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December 3, 2009 2:51 PM | By MSN Autos

2009 LA Auto Show

The latest new car and concept debuts from the Golden State

2009 LA Auto Show building (© Photo: Neil Dimock, MSN Autos)

The LA Auto Show may be the final major auto show for the 2009 calendar year, but it remains one of the most important in the industry. This year, the show will host a handful of international debuts including the Volkswagen Up! Lite Concept, the 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder, 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe, and more. In addition, dozens of concepts, production cars, SUVs and crossovers made their North American premiere here.

Unlike most of the auto shows this year, the LA Auto Show looks to be in good shape, no doubt helped by the recovering economy. About 900 cars are on display from all major manufacturers, with the exception of Nissan and Infiniti. Oddly, Bentley, Ferrari and Lamborghini were missing - unusual given that California is a big market for these exotic brands.

2009 LA Auto Show show floor (© Photo: Neil Dimock, MSN Autos)

The LA Auto Show is also a haven for those in search of green motoring. Ford and Mazda rolled out brand new fuel-frugal subcompacts, while GM had its Cruze compact sedan and Volt on display. As for concepts, the Germans came on strong: BMW and Volkswagen showed off jaw-dropping diesel-electric concepts, while BMW and Mercedes-Benz displayed their latest hybrids.

As with last year, the LA Auto Show also plays host to the 2009 Green Car of the Year awards.

The show opens to the public December 4 and runs through to December 13. Despite the affordable airfare to the Golden State and the lure of its temperate weather, you can take the show's best in by perusing the galleries and articles below:

Design Challenge - Youthmobiles of 2030
The latest new cars you can buy
Super-fast supercars
Green machines of all shapes and sizes
Top concepts
Jaw-dropping tuner rides
2010 Green Car of the Year
Girls of the LA Auto Show

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