Electric and hybrid cars seem to hog the limelight at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto show that opens to the public Friday, as a wide array of options appeared to substitute gasoline-burning cars.

Among the cars that made a splash were the i3 electric and i8 plug-in hybrid from BMW. Both the concept cars are scheduled to go on sale 2014.

Toyota was another company that made a mark with the all-electric SUV RAV4 EV, besides showcasing Avalon, Highlander and Camry models with hybrid engines.

The high-end Lexus division from Toyota that is known for luxury put on display the RX mid-sized SUV along with ES, GS and LS sedans.

Ford Fiesta with the three-cylinder engine and 197 horsepower made a compelling proposition for test drive with Jake fisher, automotive tester with Consumer Reports magazine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Honda was hot on Toyota's trails offering the Insight, Civic and CR-Z hybrids along with the Fit electric and Accord plug-in hybrid.

Among those who bit the “mild hybrid” bullet were Mercedes-Benz with its large S-class and mid-sized E-Class options and Porsche with Cayenne and Panamera models.

Third generation, two-seat mid-engine 2.7-liter, 275 horsepower sports coupe Porsche Cayman also came under the spotlight for being more efficient than the old model. So did the sportier 3.4-liter, 325 horsepower Cayman S that hits 60 mph from a standing start, within 4.4 seconds and goes on sale in spring with a price tag of $52,600, the Associated Press has reported.

The cars on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show are tipped to play a large role in future given the new fuel economy standards announced for cars and light trucks beginning 2017, according to Matthew Emmer of Examiner .

The auto show that opens Nov.30 and ends Dec. 9 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Visit the official website to know more about the event and avail discount offers on tickets.