Posted: Nov 28, 2012 7:43 AM
Updated: Nov 28, 2012 7:43 AM
The annual Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the media Wednesday, November 28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The show opens to the public on Friday, November 30.
AP is covering the event across all formats. This advisory will be updated with additional plans. We'll also be covering spot news that may develop from the show. For questions, please call 212-621-7540, or email DBrinkerhoff(at)ap.org
WEDNESDAY FOR THURSDAY
AUTO SHOW-HOT WHEELS-FIAT 500e
DETROIT The Fiat 500 is getting bigger and going electric. Two new versions of the Italian-styled mini-car are appearing at the LA Auto Show this week. The "500e" is the brand's first all-electric model in the U.S. while the "500L" comes with four doors and significantly more room than a regular model. The first 500 hit U.S. showrooms two years ago, promising a stylish and fuel-efficient remake of the 1950s original. But the car needs to boost its allure in the U.S., where sales remain pint-sized compared with the rest of the world. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher.
Eds: Moved early Wednesday.
AUTO SHOW-HOT WHEELS-TOYOTA RAV4
DETROIT The Toyota RAV4 is getting a makeover that could help it retake the crossover crown. The RAV4 was the first crossover when it first went on sale in 1995. It was an instant hit with families who wanted the room of an SUV with the driving dynamics of a car. It spawned dozens of imitators and was gradually overtaken by newer rivals. Toyota hopes to reclaim the top spot with the 2013 RAV4, which is debuting at the LA Auto Show and will go on sale early next year. The vehicle has a sharper, more muscular look than the boxier current model, as well as a redesigned interior and better fuel economy. By Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin.
Eds: Embargoed until 12:25 p.m. EST Wednesday.
AUTO SHOW-HOT CARS
DETROIT The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public Friday. A look at the most talked-about vehicles that will be making their world debuts at the event. By Auto Writers Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher.
Eds: Will move Wednesday afternoon.
THURSDAY FOR FRIDAY
DETROIT It's rare that a major automaker says, 'Oops, can we try that again?' But Honda is doing just that. It has remade the Civic after critics lambasted the current version as cheap and sluggish. It's a fast overhaul and an embarrassment for the well-regarded car. Honda unveils the "Do-Over" at the LA Auto Show.
Eds: Embargoed until 1:05 p.m. EST Thursday.
AUTO SHOW-HOT WHEELS -CHEVY SPARK EV
DETROIT General Motors is giving its Chevrolet Spark a jolt of electricity. An all-electric version of the mini-car debuts later this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show and goes on sale this summer. The hatchback's exact price hasn't been revealed, but it should start for less than $25,000 with a tax credit. Demand for electric cars remains anemic in the U.S. because the cars are expensive and some drivers worry about getting stranded too far from a charging station. By Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin.
Eds: Moved Tuesday.
AP Photographers Chris Carlson and Jae C. Hong will cover the show and can take requests from Detroit members. Outtakes will be sent to the archive for future use.
AP video will cover the show.