Now in its 107th year, the Los Angeles Auto Show is showing no signs of age as the list of world and North American premieres set to take place during the upcoming event is one of the biggest on record. Organizers have confirmed more than 30 world premieres and more than double this for North American firsts, and we bet there will be a few surprises on top of that.
As usual, the Motor Authority team will be bringing you all the latest info and live photos direct from the show floor once the action gets underway on November 18. In the meantime, here's our hand-picked list of some of the stars, as well as what we know so far about them.
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Audi Design Concept
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: Audi has a new design boss, and he’s set to preview the new look he’s planning for future Audis with a grand four-door coupe concept debuting in L.A. Audi hasn’t revealed a name for the concept just yet but based on the initial teasers we say it deserves to be called an A9. Three key vehicles have influenced the design of the concept: the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO race car from 1989 as well as the original A8 and TT. Describing the look, Audi’s design boss said the focus has been on sportiness and emotion.
Mercedes-Benz G-Code Concept
: The funky G-Code isn’t destined for production but it demonstrates that Mercedes-Benz could build a crossover smaller than its current GLA-Class that still maintains the design values and quality of some of the automaker’s larger models. In addition to looking cool, the G-Code also packs some pretty advanced tech including paint that can generate electricity from sunlight and the wind. If built, we could see a Mercedes vehicle like the G-Code doing quite well against the MINI Cooper Countryman and Audi’s upcoming Q1.
Lexus LF-C2 Concept
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: Lexus is bringing a new convertible concept to the L.A. Auto Show, and we suspect it could preview a new open-top version of the latest RC coupe. All we have is a teaser right now but the lines virtually confirm the concept’s connection to the RC. If built, the RC convertible will likely share engines with the RC coupe, which in the U.S. would mean V-6 power in the standard model and V-8 power in an RC F variant, if the latter is given the go-ahead for production. We sure hope it's built as the RC F is plenty of fun.
Fisker And Galpin Auto Sports Rocket Concept
: Automotive designer Henrik Fisker appears to be back doing what he does best: penning awesome-looking cars. In his first project since leaving the electric car startup that still bears his name, the Dutch designer has teamed up with the guys at Galpin Auto Sports and created what appears to be a re-skinned 2015 Ford Mustang. It’s called the Rocket and it’s described as the “ultimate American muscle car.” We’ll find out next week how fitting that description is.
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