Los Angeles Auto Show 2012: Hybrid, Electric Cars Steal The Show (PHOTOS)

on November 30 2012 4:44 AM
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    Bill Fay, Toyota Group Vice President and General Manager, presents the new 2013 RAV4 at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    Photographers take pictures of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG gull wing at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    The Hyundai Veloster C3 Roll Top is unveiled during a news conference at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is seen at a news conference at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    Muller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche, speaks during a news conference unveiling the 2013 Porsche Cayman at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    Media members look over the 2013 Fiat 500E at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    The 2014 Ford Fiesta is displayed during a news conference at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    The 2013 Chevrolet Spark Electric Vehicle is presented at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    The Nissan Hi-Cross Concept Car is unveiled during a news conference at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    The BMW i3 concept car is displayed during a news conference at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    Adrian van Hooydonk speaks during a news conference unveiling the BMW i8 concept car at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    Ford General Marketing Manager Mondragon poses in 2013 Ford Fusion at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    2013 Ford Fusion is presented as 2013 Green Car of the Year at 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Reuters
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    Yamanouchi, President and CEO Mazda Motor Corporation, and O'Sullivan, President Mazda North American Operations, pose by the 2014 Mazda 6 at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    Models of 2013 Honda Civic are unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, speaks about 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander at 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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    Members of USC marching band perform during unveiling of 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander at 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Reuters
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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.

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. 

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