2012 San Diego International Auto Show and NAIAS

Toyota NS4 Concept CarThe Los Angeles International Auto Show 2012 held earlier in December had a host of vehicles on display each of which were competing with each other to garner its fair share of attention from a luxury loving, speed crazy, technology hungry set of audience. Volvo S60 Polestar Concept was displayed. This is a 508 hp and 424 lb/ft torque concept vehicle. Porsche Cayman/ Cayman S third generation is also unveiled and was seen with a longer and wider stance with boosted horsepower being offered on both trim levels.

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept was seen. However, not much to talk about where drivetrain, powerplant or suspension is concerned while even its interior makeup is not something to get excited about. The company will be evaluating reaction to the Ener-G-Force before they develop their new off-roader.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black is fitted with a 6.2 liter V8 engine offering 622hp and debuts with an aggressive wing, spoiler, vents and enhanced bodyworks with a bright yellow finish. Ford Fiesta ST sports a 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine putting out 200 hp and is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission offering 34 mpg on the highway. The Ford Fiesta ST is also reasonably priced in the $20,000 range which will make it quite a crowd puller.

Mazda Mazda6 madw its North American debut. The company is also offering the vehicle with a SkyActiv-D engine with 173 hp and 310 lb/ft torque which has also made it attractive to buyers. Jaguar F-Type launch will encompass three supercharged trim levels each offering between 340 to 495 hp while Fiat 500c Abarth , Jaguar XFR-S, Chevrolet Spark EV, Nissan GT-R and the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S were also being presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show and gear up to make their appearance in markets in the not too distant future.

The 2012 San Diego International Auto Show began on Thursday, and ends today at the San Diego Convention Center. With more than 400 new-model vehicles on display, it’s where many are headed on the last Sunday of the year. Featured automobiles brands include Buick, Porsche, Land Rover,Cadillac, Chrysler (including Dodge, FIAT and RAM) Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Honda, Jeep (Camp Jeep), Lincoln, Kia, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Tickets to the event are priced as follows for Sunday 20th December 2012: Military (with ID): $9, Seniors (62 and over): $9, Adults (13 and over): $12, Children (7-12): $8, Children (1-6): free (when accompanied by an adult). Kids 12 and under will be admitted free for Mazda Family Day today if accompanied by a paid adult.

The Dodge Dart will double up as a Wi-Fi hot spot for a 150-foot radius, and the 2013 Nissan Altima shows off the hands-free text messaging system in the. A new alert system will feature in the Cadillac XTS sedan will result in car seat vibrations if the vehicle senses impending colision or drifting from it’s lane. For those who are keen about electric vehicles, the 2012 San Diego International Auto Show showcases the 2014 Chevrolet Spark from General Motors promising 80 miles on a single charge. Toyota will showcase the plug-in Prius and NS4 sedan, a concept car.

In 2 weeks time, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Detroit will create quite the buzz. The auto exhibition will be held from January 14-27 at the Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan. VIA Motors will unveil three new full size electric vehicles. Toyota will unveil a new concept car. GM will unveil the 2014 Cadillac ELR, a luxury coupe with a plug-in-hybrid drivetrain. BMW will debut the M6 Gran Coupe at NAIAS 2013. Honda will unveil a small SUV concept. The The 2014 Lexus IS and the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel will debut at NAIAS amongst others.