Old Challenger meets new on the Dodge stand
The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo has been designed for the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 game
Can't get your head around the scale of the Youabian Puma? Those tyres are 44-inches tall
The Porsche Macan is the firm's take on the Range Rover Evoque concept
The Jaguar F-type coupe will spawn an R variant with 542bhp
The Subaru Legacy concept celebrates the nameplate's 25th year
The Neimann Marcus edition Aston Martin Vanquish Volante will spearhead the car's launch in America
The Nissan Sentra Nismo sees the standard car's 130bhp 1.8-litre engine replaced by a blown version, increasing power to 240bhp
It will go on sale next April from £43,300
The Macan's seats are big for an SUV, but are broad and supportive
Three models will be offered from launch, with prices starting at £51,235
The long-wheelbase Range Rover measures 5.2m from nose to tail
Prices are expected to start at around £140,000
The Acura RLX hybrid offers a 3.5-litre V6 mated to three electric motors with a combined 377bhp output
The e-Golf is an all-electric hatchback due to go on sale next year
It offers a range of up to 90 miles and a 10.4sec 0-62mph time
Chevrolet pulled the wraps off of 13 new models at the show
The BMW 4-series Convertible boast improved rigidity over the old 3-series drop-top
The 4-series Convertible has a 371-litre boot space with the roof down
BMW claims a 50:50 weight distribution for the 4-series Convertible
Just ten examples will be built, and they're all sold out
The car has been built by Aston's customisation arm, Q by Aston Martin
The all-new Mini has also been unveiled, just hours after its first public appearance at the Tokyo show
The Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet made its debut at the LA show
It, alongside the Turbo S, claims a top speed of 198mph
The roof can open or close in 13 seconds at speeds of up to 37mph
The Ford Edge previews a production car destined for Europe in 2015
It will feature a range of autonomous driving aids
The car will form the third model in a three strong Ford SUV line up which includes the Kuga and EcoSport
Dodge is gearing up to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2014
This Pink Lamborghini was last shown at SEMA last month - it is on display alongside a range of tuner cars
The Subaru WRX is a new model aimed at recapturing the imagination of performance enthusiasts
Subaru claims the cabin is more upmarket, and more comfortable than before
The hottest series production Juke, the Nismo RS, develops 215bhp and will launch in the UK next year
The Tundra might be a Toyota, but its maker is keen to emphasis its importance in America
A DJ performs from a roof-chopped Mini before the model's reveal
The Mercedes GLA 45 AMG premiered with race car livery
AMG Vision Gran Turismo features a front-mounted, twin-turbo V8 developing 577bhp
This V12-powered S65 AMG is claimed to sprint from 0-62mph in just 4.3sec
It'll go on sale in 2014 for around £160,000
The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-sized pickup launched as part of the firm's latest model offensive
The Lincoln MKC is an attempt to widen the brand's appeal to a younger audience
The Kia K900 is the firm's first ever rear-wheel drive saloon and is targeting the 5-series and E-class
The Honda FCEV is said to preview the next-generation of fuel cell Hondas
The FCEV has a claimed range of more than 300 miles
This retro-styled Fiat 500 celebrates the first year of production, 1957
The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell uses the same 134bhp fuel cell unit found in the iX35 Fuel Cell
The Jaguar C-X17 has made its first appearance in North America
California's uniquely relaxed biennial car event that this year clashed rather inconveniently with the Tokyo event, but seemed surprisingly unaffected by it.
It wasn't an easy competition to win. The battle might easily have been won by the surprisingly elegant-looking long wheelbase Range Rover, destined to make buyers happy on many an emerging export market, or the handsome-looking Jaguar F-type Coupé, which has a sense of rightness about its styling that eludes even the first-launched convertible version.
But while those are merely models completing a range: the Porsche represents a foray into a brand new model sector - that for compact SUVs - and if it achieves anything like the 50,000 annual sales Porsche bosses have been predicting, it will rapidly become the fastest-selling model in the marque's 65-year history.
On a balmy Californian open day which ended with a few unseasonal showers, most people agreed that, even if it wasn't exactly spectacular, the top-spec Macan Turbo made a good fist of embodying its makers' claims for 167mph performance and supercar acceleration with a squat, wide-shouldered shape that was purposeful and full of character. But, crucially, it was not so butch as to disenfranchise the many female users who will buy it and use it.
Two other cars stood out for leadership honours. The Ford Edge concept, an elegantly-chiseled SUV of about BMW X5 proportions that will soon come to Europe, and the new Kia K900 "full-size sedan" that combines a handsome exterior with a hugely spacious, well-equipped and crafted cabin to threaten the Lexus LS460 and Mercedes S-class in their traditional markets when it hits showrooms in 2015. It'll be powered either by a 5.0-litre V8 or a 3.8-litre V6, producing 420bhp or 310bhp depending on buyer choice.
There was another launch for the all-new Mark 3 BMW Mini, its Transatlantic launch only a couple of days behind the UK event (timed for Alec Issigonis's 107th birthday) on account of the fact that the US is now the largest in the world for the bumper-selling - but now slightly larger selling - baby hatchback. Subaru also chose LA to show its next WRX performance car, an odd choice given that the hacking hordes were mustered in Tokyo at the very same time. The car received the usual boos from the people who should know better.
Los Angeles isn't anywhere near the epicentre of car manufacturing in the US, or the world, bit it is the biggest retail market for many of the most experienced premium cars. Whereas the pace is comparatively slow to reveal new production models, it is downright expert at producing imaginative custom concepts, as a hall dedicated to the modifying interesting cars made clear. A long-nose drag race creation featuring no fewer than four "Detroit iron" V8 engines was typical of the breed.
One hoped-for debutant was still a couple of weeks from launch, so was sadly missed from the show. That, of course, was the much-discussed but never scooped 2014 Ford Mustang, due to be revealed on December 5th. New Ford group design boss Moray Callum was on hand in LA, but wasn't saying a world about it yet: the forthcoming launch is global, whereas California's show seems a shade parochial - and, in a curious way, all the better for it...