The LA Auto Show is traditionally the car world’s last hurrah ahead of the festive break. Taking place over the first ten days of December, the event has more than 1,000 vehicles spread over 870,000 sq ft in three halls.
This year, LA had the privilege of debuting new models by everyone from Mazda to Mercedes, Jaguar to Jeep. Here are our favourites from the hundreds of stands…
Saleen Automotive has suffered some financial trouble in the past year or so but it aims to start afresh with this £100k sports car.
Built on an all-new body and mid-engine chassis, the Saleen 1 uses a brand new 2.5-litre turbo four-cylinder engine and promises a 3.5-second 0-60mph sprint and an impressive 105-foot stopping distance from that speed.
Mercedes AMG Project One
Merc’s 1,000bhp hybrid supercar can supposedly match the pace of an F1 car and it looked phenomenal in LA.
Mini Electric Concept
It’s only a matter of time before a battery-powered Mini hits the mass market and this concept provides many hints as to what we can expect when it does.
Facelifted Range Rover
It’s still the king of all-terrain but it has been tidied up around the edges to ready it for another three or four years of being one of the most capable and desirable SUVs money can buy.
Aston Martin Vantage
We’ve already told you plenty about the forthcoming Vantage and the highly anticipated sports car looked radiant in that tangy yellow shade in LA.
A fully-electric SUV with a Jaguar badge is basically a licence to print money and with a four-second 0-60mph sprint, it is sure to cause a big headache for the Tesla Model X.
Volvo’s littlest SUV will soon be in a showroom near you and it looked absolutely brill in LA.
Toyota FT-AC Concept
With an acronym that stands for ‘Future Toyota Adventure Concept’, the FT-AC has been designed to strike a chord with outdoorsy types and thrill seekers.
Aside from the aggressive styling, it does this with things like removable foglight pods that can be used as portable lights, as well as a safari-style roofrack with LED marker lights at its front corners to light off-road trails. There’s also an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot.
What took your fancy at the LA Auto Show? Tell us down there in the comments….