Green Cars to Look Out for at the Los Angeles International Auto Show
The Los Angeles International Auto Show is all set to take place this year between November 30th and December 9th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As usual, there will be a number of highly anticipated vehicle debuts during the event. This year’s show is expected to be dominated both by brand new high-end vehicles and cars that feature green technologies like clean diesel and electric powertrains. In addition to the expected green vehicle debuts, at some point during the auto show the “Green Car of the Year” winner will be announced. Up for the award in 2012 are the Dodge Dart Aero, the Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv, the Ford C-Max, Toyota’s Prius c, and the Ford Fusion. Keep an eye out for these vehicles as well as the following, which are expected to make an appearance at the event.
Audi Clean Diesel A6, A7, A8 & Q5
According to an Audi of America press release, Audi’s TDI engines emit 30% less carbon dioxide and get up to 30% better fuel economy than their gasoline engines. Expect to see the TDI engines at the auto show in Audi’s A6, A7, and A8 sedans—plus their Q5 SUV. The Audi Q7 already offers a TDI engine, as do a number of other vehicles from Audi’s parent company Volkswagen. The 2013 Volkswagen TDI Convertible, is also scheduled to debut in L.A.
2014 Chevy Spark EV
General Motor’s first all-electric vehicle, the 2014 Chevy Spark EV will be the smallest Chevrolet sold in the United States. However, don’t think that just because you live in the good ol’ US of A, you’ll be able to get your hands on one. GM has called the EV a “compliance car,” and insinuated it won’t be available to all North American consumers—California definitely, but elsewhere? We’ll just have to wait and see.
BMW i8 Roadster Concept
The i8 Roadster concept is a plug-in, gas-electric hybrid with styling that rivals the likes of the Fisker Karma and Tesla Roadster EVs. Expected to reach 60-mph in only 4.6 seconds and make 354 horsepower overall, BMW expects the roaster to have a fuel efficiency around 78-mpg. Alternative lightweight materials and a fast-charging lithium-ion battery are highlights of the i8, which is sure to gather a crowd in L.A.
2014 Fiat 500e
Like the Chevy Spark EV, the Fiat 500e is a compliance car. California requires the six best-selling automakers in the state to each offer at least one zero-emission vehicle, and the 500e is it for Chrysler/Fiat. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne admits that the company is losing $10,000 on each 500e they manufacture so don’t expect a lot from the EV when it debuts at the end of the month.
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, Plug In
Honda is introducing a brand new hybrid drive system for the 2014 model year, and next year’s Accord will offer both a gas-electric hybrid and a plug-in hybrid model. Though the majority of details about the Accord Plug-in are being saved for its debut at the auto show, Honda has already leaked that the plug-in will have a 4-cylinder with a continuously variable transmission and a 124-kilowatt electric motor. The electric motor is expected to propel the front wheels, while the internal combustion engine will power the back wheels. With both engines acting together, the 2014 Accord Plug-in is expected to make almost 200-hp.