Global debuts confirmed for 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

Article by Anita Panait, on August 2, 2013

The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show has confirmed that it will play host to the global debuts of models from BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Subaru and Volkswagen. The LA show will happen on the same week as the Tokyo and Guangzhou auto shows – meaning media attention will be divided among these events. To draw more media attention, organizers of the LA auto show have to secure significant debuts from big carmakers.

The LA auto show’s main highlight could be the public launch of the Porsche Macan compact crossover vehicle, which until the event could only be seen in pictures. German carmaker VW could display the latest version of its CrossBlue mid-sized crossover, which was unveiled in concept form at the 2013 Detroit auto show. VW, however, is more likely to display a new model based on the next-generation Golf. At the 2013 Geneva auto show in March, VW unveiled the redesigned Golf Variant, which is a Golf-based wagon sold in Europe.

The carmaker, however, has yet to unveil the U.S.-bound redesign of the Jetta SportWagen, which is also derived from the Golf. VW will roll out the Jetta SportWagen in late 2014. On the other hand, Mini will unveil "a new Mini," which may refer to a redesign of the basic Mini Cooper or a debut of another offering.

The carmaker unveiled the current Mini Cooper in 2001. LA Auto Show organizers also disclosed that BMW may have eight debuts at the event, one global launch. Chevrolet is expected to unveil at the show the next-generation Colorado mid-sized truck, although company officials refused to confirm the odds. Honda, on the other hand, has used the LA show in the past as an opportunity to showcase green technology. The Japanese carmaker may show redesign of the Insight, Civic Hybrid and FCX Clarity -- all of which are due in the next 12 to 18 months. [source: automotive news - sub. required]

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