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StopTech at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show
by Frank A. Filipponio | Dec 03, 2012

The gleaming sheetmetal and tech-packed interiors, the advanced alternative energy powerplants and latest safety enhancements, the futuristic concepts and refreshed production cars - these are just a few of the signs that the auto show is back in town.

We stopped by the opening press day of the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show on November 28 to check out the newest models and to catch up with some old friends. While we were there we saw several vehicles that were showcasing StopTech products or work we've done with some of our technical partners.

We spotted the 2013 SRT Viper GTS (top) that took up residence in the StopTech booth at the SEMA Show a few weeks ago. We also saw recently crowned NHRA Top Fuel Champion Antron Brown's outrageous DragQuoia (above) dream build challenge car. The TRD display featured a performance brake upgrade among other things. Callaway (below) had a couple of new tuned trucks and Corvettes in its booth. The tuner hall downstairs was home to the Rimicci Racing Fiat 500 Pirelli World Challenge car as well as about 100 other customized vehicles from almost every automotive era.

Coming a couple of months before the Detroit, Chicago and New York shows, the Los Angeles auto show is one of the first every year to display some of the newest vehicles, both concept and production. This year there were no fewer than 56 debuts, some North American and some world debuts. Some were just refreshened versions of current cars, but others really stood out.

Porsche launched the new Cayman (above left) and the "4" derivatives of the new 911 line. Ford brought out Ken Block, Vaughn Gittin, Jr. and Tanner Foust to introduce the Ford Fiesta ST (above right). Toyota showed off the all-new RAV4, Hyundai had a new Santa Fe and Veloster "Roll Top" concept. Fiat unveiled the Abarth Cabrio, 500e electric car, and the 500L crossover. Mini launched its new two-door Paceman in L.A. and Acura debuted its new RLX range-topping sedan.

There was also a new Kia Forte and Sorento, a new Honda Civic and Accord, Jaguar XFR-S and F-Type (above), Chevy Spark EV, Volkswagen Beetle Convertible (below left), Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series (below right), 2014 Nissan GT-R, Dodge Charger Daytona and Subaru Forester in the world debut category.

North American debuts included the TDI versions of the Audi A6, A7, A8 and Q5, Bentley Continental GT3 (below left), BMW i8 Spyder (above left) and i3 Plug-in Hybrid (above right), Ford Transit Connect, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LF-LC Blue, Mazda6, Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG, Mini Clubvan and John Cooper Works GP (below right), Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Hi-Cross Concept, Volkswagen CC R-Line, Volkswagen Beetle R-Line and Volvo S60 Polestar Concept.

Although they might've been revealed in prior private events, public Auto Show debuts also included the Fiat 500 Turbo, Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid, Honda CRZ, Honda Crosstour, Lexus LF-CC Concept and Nissan Sentra.

Throw in some cool race cars like the Red Bull F1 car, DeltaWing (above), Indy 500 winning Dallara/Honda, Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, rallycross cars from Dodge and Ford, Callaway C7R (below), and a Shelby Daytona Coupe, and it was a pretty good year for car nuts in L.A.

The show runs through December 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For more info check out the official website - http://www.laautoshow.com/

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