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2011 LA Auto Show: The Latest in New Car News/Reveals

by Brian Wong (Nov 18, 2011)

The 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show played host to more than 50 North American and World debuts, showcasing the latest and greatest in the world of automotive.

So while everyone might not be able to make it out to Los Angeles to see the spectacle, we have taken a close look at some of the most anticipated new cars hitting the market in the near future that car shoppers should keep an eye on. The big story from this year's show was a trio of compact SUVs that will elevate the competition in that important segment. Scroll down to see images and get the latest information on some of the important new cars that were featured at the 2011 LA Auto Show (click the image or the link for more information on that particular model).

  The 2013 Chevrolet Spark comes from overseas to become the latest addition to the Chevy lineup, joining the Cruze and the Sonic to give the Bowtie a formidable presence in the small car segments. The Spark falls into microcar territory and competes against cars like the Fiat 500 and upcoming Scion iQ. It will feature four passenger doors and more cargo room than both, and there is even an electric version for those looking to go green.

  Ford's redesigned 2013 Ford Escape made its world debut at the 2011 LA Auto Show and we were there to catch the details! The Escape drops the hybrid option in its latest compact crossover offering, but offers up a pair of EcoBoost engines that should give the Escape class leading fuel economy. It also gets some impressive features, like a class-exclusive power liftgate that you can open with no hands. Intrigued? Click through to find out more details!

  After giving a make-over to one of its best-selling models earlier this year in the Civic, Honda keeps the ball rolling with the redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V. The CR-V was officially unveiled at the show this year and we were there to get the scoop on all the details. So is it more of the same, or does the new CR-V get enough upgrades to keep its place at the top of the compact SUV/crossover heap? Read on to find out!

  The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is Mazda's new entrant into the competitive compact crossover market. The CX-5, which made its North American debut, will feature Mazda's new Skyactiv engine technology so expect great fuel economy to go along with that indefinable Mazda fun-to-drive factor. Click through to see photos and get more information on the stylish 2013 Mazda CX-5.

  Toyota has expanded the Prius family for this year and we had a chance to check out the bigger, more versatile 2012 Toyota Prius v at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Prius v keeps a lot of the same characteristics that made the original Prius so popular and adds on wagon-like utility. With over 40 combined mpg and extra cargo and passenger room, the 2012 Prius v seems like a case where more... actually is more.

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