LA Auto Show 2012

LA Auto Show 2012More than 40 World and North American debuts were unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year with a focus on MPG, technology and clean efficiency.

With just about every major car brand on display, so many new models and the always eye-catching concept vehicles, it was going to be difficult to decide where to start. The sleek Chevy Tru 140S (pictured above) 3-door hatchback concept quickly caught my eye. This vehicle is expected to enter production and be available at a reasonable price point.

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Porsche, which always has a fabulous space at the LA show, demanded immediate attention with its 904 Carrera GTS display. The successful low profile racer was ahead of its time and I believe only 106 examples of this sport racer were ever produced. Deeper into the Porsche space, the Cayman and Cayman S were making their world debuts. The new rear-drive coupe has been upgraded with more power (275 HP / 325 HP (S)) and is lighter and more efficient than its previous incarnation.

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The buzz of the show was coming from Mercedes, which was showing off its SLS AMG Black Series, a lighter weight, more powerful version of its SLS AMG. Mercedes claims the Black Series has 622 HP and will do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. (Black Series pictured below is the “Solar Beam” yellow one)

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Acura showcased the second generation of its extremely popular NSX, which is now an all-wheel-drive hybrid.

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BMW returned with its i8 concept, which is rumored to be hitting the marketplace sometime in 2014. Flanking the i8, making its world debut, was the i3 coupe. The i3 coupe is a lighter and faster version of the original all-electric i3 compact car.

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The Japanese supercar – the Lexus LFA – was on display, as well as its latest LF cousin, the LF-CC (Compact Coupe) which made its North American debut.

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Expect to hear more from Lincoln in 2013 as Ford aims to improve sales and brand awareness of the Lincoln brand, led by the MKZ sedan (pictured below).

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Morgan brought a selection of both 3- and 4- wheeled vehicles to the show, but we were hoping to see the Eva GT.

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