2012 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

November 14, 2012

It's been a couple of months since we soaked ourselves in the drizzle of the Paris previews, and now auto-show season resumes anew after Thanksgiving with the press days at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

This year's L.A. show won't quite be the green-car showcase it's been in years past. It's almost a catch-up event for carmakers scrambling to get out the remaining 2013 new models--while teasing the 2014 new cars, crossovers, and trucks just around the corner.

The L.A. Show's also a naked appeal to luxury and exotic-car buyers. Virtually every brand with a sterling reputation will have its latest on display during the media and public days--with a flourish of new British iron matched by a quartet of new Mercedes machines and an advanced new BMW concept, not to mention a roadster from Lamborghini.

The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the media on Wednesday, November 28th, and to the public that weekend. We'll be on hand to report from the Los Angeles Convention Center floor, so make sure you're in touch with us every way possible--by bookmarking our auto show pages on The Car Connection, Motor Authority, and Green Car Reports; by following us on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram; and by staying in touch with the latest news on Twitter @carconnection @therealma @greencarreports.

2013 Honda Civic

Honda took flak for the 2012 Civic, its lackluster styling and performance and especially, its cut-rate interior. A fix is in the works, and the 2013 Civic will be on display at L.A., and on sale the same day. The new Civic gets an Accord-like restyle, and more safety equipment, more features, and some performance improvements to be announced at the show.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

The latest VW Beetle's gone a long way to sharpening up its iconic image. Will the Convertible model soften it back up a little? The new fabric power top will lower or raise itself in about 10 seconds, while pop-up rollover bars will protect passengers. Engine choices will include the 170-horsepower in-line five; the 140-hp turbodiesel four; and the 200-hp turbo four. All will come with six-speed transmissions, either manual or automatic or dual-clutch. The turbodiesel will score about 41 miles per gallon on the highway, VW promises.

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