2013 L.A. Auto Show video highlights

If you only have an hour at the LA Auto Show, here's a guided tour of what not to miss.

Many of you are about to flock to the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show that I just returned from covering during its preopening. Here's a good, short list of important cars to see. Bring your phone and earbuds and use these videos as a walk-around guide as you look at each car. I think these will concisely put each one into perspective for you. The videos are in walking order, starting in the South Hall.

  • The BMW i3 , the company's first full-fledged electric car and the launch of the new i Series that could reinvent the brand.
  • Jaguar's F-Type Coupe is perhaps what the F-Type should have always been -- more gorgeous and powerful than even the roadster.
  • The Audi A3 with 4G LTE is a remarkable move in that it puts the best tech in the lowest model.
  • A couple of hydrogen cars caught my eye as the latest in what is turning out to be a revival of the fuel cell vision.
  • The Cadillac ELR is the first effort to move the Chevy Volt formula upmarket, and I take you for a ride in it.
  • The Mini Cooper has been revamped for only the second time since its launch with new cabin tech and engines.
  • The new Subaru WRX looks great and is putting some distance between itself and its Impreza underpinnings (video pending).
  • Porsche's 911 Turbo Cabriolet puts a new top on the line and is more than just a fast car for show-offs.
  • The Porsche Macan has the Audi Q5 and Acura MDX in its sights and I think they both should be rather nervous.
  • The Ford Edge Concept is hinting at some imminent moves forward in self-driving tech at a reasonable price.
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Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!


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