In the wake of the bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler, a downsized Detroit auto show that saw the likes of Nissan, Porsche and Mitsubishi pull out, and a Tokyo auto show subsequently passed up by the Detroit three automakers, is L.A.'s own annual showcase next the place to be for the auto world?
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The Los Angeles International Auto Show seems to be on schedule to host most of those very luxury brands that passed up Detroit's North American International Auto Show nearly a year ago. In fact Porsche, which calls Southern California its biggest market, is getting ready to debut a lightweight version of its roadster, the Boxster Sypder, and it's also rumored to possibly be unveiling a compact sport utility vehicle concept at the show as well.
While Detroit's auto scene has lost much of its momentum in the last year, the West Coast seems to be where a lot of automotive energy remains. Plug-in hybrid maker Fisker, based in Irvine, is set to roll out its first cars this winter, and Bay Area-based Tesla is already turning out electric cars. Los Angeles is, at least, the car style capital of the world, and SoCal is home to many of the design arms of the world's biggest manufacturers.