By Nat Shirley
Friday, Nov 30th, 2012 @ 2:02 am
 

Small cars were big news at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, with Honda's hastily revised Civic, Ford's refreshed Fiesta and the comely new Kia Forte representing several of the most significant debuts. Other notable developments included new diesel-powered models from Audi and Mazda - a sign that Americans are starting to warm up to oil-burning motors - as well as a number of additions to Fiat's fledgling U.S. lineup.

To help you keep up with all of the automotive happenings in the City of Angels, we've complied a complete list of introductions with live photos from the show floor.

Highlights

2014 Acura RLX

A replacement for the lackluster RL, the RLX sedan features a well-trimmed interior and a truly state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain. But will that be enough for Acura's new flagship to successfully compete with more potent rivals with more prestigious nameplates?

2014 Ford Fiesta/ Fiesta ST

The Blue Oval's refreshed subcompact now features a Fusion-inspired look, but the bigger story is a pair of EcoBoost motors that should appeal to both efficiency- and performance-minded buyers. The standard Fiesta's optional 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit promises the best non-hybrid mileage of any non-hybrid car on the market, while the Fiesta ST's 197-horsepower mill just sounds like big fun.

2013 Honda Civic

After the current Civic launched to nearly universal criticism concerning its styling and downmarket interior, Honda moved quickly to get an updated model to the market. The 2013 edition is a much improved effort thanks to a more attractive cabin, a high level of standard content and several handling-focused tweaks.

2014 Kia Forte

Sporting smooth curves, a sleek profile and excellent proportions, the new Forte is just what Kia needs to put its recent fuel-economy imbroglio in the reaview mirror. We're looking forward to seeing if its drives as well as it looks.

2013 Toyota RAV4

Though we'll miss the old RAV4's surprisingly powerful V6, the new model is better in nearly every other way. With improved fuel economy, additional cargo space and more impressive styling, the RAV4 might just be able to capture the compact crossover sales crown.

Complete list of introductions:

BMW K2 Powder Ride Concept

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2013 Dodge Charger R/T Daytona

2013 Fiat 500c Abarth

2013 Fiat 500e

2014 Fiat 500L

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

Hyundai Veloster C3 Roll Top Concept

2014 Jaguar XFR-S

2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary

2014 Kia Sorento

2013 Mazda CX-9

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

2014 Porsche Cayman

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2014 Subaru Forester

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible