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2013 Tokyo And Los Angeles Motor Shows: Ten Of The Best Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Nov, 28 2013 | 1 Comment

The 2013 LA Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show are both in full swing, bringing a feast of new models and concepts out into the open.

Read on to see our 'Ten of the Best' highlights, and check out our Motor Show tag page to see the other unveilings from Tokyo and LA.

Ford Edge Concept - LA

As Australia’s Territory SUV heads towards a forced retirement, a gap will soon appear in Ford’s local line-up.

Enter the Edge Concept from the LA Auto Show, believed to be the Aussie-built Territory's eventual replacement.

The Edge is set to debut in the US in production form in mid to late 2014, while the Territory will be with us locally until 2016.

Honda FCEV And Toyota FCV Concepts - LA and Tokyo

The hydrogen-powered future is nearly upon us, with Honda and Toyota pushing harder than most.

Honda’s FCEV Concept is likely a preview of its FCX replacement, with the new version bringing a host of technical advancements.

In Tokyo, Toyota’s deputy chief engineer and head of the FCV project, Yoshikazu Tanaka, said he hopes the production version will one day find the same success experienced by the Prius hybrid.


Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe - LA and Tokyo

Jaguar’s F-TYPE Coupe has finally joined its Roadster sibling, and it’ll be heading to Australia in the third quarter of next year.

The F-TYPE Coupe drops the Roadster's V8 S trim, but adds the more heroic R model to replace it.

With a healthy 404kW on tap, the new F-TYPE R can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 300km/h.

Mercedes Benz GLA 45 AMG Concept - LA

Mercedes-Benz’s new GLA 45 AMG Concept gives us a preview of the up-coming production version, due here in the second half of 2014.

Like the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG, the GLA 45 is fitted with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 265kW and 450Nm, connected to a seven-speed AMG automatic transmission.

Mercedes says its 2.0 litre engine is the "world’s most muscular four-cylinder production engine" and the GLA 45 naturally features AMG’s version of the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.


2014 MINI Cooper - LA

Attracting plenty of attention in Los Angeles is the all-new 2014 MINI Cooper.

One diesel and two petrol engines will be available with the longer and wider MINI, which is expected to arrive in Australia around the end of Q1, 2014.


Nissan IDx Nismo Concept - Tokyo

This is it; Nissan’s answer to the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins that Nissan global vice president Andy Palmer famously described as “mid-life crisis cars”.

For those full of nostalgia for their Datsun 1600 or Nissan Bluebird from yesteryear, the IDx may prove particularly sweet.

But will it be built? Nissan says buyer feedback will determine if the IDx ever becomes anything more than a concept.


Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept - LA

Nissan’s Sentra Nismo Concept from the LA Auto Show could point to a hotter new Pulsar for Australia.

In concept form, the Sentra Nismo is driven by a 1.8 litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 179kW and 325Nm compared to the new Pulsar SSS hatch sold in Australia which delivers 140kW and 240Nm from a 1.6 litre unit.

But we would need to get the Nismo brand here first, and Nissan Australia boss Peter Jones told TMR recently that it might happen, just not straight away.


2014 Porsche Macan - LA

Porsche’s 2014 Macan SUV was unveiled in Los Angeles, and is headed to Australia in the middle of next year.

Slotting into the range just below the larger Cayenne range, the midsized Macan is likely to become Porsche's best-selling model.

With a projected global sales figure of 75,000 units per year, the Macan could soon account for 50 percent of Porsche’s entire sales volume.


Subaru Levorg And Cross Sport Concepts - Tokyo

Subaru has given us a preview of a new wagon destined for production and sold only in the Japanese market (at least for now…) with the stylish Levorg concept in Tokyo.

In production form, the Levorg will be available with either a 1.6 or 2.0 litre turbocharged Boxer engine, matched to a CVT with an ‘eight-speed’ shifting option accompanying the 2.0 litre unit.

A second concept from the Subaru stand in Tokyo is the Cross Sport, with the Japanese carmakers future intentions for the BRZ-styled concept unknown.


2014 Subaru WRX - LA

Subaru’s new WRX performance car was unveiled in Los Angeles, promising more of the same (and that’s a good thing).

The 2.0 litre turbocharged engine makes 199kW and 349Nm and the 2014 ‘Rex’ has two new transmission options; a CVT or a six-speed manual.

Subaru Australia is taking deposits for the first 100 examples of the new model to arrive locally via its online showroom, but we suspect they’ll all be gone by the time you read this…

 
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