List: Ten Cars We Are Looking Forward To In Los Angeles

By Padraic O'Reilly

November 04, 2010


Subaru "Confidence in Motion": Not much is known about what Subaru is keeping behind the veil on this one. We do know that the focus will be drawn into keeping this car environmentally friendly while maintaining a relationship between the driver and the car that is centered on enjoyment and peace of mind which is integral to the automotive experience. But, right now it looks like a car under a bed sheet because that press release was so relaxing, even the concept had to take a nap.


2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG: Frankenstein? Dracula? Cthulu? Step aside you tiny little babies, because there is a new monster hiding under the bed. Instead of claws or fangs, it will boast an output of 571 horsepower and 664 pound-feet, which is more than enough to tear your face off. It is hardly fair that we don’t get to see this fiend in action, but it is probably for the best as our on-the-scene correspondent won’t be packing any brown pants.


2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible: Send the kids out of the room for this one folks, as the Camaro is all set to go topless and soak in some of that LA sun, finally. No seriously, finally. It has been over 3 years since we first saw this iteration of the Camaro in concept form. We’ll have one of our best troops on the job to touch it, thus confirming it is a tangible automobile.


New Honda EV: An all-new electric vehicle concept and a plug-in hybrid platform. This could be a preview into how Honda looks to move into the future in regards to its line of environmentally friendly cars, as prefaced by the CR-Z (pictured).


2011 Chrysler 200: Whatever you do, don’t call it a Sebring. The redesigned Chrysler will hopefully help make a bigger dent in the mid-sized sedan market. Time will tell, but based on what we have seen Chrysler do recently, we expect much more then just a warmed up Sebring.


Toyota/Tesla RAV4: Everybody wins with the announcement of the Toyota and Tesla tag team. Toyota is updating its EV RAV4 of old with a lithium-ion battery which should help to improve performance. EV advocates, some still driving their old RAVs, will be happy to have an upgrade. Tesla, through this team up, will see its powertrains applied to a mass market vehicle which in turn should help its standing as it prepares to go public. Now everyone give plenty of space so we can commence to patting backs.


2012 Saab 9-4X: The crossover has been poking its head around the corner for a little while now, and we are excited to see what Saab has in store for us. After facing so much trouble in the last few years, it’ll be nice if they can right the ship now that they are under the mantle of Spyker Cars.


2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet: The only four-seater, all-wheel-drive convertible crossover in the world. What? No wings? No boat motor? Nissan must have misplaced their shoehorn.


2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid: We here at Winding Road are already big fans of the M37. We are very excited to lay our eyes upon Infiniti’s new offering into the environmentally friendly car market. It’s running with 3.5-liter VQ V-6 matched to a 50-kilowatt electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. Sounds good to us. We are even more excited to get behind the wheel of the new M35, as it has spent six years in development and should make for some very fun spring driving.


2012 Porsche Cayman Clubsport: This lighter and more powerful Porsche will, appropriately, reveal its beautiful face in the city of angels. A step up from the Boxster Spyder in terms of power, the Cayman will also undergo a few nips and tucks to shed 170 or so pounds. What a little beauty.

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With the LA Auto Show rapidly approaching, a few manufacturers have dropped us some tantalizing crumbs in the past couple weeks about what we can expect.  From hybrids and well kept secrets to a few caged beasts, here is a glimpse into what we are looking forward to when the show kicks off on November 17.