2010 LA Auto Show Update


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2010 LA AUTO SHOW PRESS PASS COVERAGE

More than 50 Vehicle Debuts to be Unveiled at the Show

Los Angeles November 4, 2010; As the LA Auto Show grows in importance as a global stage for vehicle debuts, so does the number of debuts. The 2010 show will host 20 world debuts and more than 30 North American debuts across virtually all vehicle categories. The show opens amidst improved auto sales and a growing sense of optimism that is evident from the increased number of debuts, more participating manufacturers and larger, more elaborate exhibits.

Of the 20 world debuts, several have been already announced, including Nissan’s three world debuts; the completely redesigned Quest minivan, the Murano Cross Cabriolet crossover convertible concept and a sedan concept called the Ellure. Land Rover will unveil its all-new, 5-door Range Rover Evoque and SAAB will showcase its only crossover, the 9-4X. In addition, KIA will unveil its first hybrid the Optima sedan; Volkswagen will unveil its new Eos and Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep plan to reveal a handful of products highlighted by the new Chrysler 200 sedan.

The show will also feature more than 30 North American debuts, including the completely redesigned Hyundai Elantra, which will be the next high-volume vehicle made at its Montgomery, Alabama factory. Audi will unveil its all-new A7 Sportback, representing a new market segment for the brand, and BMW will feature its redesigned X3 crossover. Porsche will showcase its new 911 Carrera GTS as well as its 911 Speedster. Lotus, long heralded for specialty sports cars, is completely relaunching the brand and will unveil five new concept sports cars that outline its future for years to come. Also, Fiat is reentering the U.S. market after a 27-year hiatus and will feature its new compact vehicle, the Fiat 500–Cinquecento, specifically designed for the North American market.


2011 Green Car of the Year - Green Car of the Year Unveiled Thursday,
November 18

Five Green Car of the YearŽ Finalists

Five Green Car of the Year Finalists - Chevy Volt, Ford Fiesta, Nissan
Leaf, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

The winner of Green Car Journal’s 2011 Green Car of the YearŽ Award will be announced on the morning of November 18 at an LA Auto Show press conference. The winner will be selected from five finalists nominated by Green Car Journal editors, including the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the 2011 Nissan LEAF.

For the first time, the finalists include two primarily electric-drive vehicles in addition to two hybrids and a high mile-per-gallon, gasoline internal combustion engine.

To be nominated vehicles must stand out as exemplary models that forward environmental performance in meaningful and quantifiable ways. Market significance and “newness” are also factors. All nominees must be on sale by January 1 of the award year.

The winner will ultimately be selected by a panel of jurors that include leaders of the nation’s top environmental organizations, including Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society and Matt Petersen, president of Global Green USA. Also, Jay Leno, noted auto enthusiast and host of the “Tonight Show,” as well as automotive icon Carroll Shelby join Green Car Journal editors in rounding out the 2011 jury.

Extreme Concepts
Reign in Los Angeles

Jaguar C-X75

The Jaguar C-X75 is a super car that is capable of running purely on electric power for about 68 miles per charge. It also has an on-board power-generating system to extend its range to 560 miles.

The show will feature at least 15 concepts vehicles ranging from wild design studies to realistic brand design directions. Mazda will debut its Shinari concept which will serve as a basis for Mazda's new design language in future production vehicles and Lotus will debut five totally new vehicles, all expected to eventually become production vehicles. BMW's 6 Series Coupe may be called a concept but it's most likely a preview of the upcoming third-generation 6 Series.

The more extreme concept debuts include KIA's Pop, Jaguar's C-X75 as well as yet to be seen concepts from Nissan and a several other manufacturers.

KIA Pop

The KIA Pop is a chrome-colored, three-seater with an electric drivetrain, oblong-shaped side windows, spaceship-like cabin and front-hinged doors; POP is a fully-electric, zero-emissions car.

Modern Electric Car Era Begins in LA

This year's show also marks the historic arrival of the modern electric car era. After years of anticipation, consumers can finally purchase mass-produced electric vehicles complete with factory warranties.

The first two highly anticipated vehicles to kick-off this modern era of electric transportation include Chevrolet's range extended electric Volt and Nissan's battery electric Leaf. Los Angeles will be one of the first markets to receive these two vehicles in November and December of this year and the LA Auto Show will be the ideal place to learn all about EV ownership. Featuring more than a dozen electric drive vehicles arriving in the near future, the show will map out how electric transportation will progress in the coming years.

Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf will be one of the first all-electric cars to usher in a new era of zero emission mobility at the 2010 LA Auto Show.

SOME OF THE ELECTRIC VEHICLES COMING TO THE LA AUTO SHOW:

  • CHEVROLET VOLT
  • CODA AUTOMOTIVE SEDAN
  • FISKER KARMA
  • FORD FOCUS EV
  • HONDA FCX CLARITY
  • JAGUAR C-X75 CONCEPT
  • KIA POP CONCEPT
  • MERCEDES-BENZ FCELL
  • MITSUBISHI I-MIEV
  • NISSAN LEAF
  • SAAB 9-3 EPOWER CONCEPT
  • SMART FORTWO EV
  • TOYOTA RAV-4 EV
  • VOLVO C30 ELECTRIC
  • WHEEGO LiFE

 

Volvo CEO Keynotes Motor Press Guild Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 17

Stefan Jacoby to Share Vision of U.S. and Chinese Auto Markets and Alternative Fuel Solutions

Stefan Jacoby

Stefan Jacoby, president and chief executive officer of Volvo Car Corp., will kick off the Los Angeles Auto Show by delivering the Motor Press Guild (MPG) keynote address the morning of Nov. 17, 2010. The MPG breakfast and Jacoby's address are open to all credentialed Press Days attendees. A Q&A session will be part of the presentation and he is expected to share his vision of the U.S. and Chinese auto markets, and viable alternative fuel solutions during his LA Auto Show keynote.

Jacoby was elected president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars in August 2010. Prior to that, he spent most of his professional career at Volkswagen, where he held several senior positions – the latest as of October 2007 serving as the president and chief executive officer of Volkswagen Group of America. This is the 12th year that the MPG breakfast has opened the Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days. MPG is comprised of approximately 800 automotive journalists and public relations professionals nationwide, making it the largest automotive press association in the country.

 

World and North American Debuts Unveiled During 26 Manufacturer Press Conferences

Audi A7 Sportback

The A7 Sportback makes its North American debut and represents a new market segment for Audi.

Chrysler 200 Sedan

The new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-sized sedan has been completely redone both inside and out.

Fiat 500 Cinquecento

Fiat is returning to the U.S. and the LA Auto Show aftter a 27-year hiatus and will feature the U.S. market 500 - Cinquecento.

Infiniti M35 Hybrid

Infiniti enters the luxury hybrid segment with its first-ever hybrid the M35, in which the electric motor engages up to 50 percent of driving time.

Porche 911 Speedster

Porsche is reviving the legendary Speedster name on a limited-edition, open-top version of the 911.

Volkswagen Eos

The redesigned 2012 Volkswagon Eos hard top convertible makes its world debut.

 

Green Cars | ride & drive

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison and the Electric Drive Transportation Assocation will launch the new GoElectricDrive.com consumer website featuring information on owning and operating an electric car.

Press Conference:
Thurs, Nov. 18 at 9:00 am.

 

TEST-DRIVE THE LATEST HYBRID AND ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES

NOVEMBER 18 FROM 9:40 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

The Green Cars/LA Auto Show Ride & Drive enables journalists to experience back-to-back comparison drives of exciting, new and experimental models that offer high fuel efficiency, low environmental impact or run on a variety of alternative fuels.

A dozen manufacturers featuring more than 20 vehicles will provide a rare opportunity for journalists to perform real-world testing of vehicles on LA city streets.

neilsen Automotive

Nielsen Automotive will be presenting the 1st annual Nielsen Automotive Green Marketer of the Year Award.

Press conference:
Thurs, Nov. 18 at 8:00 am.

 

Yokohama Media Center Capabilities Grow

To accommodate the increase of media attending the LA Auto Show’s Press days, the Yokohama Media Center will now house more on-site computers and work stations.

Also visit our online Press Room at www.laautoshow.com/Press.html for the latest show information.

Yokohama Media Center Room 408

SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Free WiFi and high-speed Internet
  • E-mail kiosks
  • Shipping services
  • PR Newswire’s photo & wire desks
  • Lockers
  • Coat and bag check
  • Phones, facsimile and photo copier

Production & Concept Vehicle Debuts

• ACURA TSX SEDAN
• AUDI A7 SPORTBACK
• AUDI A8L
• AUDI QUATTRO (CONCEPT)
• BMW 6 SERIES (CONCEPT)
• BMW X3
• CHEVROLET CONVERTIBLE CAMARO
• CHRYSLER 200 SEDAN
• CODA SEDAN
• FIAT 500–CINQUECENTO
• FISKER KARMA
• HYUNDAI ELANTRA
• INFINITI M35 HYBRID
• JAGUAR C-X75 (CONCEPT)
• KIA OPTIMA HYBRID
• KIA POP (CONCEPT)
• LOTUS EVORA S
• LOTUS EVORA IPS
• EXIGE RGB EDITION
• LOTUS ELITE (CONCEPT)
• LOTUS ELISE (CONCEPT)
• LOTUS ELAN (CONCEPT)
• LOTUS ESPRIT (CONCEPT)
• LOTUS ETERNE (CONCEPT)
• MAZDA SHINARI (CONCEPT)
• MAZDA 5
• MITSUBISHI I-MIEV
• NISSAN QUEST
• NISSAN MURANO CROSS CABRIOLET (CONCEPT)
• NISSAN ELLURE (CONCEPT)
• NISSAN GTR
• PORSCHE 911 CARRERA GTS
• PORSCHE 911 SPEEDSTER
• RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
• SAAB 9-4X CROSSOVER
• SAAB 9-3 EPOWER (CONCEPT)
• TOYOTA RAV4 EV
• VOLKSWAGEN EOS
• WHEEGO LiFE EV

An additional 18 to 20 embargoed vehicles debuts are yet to be announced.

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