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The state of California alone represents one of the single biggest market for automakers, so its annual auto show held in Los Angeles always manages to draw in the big names, along with numerous world debuts.
For the 2016 show, organizers have already confirmed at least 20 world debuts, from brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Jeep, Mazda, Mini, Subaru and Volkswagen. This year the theme is definitely family SUVs, though there will be a few performance and luxury offerings too.
As usual, the Motor Authority team will be bringing you all the latest info and photos direct from the show floor once the action gets underway November 14. In the meantime, here's our hand-picked list of some of the stars, as well as what we know so far about them.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienEnlarge Photo
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: The third model in Alfa Romeo’s brand renaissance, the Stelvio SUV, will be unveiled in L.A. Our spy shots and a small leak already give us a visual taste of what’s to come and the Giulia sedan, which goes on sale later this year, gives us a taste of what's under the skin. The regular models should come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 delivering 276 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, matching the numbers the engine produces in the Giulia’s base and Ti (Turismo Internazionale) trim levels. There should also be a range-topper equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V--6.
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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Another important SUV debuting in L.A. will be Volkswagen’s long-awaited Atlas. This is the vehicle that was first previewed in 2013 by the CrossBlue concept. It will be built at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is expected in showrooms in the spring of 2017. It arrives as a 2018 model. Two engines will be available at launch: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 and a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V-6.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG E63: One of the cars we’re most looking forward to is the new E63 from Mercedes-AMG. It’s debuting in both regular and sportier S trim, and once again the car will be offered with all-wheel drive as standard. There’s a new Drift mode, though, and it enables the car to turn into a rear-wheel-drive beast. The E63 will come with 563 hp and 553 lb-ft while the E63 S will have 603 hp and 627 lb-ft. The latter is said to be capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43: Mercedes-AMG will also use the L.A. auto show to present its new GLE43. The GLE43 is the ninth model to receive AMG’s “43” badging. Its specifications are almost identical to those of the outgoing GLE450 AMG, which it replaces, including its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 delivering 362 hp and 384 lb-ft. This is enough, Mercedes says, for 0-62 mph acceleration in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
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2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition: American buyers missed out on Audi’s last R8 equipped with laser headlights but that won’t be the case the second time around. The latest laser-equipped Audi is called the R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition and it can easily be spotted by its Quantum Gray exterior with yellow accents. Just 25 will be built and once again the lasers will only be for the high beams.