LA Auto Show: 2015 Sneak Peak

The Los Angeles Auto Show opens in about a month, the first of four huge auto shows on tap in North America for the 2015-2016 show season.

The show’s timing — just before Thanksgiving — and the California location of the venue, provide an ideal setting for car manufacturers to unveil their latest offerings and concept vehicles.

Infiniti QX30 Concept.
Infiniti QX30 Concept.

2015 LA Auto Show

At least 50 debuts will take place in Los Angeles, including global debuts from Ford, Porsche, Scion, and Land Rover. Several manufacturers will also provide North American debuts, meaning these models have already appeared elsewhere in the world.

The LA Auto Show typically features vehicles that meet the so-called “green” criteria, including numerous alternate-fuel models. That doesn’t mean SUVs, sports cars and other less-efficient models are not showcased. It does mean that the venue serves as an ideal backdrop for presenting the annual “Green Car of the Year” award from Green Car Journal.

Among the manufacturer big reveals set for next month include the following:

Nissan Sentra — The compact segment is led by the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic, with models such as the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, and the Hyundai Elantra also making an impact. The Nissan Sentra is yet another model, with the current generation model introduced in 2013. That means a mid-cycle refresh is due and it should be a significant one. Nissan is gaining market share and has been doing so by refreshing or replacing its core products at a rapid pace. No particulars have been shared about the new model, but its look should align it closer to the refreshed-for-2016 Nissan Altima.

Buick LaCrosse — GM’s premium brand is gaining new product, including the Opel-suppled Cascada convertible. Moreover, the flagship LaCrosse will be all new for 2017 when it goes on sale next year. Buick has selected Los Angeles as the venue to introduce a model that we already know will take its styling cues from the delicious Avenir concept. Just how far Buick goes with porting those design features isn’t yet known. Nor do we know what technologies and trims will accompany the new model.

Mitsubishi Duo — The smallest of all Japanese automakers with a presence left in the United States is Mitsubishi. Its sales are up significantly this year after multiple year-over-year declines. That doesn’t mean Mitsubishi’s road ahead is assured. Indeed, the automaker’s survival is tenuous at best. Nevertheless, Mitsubishi will reveal two models in LA — an all-new Outlander Sport crossover and a refreshed Mirage, the latter its subcompact model. Mitsubishi is coming off of a refresh of its compact Lancer minus its Evo and Ralliart editions, which have been discontinued.

Infiniti QX30 — Infiniti with the help of Mercedes-Benz, is exploring the bottom of the luxury segment with both a Q30 hatchback and an QX30 utility vehicle. The SUV will be introduced next month and should give further clarity on what Nissan’s luxury brand has in store for us from 2017 on.

Scion Concept SUV — About a year ago, it appeared that Toyota would kill its youth-oriented Scion division. Instead, Toyota killed the iQ and xB models and brought to the market two new models: the iA sedan and the iM hatchback. Yet another model will make its debut in California, reportedly a small crossover based on the C-HR concept. So, instead of an SUV slotting beneath the Toyota RAV4, the mono spec model will wear a Scion badge.

Los Angeles Debuts

Among the other debuts that have come to the attention of Auto Trends include the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Jaguar’s F-PACE SUV, and the updated Kia Sportage. Other manufacturers such as Ford, Volkswagen, and Mazda will showcase new models too, but that information has yet to be revealed. Lastly, Elio Motors is expected to follow its New York auto show debut last April with an appearance in Los Angeles. Three-wheeled conveyance, anyone?

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Infiniti QX30 photo copyright Infiniti. 

Author: Matthew Keegan
Matt Keegan has maintained his love for cars ever since his father taught him kicking tires can be one way to uncover a problem with a vehicle’s suspension system. He since moved on to learn a few things about coefficient of drag, G-forces, toe-heel shifting, and how to work the crazy infotainment system in some random weekly driver. Matt is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association and is a contributor to various print and online media sources.

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