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2012 L.A. Auto Show

The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion has been named Green Car Journal’s 2013 Green Car of the Year during a news conference at the L.A. Auto Show. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The 2013 Honda Civic is introduced at the L.A. Auto Show. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics for American Honda Motor Co., introduces the 2013 Honda Civic. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Interior view of the 2013 Honda Civic. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The 2013 Honda Civic draws a crowd. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The 2014 MY Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe at the L.A. Auto Show. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The 2013 GT 500 Super Snake by Shelby/Galpin Auto Sports. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The 2012 Custom Shelby GT 500 Wide Body by Galpin Auto Sports, left, with the 2013 GT 500 Super Snake by Shelby/Galpin Auto Sports in the background. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The Bentley exhibit displays the the 2013 Bentley Mulsanne (gray), the Bentley Continental GT3 concept race car (white) and the 2013 Bentley GT Speed. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Rolf Frech, a member of Bentley’s engineering board, enjoys a beer at the L.A. Auto Show. Behind him is the Bentley Continental GT3 concept race car, making its U.S. debut. It’s the luxury car maker’s fastest-ever road car.  (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The BMW i8 convertible is introduced at the show. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The BMW i8 convertible (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The BMW i3 Coupe (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Melvin Orellana details an Audi A8L TDI, which features a TDI clean diesel engine. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, talks about the Audi TDI clean diesel technology.
More: Audi comes out swinging with diesel technology at L.A. Auto Show (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Members of the media gather for the debut of Hyundai’s Veloster Turbo Rolltop C3 and the Santa Fe. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Porsche introduces the new Cayman.
More: $54,000 for Porsche Cayman base model; price zooms from there (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The Porsche Cayman S (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The new Porsche Cayman S (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The five-passenger Fiat 500L.
More: Fiat’s trio of new models: Biggest departure is 500L. Here’s why  (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The all-new Fiat 500L (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The Chevrolet Spark EV (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The Chevrolet Spark EV  (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The 2013 Chevrolet Spark EV’s connection for fast charging is shown. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The Denim Blue special edition VW Beetle Convertible (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Klaus Bischoff, brand design chief for Volkswagen, stands next to the 1970’s special edition toffee brown 2013 Beetle Convertible, on screen, at the L.A. Auto Show at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles on November 28, 2012. In the foreground is the 1960’s Denim Blue special edition Beetle convertible. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Members of the press wear polarizing sunglasses at the premiere of the Volkswagen Beetle convertible at the L.A. Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles on November 28, 2012. The glasses helped the audience better see projections during the cars presentation. The Beetle convertible will be available in three special editions upon launch in December 2012. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Singers perform for the unveiling of Hyundai’s 2013 Santa Fe at the L.A. Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles on November 28, 2012. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The 2013 Jaguar F-Type has its North American debut at the L.A. Auto Show. The two-seater is a new model for Jaguar and will be available with three different engines.
More: Jaguar touts F-Type, redesigned Range Rover and XFR-S, which will have only 100 copies in U.S. for 2014 (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The Jaguar XFR-S has its world debut at the L.A. Auto Show. The four-door sedan will have a supercharged V-8, making 550 horsepower.
More: Jaguar touts F-Type, redesigned Range Rover and XFR-S, which will have only 100 copies in U.S. for 2014 (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Matthias Muller, president and CEO of Porsche AG, introduces the new Cayman, left, and Cayman S, right, for its world debut at the L.A. Auto Show on November 28, 2012. (Al Seib/ Los Angeles Times)
The Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rolltop C3 concept car is premiered at the L.A. Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles on November 28, 2012. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Land Rover Range Rover makes its North American debut at the L.A. Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center on November 28, 2012. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The SLS AMG Black Series at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show.  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The 2014 Porsche Cayman makes its world debut at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show.  (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
The 2014 Porsche Cayman makes its world debut at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show.  (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
The 2014 Porsche Cayman makes its world debut at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show.  (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
Toyota kicked off the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show with the world debut of the all-new 2013 RAV4, the first redesign of the hot-selling small SUV in seven years.
More: Details on the new RAV4, the first redesign of small SUV in seven years  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Bill Fay of Toyota Motor Sales kicks off the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show with the world debut of the all-new 2013 RAV4, the first redesign of the hot-selling small SUV in seven years.  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The all-new Toyota RAV4. (Toyota Motor Co.)
The all-new Toyota RAV4.
More: Details on the new RAV4, the first redesign of small SUV in seven years  (Toyota Motor Co.)
The all-new Toyota RAV4. (Toyota Motor Co.)
The all-new Fiat 500L. (Fiat)
The all-new Fiat 500L. (Fiat)
The interior of the all-new Fiat 500L.  (Fiat)
The interior of the all-new Fiat 500L.  (Fiat)
The all-new Fiat 500L Trekking edition.  (Fiat)
The all-new Fiat 500L Trekking edition.  (Fiat)
The all-new Fiat 500c Abarth. (Fiat)
The all-new Fiat 500c Abarth. (Fiat)
The all-new Fiat 500c Abarth. (Fiat)
The all-new Fiat 500c Abarth. (Fiat)
The all-electric Fiat 500e.  (Fiat)
The all-electric Fiat 500e.  (Fiat)
The all-electric Fiat 500e.  (Fiat)
The all-electric Fiat 500e.  (Fiat)
Both versions are plug-in hybrids and use the same electric powertrain as the i3, and then adds to it a turbocharged, 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gas engine. ()
Total horsepower is 349 and and torque rated at 405 pound-feet. ()
It’s based on the two-seat i8 coupe coming to market in 2014 (which made a cameo in the 2011 film “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”). ()
BMW will also unveil at the L.A. Auto Show a vehicle for those in colder climes: the Concept K2 Powder Ride. ()
This concept is basically a special version of the company’s new X1 compact SUV with a particularly ugly paint job. BMW, in conjunction with ski and snowboard maker K2, then added extras like a roof rack and cargo carrier, a roof-mounted Harmon Kardon sound system, and unique 18-inch alloy wheels. ()
BMW says the roadster will do 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. ()
BMW will also bring to North America for the first time its i8 Concept Roadster. ()
As you may know, the i3 is a compact, four-seat hatchback with a range of 80-100 miles. Its powerplant makes 167 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and BMW says the battery charges fully in about six hours. ()
Making its world debut on Wednesday, Nov. 28, the i Concept will likely be a coupe version of this all-electric i3 city car concept BMW has been dragging around to auto shows since 2011.  ()
The i3 is expected to hit the market in 2013, though availability and pricing haven’t been announced. ()
The taillight of the RLX. The car will go on sale in the spring as a 2014 model.
More: Toyota tries to break Acura out of Lexus’ shadow; price -- less than $50,000? (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The RLX will be powered by a new 310-horsepower direct-injected V-6 that’s expected to get 20 miles per gallon in the city, 31 on the highway and 24 combined.  (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The interior of the RLX. Acura’s flagship sedan will offer safety features such as lane departure warning, forward collision warning and automatic braking. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Acura is confronted with a marketing conundrum: How to brand the RLX as a luxury rival to BMW or Lexus rather than just a more expensive Honda. It will be unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show.  (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
A new Rogue will be the next new vehicle to hit Nissan showrooms. The vehicle is rumored to go on sale in early summer of 2013 and a production version will likely break cover at the 2013 New York Auto Show in late March. (Nissan)
Though the exterior may hint at the forthcoming Rogue, few aspects of the interior you see here will make it into the production vehicle.  (Nissan)
Yet the fundamentals of this concept’s shape, size, and design all hint at a forthcoming version of Nissan’s Rogue crossover SUV. (Nissan)
Concept vehicles at auto shows are a funny business. Some are far-off interpretations of current vehicles, which may never see actual production. Others are merely thinly-disguised previews of something an automaker has up its sleeve in the next year. (Nissan)
Though the production version will have real headlights, the basic proportions of this concept’s grille, front bumper, and headlight shape are similar to other Nissan products like the Murano and Pathfinder.  (Nissan)
You can see this concept and the rest of the vehicles at the L.A. Auto Show in downtown Los Angeles starting Nov. 30. The Highway 1 blog will be covering the event live from the floor Nov. 28 and 29.  (Mercedes-Benz)
In case that’'s not futuristic enough for you, Mercedes says this concept would be powered by hydrogen fuel cells that get some of their energy from recycled water captured in the tanks mounted to the roof. (Mercedes-Benz)
Yet this utility concept of the future also incorporates technology not available on vehicles today. (Mercedes-Benz)
The water would be used in a “"hydro-tech” converter” that turns “natural and renewable resources” into hydrogen. (Mercedes-Benz)
This is only a full-scale model without a functioning powertrain. Mercedes imagines the Ener-G-Force would be powered by four independently controlled motors, one mounted at each wheel. (Mercedes-Benz)
Such is the philosophy behind the automaker’'s 2025 Ener-G-Force concept SUV. Named like a Monster energy drink, it was conceived as a reinterpretation of the old-school G-Class SUV that Mercedes has been selling since 1979. (Mercedes-Benz)
Design elements like turning signals and running lights mounted on top of the fenders and a distinct three-piece greenhouse pay homage to the current SUV that Mercedes deems iconic.  (Mercedes-Benz)
Mercedes-Benz will be one of several automakers using the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show to look into not only the near future, but also the more distant horizon. (Mercedes-Benz)
Buyers can also specify the carbon fiber rear wing you see here. (Mercedes-Benz)
Mercedes says the car draws its exterior design inspiration from the company’s SLS AMG GT3 racecar. The Black Series gets flared fenders, tinted headlights, carbon fiber side skirts all around, a rear diffuser, a carbon fiber hood, and matte-black alloy wheels (19-inch in the front, 20-inch in the back).  (Mercedes-Benz)
If all this sounds like something you’d like to drive, you’ll have to wait for it to go on sale Summer 2013 and though there’s no official word on pricing, expect it to close in on $300,000. (Mercedes-Benz)
Unfortunately, as is the case on the SLS AMG Roadster we tested in early 2012, the car still has Mercedes’ outdated center console setup and design. Customers who want to really save weight can delete this Comand multimedia system, a move Mercedes says saves you another 13 pounds. (Mercedes-Benz)
Inside, the car comes with Alcantara trim in red or black, a flat-bottom steering wheel, a carbon fiber-lined center console, and an 11-speaker, 1,000-watt Bang & Olufson sound system. (Mercedes-Benz)
The SLS Black Series also gets a completely revamped suspension system with two selectable modes, the car’s track has been widened, and the speed-sensitive steering has been revised. This SLS also benefits from standard carbon-ceramic brakes. (Mercedes-Benz)
This SLS Black Series ups the ante by boosting the SLS GT’s 583 horsepower to 622 horsepower, while torque actually drops from 479 pound-feet to 468 pound-feet.  (Mercedes-Benz)
The car is the SLS AMG Black Series. Black Series is to AMG what AMG is to Mercedes. Only four other production models have had a Black Series variant, the most recent being the 2013 C63 AMG. The philosophy is very simple: turn everything up to 11. (Mercedes-Benz)
Because the extreme version of Mercedes-Benz’s current supercar, the gullwing SLS AMG GT, clearly needs more power and less weight, the company announced Friday that it would be bringing to the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, you know, a faster model. (Mercedes-Benz)
The engine’s redline jumps to 8,000 rpm and it gets other revisions like revised mapping, a new oil pump, new crankshaft bearings, and a revised cooling system. (Mercedes-Benz)
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