This weekend the Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public, offering automakers from around the globe two weeks to showcase their newest production and concept vehicles. Visitors should look out for the next generation of electric vehicles, which will be hitting the roads only weeks after their auto show debut. Next week sees the presentation of the prestigious European Car of the Year Award.

Los Angeles Auto Show
November 19-28
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Traditionally used as a venue for automakers to announce high-tech and green innovations, this year's LA Auto Show is expected to be more high profile than ever, given its proximity to the US launch of the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt. Organizers promise more than 20 world premieres, including major debuts and news from Nissan/Infiniti and the return of Fiat to the show after some 27 years' absence.

European Car of the Year 2011
November 29
Paris, France

This award recognises the best of the European auto industry and is selected by a panel of respected automotive journalists from 23 European countries. The all-electric Nissan Leaf is up against contenders including the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Citroën C3/DS3, Opel/Vauxhall Meriva and Volvo S60/V60.

35th Bologna Motor Show
December 4 - 12
Bologna, Italy

The Bologna Motor Show traditionally focuses on the grandest and most powerful machines, although for its 35th edition even this show has gone electric, announcing a new "Electric City" exhibit on electrically powered vehicles and associated products and services. Other staples such as the Motorsport Arena and stunt shows will also be making a return.

Future of Electric Vehicles Show 2010
December 7 - 8
San Jose, CA, US

This show is unique in that it covers sea and air transportation as well as land, highlighting "potentially disruptive" breakthroughs in materials, components, propulsion and other fields related to electric vehicles.

North American International Auto Show
January 10 - 23
Detroit, Michigan, US

NAIAS is the biggest event in the North American motoring calendar and draws visitors and exhibitors from all over the world. With Detroit looking healthier than it has done for a few years now, guests can expect to see a renewed focus on innovation and more aggressive attempts from North American automakers to oust foreign competitors from some of the turf they've grown to occupy.

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