LA Auto Show, 2013: dozens of global debuts await

Michael James

Smart concept car at LA Auto Show.

Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, MINI, Porsche, Subaru and Volkswagen have all confirmed representation among more than 50 global debuts at the 2013 LA Auto Show, the first major car of the year for automakers’ new models and concepts.

Founded in 1907, the LA Auto Show is the first major North American show of the season and it will be held Nov. 22-Dec. 1. Press Days will be Nov. 20-21.

The debut line-up this year promises a mix of cutting-edge trends and innovations in today’s competitive automotive market. BMW has confirmed seven to eight debuts,including a yet-to-be-named global premiere. MINI will also present a strong showing
with the long-awaited global introduction of its brand-new MINI automobile.

2013 Smart car concept at the 2012 LA Auto Show
Designer Jeremy Scott’s Smart car concept. All images © James Raia/2012

The LA Auto Show is also introducing the Connected Car Expo (CCE). Focused on shaping the future of mobility, CCE is a three-day expo beginning Nov. 19 and designed to connect technology companies with automakers, media, analysts, and other potential customers.

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In coordination with CCE, the Show will host key automotive and technology industry influencers, including NHTSA’s David Strickland, Google’s Ron Medford, MIT’s Bruce Mehler and the Auto Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ CEO Mitch Bainwol, alongside senior executives from companies such as OnStar, Qualcomm and Sprint.

“As the first major North American show of the season, Los Angeles sets the tone for 2014, and we expect that automakers will pull out all the stops to excite new-car buyers,” said Terri Toennies, the LA Auto Show’s new General Manager.

“In virtually every category, from the greenest electric vehicle to high-horsepower performance models, the technological advancements we are seeing today eclipse all previous automotive eras.”

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Article Last Updated: November 28, 2023.

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