With the new year almost upon us, automotive enthusiasts around the globe anxiously await the mechanical gifts to be unwrapped in Los Angeles and Detroit. Dozens of concepts and next-model-year production vehicles will be making their world debuts as 2004 dawns, joined by some of the greatest cars unveiled at the fall's Frankfurt and Tokyo motor shows.

Land of bling, Los Angeles claims the honor of being the first show each year. With the annual calendar shift, LA gets a jump on 2004 by opening doors to the media on December 29. Join us as we take an early look at the vehicles filling the LA Convention Center. Then while you're recovering from New Year's celebration, with a throat hoarse from the umpteenth round of "Auld Langs Syne," the Motor Trend Online crew will head to Motor City, where the real automotive party promises to be.

The list below details the vehicles we're expecting to be unveiled.

Have a fun, safe holiday season. Stop back at motortrend.com and we'll unwrap some presents together....

2004 Los Angeles Auto Show
Acura TL A-Spec
BMW X5 4.8is
Buick Terraza
Chevrolet Cobalt
Chrysler Startech Crossfire V-8
Ford Focus ST
Ford Focus Fuel Cell FCV
Ford GT
Hummer H3T concept
Hyundai Tucson
Lexus IS 430
Lotus Elise
Mazda Miata Turbo
Porsche Cayenne V-6
Saab 9-2x
Saturn Relay

2004 Detroit Auto Show
Aston Martin DB9 Volante
BMW 6 Series Convertible
Buick Roadster
Chevrolet Corvette C6
Chevrolet Nomad
Chrysler 300C
Chrysler Crossfire convertible
Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible
Chrysler Hemi supercar
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Caravan
Dodge Dakota
Dodge Magnum
Dodge Sling Shot

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
Ford Five Hundred
Ford Mustang
Ford Freestyle
Ford Focus
Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford Truck concept
Honda Pickup
Hyundai HCD8
Infiniti QX56
Jaguar S-Type
Jaguar RD-6
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Jeep Rescue
Jeep Treo
Kia Spectra
Lamborghini Murcielago e.gear
Land Rover Range Stormer
Lexus RX Hybrid
Lexus GS
Mazda 3

Mazda 6 wagon
Mazda Kusabi
Mazda RX-8 hydrogen hybrid
Mercedes-Benz Vision GST
Mercury Montego
Mitsubishi Pickup
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan crossover
Pontiac G6
Pontiac Solstice
Porsche Boxster S Special Edition
Saturn Curve
Scion tC
Subaru B9SC
Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT
Suzuki Reno
Toyota full-size pickup
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Volvo V50