Camaro lovers will rejoice as Chevrolet adds a convertible. No other major mechanical changes are planned for the ragtop, which goes on sale in the spring.
Three crucial vehicles will be unveiled by Chrysler, which has seen its share of the California market plummet for the past two decades.
The Sebring sedan, which arrived in 2007, was due for a midcycle face-lift this year. But its dismal performance prompted a rethinking when Fiat assumed control of Chrysler. The Sebring was re-engineered and restyled to such a degree that it is being rebranded as the 200.
The 200 gets a restyled grille, front and rear fascias, hood and rear deck and a revised interior with a new instrument panel. The powertrain lineup is updated. Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar engine is mated to a six-speed transmission, and its 2.4-liter I-4 World Gas engine is mated to either a four- or six-speed automatic. A convertible version of the 200 also will be shown here.
The 2011 Durango crossover shares a platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and is built in the same factory. But the similarities end there. The Durango has seven seats and will be the first vehicle with Dodge's new split-crosshair grille.
Unlike the old Durango, which was a body-on-frame SUV, the new version has unibody construction. It will have two engine options: a Hemi V-8 and the Pentastar V-6, available in rear or all-wheel drive.
The re-engineered 2011 Charger will carry the flag for the Dodge brand. Dodge calls the Charger a driver's car and is positioning it as a worthy competitor against top sport sedans. Like the Durango, the Charger was shown at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas this month, in splashy aftermarket trim.
The Charger will wear the Dodge split-crosshair grille and has a more aerodynamic, athletic shape than its predecessor.
The U.S. production version of the redesigned 2012 Focus, which goes on sale early next year, will be revealed in Los Angeles. For the United States, the Focus will come in either a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback trim. The ST performance version of the small car is expected to top 240 hp. Ford also will show specialized variants of the Focus.
Although Ford revealed the Explorer crossover in July, the Los Angeles show will be its first public unveiling. New engines for the F-150 pickup and a Boss version of the Mustang also will debut.
A Honda electric-vehicle concept will make its world debut. Honda says it will not be a reprise of the retro-cute EV-N vehicle from the 2009 Tokyo show but declined to offer further details.
Honda also will reveal a next-generation plug-in hybrid platform. Honda declined to say whether it is the new version of Integrated Motor Assist for small cars or the long-awaited hybrid system for larger vehicles, due for production in 2012.
Infiniti will feature the M Hybrid, which was shown to limited audiences this summer at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California. The M Hybrid represents the first global application of a hybrid powertrain developed in-house.
A hybrid version of its 2011 Optima mid-sized sedan will debut here. The Optima's twin, the Hyundai Sonata, has vast styling differences between its standard and hybrid editions. But the Optima Hybrid gets only slightly altered front and rear fascias, accents over the fog lights and a subtly changed grille. It goes on sale early next year.
The Japanese automaker unveiled the Shinari four-door design concept to a few journalists in Italy in August, but the concept skipped the subsequent Paris auto show. Officials said it was being held until the Geneva show in March, yet here it is in Los Angeles.
A high-performance CLS63 AMG coupe will appear. Mercedes declined to give further details, but Automotive News sister publication AutoWeek reports that the CLS63 will feature a 555-hp, twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V-8 mated to a seven-speed multiclutch transmission.
Center stage for Mitsubishi will be an Americanized version of its i-MiEV electric car. Although the i-MiEV is already on sale in Japan, the L.A. show will see a version that has been lowered and widened for the U.S. market. The i-MiEV can travel about 60 miles on a single charge.