The Los Angeles Auto Show is the first major North American auto show of the new model year. It is known for automakers introducing hybrid, fuel-efficient and electric vehicles that grab the attention of California's eco-conscious drivers. It's also the place for big, splashy debuts of sports cars, the kind of vehicles that people fantasize driving on Pacific Coast Highway.
This year's show, which opens to the public Friday, will have plenty of both.
Audi plans the American debut of its S line of sports coupes. Porsche is bringing the new 911, and Infiniti plans the global debut of the sporty JX crossover. Honda plans global debuts of its Fit electric vehicle and the next-generation CR-V small crossover. Chevrolet is unveiling its tiny Spark city car and a new high-powered Camaro convertible. More conservative drivers will want to look at Hyundai's new six-cylinder Azera sedan.
Here are details about the show:
When: Nov. 18 to 27, including Thanksgiving Day
Where:Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., 90015
Admission: Adults: $12. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Parking: $12 in Convention Center garages.
Five cars to check out at the Los Angeles Auto Show:
Infiniti JX: Infiniti's move to compete with successful luxury crossovers such as the Acura MDX and Audi Q7. This will have what Infiniti says will be the world's-first backup collision intervention system — it will detect objects behind the SUV and automatically apply the brakes if the driver ignores the warning bells and visual alerts.