Automakers are expected to unveil over two dozen production and concept vehicles at next year's Greater Los Angeles Auto Show which opens first to the media on January 4.

Among the models said to be making their world debuts are vehicles from Honda's Acura, BMW, Daewoo, Dodge, Ford, General Motors, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Panoz, Suzuki, Volkswagen and Volvo.

General Motors will announce two world debuts - one production car and one concept vehicle. The Chevrolet Borrego concept is the first vehicle to be designed in GM's Los Angeles design studio, opened earlier this year, and is said to reflect Southern California's 'eclectic car culture'.

"The Borrego has the agility of a rally car and the influence of Baja racers," said General Motors studio director Frank Saucedo.

Herr Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle, group vice president of Ford's Premier Automotive Group, is the keynote speaker at the Motor Press Guild breakfast on January 4. Reitzle, responsible for Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln and Volvo, will provide an insight into the luxury vehicle market and future plans for the Premier Automotive Group.