L.A. Auto Show preview
By Laurence MacNaughton
Every year, the Los Angeles Auto Show hosts some of the best new vehicle debuts in the industry. Dozens of luxury and futuristic concept cars will be unveiled this year, along with new technologies that make driving safer, more environmentally friendly, and more fun.
It all happens at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9, 2012. The L.A. Auto Show draws a global audience from more than 50 countries, making it one of the best-attended public auto shows in the world.
“L.A. sets the tone for 2013 and we expect that automakers will pull out all the stops,” said Andy Fuzesi, general manager of the L.A. Auto Show. “From the greenest electric vehicle to high-horsepower performance models, the technological advancements we are seeing today eclipse all previous automotive eras.”
So what can you expect to see this year?
More than 40 vehicle debuts
Over three dozen brand-new vehicles will debut at this year’s show, including at least 20 world debuts from American, European and Asian brands. You’ll see world firsts from Chevrolet, Fiat, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Toyota and other manufacturers.
Luxury and performance models are making an especially strong showing this year. Expect to see at least a dozen luxury and from Acura, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and Porsche.
Green and alternative fuel technology
Environmentally-friendly alternatives are at an all-time high this year. Not only hybrids and all-electric vehicles, but high-mileage internal combustion vehicles and clean diesel, too.
Five finalists are competing for the 2013 Green Car of the Year. The winner will be selected by a jury of the nation’s top environmental leaders and announced at the show.
Advanced Technology Showcase
For the first time, the L.A. Auto show will feature the new Advanced Technology Showcase. Amid rising concerns about distracted driving, automakers are teaming up with companies like Intel, Qualcomm and Sprint to find hands-free and voice-command solutions for drivers.
Soon, you’ll be able to access more information safely, without taking your eyes off the road. Expect to see technology emerging to help you avoid traffic jams, get roadside assistance automatically, or even find the cheapest gas.
Capping it all will be new innovations in safety, like automatic park assist, radar-based object detection systems and driver assist technologies.
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