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2012 LA Auto Show Preview

The 2012 LA Auto Show launches Friday, November 30, in Los Angeles, bringing with it several new-but-not-so-new models. We cover what to look forward to and what to skip over at the event.

Although many automakers save their big-name debuts for the Detroit Auto Show, the LA Auto Show is often an exercise in glitz and glam, as befits Los Angeles--there are even celebrity appearances to enjoy. But don't let botox and sequins distract you from the real story: The cars. So far, much of the vehicle-related hype centers on interior features, such as extra space and sliding doors--both features we cover in depth in our vehicle quality surveys, by the way--but there are other exciting features on display, like supercharged cars and some electric vehicles as well.

At the show, Fiat will debut an electric version of the 500, as well as a van. Toyota redesigns the RAV4 and BMW is expected to roll out its electric iConcept as well. Here's what some other top automakers are up to:

- Coming off its win of AdAge Marketer of the Year, Chrysler will show only a new trim verison of its beloved Town & Country, probably saving up the big debuts for its home city of Detroit.

- Perhaps as a preview of its play for luxury, Mazda will show off the 2014 Mazda6 sedan along with the 2014 CX-5 and 2013 CX-9 SUVs.

- Jaguar Land Rover jumps out of the gate with the super-speedy 2014 Jaguar XFR-S, as well as the Jaguar F-TYPE and 2013 Range Rover, all of which are appearing on the North American stage for the first time at the LA Auto Show.

- Hyundai is expected to display a "California-themed" concept vehicle, which could be exciting--we can't wait to see its smog-reducing or traffic-clearing features!

- In other special designs, Mercedes-Benz will show the Energ-G-Force, made for the Los Angeles Design Challenge and styled as a future-focused police vehicle for the year 2025.

The Chevy Spark electric will come out, Ford will debut a minivan of sorts, Honda re-redesigns the Civic, Subaru onboards the new Forester, and--of course--Bentley will offer champagne toasts on Wednesday. Fasten your seatbelts, the LA Auto Show's going to be a stylish ride. What are you most excited to see this week?

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