L.A. Auto Show All About Luxury

There are lots of auto shows in North America, but Tinseltown's #Los Angeles Auto Show is definitely the shiniest one of them all. There are an awful lot of wealthy people in the area, so automakers bring out their most luxurious wares for this particular audience.

The list of global debuts happening at the Los Angeles Auto Show is dominated by luxury vehicles. BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes and Porsche will all unveil new models for the first time ever at this event, where the spotlight is on the most luxurious offerings from the most premium brands.

BMW is using this occasion to unveil the successor to it's 3 Series convertible. They're also showcasing the company's front-wheel drive platform on the next-gen Mini Cooper hardtop that has a BMW engine under it's hood.

Mercedes will show off four vehicles, including their 621 horsepower S65 AMG. It's got a 6.0-litre V12 engine under it's hood and generates 738 lb-ft of torque. The German automaker is also bringing a special edition of their gull-wing SLS AMG supercar and an AMG version of it's GLA compact cross.

Porsche is bringing out the highly anticipated production version of their Macan compact cross. It's considered the main attraction of the show this year.

Land Rover is showcasing a stretched out longer-wheelbase version of the Range Rover, while sister company Jaguar is bringing a hardtop version of the all-aluminum F-Type sports car.

While not a global debut, this will be the first time that North Americans will get a look at Audi's A3 compact, the company's new entry level vehicle.

Chrome, curves and horsepower are all the name of the game when it comes to luxury vehicles, but that isn't stopping companies like Kia from trying to get a foot in the door. They're introducing their new flagship, the K900 which is a large, rear-wheel-drive sedan and is the company's most expensive vehicle.

By Linda Aylesworth -


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