Nearly 50 Vehicle Debuts Confirmed for the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

    Nearly 50 Vehicle Debuts Confirmed for the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

  PR Newswire

  LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12, 2012

- 24 world and 25 North American premieres, plus first-ever Advanced
Technology Showcase during Press Days

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Los Angeles Auto Show confirmed
today that nearly 50 vehicles will debut at the show Nov. 28-29 when it opens
for Press Days and Nov. 30-Dec. 9 for the public. Just two weeks away, the
show will feature world debuts ranging from electric vehicles to performance
and luxury designs from a global array of the world's top automakers. The
number of debuts and strong representation from the world's key auto
manufacturing regions underscore both the rebounding strength of the industry
as well as the importance of the Show as a launch venue.

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The debut lineup this year promises a compelling mix of the hottest trends and
cutting-edge innovations driving today's resurgent automotive industry. Debuts
include world- firsts from Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, as well as
European automakers such as BMW, Fiat, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and
Volkswagen. Show-goers also will see global unveilings of new designs from
Asian brands, including models from Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Subaru
and Toyota.

The debuts also include the latest in-car technologies as well as highlight
fuel-efficient, hybrid, electric and alternative fuel vehicles , demonstrating
that green continues to be a dominant shade of innovation in the industry.
Overall, there will be two dozen all-electric or plug-in electric models at
the show, at least a dozen clean-diesel vehicles and nearly 20 vehicles
achieving 40-plus mpg with highly advanced four-cylinder gasoline engines.
Coverage of these technology-laden vehicles promises to be extensive thanks to
a total of 25 planned press conferences and media registered from over 50
countries.

"The auto industry in North America is experiencing its best annual sales rate
since 2008, and this positive growth can clearly be seen in the number of
debuts, broad range of vehicles and transformative technologies on display at
the show," said Andy Fuzesi, general manager of the LA Auto Show.

Underscoring the L.A. region's status as the largest luxury and performance
market in the country, of the 50 debuts slated, at least a dozen will come
from these categories. Planned bows in this segment include the world debut of
the 2013 Acura RLX luxury sedan, the North American debut of the BMW i8 Spyder
hybrid roadster concept as well as an undisclosed world debut from the
Bavarian marque. The Show will also play host to the highly anticipated North
American debut of the Jaguar F-TYPE convertible sportscar as well as a
yet-to-be-disclosed world debut from Jaguar. Mercedes-Benz will have a total
of four debuts including the world debut of the SLS AMG Black Series and one
yet-to-be-named world debut. Ultra-luxury nameplate Bentley will be showing a
North American debut and rounding out the category, a hotly-rumored world
debut is slated from Porsche as well as the North American debut of the 911
Carrera 4.

The upcoming year looks to be a banner year for vehicle efficiency. According
to AutoTrader.com, total shopper interest for alternative fuel and highly
fuel-efficient models is up 54 percent so far in 2012. This year's LA Auto
Show reflects this trend and will host significant debuts across all green
categories. This year's show will feature the debut of Fiat's first electric
vehicle, the 500e as well as the first all-electric vehicle for General Motors
with the Chevrolet Spark EV, also making its world debut. Ford is moving
strongly into the category as well with multiple new releases including the
2013 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, the Fusion Energi plug-in, the Focus
Electric and an undisclosed world debut. Honda will also debut its new Accord
plug-in hybrid.

Other show debuts represent virtually every popular segment on the road today,
and include compact performance unveilings such as the world debut of the
North American version of the 5-passenger Fiat 500L. Mini USA will also
compete in this segment with the North American debut of the Paceman and the
Clubvan. Another big statement will come from Volkswagen, which will have the
2013 Beetle Convertible on hand for its world debut. Asian automakers have
also chosen LA as the ideal venue for multiple unveilings. Hyundai will debut
a longer, seven passenger version of its Santa Fe crossover along with an
undisclosed world debut, while Honda also has a mystery world debut planned.
More unrevealed world debuts are planned by Nissan, Toyota and Subaru. The
Mazda6 mid-sized sports sedan will have its North American debut at the Show
while Kia will present the Forte sedan for its world debut.The 2014
Mitsubishi Outlander will also be making its North American debut with
enhanced fuel-efficiency and advanced safety technologies including a lane
departure warning system.

In addition to the notable debuts this year, there will be a Press-Days only
showcase highlighting the transformative technologies increasingly embedded in
these vehicles. Dubbed the Advanced Technology Showcase and presented by the
Auto Alliance, an industry trade group, the focus is on the expanding list of
applications and solutions now being designed into vehicles that make drivers
safer while more connected.An Auto Alliance poll shows that about 6 out of 10
consumers are interested in getting driver assist technology when they
purchase their next vehicle. These systems are increasingly as important to
car buyers as conventional metrics such as horsepower and miles per gallon.

About the Los Angeles Auto Show As the first major North American auto show of
the season, the 2012 LA Auto Show will host some of the industry's most
important new vehicle debuts and set the tone for the rest of the year. The
dates are Nov. 28 and 29 for press and Nov. 30 – Dec. 9 for the public. The
last day to register for press credentials online for pick up at the Show is
Nov. 16. Following Press Days, the show becomes one of the best attended
public auto shows in the world. To receive the latest show news and
information, follow the LA Auto Show on Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow ,
visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/LosAngelesAutoShow and sign up for
alerts at LAAutoShow.com .

Website: http://www.laautoshow.com
Contact: Jessica Schmidt, Rogers Finn Partners, +1-310-552-4177,
LAAutoShow@FinnPartners.com
 
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