Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted December 01, 2015 16:51
The last, but certainly not the least
The Los Angeles Auto Show may be the last major auto show on the global calendar, but it is certainly not the least as it played host to fifty vehicle debuts which comprise of mostly global reveals this year.
For 12 full days at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the exhibition halls hosted significant global debuts such as the Fiat 124 Spider, Ford Escape, Honda Civic Coupe, Hyundai Elantra, Infiniti QX30, Lincoln MKZ, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Mercedes-Benz SL, Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Sentra, Porsche 911 Targa 4, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Range Rover Evoque Convertible, Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept, Volkswagen Beetle Dune, and the Volvo Concept 26.
Making the most dramatic reveal however would be Alfa Romeo with the North American launch of the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Being the first debut of the show, attendees were treated to a lineup of classic and rare Alfa Romeo models at the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza.
Fiat continues its nameplate comeback to the US market with the 124 Spider, an Italian iteration of Mazda’s MX-5/Miata. It also displayed the 500 in Diane Von Furstertenberg as well as Stormtrooper liveries.
Ford chose to debut its latest iteration of the Escape at the show, featuring its new design language as well as tech suite, featuring the new Blackberry QNX-based SYNC3 tech. Also present were Ford Performance models such as the Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 Mustang; and the new Ford GT as well as the Ford GT race car.
Honda debuted the Coupe version of the 2016 Civic and displayed recently launched concept vehicles such as Project 2&4, and Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle.
Hyundai debuted the sixth-generation Elantra sedan and displayed the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo Concept.
Infiniti debuted the QX30 compact crossover, which is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA; one of the results of Renault-Nissan Alliance partnership with Daimler.
Mazda held the global debut of the CX-9 full-sized crossover, arguably one of the most popular models at the show. It features the new 2.5-liter SkyActiv-T engine as well as a new Machine Grey finish. It was accompanied by the SkyActiv-D powered LMP2 racer as well as MX-5 Pace Car as highlights of their display.
Mercedes-Benz staged the global debut of its new GLS full-size SUV based on the Nissan Patrol/Infinti QX80 and the updated SL-class grand touring roadster. Also debuted were AMG versions of the vehicles. Another vehicle proudly featured was the AMG GT3 race car.
Mitsubishi debuted a facelift ASX (called Outlander Sport in the US), featuring its 'dynamic shield' design language, and the updated Mirage hatchback.
Nissan headlined its display with the updated Sentra compact sedan and special versions of the Note and Juke.
Porsche debuted its 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S models, which incidentally celebrate 50 years this year. The company also introduced its new Cayman GT4 Clubsport motorsport program.
Jaguar-Land Rover aptly staged the global reveal of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible in the open-top-car-friendly city. Also on display was the new Jaguar F-Pace SUV, which recently debuted in Frankfurt.
Subaru previews the next-generation Impreza Sedan with a concept car; just after showing their 5-door concept at the Tokyo Motor Show last month.
Despite its recent global diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen went ahead and debuted the production version of the rugged Beetle Dune in coupe and cabriolet versions. Also on display was the Golf GTE Sport concept, first shown at Worthersee.
Apart from the manufacturer displays and debuts, the show also features an Aftermarket Hall with the latest styling trends debuted at the industry-exclusive Speciality Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) show held in early November.