The Los Angeles Auto Show begins its 10-day run at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday, featuring 50 vehicle debuts in the performance, midsize crossover, electric and high-technology categories.
Honda’s 2016 Civic Coupe will make its world debut and Clarity Fuel Cell sedan its North American debut.
The 2016 Civic Coupe is “the sportiest, most sophisticated and tech- savvy Civic Coupe,” according to Jeff Conrad, the senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co. Inc. and general manager of the Honda Division.
“I think our customers are going to be utterly surprised by what this new Coupe delivers in terms of refinement, safety, efficiency and fun-to-drive performance.”
Honda will begin deliveries of the Clarity Fuel Cell in late 2016 through select fuel cell dealers, beginning in Los Angeles and Orange counties, the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Honda will expand the scope of its marketing to additional California markets and other states, including the Northeast, as hydrogen refueling networks expand.
“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are a zero-emissions technology that Honda believes in and has worked to advance for more than 20 years,” said John Mendel, executive vice president, American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
“Vehicles like the Clarity Fuel Cell are potential game changers because they offer an uncompromising, zero emissions customer experience, with utility, range and refueling times on par with today’s gasoline-powered cars.”
Audi has two performance vehicles making North American debuts, the 2016 S8 Plus and 2017 R8 V10 Plus, and the 2016 RS7 making its world debut.
“The Audi Sport and performance models have always been an essential part of our brand’s character,” said Filip Brabec, director of product management for Audi of America. “The Audi R8, RS 7 performance and S8 plus represent the maximum of Audi performance, premium design and technology for our customers.”
The 2017 Kia Sportage compact crossover utility vehicle makes its North American debut.
“Instead of bland utility, the Sportage combines distinctly European and sporty styling with thoughtful design and functionality, including innovative packaging, premium materials, a turbocharged engine and surprising features,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning Kia Motors America.
Mitsubishi’s 2016 Outlander Sport and 2017 Mirage will make their world debuts.
The Outlander Sport includes a redesigned steering wheel, new seat fabrics, power folding side mirrors with LED turn indicators and an 18-inch alloy wheel design, according to Mitsubishi.
The Outlander Sport also includes Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” front design concept, trying it to the seven- passenger Outlander as Mitsubishi brings a cohesive design language to the brand.
Nissan’s significantly revised 2016 Sentra will make its world debut and go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in late December.
The Mercedes-Benz GLS and SL will make their world debuts while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet will make their North American debuts. All are 2017 models.
General Motors has four 2017 vehicles making world debuts — the Buick Lacrosse, Cadillac XT5, GMC Canyon Denali and GMC Sierra Denali “Ultimate.”
BMW has four 2016 models making their North American debuts — the 7 Series, X1, 330e and M4 GTS.
Porsche has three cars making their world debuts — the 2017 911 Targa 4, 2017 911 Targa 4S and the 2016 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The Cayman GT4 Clubsport is for amateur and club racing and not legal for street use.
Other vehicles making world debuts include the Fiat 124, Ford Escape, Hyundai Elantra, Lincoln MKZ and Mazda CX-9, all 2017 models, and two 2016 models, Infiniti’s QX30 and the Volkswagen Beetle Dune.
Other North American debuts include the 2017 Infiniti Q30 and 2016’s Hyundai Sonata, Jaguar F-PACE, Land Rover Ranger Rover Evoque Convertible, Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR, MINI Clubman and Volkswagen Passat.
The show will be open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Thanksgiving; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 27-28 and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 29. The entrance closes one hour before the show closing.
Tickets are $15 for Friday through Sunday admission and $12 Monday through Thursday. Tickets are $10 for people age 65 and older and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are available at the door and the show’s website, laautoshow.com. The box office opens one hour before the show opens.
—City News Service
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