Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 11/21/2012

2012 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

Right about the time America is getting its collective belt back to the notch it was on before Thanksgiving, visitors to the

will be feasting their eyes on a cornucopia of innovations and ideas that automakers plan to roll out over the next couple of years.

The event, open to the public Nov. 30 through Dec. 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is the first major auto show of the season. This year's lineup boasts nearly 50 worldwide and North American debuts, according to organizers.

Luxury vehicles will continue to be a strong draw, but hybrids and electric vehicles will be out in force, too. American, European and Japanese automakers will flaunt their green side with dozens of hybrid, all-electric and high-mileage vehicles. Some notable green vehicles debuting at the show include the Chevrolet Spark EV, Fiat's 500e, the BMW i8 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid and diesel versions of Audi's A6, A7 and A8.

On the luxury-and-performance front, about a dozen debuts are expected from Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and Porsche. We're eager to get a closer look at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, which was described on at least one occasion as the "SLS on steroids." The racecar-inspired vehicle's 6.3-liter V-8 — boosted for a zero-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph — makes the car Mercedes' most powerful gas-powered AMG model.

On the more down-to-earth side of things where most of us reside, be sure to check out the refreshed 2013 Honda Civic, redesigned Subaru Forester and the new Mazda6 sedan. Continue below for a detailed list of model debuts we know about so far. We'll have full coverage of the show starting Nov. 28.  

2013 Acura RLX

Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 TDI

BMW ActiveHybrid 3 and ActiveHybrid 5

BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride

BMW i8 Concept Roadster

BMW i8 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid

2013 BMW Individual X6 Performance Edition

2013 BMW X1 Limited Edition

2013 Chevrolet Spark EV

2013 Fiat 500e

2014 Fiat 500L

2014 Ford Transit Connect

2014 Jaguar F-Type

Kia Forte

Kia Sorento

2013 Land Rover Range Rover

2014 Mazda6

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Mini Clubvan

2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP

2013 Mini Paceman

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

2014 Subaru Forester

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

2013 Volkswagen CC R-Line

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