LOS ANGELES — If October's Tokyo auto show lacked any meaningful production debuts that consumers could bank on, this week's Los Angeles auto show will help fill the void.
AutoMobility LA, as the show's preview days are known, will host a disparate group of world debuts from mostly import brands. Here's a look at the most anticipated ones:
BMW: After years of speculation and anticipation, L.A. will finally be the landing spot for BMW's i8 roadster. Using the original i8 that debuted in 2014 as a jumping-off point, this plug-in hybrid two-seater will have slightly greater range and more power (the current coupe has 14 miles (23 km) of EV-only range, 330 miles total range and 357 total system horsepower).
Chevrolet: Chevrolet is expected to bring to L.A. a convertible version of the ZR1 it showed in Dubai earlier this month. It will have the same 6.2-liter, 755 horsepower V-8, with shifting duties handled by an eight-speed automatic transmission or a seven-speed manual gearbox.