We kicked off the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show a bit differently this year, by presenting our inaugural Best Buy Awards trophies at a rooftop event atop the Grammy Museum in downtown LA.

The next morning at the LA Convention Center, 16 automakers began lifting the curtains on a variety of all-new or redesigned cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as some compelling concept cars.

Audi was first out of the gate with what would turn out to be one of the show highlights. The gorgeous Audi Prologue is more than a concept car, according to Audi, it represents the beginning of a new design language for the brand.

Cadillac followed with a high-performance, 455-horsepower version of its small ATS sedan, the ATS-V.

Mercedes-Benz chose the LA Auto Show to announce it was bringing back the Maybach name, revealing the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600. Based on the S-Class, the ultra-lux Mercedes-Maybach is some eight inches longer and expected to start closer to $200,000.

Things then returned to Earth for a bit, with Mazda, Ford and Chrysler unveiling their newest wares. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is an all-new entry for Mazda, a subcompact SUV expected to start under $20,000. Ford debuted the 2016 Explorer with subtle styling tweaks, a revamped interior and a bunch of cool new technologies. Chrysler then unveiled a similarly updated 2015 Chrysler 300.

Highlights from the rest of the show included a better look at the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V subcompact SUV, and world debuts of the hot Lexus LF-C2 Concept and the sporty Scion iM Concept, which Scion says is a preview of a production version set for an April reveal at the New York Auto Show.

Those are some of the standouts from the 2014 LA Auto Show, but not all of them. Keep reading to find your favorites, then check out our big list of new and redesigned 2015 models to make sure you're all caught up on what's new.



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