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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.

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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.