2013 LA Auto Show Recap: Best and Brightest

Jeff Perez
22 November 2013

If you haven’t already noticed, we made our way west to check out this year’s LA Auto Show– and there was a lot to see! We’ve already taken note of the Jaguar F-Type, Chevy Colorado and Subaru WRX, just to name a few, but there were plenty of other new reveals worth noting.

Here’s our recap of this year’s LA Auto Show:

Chevy Colorado

Colorado Bikes
Colorado Bikes

The Americans are finally back in the mid-size truck segment, courtesy of Chevrolet. The new Colorado sports a new 4- and 6-cylinder engine, 2- and 4WD, and loads of other creature comforts. We love it.

Hyundai Tuscon Fuel Cell

Hyundai Fuel Cell
Hyundai Fuel Cell

It may not have been the boldest ride we’ve ever seen, but the Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell was the Korean automakers very first production fuel cell. We actually got a chance behind the wheel (coming soon), and it was definitely something to take note of.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec
Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Alongside a few minor upgrades, Hyundai introduced an all-new Veloster Turbo R-Spec. Like the Genesis Coupe R-Spec, the Veloster comes stripped of many amenities, features a new short-throw performance manual gearbox, and a few minor aesthetic upgrades.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Jaguar F-Type Coupe

The shining star of the LA Auto Show came in the form of the all-new Jaguar F-Type Coupe. Like the convertible in which is followed, the coupe comes with both V6 and V8 options, and a top of the range 550 horsepower.

Mercedes SLS AMG GT Final Edition

SLSL AMG GT Final Edition
SLSL AMG GT Final Edition

I know, it’s sad to see the still relatively fresh SLS AMG already heading off into the sunset. But with that, we were met with the SLS AMG GT Final Edition; a 583-horsepower swan song.

Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept

Gran Turismo Concept
Gran Turismo Concept

We were disappointed, and I’ll tell you why. Mercedes unveiled its AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept in LA, and it was freaking amazing. Only problem is, it’s never actually going to be built. Why do you tease us so Mercedes-Benz, why?

Mini Cooper Hardtop 

Mini Cooper
Mini Cooper

It may be bigger and fatter, but the 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop was a nice refresh following the previous generation. It comes preloaded with a 3-cylinder (yes, 3), and cylinder turbo in the S.

Nissan GT-R Nismo

GT-R Nismo
GT-R Nismo

What a better way to introduce the fastest GT-R ever built that with the fastest man on two legs, Usain Bolt. At 600 horsepower, it’s the fastest thing Nisan has ever put into production. For now.

Saleen SA-30

Saleen Challenger
Saleen Challenger

In honor of the brand’s 30th anniversary, Saleen made a point to introduce three very special muscle cars in LA. The Mustang, Challenger and Camaro — dubbed the SA-30 line — with come loaded with 600+ horsepower and run in limited numbers of only 10 each.

Subaru Legacy Concept

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Legacy

Subaru is ready to refresh its aging Legacy, and in LA, they definitely delivered something fresh. Similar in design to the WRX concept we saw a few months back, we know it won’t look like this when it hits production…but we can dream.

Subaru WRX 

042-015 Subaru WRX
042-015 Subaru WRX

Surprisingly better looking in person, the 2015 Subaru WRX gets a new face, a new rear, and a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine good for 268 horsepower. Where do we sign up?

And that’s about if folks, this year’s LA Auto Show was definitely one to remember. Click here to see more photos from the 2013 LA Auto Show.

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