2014 L.A. Auto Show Preview
Starting on November 18 and running through November 20, the Los Angeles Auto Show will take over the LA Convention Center and let the press take a peek at what automakers have been doing. With almost every auto manufacturer bringing something to the table, there are more than 60 scheduled unveilings and at least 30 of which are global debuts.
Honda’s all-new HR-V Crossover is scheduled to make its North American debut on November 19. Positioned below the Honda CR-V in price and size, the HR-V serves as a baseline for an all-new segment for the brand – the Honda light truck lineup – and as prime competition for other crossovers like the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Juke.
Acura – American Honda’s luxury division – will introduce its redesigned 2016 ILX to the world at this year’s auto show. Expected updates to the all-new ILX include a new powertrain, an athletic exterior and a significant upgrade to the interior design. The new ILX will bring a larger emphasis on performance while offering high-quality safety and comfort features.
Audi is expected to debut several vehicles this year, three of which are global premieres. The brand confirmed the world debut of its 2015 R8 competition, while A9 Concept teasers are going around. The 2016 A6 and A7 models, and the 2016 Audi TT Roadster and TTS Coupe will make their North American debut.
BMW confirmed the world debut of its all-new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M and North American debuts for its BMW 2 Series Convertible and BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe.
Cadillac will introduce its all-new 2015 ATS-V Coupe, equipped with a 450 horsepower twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and the all-new ATS-V.R racecar. Additionally, the 2016 ELR is expected to debut. Chrysler will reveal its redesigned 2015 300 and C300.
Developed for the Vision Gran Turismo project, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary of the PlayStation® racing game Gran Turismo, Chevy has surprisingly announced the unveilings of the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X VGT concept racecar.
Ford will present its completely refreshed 2016 Explorer to celebrate its original debut twenty-five years ago. There are also rumors that Ford will introduce the 2016 Ford Mustang GT250 due to a series of teaser videos on their YouTube channel that flashes “11.17.14” in the recognizable Shelby font.
Jaguar’s first All-Wheel Drive F-TYPE Coupe will make its global debut, while Land Rover’s 2015 Discovery Sport will make its North American debut this year.
The Lexus LF-C2 Concept will make its world debut, revealing its “new open air concept.” The brand has also created a “72 Hour Eclipse Reveal” social media campaign in which “the LF-C2 concept will gradually be revealed hour by hour through the intensifying glow of a solar eclipse.”
Mazda has confirmed the global unveiling of its all-new CX-3, a compact crossover SUV, and the updated Mazda6 and CX-5, while the all-new Mazda MX-5 will make its North American debut in LA.
Mercedes-Benz is bringing the Maybach name back with its sub-brand Mercedes-Maybach. The sub-brand will unveil its S600, equipped with a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 engine.
Porsche has confirmed three world premieres to include the Cayenne GTS, 911 Carrerra GTS, and the special-edition Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series that only has 100 units available across the globe.
Volvo Cars will unveil its V60 Cross Country this year, while the XC90 SUV will make its North American debut. Additionally, the Volvo “Drive Me” autonomous car will makes its North American debut at the Connected Car Expo (CCE).
Scion has announced the reveal of its five-door compact hatchback, the iM Concept.
Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports will introduce a new model, called the Rocket, and describe it as the “Ultimate American Muscle Car.”
Maserati is planning to introduce its Alfieri Concept this year and will debut 2015 updates for luxury sport sedans, the Quattroporte and the Ghibli.
Other North American debuts include a redesigned Kia Sorento; the MINI hardtop four-door and the Superleggera Vision concept; and the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept vehicle. Nissan, Infiniti and Fiat are also expected to make North American debuts. Other brands with expected global debuts include Volkswagen, Saleen, and Bentley, but there may be others that are better at keeping secrets.
Tier10 will be covering the unveilings of the 2015 Honda HR-V as well as the 2016 Acura ILX. Please check back to see our coverage.
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