2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

Next week the LA Auto Show opens to the press and we will be there to report on the lastest new vehicle launches and some great parties.   Which reminds me, our party schedule is NOT full, so if you know of a great one be sure to send us an invite.   And if you are an automotive designer and would like to go to one of the parties we know about (like the Recaro one) drop us a note.


The Los Angeles Auto Show continues to be the step-child of the International show circuit.  After finally getting some breathing room from Detroit by moving to November, last year two other shows stepped all over their toes.  Both Tokyo and China continue their overlap as press for the 2013 Tokyo Show is scheduled for the 20th – 21st and the opening day for the Auto Guangzhou 2013 is the 21st.


Developing our plan of attack for the show has been difficult as few manufacturers have divulged what will be on display.  The show site claims 22 world debuts, but I could only find a few.  The two key debuts appear to be the new Porsche Macan (which already has its own forum) and the new Mini.  One thing you won’t be able to do at the show is hear the exhaust note, but Autoblog has it here.  In addition to the Macan, rumor has it Porsche will be showing the Boxster and Cayman GTS.

Porsche Macan sketches

Porsche Macan sketches

Not to be outdone in the hot micro-SUV war, Nissan will show the 270 horespower Juke RS.  Other automakers will also be out in a show of force.  Acura will show a new direction with the RLX Sport Hybrid,  BMW will not have anything new but will bring the X4 Concept from Shanghai, the 4-Series Convertible and the production i8.  Cadillac is sure to have the new 2015 Escalade, along with Chevrolet’s 2015 Tahoe and GMC’s 2015 Yukon.  And the Elmiraj concept from pebble Beach will also make an appearance.  We are not sure what Chrysler Group will show but Fiat is planning a special 1957 Edition 500.  For has hinted the new global Edge Concept will debut along with the production Lincoln MKC.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

The 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe is scheduled to appear.  Honda will bring a concept, the new FCEV.  We are not sure what Hyundai has in store but sister brand Kia is going to have the K900.  Mercedes will show the GLA for the first time in North America along with the S63 AMG.  Land Rover will have a LWB (long wheelbase) version of the Range Rover in their stand.  Volkswagen will bring the e-Golf to Los Angeles considering California still is the largest market.  Finally Subaru will have the new WRX and a Legacy Coupe Concept.

2015 Subaru WRX

2015 Subaru WRX

As far as Audi, Mini, Toyota and the rest we can only imagine what is coming.  You will have to come back next week and see.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of CarFriend.me and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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