Starting in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show has grown from its 99 vehicle display held at Morley’s Skating Rink to the massive industry landmark it is known as today. To meet the needs of the ever growing auto-industry, the show moved locations several times in its earliest years – sometimes due to scale, sometimes due to damage, most notably in 1929 when the failure of an electrical circuit in the exhibition of airplanes caused upwards of $1 million damages. Despite a break for war efforts of more than a decade, the show has run every year now since 1952 and has showcased practically all of the major developments in the field.
This year, 2013, the LA Auto Show will be held between November 22nd and December 1st, with two press days prior to its public opening. Its partner, the Connected Car Expo, is being held between November 19th and 21st, allowing brands to debut some of their newest models and make some of their major announcements. One of the major attractions of visitors to the LA Auto Show is the range of new cars announced and the future prototypes which can be seen, and this year will be no different. With just a few weeks left until the launch of the 2013 LA Auto Show, 56 vehicles are expected to be debuted at the event – with twenty two of those being world debut models. The show has become one of the most popular auto events in the industry calendar. Every year, the eyes of the automobile industry turn to LA to see what kinds of innovation will be announced.
Of the models being announced at the LA Auto Show, some of the most popular confirmed debuts are from a range of companies across the spectrum. Two Porsche models are announced: the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet, and the 2014 Porsche Macan. Although pictures of the eagerly awaited Macan have been leaked, the show will be the first time that a real model will be seen by the wider world. Elsewhere in the market, the 2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible will be making its appearance, as will the 2014 Range Rover Long Wheelbase – and two 2015 models, the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD and the Mini Cooper, given its first redesign for several years. If you’re staying in Los Angeles hotels in downtown during the LA Auto Show, it’s definitely an event worth checking out!
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