2013 Los Angeles Auto Show: Green Car Preview

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Car enthusiasts will get a real treat over the next few weeks as both the Tokyo Motor Show and Los Angeles Auto Show release scores of new models into the wild.

We've already brought you our preview of the Japanese show so now it's time to unearth all the LA launches.

Here, tiny kei cars and fuel cell concepts make way for a host of production-ready models--cars we'll actually be driving from next year and beyond. There might be less innovation here, but these are the cars that'll help reduce America's thirst for fossil fuels.

Acura

Honda's Accord Hybrid is highly rated here at Green Car Reports--so much so that it won our Best Car To Buy 2014 award. But if you want to go one better, Acura's new RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD could be the car for you.

Using a drivetrain similar to that of the upcoming NSX hybrid sports car, the 3.5-liter V-6, three motor and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission combination is a potent one--up to 377 horsepower. Despite that shove, Acura is touting a 30 mpg combined figure. Not quite Accord Hybrid territory, but not at all bad for a car with nearly 400 horsepower...

BMW

Los Angeles will be the first chance for many to take a closer look at BMW's i3 electric city car. We've known the details for some time now, seen the styling and even driven the i3, but it's well worth inspecting in the flesh to appreciate the forward-looking styling and minimalist cabin design.

Honda

While U.S. arm Acura is showing off the hybrid RLX, Honda's own stand looks even further into the future with the Fuel Cell Concept.

The name isn't that catchy but the styling shouldn't disappoint--there's more than a hint of the NSX supercar in the teaser drawings, but also a few unique details--covered rear wheels, for example, and a low, glassy roofline. Honda suggests its styling could influence a future fuel cell production car, due in 2015.

Kia

As the dust settles from its EPA fuel economy debacle, Kia is getting back to the business of making fuel-efficient cars. First priority is the firm's first electric car to be sold in the U.S.--the Soul EV.

Kia hasn't confirmed its presence at the show, but it's fairly likely--details emerged back in October and Kia suggested further information would be revealed at a "major U.S. auto show". In the new Soul's funky body, it could be an electric car to look forward to.


 
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