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LA Auto Show to Host 20 New Launches

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On: Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 9:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

LA Auto Show to Host 20 New Launches

One of the last big auto shows of 2010 is shaping up to be an intriguing one this year. Organizers of the 2010 LA Auto Show have indicated that there will be no less than 20 new vehicle debuts at this year's event. The show opens to the media on November 17 and is open to the public from November 19 through November 28.

The announcement didn't include any specifics as to which cars will debut, but we know of at least a few. Nissan will return to LA after missing the show last year. It announced earlier this month that it will use the show to debut the 2011 Quest. Indications are that the company will also be making a big announcement about the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, perhaps about the charging infrastructure that will support it. The Leaf is scheduled to launch in the U.S. in December.

Undoubtedly the most interesting news of the day also comes from the Nissan camp. Autospies reports that Nissan plans to introduce a convertible version of its Murano crossover at the show. That will be a 2012 model. The Murano convertible has been rumored for several years, originally as a 2011 model. It will be the only vehicle in the crossover segment to offer a convertible option, and is expected to lose two doors and sit at the top of the Murano line, costing somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000. The picture is a rendering of what the oddball Murano convertible will look like.

Autocar reports today that Porsche will introduce a lightweight Cayman called the Cayman Clubsport. That model will lose 175 pounds from the standard Cayman and will get a little boost under the hood, featuring a slightly tuned version of Porsche's 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine. Exterior modifications will include a ducktail spoiler, lowered suspension, and special graphics. The Cayman Clubsport follows the Boxster Spyder, a lightweight Boxster introduced at last year's LA show. Porsche has not officially confirmed the Cayman Clubsport, but reports indicate that it will reach production next year.

Organizers of the show point to the increased participation and new model launches as signs the auto industry is turning around, stating: "The auto industry's continued economic recovery has spurred greater participation and engagement from manufacturers at the show."

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