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What s hot at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

What s hot at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public Friday after two days of media previews. Here are some of the most buzz-worthy vehicles being introduced at this year s show:

Porsche Macan

Porsche is entering the fast-growing small SUV market with the Macan. The Macan -- the name comes from the Indonesian word for "tiger" -- is six inches shorter than its sibling, the Cayenne SUV, but features the same muscular look. It also uses some tricks to look more substantial, like a broad, wraparound hood that encompasses the headlights. Porsche designed two versions: The Macan S, with a new, 3.0-litre V6 engine that gets 340 horsepower and the Macan Turbo, with a new 3.6-litre V6 that gets 400 horsepower. Both are all-wheel drive and have Porsche s seven-speed PDK double-clutch transmission. Standard features include an off-road mode, which optimizes the vehicle for off-roading at the touch of a button. Off-roaders may also choose the Macan s optional air suspension chassis, which can set the vehicle s ground clearance at three different levels. Porsche says the Macan is the only vehicle in the small SUV segment with this feature. The Macan goes on sale this spring at a starting price of $50,895 for the Macan S and $73,295 for the Macan Turbo. It s hitting the market at the right time. Sales of small luxury SUVs are up 25 per cent so far this year, making them the fastest-growing segment in the luxury market.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

The F-Type convertible, which went on sale in the spring, was Jaguar s first two-seat sports car in 50 years. Now the company s adding a hardtop version. The 2015 F-Type coupe, which goes on sale this spring, starts at $65,000, or $4,000 less than the convertible. The base model of the all-aluminum coupe -- made, in part, from recycled metal -- has a 340-horsepower V6 engine and a top speed of 161 mph. For $77,000, buyers can upgrade to a V6 with 380 horsepower and a top speed of 171 mph. At the top of the lineup is the $99,000 F-Type R, which has a 550-horsepower V8 engine and goes from zero to 60 mph in four seconds. It has a top speed of 186 mph. All versions have an eight-speed transmission and a hidden rear spoiler that automatically rises at 70 mph and tucks back in to the vehicle at 50 mph or less. Jaguar is ending this year on a high note, with U.S. sales up 36 per cent so far this year thanks to the F-Type convertible and the recently redesigned XF sedan.
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