LOS ANGELES: From supercars to SUVs, in all some 50 new vehicles are scheduled to make an appearance at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. For some, like the Jaguar F-Pace, the show will mark a first glimpse on US shores, but for 30 of that number, including the Ferrari F12tdf, LA will be the venue for the car's first-ever appearance anywhere in the world.
But despite its brand appeal, Ferrari will have to fight for attention. Porsche will be bringing a racetrack-ready version of its Cayman, the GT4 Clubsport, to this year's show and Lamborghini is prepping a new, more dynamic version of its Huracan supercar.
For those who want supercar performance with extra comfort and elegance, Mercedes will be unveiling its latest generation SL coupe complete, as always with folding hard top, and although it's yet to confirm or deny rumors, McLaren could be showing off its 570S Spider too.
SUVs and crossovers are also going to be huge draws at this year's event, especially as the West Coast is the unofficial world capital of the offroader. Range Rover is bringing its Evoque convertible - the world's first premium compact SUV drop top. It will be doing battle, so to speak, with the Cadillac XT5, a new crossover that proves US carmakers can do luxury as well as any European brand, while Infiniti will be taking the wraps off the production version of its sub-compact X30 premium crossover.
Moving up the scale, Mercedes will be debuting its GLS-Class uber-luxury seven-seat SUV, a car it's marketing as an S-Class with better ground clearance, such are its comfort and technological capabilities.
At a special event ahead of the show's press day on Nov 18, storied Italian marque Alfa Romeo will be honoured and a precession of past classics and current models will be on show, making the event the perfect occasion to finally reveal the brand's first SUV after nearly two years of teasing.
Away from new cars, there will also be a huge supply of new technology, new announcements and new strategies at this year's show. The Connected Car Expo will be showcasing 100 of the brightest tech start-ups with designs on the future of personal mobility and Volvo will be showcasing something called the 'Time Machine Concept,' believed to be a raft of autonomous driving features that won't allow drivers to correct past wrongs or check up on their children's future career choices, but could save drivers a huge amount of time.
The 2015 LA Auto Show opens to the press on Nov 18 and to the public from Nov 20-29.