NEW CARS DEBUT; SPORTY MODELS, SUVS RULE AT INDUSTRY EVENT.Byline: Chris Sieroty Staff writer
The buzz at the 96th Greater Los Angeles Auto Show The Los Angeles Auto Show is an annual auto show that takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. The show has been held annually since 1907. , which opens Saturday, is all about style.
The styling of a handful of new roadsters that are making their world or North American North American
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All told, in fact, nearly three dozen cars, trucks or SUVs will make their debut in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. this weekend. The number of new cars -- plus the hundreds of retooled cars also at the Convention Center speaks to the importance of the Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, market to the world's automakers.
"This year's show will give The North American Auto Show in Detroit a run for its money," said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific Inc., a Tustin-based automotive and marketing research and product consulting company Noun 1. consulting company - a firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee
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"With its climate and love for the automobile, Los Angeles is establishing its position as one of the premier shows. It has moved ahead of New York New York, state, United States
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Which is why so many vehicles are making their world or North American debut in Los Angeles.
Sports cars making their debut at the first major international auto show of the new year include the Audi TT The Audi TT is a sports car produced by Audi since 1998 in Győr, Hungary. Concept and name
The TT was first shown as a concept car at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. Roadster, Acura's CL sports coupe and the BMW BMW
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There are also a myriad of new SUVs on display at the Los Angeles Convention Center The Los Angeles Convention Center (abbreviated LACC) is a convention center in downtown Los Angeles. The LACC hosts annual events such as the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, and was best known to video games fans as host to E3 until its cessation in 2006. . Among the sports utes making their debut are the Mazda Tribute The Mazda Tribute (Code J14) is a compact crossover SUV made by Japanese automaker Mazda since 2001. It is jointly developed with Ford Motor Company and based on the front-wheel drive Mazda 626 platform, which is in turn the basis for the similar Ford Escape on the CD2 and the five-door Pontiac Aztek The Pontiac Aztek was a mid-size crossover SUV produced by the General Motors marque Pontiac from the 2001 model year to the 2005 model year. The Aztek was mostly noteworthy for its polarizing exterior styling. The Aztek was the first crossover SUV offered from General Motors. , which is Pontiac's first SUV.
"The other cars, including BMW and Porsche, have sex appeal and that draws them to the display but it's not what people want to buy," Peterson said. "People appreciate expensive automobiles but will leave the auto show and buy a sport-utility vehicle sport-u·til·i·ty vehicle
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Among the SUVs receiving the most hype at this year's auto show is the 2001 Tribute from Mazda. After a five-year absence from the market, Mazda hopes its new model will become the leader among smaller SUVs with its V-6, 260-horsepower and sports sedan A sports sedan is a descriptive term applied to a sedan or saloon automobile that is designed to look and feel "sporty" - offering the driver more connection with the driving experience. Most vehicles in this category overlap with the compact executive car classification. handling.
"The Tribute cuts across several levels of the SUV market," said Richard Beattie, president and chief executive officer of Mazda North American Operations
"Clearly we have been at a disadvantage without a four-door SUV."
Beattie wouldn't say what the Tribute's sticker price will be, only that: "I think consumers will be pleasantly surprised by its value."
Peterson says Mazda will find the SUV market a crowded one. "Between now and 2005, the number of SUV's sold will double," he said. Initially, the new sport-utility vehicle will be sold only in North America.
On the other end of the price scale, Porsche is introducing its model-year 2001 911 Turbo at the LA show. With a 415-horsepower twin engine and updated styling, the new 911 will take its place at the top of the model line when it goes on sale in May.
"The 2001 911 Turbo is the next step in the evolution of this legendary model," said Fred Schwab, president and chief executive officer of Porsche Cars North American.
Bob Carlson, spokesman for Porsche North American Inc., said Porsche decided to introduce the new 911 Turbo at the Los Angeles Auto Show because 17 percent of all Porsches are sold in Southern California. California also has the largest number of Porsches registered in the United States, he said.
"It's a big consumer show," Carlson added. "so it makes sense to debut our top model in one of our top markets."
Schwab said the 911 goes from zero to 62 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds and tops out at 189 miles per hour. He said it is the first 911 Turbo to be fitted with a liquid-cooled, rather than air-cooled, engine.
"It's a Porsche which makes it an icon, and it's a turbo, which makes it a real fast icon," said Jim Hall, vice president of AutoPacific's Detroit office. "It's the fastest production model Porsche has ever sold and one of the most expensive."
The company hasn't announced its price plan for the new 911 Turbo, said Carlson. However, the sticker price should be slightly higher than the $105,000 the German auto-maker charged for the 1998 model of the 911 Turbo.
A little less expensive than a Porsche is the redesigned Saturn SC, an updated three-door coupe for the 2001 model year.
The only three-door coupe in the world, the Saturn SC features a new exterior along with a number of interior improvements.
Cynthia Trudell, chairwoman and president of Spring Hill, Tenn., based Saturn Corp., said some of the interior changes include an extensive update in the electronic systems, new security features and reduced engine noise.
"While Saturn's mildly wedge-shaped body and smooth surfaces continue to form the basis of the distinctive Saturn swoosh swoosh
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Hall said that smaller vehicles are usually part of what he calls the "fashion market," meaning they are hot sellers for 18 months and then their popularity diminishes. "The Saturn SC has broken that rule," he said. "The new Saturn SC is really important to the company in terms of volume. If it wasn't a three-door sports coupe, it would fit into the category of a ho-hum vehicle."
L.A. AUTO SHOW
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St.
WHEN: Saturday through Jan. 16. Weekdays, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
ADMISSION: Adults, $7; senior citizens, $5 on weekdays, $7 on weekends; children 12 and under, free when accompanied by an adult.
CONTACT: 213-741-1151, Ext. 1; or www.laautoshow.com
MAKING THEIR DEBUTS
A myrid of cars and trucks make their world or North American debut at the 96th Greater Los Angeles Auto Show on Saturday. Here are the production cars and trucks:
--2001 Acura CL
--2001 Infiniti QX4
--2001 Lexus IS
--2001 Mazda Tribute
--2001 Pontiac Aztek
NORTH AMERICAN DEBUTS
--2001 Audi TT roadster
--2001 BMW Z8 roadster
--2001 BMW 3-Series sports wagon
--2000 Daewoo Korando SUV
--2000 De Tomaso Mangusta Disambiguation: for the Mangusta military helicopter, see Agusta A129 Mangusta.
De Tomaso Mangusta was a sports car from Italian automobile manufacturer De Tomaso between 1967 and 1970, replacing the Vallelunga model. The word "Mangusta" is Latin for "Mongoose".
--2001 Kia Spectra GS/GSX
--2000 Porsche 911 Turbo
4 photos, 2 boxes
Photo: (1 -- 2 -- color) Two Porsche 911s anda Boxster, left, are on display at the Auto Show. Below is a BMW Z8.
(Above) David R. Crane/Staff Photographer
(Below) David Sprague/Staff Photographer
(3 -- color) program cover L.A. AUTO SHOW
(4) The redesigned Saturn SC is the only three-door coupe in the world. Interior changes include an extensive update in the electronic systems, new security features and reduced engine noise. The coupe's mildly wedge- shape body and smooth surfaces still form the distinctive Saturn swoosh.
David Sprague/Staff Photographer
Box: (1) L.A. AUTO SHOW (see text)
(2) MAKING THEIR DEBUTS (see text)