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Sneak Peek of This Week's L.A. Auto Show

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On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 11:47AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Sneak Peek of This Week's L.A. Auto Show

The 2010 L.A. International Auto Show is coming up this week; the glitz and glamour of Hollywood demands that the cars exhibited each year are the most ostentatious of each automaker’s line-up. Which models will automakers display this year? 2010 has been an exciting year, many new models have broken cover at different International Auto Shows. For details on some of the new cars and innovative features the automakers plan to unveil in the City of Angels, read on . . .

Ford Motor Company will launch its new U.S. production version of the 2012 Ford Focus that will hit dealers’ showrooms early next year with buyers’ choice of a 5-door hatchback or a 4-door sedan. Ford will exhibit some special editions of the Focus, including the ST performance version that produces over 240 hp. Statistics for Ford’s new Explorer crossover have already been revealed by Ford, but the L.A. Auto Show will be the launching pad for the first formal public unveiling. Ford’s new engines for the F-150 and Mustang Boss will also debut.

Chrysler has not made much of a presence at the L.A. Auto Show in the past 2 years, but this year, three crucial vehicles will be unveiled, including the Sebring Sedan, which has had so many changes since Fiat took over that the Sebring has been re-labeled as the “200” model. The 200 model gets a completely restyled grille, new front and rear fascia, and re-designed interior, as well as a 3.6 liter Pentastar engine with a 6-speed transmission or buyers' choice of the 2.4 liter 4- or 6-speed automatic. There will also be a convertible version of the 200 unveiled as well.

Acura will launch its mid-cycle update for the TSX sedan that includes more efficient fuel economy, an updated fascia and wheels, and a redesigned interior.

Nissan plans to unveil three new products: the Quest Minivan, a new concept sedan model named the Ellure, and the Murano crossover. The Ellure is an entry level sedan with dramatic styling. The Murano CrossCabriolet is a new model that follows on the heels of the launch of the Juke crossover—criticized for its styling, but praised for its engineering package. With its luxurious interior, the new Quest is expected to be powered by the VQ37VHR. The Quest is expected to be in dealerships in early 2011.

Cadillac is unveiling a small FWD crossover concept vehicle which is a smaller version of the SRX. Some predict that the ATS luxury sedan may also debut as a concept model.

Chevrolet will premiere its new Camaro convertible sporting a rag-top, rather than a hard-top; the convertible model should get only a small weight gain over its coupe counterpart. Both the V6 and V8 engines will be offered with either a manual or automatic transmission. The V6 engine, having been upgraded recently, now produces 312-hp, while the V8-powered SS produces as much as 426-hp with the 6-speed stick. The car will go on sale in March

Honda will reveal its all-new electric vehicle concept, in addition to a new plug-in hybrid platform showcasing the next generation of Honda hybrid technology. More information regarding the electric vehicle concept will be released on the 17th.

The Saab 9-4X has been confirmed for a world debut at this week's L.A. Auto Show. The 9-4X features attractive styling; inside there's a "7" dash, a console-mounted ignition, and egg-crate air vents. Engine options are expected to include a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 245 hp and a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 that puts out 300 hp. The 2.0-liter model is projected to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, top out at 155 mph, with fuel consumption of 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. Sales are expected to begin in early spring.

GM will avoid using the "H" word when it unveils the gas-electric Buick LaCrosse. Instead, it will call the system “eAssist,” to avoid any complaints that its mild form of hybrid technology doesn’t deserve the hybrid name. The new Buick LaCrosse uses a 4-cylinder direct injection engine and a lithium-ion battery pack to provide a 25 to 30 percent improvement over the current 4-cylinder LaCrosse. The new model is expected to get 25 mpgs in the city and 37 highway.

Dodge will reveal a seven-seat Durango which will be the first Dodge with the new split-crosshair grille and unibody construction. The Durango will be available in rear or AWD. The Charger for 2011 will compete with other top sports sedans; the new Charger also has the split crosshair grille, as well as a sportier body style than its predecessor.

Toyota will show off an electric version of the RAV4 called the RAV4-EV, the first product to come from the partnership between Toyota and American electric sports car maker Tesla. Both Toyota and Tesla have joined forces in a plan that will see Toyota invest in the electric sports car maker, helping it bring its electric luxury sedan to market.


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kenm0305 | 3:46PM (Tue, Nov 16, 2010)

Didn't know they were involved with Tesla. Very interested to see the first model.




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Peggy Hickman | 12:37PM (Mon, Nov 29, 2010)

Can't wait to see the show in Tampa this weekend.


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msshayesims | 4:06PM (Tue, Nov 30, 2010)

These can be seen this weekend at the Tampa Convention Center for those that couldn't make it in LA.



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