Glimpses from a subdued Los Angeles show

Fiat 124 Spider

Here's a look at what's cool about five cars unveiled in Los Angeles:

> Fiat 124 Spider (above)

Vehicle type: RoadsterSeats: TwoBase engine: 1.4-liter, four-cylinder turboOn sale: SummerBase price: TBAWhat's cool: Front end masks Mazda underpinnings and pays respect to Pininfarina-designed original that debuted in 1966.

> Mazda CX-9

Vehicle type: Large crossoverSeats: SevenBase engine: 2.5-liter, turbo four-cylinderOn sale: SpringBase price: TBAWhat's cool: High-tech paint job and near-luxury interior featuring panels of rosewood supplied by Japanese guitar-maker Fujigen

> Mercedes-Benz SL

Vehicle type: Luxury roadsterSeats: TwoBase engine: 3.0-liter V-6On sale: SpringBase price: $100,000-plusWhat's cool: Automatic droptop can fold away while the car is moving, at speeds up to 25 mph.

> Buick LaCrosse

Vehicle type: Full-size sedanSeats: FiveBase engine: 3.6-liter V-6On sale: SummerBase price: TBAWhat's cool: It's a Buick sedan. Need we say more?

> Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

Vehicle type: Rear-wheel-drive supercarSeats: TwoBase engine: 5.2-liter V-10On sale: SpringBase price: $201,100, with gas-guzzler taxWhat's cool: You can drift in it.