Hot cars in­vade Los An­ge­les

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LOS AN­GE­LES — Au­tomak­ers are de­but­ing key mod­els at this year’s Los An­ge­les Auto Show.

Up­dated ver­sions of big sell­ers like the Ford Es­cape, Nis­san Sen­tra and Hyundai Elantra are there, as well as new lux­ury ve­hi­cles like the Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia sedan, the Cadil­lac XT5 SUV and the Land Rover Evoque Con­vert­ible.

There’s some flash, with the Porsche Cay­man GT4 Club­sport race car, and some hints of the fu­ture, with con­cept cars from Volvo and Subaru and a three-wheeler from startup Elio Mo­tors.

Au­tomak­ers are show­ing off in Cal­i­for­nia be­cause it’s a hot mar­ket. It leads other states in new ve­hi­cle sales, ac­cord­ing to IHS Au­to­mo­tive, and sales there are ex­pected to hit their high­est level in a decade this year.

Here are some of the hot cars at this year’s show, which opens to the pub­lic Fri­day:

KIA SPORTAGE:

The Sportage compact SUV gets a to­tally new look for 2017 with en­gine and sus­pen­sion up­dates to give it bet­ter per­for­mance and greater ef­fi­ciency than the out­go­ing model. It’s got more head­room, legroom and cargo space than the old model, too, be­cause it’s slightly longer and Kia en­gi­neers used “clever pack­ag­ing.” Out­side, the Sportage gets a sleeker ap­pear­ance with curves, creases and a sloped roofline. The com­pany says the in­te­rior has more soft touch ma­te­ri­als for a lux­ury feel. The SUV also gets au­to­matic brak­ing and lane de­par­ture warn­ing for safety. Elec­tronic up­grades in­clude a 7-inch touch screen that’s com­pat­i­ble with An­droid Auto and Ap­ple CarPlay. Price wasn’t an­nounced, but the old model starts at just over $22,000.

SUV con­vert­ibles haven’t had an easy time of it. Re­mem­ber the Nis­san Mu­rano CrossCabri­o­let? It was yanked from the mar­ket af­ter only four years be­cause of slow sales. But Land Rover is giv­ing it a whirl with a con­vert­ible version of its Evoque compact SUV. Land Rover says the fab­ric roof can stow in 18 sec­onds and fully raise in 21 sec­onds at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. There’s also a rollover pro­tec­tion sys­tem that can de­ploy two alu­minum bars within 90 mil­lisec­onds of a crash. The Evoque Con­vert­ible will go on sale in mid-2016 at a start­ing price of $50,475.

Honda Civic Coupe

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