after Porsche
showed-off a Cayenne performance-matching, but more compact Macan SUV.
CALIFORNIA’S biggest motoring extravaganza is just around the corner and on top
of the already announced reveal of the Mini hatch and Porsche Macan SUV, a
number of other car-makers have given us a sneak peek of what to expect.
We already knew Subaru was going to rip the covers off its highly-anticipated
WRX at LA, but the Japanese car-maker released a bit of a teaser this week to
keep us interested. Unfortunately for them, someone leaked full images of the
hi-po contender shortly after, meaning the reveal at LA may not be a complete
Lange Rover have confirmed a stretched version of its third-generation Range
Rover SUV will be on show in LA, while Honda will reveal its FCEV concept, a
hydrogen fuel-cell powered car that previews the design of its next-generation
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Despite clashing directly with the Tokyo motor show, this year's LA motor show
looks set to be huge, with organisers confirming that there will be no fewer
than nine international premieres at the 2013 event.
Already confirmed for an LA debut is Porsche's highly anticipated Macan compact
SUV that has so far only been seen testing in heavy camouflage.
Fellow German car-maker Mercedes-Benz is reportedly planning to reveal the
barnstorming S63 AMG performance sedan that is likely to be powered by a V12
and be capable of racing from a standing start to 100km/h in under four
The third-generation Mini hatch will be showcased at LA, with the BMW-owned
brand already confirming a suite of new lighter, more efficient engines and
transmissions, including two petrol and one diesel, from the hip hatch's global
launch early next year.
Other brands that have confirmed an LA debut this year include Chevrolet, Ford,
Honda, Subaru and Volkswagen.
LOS Angeles’ big motor expo is renowned for its green tinge due to California’s
strict emissions and fuel economy rules, so motor manufacturers frequently save
up their breakthrough vehicles for this event.
Expensive sports cars that find favour with cashed-up Californians – including
the Hollywood set – also are there in droves every year.
This year, however, the LA show clashes directly with Japan’s biggest auto
event in Tokyo, so it will be interesting to see how the car manufacturers
share the goodies.
Cell block: The FCEV Concept will debut in Los Angeles and may represent the future design direction of Honda's next-gen fuel-cell cars.
Cars at the show: