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New Porsche 911 Models Come Fast … and Faster

Want a race ready 911? 200 folks can get the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport.

by on Nov.29, 2018

The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S hits the runway at its debut in Los Angeles, the night before the LA Auto Show.

Porsche arrived in Los Angeles the night before the auto show hyping a theme for the debut of the eighth-generation 911: fast and faster.

The best-known of all Porsches with that iconic profile, the next-gen of flat-six turbocharged beasts gets more power as well as a complete redesign of the interior to cater to the needs of today’s driver.

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The flat-six is more powerful than ever, putting out 443 horsepower in the S and Carrera S models. The boost in power – 23 hp – comes from an improved fuel injection process and a new turbocharger and intercooler layout, according to the automaker.  (more…)

Mazda Shows Off “Matured” Design for New Mazda3

New iterations feature an evolution of Kodo design.

by on Nov.29, 2018

The new Mazda3 sedan features a "matured" version of the brand's Kodo design language.

No fireworks were necessary for Mazda Motor Corp.’s debut of the new Mazda3 as the Japanese automaker introduced a refined, “matured” version of the brand’s entry-level sedan and hatchback in Los Angeles.

The automaker’s “matured Kodo design language” was on full display. The company’s been using the design philosophy for its exteriors for years now. It’s aim is to present clean and contemporary looks that aren’t quick to go out of style.

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“While the overall form presents a simple, single motion, subtle undulations bring the design to life through shifting light and reflections that glide over the body surface. The result is a richer and more powerful expression of vitality than previous Kodo models,” according to the automaker. (more…)

Audi Taps the Iron Man to Reveal New e-tron GT

Third Audi EV will also be one of its fastest cars ever.

by on Nov.28, 2018

Actor and Audi fan Robert Downey Jr., left, and designer Marc Lichte, pull the covers off the new Audi e-tron GT sports car in Los Angeles.

We got a hint of what Audi has in mind as it launches its first performance electric car earlier this week with some intentionally blurry images of the upcoming e-tron GT. Now, the automaker has put the battery-electric sports car into sharp focus with the help of the “Iron Man,” actor Robert Downey Jr.

A serious Audi fan himself, Downey paired up with designer Marc Lichte to lift the covers off the e-tron GT during a media sneak peek in downtown Los Angeles ahead of the car’s formal debut at the L.A. Auto Show.

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“I’ve been having an extramarital affair for a decade – with a brand,” the actor joked, as he and the designer smiled for photographers gathered at the invitation-only event. (more…)

Toyota Introducing New Prius AWD-e in L.A.

New electric AWD gives fourth-gen version more capability.

by on Nov.28, 2018

The 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e uses four electric motors on each will to up the power and efficiency.

What do you do when you have the best-known and best-selling hybrid in the world? Toyota made the newest Prius more … capable.

Not only can you get places cheaper, in the 2019 Prius AWD-e, you can get to more places cheaper with the car’s new AWD-e system. Toyota officials claim that new Prius AWD-e will lay claim to being one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive-equipped passenger cars available in the U.S.

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Toyota is projecting mpg estimates of 52 mpg city/48 mpg highway/50 mpg combined. Apparently, the Japanese automaker believes that “go anywhere” capability is the secret sauce as Toyota estimates that the AWD-model could account for as much as 25% of annual U.S. Prius sales. (more…)

VW Reveals Commercial Version of All-Electric I.D. Buzz Microbus

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo “could” reach production by 2022.

by on Nov.27, 2018

Volkswagen continues pushing the evolution of its Microbus with the new I.D. Buzz Cargo.

In its push into electrification, Volkswagen plans to bring back a retro-futuristic version of its legendary Microbus, the all-electric I.D. Buzz. And, at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, the German automaker will reveal a commercial version of the van it is calling the I.D. Buzz Cargo.

The commercial version will offer as much as 340 miles of battery range — which it says can be extended by the use of a solar roof. The I.D. Buzz Cargo also will feature full autonomous driving capabilities, according to a VW statement released ahead of the commercial van’s formal unveiling in L.A. on Wednesday.

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“The Cargo could be launched as a production vehicle in Europe as early as 2022,” VW said. It did not confirm whether it plans to bring the commercial version of the I.D. Buzz to the U.S. market, as well, however. (more…)

Trump Chides GM for Plant Closures, New Congresswoman Blames Trump

President says he's pressuring GM to reverse course.

by on Nov.26, 2018

President Donald Trump said he told GM CEO Mary Barra that the country has been "very good" to the automaker.

Last year, President Donald Trump encouraged employees living near General Motors’ Lordstown plant and other long-shuttered plants to hang in there despite the fact there was no reason to believe the industries in the region were planning to add jobs.

“They’re all coming back. They’re all coming back,” he told a crowd at rally in July 2017. The raucous crowd roared its approval and he added, “Don’t move. Don’t sell your house.”

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Today he found out he was wrong — again. (more…)

GM Closing Five Plants, Cutting 15,000 Workers

Company plans to close more plants in the future.

by on Nov.26, 2018

GM is closing three plants in the U.S. and Canada, including its Oshawa, Ontario facility as it transforms its manufacturing footprint.

General Motors, in a move likely to have a significant political impact, confirmed it is preparing to shut five plants in the U.S. and Canada as its restructures its operations across the globe.

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra told analysts the company plans to halt production of vehicles, among the them the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Impala, now built at plants in Detroit, Lordstown, Ohio, and Oshawa, Ontario. The company also plans to close two powertrain plants.

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None of the plants will have products allocated to them past the end of 2019, said Barra. As part of the unfolding restructuring of the company GM also plans to slash is salaried head count by 15% and cut its executive ranks by 25% and restructure its product development system, Barra said. (more…)

A “Too Powerful” Carlos Ghosn Also Booted From Mitsubishi

Questions raised about reasons for his arrest.

by on Nov.26, 2018

Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested by Japanese investigators and is being held during the query.

Carlos Ghosn, until recently one of the most powerful men in the global auto industry, suffered yet another setback on Monday, the board of Mitsubishi Motors ousting him as company chairman.

The news comes while Ghosn remains in custody, prosecutors in Tokyo probing allegations that the 64-year-old executive under-reported his income while also misusing potentially millions of dollars in funds while serving as chief executive, and later chairman, of Nissan Motor Co. Nissan severed ties with the executive last Thursday in response to an internal probe that raised concerns about Ghosn’s alleged misdeeds.

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But some observers are questioning why Ghosn was not only fired from both Nissan and Mitsubishi, but also arrested after landing in Tokyo last week. Such concerns were escalated by comments made by Nissan’s current CEO and Ghosn rival, Hirota Saikawa, who reportedly told employees on Monday that Ghosn had become too powerful in his multiple roles with Nissan, Mitsubishi and their French alliance partner Renault. (more…)

Forget the Self-Driving Car! Bring on the Autonomous Hotel Room!

Autonomous Travel Suites put hotel rooms on wheels using an app.

by on Nov.21, 2018

Designed by Toronto architect Steven Lee, the Autonomous Travel Suite is a self-driving hotel room.

Americans are traveling U.S. roadways with greater frequency than ever, setting new records for miles traveled each of the last three years. Automakers, looking to make those safer miles, are furiously working to develop the first fully autonomous vehicle.

The idea of a fully autonomous car is appealing. Tell the vehicle where you want to go, and then get comfortable with a book, watch a movie or even take a nap. Set it and forget it, if you will.

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While that may seem like the next greatest thing, it’s not. That distinction belongs to the Autonomous Travel Suite (ATS). (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Showing Racing Fans Some Love in L.A.

In addition to the new racers, new road vehicles make U.S. debut.

by on Nov.21, 2018

The new Mercedes-AMG GTR Pro makes its world premiere at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Mercedes-Benz Cars will be making a big splash at the Los Angeles International Auto Show with the world premiere of two race cars: the Mercedes-AMG GTR Pro and Mercedes-AMG GT.

The limited-edition special AMG GT R Pro model was modified to deliver even more racetrack performance. This incorporated the findings from the company’s customer racing activities with AMG GT3 and AMG GT4 racing cars.

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The update of the AMG GT series includes modifications to the exterior and interior that emphasize the close relationship to the 4-door AMG GT Coupé, Mercedes officials noted. (more…)