Glitz, glamour and gearboxes — The most newsworthy cars from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Coming into the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show (on now until November 30), the list of global debuts did not appear to be that impressive. Once the cars hit the stage, though, this year’s edition proved to be a stellar one. In every corner of every hall, there were cars for true enthusiasts to appreciate. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the highlights.

Best concept

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A tough competition this year saw top entries from a number of different manufacturers. The Audi Prologue Concept super-coupe is flat-out gorgeous and we can’t wait until this design ethic appears on the next generation of cars from Ingolstadt. The Lexus LF-C2 continued what seems like an 18-month streak for Lexus stealing thunder at car shows around the world—it’s just stunning. But the top prize goes to the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo (VGT). While this concept is intended only for Gran Turismo 6 gamers, it features so many revolutionary ideas—including the forward-facing driving position and a beamed-energy propulsion system inspired by space travel—it was impossible to look away.

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Mark Hacking is an award-winning car, motorcycle and motorsports journalist whose work has appeared in Azure, enRoute, Intersection, NUVO and Toro, among many others. He is the former editor of Performance Racing News, the former managing editor of DRIVEN, and a member of both the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and the Motor Press Guild of California. An avid racer, Mark is a three-time podium finisher at Targa Newfoundland and, this past season, raced in the VLN Series at the Nürburgring with the factory Aston Martin team. His motto in life: Drive fast, take chances.