Established in 1907, the LA Show will once again take place this Autumn. The Los Angeles Convention Centre opens its doors on November 17th, with almost one million square feet of conference and exhibition space set to host the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, motor trade reps and public visitors. In a typical year, the show attracts almost 15,000 industry reps and invited guests on its closed trade days, while the public event, which runs from November 20-29th, could see a million visitors pass through the doors.
The 2015 event will once again showcase exciting new developments and concept cars from global manufacturers, with Buick, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Porsche all confirmed exhibitors. Indeed, Porsche could well be one of the most anticipated participants, with rumours suggesting that the German manufacturer will unveil a Clubsport, track-focused model of its Cayman GT4, already one of the most visceral and exciting two seater sports cars in the world.
This year’s featured manufacturer is Alfa Romeo; in addition to showcasing a range of new and used cars from their back catalogue, Alfa are set to debut a brand new vehicle to the North American market, though they remain tight-lipped as to its identity at this point. The Italian automotive giant has a well-deserved reputation for beautiful vehicles, and their announcement will be of major interest Stateside.
Other big rumoured launches include the Lexus LF LC and Fiat’s 124 Spider. Having failed to appear at the recent Tokyo Motor Show, this could well be the place Lexus unveil the latest BMW 6-series rival. Almost four years in development, the LF LC has been tentatively scheduled for a full launch in 2017. With a similar look to the Mazda MX-5, the stylish 124 Spider should turn heads and hearts in equal measure, with a classic Italian look and feel married to searing power and driving precision.
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Mercedes are also set to get pulses racing when they debut the GLS, an upgraded GL-Class model which should go head to head with the Audi Q7 in the SUV market. Mercedes are retiring the GL-Class shortly, and have upped the stakes with the GLS, their largest SUV to date, boasting refined interior fittings and exterior tweaks. Both diesel and hybrid models will be available in due course, with V6 engines outputting over 500 bhp, and the hybrid set to break Mercedes records with its rumoured 84 g/km CO2 emission levels and 76 mpg economy. UK drivers should be able to get to their local dealer, and take the GLS for a spin on trade plates in early 2016. The hefty price tag and costly insurance policy shouldn’t deter interest from what is likely to be a market leading vehicle.
With exciting new cars, new product launches and a raft of entertainments and attractions, the 2015 LA Motor Show could well be one of the year’s premier automotive events. Enthusiasts and trade alike will be keeping a close eye on all the major announcements from 12 days of motoring heaven.