21 debuts this week in L.A.

Source: Autoweek

A record number of world debuts will stage at the end of this week in Los Angeles. Among this world debuts are: the 2008 Aston Martin V-8 Vantage convertible, Audi TT roadster, Buick Enclave, Chrysler Sebring convertible, Ford Escape and a long list of concepts.

Acura

Acura will unveil a futuristic-looking sedan concept designed at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif. The vehicle is only a design concept, the division says. The first vehicles from the new studio are likely to reach the market in the 2009 or 2010 model year. The Los Angeles concept may be testing the waters for a new Acura look.

Aston Martin

The Aston Martin V-8 Vantage adds a convertible. Sales begin in fall 2007.

Audi

Audi unveils the second generation of its TT roadster. The 2008 Audi TT roadster will be available with a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 250-hp, 3.2-liter V-6. U.S. sales begin in April.

BMW

The BMW Hydrogen 7 sedan has a bi-fuel engine that runs on either gasoline or liquid hydrogen. BMW will produce 100 cars next year. Fifty of those cars will be sent to the United States for placement in the hands of policy-makers, celebrities and assorted movers and shakers. It will not be sold to the public.

Ford

Ford will roll out the restyled and re-engineered 2008 Ford Escape and Escape Hybrid on Wednesday, Nov. 29. At an evening reception Tuesday, Nov. 28, Ford promises to reveal a concept car.

Honda

Honda will unveil three concept cars. The first is a small sports car designed at the automaker’s studio in Torrance, Calif. The company says there are no production plans. Honda Honda ’s second world debut hints at the styling direction for the fuel cell FCX, arriving in 2008. "It will have the ultimate green technology," Marie said. The third concept is a tall wagon designed in Japan.

Hyundai

On display at the Hyundai stand will be the world debut of the HCD-10 Hellion concept, a rugged-looking, three-door SUV. HCD-10 refers to the 10th concept vehicle developed at the Hyundai California design center.

Mazda

Mazda is moving on to a new design language, as seen in the Nagare concept debuting in Los Angeles. Aanz von Holzhausen.

Nissan

Now that the redesigned Nissan Sentra is on the street, enthusiasts have been waiting for a performance version. Debuting at the Los Angeles show are the SE-R and the SE-R Spec V. ssan is planning a second world debut for Los Angeles, also involving its car line. But the automaker would not reveal details.

Suzuki

The Suzuki SXBox concept is designed for the game enthusiast. The concept is based on Suzuki’s 2007 SX4 wagon.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s new small sport wagon is developed on the Rabbit platform and will debut as the Tiguan concept in Los Angeles. Insiders say the concept is very similar to the vehicle that goes into production in 2008.


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