Los Angeles Auto Show 2012 highlights
Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche and Mercedes, Hyundai and Toyota were among the firms unveiling new models at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Here are some highlights:
Created by Jaguar design supremo Ian Callum the F-Type is being touted as the spiritual success to the iconic E-Type of the 1960s and 1970s. It will get a V6 supercharged engine producing 340PS and will go on sale next year from £58,500.
A once great car gets a much-needed update with a longer and wider version. It goes on sale next year with a 122bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine expected as the biggest seller. Prices will start at around £22,000 but its looks won’t convince buyers Toyota has returned to form just yet.
The third-generation of Range Rover, Jaguar Land Rover’s most important vehicle, is shipping to its first customers now after being unveiled at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year and getting rave early reviews. It has just been awarded 5 Stars for Safety Performance by Euro NCAP.
It looks like a toy car and was created for a design competition but the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept car gives a strong hint at how the front end of the firm’s SUVs may look in future. Judge its unusual looks for yourself.
The XFR-S heralds the start of new sporty era for Jaguar’s saloons as they move to rival the Audi S line and BMW M Sport models. It will be interesting to put up against the mighty BMW M5 in the New Year.
VW Beetle Cabriolet
The Beetle was a common sight on California roads in the 1960s and VW is hoping to return to a stronger position of market share with the second-generation of the new Beetle in Cabriolet form. Its soft roof opens in seven seconds and it comes with a choice of seven petrol and diesel engines.
Far prettier than the model it replaces the Porsche Cayman, known for its rapid handling and performance will hit the UK in March with design cues nodding towards the 918 Spyder supercar, a new chassis and a mid-engine choice of a 2.7-litre flat-six which develops 271bhp or a 3.4-litre flat-six from the entry level 911. The latter will generate a hefty 320bhp and hit 62mph in five seconds flat.
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