World-Class Car Convention
From PCH to the Sunset Strip, Southern California was made for cruising, and there’s no bigger celebration of the Southland’s car culture than the annual Los Angeles Auto Show. Open to the public November 30 through December 9, the 2012 LA Auto Show promises to rev SoCal car fans into a frenzy, with nearly 50 vehicle debuts including both concept cars and soon-to-be-available production models. Among the anticipated unveilings at this year’s show is the world debut of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, as well as the North American debuts of the Jaguar F-TYPE and the BMW i8 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept.
Reflecting the auto industry’s latest trends and newest technology, the show shines a spotlight on the alternative-fuel subset, represented by two dozen all-electric or plug-in electric cars, at least a dozen clean-diesels and hybrids ranging from ultra-luxurious sports coupes to value-oriented sedans. Fuel-efficient four-cylinders are well-represented, too, with established players like Honda and up-and-comers like Hyundai turning heads with stylish gas-sippers. The event also once again plays host to the Green Car of the Year Awards, where last year the Honda Civic Natural Gas took home top honors thanks to its affordable price and unique powertrain.
As one of the country’s largest metropolitan centers, LA is no stranger to crowded streets and tight parking spots. Thankfully, the needs of city drivers are addressed with a slew of compact performance cars like the Mini Paceman and Clubman, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible and a trio of Fiat 500s.
For a full rundown of the vehicles making their debut at this year’s event, check out our featured article on the 2012 LA Auto Show