LA Auto Show points to recovering industry image

Automakers will unveil this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show at least 56 new models, including 22 world debuts, up from 49 previews last year in another indicator of the industry’s broader recovery.

Also, the L.A. Show is occurring at the same time as the Tokyo Auto Show and many Japanese automakers are showing new models in both places. Among Detroit automakers, Ford will show a concept of the next-generation Edge midsize crossover utility vehicle. General Motors will take the wraps off a new Chevrolet Colorado compact pickup truck, teased earlier today and Chrysler is not unveiling anything new in Los Angeles, but Fiat’s luxury brand Maserati has a news conference scheduled.

Additionally, several luxury models will debut in L.A. – Porsche introduces the Macan, Lincoln brings the MKC, Jaguar has the global premiere of the F-Type coupe and Mercedes has a number of premieres, including the S 65 AMG with a V12 engine and the SLS AMG GT Final Edition super sports car, which are debuting at L.A. and Tokyo auto shows. Also, Infiniti is showing its Q30 concept for the first time in North America.

As usual, there will be a lot of new electric vehicles in L.A., but this year’s show also will feature several new products powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota has the FCV (fuel cell vehicle) concept as well as its Driver Awareness Research Vehicle, Honda will show a concept of its second generation FCEV, an evolution of the FCX Clarity and Hyundai will show a fuel cell electric crossover that could debut next year.

In more conventional electric vehicles, Volkswagen has the e-Golf, its first pure electric in the U.S. when it hits showrooms in select states by the end of 2014 and BMW has the i8 and i3 electric vehicles on display.