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New Delights At The LA Show

New Delights At The LA Show

There are always a few surprises at motor shows around the world as manufacturers vie to get their products under our twitching noses. This year at the Los Angeles Auto Show there are no fewer than twenty five new cars to tempt the customers. Some are unashamedly in price brackets beyond most drivers but don’t despair as there’s something for everyone. Here’s some highlights:

Fiat have followed the example of Mini with the 500L, a bigger version of the regular Cinquecento, which makes it a small MPV and suitable for the standard 500 owner whose circumstances dictate the need for a bigger car. It’s a stylish package that offers a flexible alternative to city cars but unfortunately it hasn’t retained the brio of the smaller car. For those who like to give an outdoorsy impression there is also a Trekking version with butch appeal.

For lovers of faster cars Porsche have revealed their new Cayman and what a treat for the eyes this is. This would seem to complete the refreshment of the brand as we already have a new 911 and Boxster too. Porsche have always tried to keep a dividing line between the Cayman and the more expensive 911 but that line is becoming increasingly blurred. Pretty soon drivers might wonder why they should pay the price for the 911 when the Cayman (circa £40,000) is so good.

Meanwhile, Jaguar have shown off their fastest saloon car ever with the XFR-S. Fitted with the eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ gearbox, this hardcore version of the existing XFR will break the 5 second barrier for the traffic light sprint to 60mph. The car will be available to buyers in the UK from May so probably best to form an orderly queue now outside your local dealer. That’s if you can decide between it and the new Mercedes SLS AMG Black!

Subaru have a good reputation with the cognoscenti but haven’t really been a mainstream player until now. Their Forester was also seen as a sensible utilitarian buy for driving Labradors around in fields but its all-round talents were largely ignored by the public. The smart new Forester is a bit more special and more in keeping with popular trends. As it is based on tried and trusted Impreza underpinnings it should prove an attractive and capable purchase for anyone needing four-wheel drive.

Some of the concept offerings vary between the feasible and the downright nutty. BMW are trying to get the market interested in a sporty version of its i3 battery hatchback which looks promising; but this cannot be said for the Hyundai Velostar C3 an idea borne of the surfing or cycling fraternity with a fold-back fabric roof. Clearly aimed at the ‘yoof’ culture the company say it’s feasible to build it if there’s any demand; so if you want something that will transport surf boards easily then drop Hyundai a line.

The LA show has turned up so much that is new we will, here at Motor Blogger, bring you more detailed reports on some of the vehicles over the coming days.

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