October 4, 2007

Los Angeles auto show to feature 14 world debuts

2009 Jaguar XF
2008 BMW 1 Series
The Jaguar XF (top) and BMW 1 Series, two vehicles that will make their North American debuts at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto show in November. Click image to enlarge

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2009 Jaguar XF
2008 BMW 1 Series

Los Angeles, California – The 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show will feature at least 14 World debuts and nearly 30 North American debuts during press days, Nov. 14 and 15, announced the show’s organizers. The show opens to the public at the conclusion of the press days Friday, Nov. 16 and runs through Nov. 25, including American Thanksgiving Day.

“The show’s new fall dates now make Los Angeles the first major North American stop of the auto show season, and as anticipated, manufacturers have taken advantage of this earlier timing by making more World and North American debuts than in previous years,” said Andy Fuzesi, general manager of the LA Auto Show.

While most World debuts remain closely guarded until press days, a few manufacturers have announced their intentions including Hyundai’s world premiere of a new sports car concept, Nissan’s all-new, mid-size Murano crossover, and Volkswagen’s new mini-car concept design. Other Worldwide debuts are anticipated to include new hybrid editions and other advanced environmental technologies.

Among the vehicles making their first appearance on U.S. soil include, the completely new Jaguar XF luxury performance sedan and the new BMW 1 Series coupe. Performance enthusiasts also anxiously await the U.S. unveiling of Mitsubishi’s tenth generation Lancer Evolution and Subaru’s all-new WRX STI. And, finally arriving in the U.S. after much anticipation is Nissan’s GT-R super car.

The most expensive new vehicle to make its U.S. debut will be the $1.4 million Lamborghini Reventon, hailed as the most powerful and expensive Lamborghini ever built. Ferrari will debut its new lightweight 430 Scuderia, Bentley will showcase its new and more powerful Continental GT Speed and Porsche will debut its most powerful 911, the new GT2.

Also of increasing importance, as consumer demand for more fuel efficient and environmentally positive vehicles grows, is the announcement of this year’s Green Car of the Year. The winner of the 2008 Green Car of the Year (GCOY) award will be named during a press conference the morning of Nov. 15th.

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