The first exhibit you would see as you enter the 2013 Los Angeles Intenational Auto Show is the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Information Booth, where Jaguar and the Museum have partnered to display the Museum’s 1956 Jaguar XK-SS formerly owned by Steve McQueen, and the XK-F, Jaguar’s first open two-seater since the legendary E-Type.
At the Jaguar/Land Rover exhibit they introduced the coupe version of the roadster shown in the Petersen display. It’s difficult to argue against the opinion heard often at the event, that this is the prettiest car at the show.
Once again, Porsche chose to introduce an important new model at the LA Auto Show. The compact sport utility segment is growing faster than the rest of the market and Porsche’s powerful Macan is well placed to attract enthusiasts seeking such a car. As Porsche’s lowest priced offering, it should also appeal to those looking to buy their first new Porsche.
The third generation modern Mini Coopers (Mini Cooper S Shown) were also debuted at the LA Show. The base model continues a budding trend, featuring a turbocharged three-cylinder engine, while the S model benefits from a turbocharged four. The specifications for the car are sketchy, but it’s getting less “mini.” Length grows by a bit over five inches, width by 1.7, and they are a fraction taller. The strategy these days is to use more high strength steel and aluminum to prevent such growth from adding to mileage-sapping weight, but the new Minis’ specs are mute on the subject.
At the 2009 Los Angeles International Auto Show, BMW showed the Vision Dynamics Concept, a Hybrid sports car with stunning styling (inset, above). In 2011 a more developed version (currently on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum) appeared in Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol. At last, the production version had its American debut at this year’s show (above). Available in spring 2014, it will boast 368 hp and up to 94 mpg, and cost about $140,000.
Below, the fully electric BMW i3, weighing just under 2,000 pounds and powered by a 125 kW motor with 250 pound-feet of torque, provides zippy performance in a city car, for about $40,000. A version is coming with a variation on the Mini’s turbo three-cylinder to extend its range beyond commuting.