2014 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Automakers plan 25 global vehicle debuts at L.A. auto show, organizers say

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The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show will feature 25 global vehicle debuts from nine automakers, show organizers said today.

Automakers are expected to introduce several zero-emission production and concept vehicles, according to a statement from show organizers.

Other debuts will include SUVs, luxury sedans and compact cars. Automakers slated to make global debuts at the show are General Motors, Chrysler/Fiat, Toyota and its Lexus and Scion divisions, Volkswagen and its Audi division, Honda and its Acura division, BMW, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.

Chrysler Fiat is expected to unveil a refreshed Chrysler 300 sedan, according to people familiar with the plans.

Press previews of the show are scheduled for Nov. 18-20.

The 2014 show will focus on the next wave of low- and zero-emission vehicles, said Brendan Flynn, director of marketing and communication for the show.

“Where once we saw the promise of electric vehicles -- that’s here already. Now we see the promise of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles,” Flynn said.

California’s Zero Emission Vehicle mandate has made the L.A. show a popular venue to introduce hybrid and electric models.

By 2025, zero-emission vehicles must account for 15.4 percent of a major automaker’s sales in California -- the largest U.S. market.

The Golden State also provides significant incentives and tax credits to buyers of zero-emission vehicles to help meet its goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.

Flynn said the health of the U.S. auto market -- industrywide sales are up 5 percent through July and are on track to rise for the fifth straight year -- is contributing to the long list of introductions planned at this year’s show.

“Debuts this year are not necessarily just green-focused this year,” he said. “It really covers the gamut from fuel cell, to large SUVs to luxury and small compact cars.”

The L.A. Auto Show’s second Connected Car Expo will also take place during the press and trade days. GM’s OnStar subsidiary and Verizon will return to the Connected Car Expo in November while Ford, Volvo, Garmin and Continental will join the expo for the first time this year.

And Green Car Journal will present its Green Car of the Year Award during media previews.

Larry Vellequette contributed to this report.

You can reach Nora Naughton at nnaughton@crain.com.


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