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BMW to unveil ‘i Concept’ at LA Auto Show

As the Los Angeles Auto Show kicks off next week, auto majors like BMW have already started lining up their upcoming cars for display.

Reportedly, BMW’s new electric and hybrid vehicles will be unveiled at the auto show and the main highlight would be the ‘i concept’, the newest addition to the company’s list.

“BMW will also bring to North America for the first time its i8 Concept Roadster. Based on the two-seat i8 coupe coming to market in 2014 which made a cameo in the 2011 film ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’,” revealed a company source.

Giving more details, the source said that the i-concept was a special version of the company’s new X1 compact SUV.

“The production version is available now at dealerships (and it too comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, in addition to more mundane paint schemes, a roof-mounted cargo carrier, unique interior trim pieces, a ski/snowboard bag and a pair of K2 LTD Powder Ride skis,” a BMW spokesperson added.

Over 50 new vehicles to debut at LA Auto Show

According to the Los Angeles Auto Show organizers, over 50 new vehicles will be displayed at the show that will open to public on November 30 and go on till December 9.

“The show will feature world debuts ranging from electric vehicles to performance and luxury designs from a global array of the world’s top automakers. The number of debuts and strong representation from the world’s key auto manufacturing regions underscore both the rebounding strength of the industry as well as the importance of the show as a launch venue,” sources have confirmed.

The line-up of cars would include new launches from Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, as well as European automakers such as BMW, Fiat, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen, along with Asian majors like Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Toyota and others.

Boom time for North American auto market

While the auto market is not going through a very good time globally, North America is enjoying a peak time with the annual sales rate being the bests since 2008.

“The auto industry in North America is experiencing its best annual sales rate since 2008, and this positive growth can clearly be seen in the number of debuts, broad range of vehicles and transformative technologies on display at the show,” said Andy Fuzesi, General Manager of the L.A. Auto Show.

Another highlight of the show would be the North American debut of the Jaguar F-TYPE convertible sports car as well as a yet-to-be-disclosed world debut from Jaguar.