The 2008 Los Angeles auto show is less than a month away--and some of the launches already confirmed for the L.A. show are split on green trends and on horsepower:2010 Ford Mustang:
You've seen plenty of spy shots of the 2010 Ford Mustang
--including some put out there by the company itself
, as it tries to keep Camaro mania in check. The latest word is that Ford will show off the Mustang at the L.A. show to avoid the collateral damage from Camaro Convertibles and Toyota Priuses and Volt production vehicles in Detroit.2010 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln MKZ:
Ford will show off the revamped 2010 Fusion
sedan in Los Angeles as well, along with the new Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ. The Fusion has a new face and an interior with a large navigation-ready screen, not to mention a new hybrid version
. The hybrid's for Ford and Mercury only; no Lincoln gas-electric version is planned.2010 Lexus RX
: Toyota officials confirm to TheCarConnection.com that the new Lexus RX is coming to the Detroit show. The refinement and the overall driving satisfaction of the 2008 Lexus RX 350
crossover should carry over, as will a hybrid option. Other tech details, including engine displacement and transmissions, won't be released for a few weeks. The new RX will measure in at about five inches longer than the current crossover, for better backseat leg room.2009 Nissan 370Z
: Nissan released the first pics of the new Z, but little other information, other than to say the Z "solidifies the strengths of its predecessor with an unmatched balance of performance, style and value."Nissan Cube:
The new generation of the boxy Scion-alike city car emerges this fall at the Los Angeles show and, later, could be the platform Nissan uses to sell electric vehicles in the United States.
: The new Mazda3 has been confirmed for a Los Angeles world launch. Mild styling changes are obvious from the first set of photos issued by the Japanese automaker. Top versions get a new 2.5-liter engine, up from today's 2.3-liter engine.BMW 7 Series and diesels
: BMW's 2009 7 Series sedan is all-new, and it's heading to the Los Angeles auto show, flanked by the new diesel versions of the 3 Series
and the X5, as well as the 7 Series ActiveHybrid concept shown at the Paris Auto Show.Volkswagen Concept R
: If it has any intent of following up on the sassy Concept R from 2003, Volkswagen could show a production version of the Elise-fighter sportscar
in Los Angeles. A lightweight vehicle with class-leading fuel economy, according to Autocar, the new roadster would undercut the hardtop convertible Eos and would use small four-cylinders and diesels for power, as well as a new DSG transmission.Volkswagen Touareg TDI
: Volkswagen's bringing its latest diesel SUV to the L.A. show. This time around, it's a 240-hp, V-6 diesel with more than 400 pound-feet of torque.Mercedes-Benz concept Fascination
: The Mercedes concept Fascination, which previews the next E-Class, will be flown to the United States for an appearance at the November L.A. show. The German carmaker's also going to bring along the SL65 Black Series
, after it flogs the car for the press in the next few weeks.Green Car of the Year:
The award, given by our friend Ron Cogan's Green Car Journal, names the vehicle that most advances the cause of efficiency, while reducing the auto world's environmental footprint. Five finalists will be named between now and the delivery of the award in mid-November.
Press days for the Los Angeles auto show
are Nov. 19-20, with public days through Thanksgiving. We'll update you on more intros as they're confirmed.
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