It's show time in LA and for a change in this part of the world, the cars are the stars. We've had a sneaky look behind the scenes at more than 30 new models and concepts waiting to wow show-goers. The LA Auto Show runs from 4-13 December (for the public) and is now firmly established as one of the most glamorous events to launch a new car at.
Ford has chosen LA to show off its new Mustang V6. This sleek coupé (or convertible) now comes with a new 305bhp 3.7-litre V6 as the entry-level engine to make it swifter and greener. Ford will also reveal the American market version of the Fiesta, which it's set to launch early in 2010.
Chevrolet is also unveiling its new small car for US buyers with the launch of the Cruze. This is a key car for Chevy, but more eyes will be looking at the new Volt electric car displayed in its final form and ready for sale in 2011.
Cadillac is returning to a traditional theme with its CTS Coupé. This two-door version of the CTS saloon comes with a 300bhp 3.6-litre V6 engine and will head from LA to the UK in 2011.
But the LA Auto Show isn't all about American cars; it's also about the fast and sensuous. Porsche will unveil its new Boxster Spyder in all its stripped down, lightweight glory, while Lexus will show off its LFA supercar alongside the LF-Ch small hatch concept.
MINI is also set to take the LA show by storm with its Coupé and Roadster concepts. We've seen this pair at the Frankfurt show already, but now they are confirmed for production and the US will be a major market for both.
There may also be a few surprises up the sleeves of VW and Ford. Watch this space for more.