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Top 10 Cars Of The 2014 LA Auto Show

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The Los Angeles Auto Show is the last big international motorshow of the year. Under the baking sunlight of South California, the world's car manufacturers wanted to make sure they rounded the year out in style.

RAC Cars was the show to check out the action: here are our 10 cars of the show.

Audi Prologue

Why it's significant: Future Audis will look like this

Audi stole the show in LA with the beautiful Prologue concept car. The German premium car firm has a new design boss and this is his first public design: it's a good job it was so well liked, as the new A6, A7 and A8 that resemble it's look have already been signed off and are due on sale from 2016...

Jaguar F-Type 2016

Why it's significant: Jaguar responds to the enthusiasts

People whooped during the Jaguar press conference at LA. Why? Because it has launched an F-Type sports car with a manual gearbox option. Yes, really! For 2016, there are also new all-wheel drive variants, infotainment improvements and other detail tweaks, plus a new F-Type R Convertible AWD range-topper, but it was the manual gearbox that won the cheers.

Golf R Estate

Why it's significant: The most practical hot Golf ever

The Golf GTI is today offered as a five-door, but what if you want more? Well, the R version offers more power, and the estate offers more practicality. In LA, Volkswagen combined the two, creating the new Golf R Estate. Loads are rarely lugged this fast: it's set to be a bit of a cult star, this.

Toyota Mirai

Why it's significant: Making futuristic hydrogen fuel cells a reality

The Toyota Mirai is not the most stylish of cars, but beneath its unusual lines is some of the most futuristic engineering yet to hit the market. Powered by a hydrogen-powered hydrogen fuel cell, it even has a plastic exhaust because the only emissions are water! Was the future on show at LA and will this do for fuel cells what the Prius did for hybrids? Time will tell.

Volvo V60 Cross Country

Why it's significant: All-weather estate alternative to an SUV

Volvo believes 1 in 5 V60 estate buyers may in time switch to the new all-wheel drive Cross Country model. With tough body styling and a raised ride height (it's easily better off road than a Toyota RAV4), the firm says it's a city-friendly alternative to an SUV that's better value and better in the city. On sale in the UK later in 2015.

Mercedes-Maybach

Why it's significant: Mercedes-Benz' new Rolls-Royce-rivalling pinnacle

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is arguably the best car in the world. Which could make this super-pinnacle Mercedes-Maybach range-topper one of the best cars, period. Even longer and more luxurious than the S-Class, it wowed LA and will soon do the same in the UK too - at a price...

Mazda CX-3

Why it's significant: The most stylish small crossover SUV?

There are lots of new small crossovers hoping to steal the sector-defining Nissan Juke's crown. One of the prettiest is the new Mazda CX-3. It was parked next to the new 2015 MX-5 sports car at LA and the comparison wasn't too far fetched. Definitely one to watch.

Shelby GT350 Mustang

Why it's significant: The famous Shelby name returns on a stunning new Mustang

The Ford Mustang is now a global car, coming to the UK in right-hand drive form within a year. Does that mean we could get this stunning 500hp-plus race-bred V8 version too? Here's hoping. One of the most extreme Mustangs ever, it's gunning for Porsches and Aston Martins, but at half the price. Insiders promise us it's incredible: we can't wait to drive it.

Porsche Cayenne GTS

Why it's significant: The sportiest version of Porsche's best selling model

Porsche has recently launched the acclaimed 911 Carrera GTS, while the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS are already proven stars. Now it's the turn of its bold Cayenne luxury SUV: if it's as good to drive as its same-name siblings, it's going to be very special indeed.

Lexus LF-C2

Why it's significant: A new open top Lexus, just in time for summer 2015?

Lexus IS preparing to roll out the new RC coupe in dealers as we speak... But does this amazing new often-top concept hint at a convertible version that's on the horizon? Lexus wasn't saying much at the show - it let the brilliant yellow paint job do the talking instead. C'mon Lexus, you have to make it!

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