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Automakers, Shows Changing to Feature Technology

Shows finding ways to include tech with automakers.

by on Jul.15, 2016

GM's decision to debut the Chevy Bolt at the CES instead of at the Detroit Auto Show shows the shift in how automakers view auto shows.

The world is changing and the auto industry is scurrying to change with it.

Transportation options are multiplying and makers are attempting to be players in each segment whether is simply producing new types vehicles, i.e. small SUVs and crossovers, to satisfy consumers or jumping into the personal mobility market through partnerships like the latest between General Motors and Lyft.

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It doesn’t stop there as car sharing services are springing up and folks are focusing on more personal methods of transportation. A quick tour of Facebook will show you the preferences of folks ranging from cars that double as boats to a move to make the U.S. more like Belgium and create a more bicycle-friendly country. (more…)

Mitsubishi Unveils New Outlander Sport, Mirage

Japanese brand continues to grow U.S. sales.

by on Nov.19, 2015

The new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Once viewed as hanging on in the U.S. market by a thread, Mitsubishi debuted two new models that are instrumental to its continued comeback from the brink: the 2016 Outlander Sport and 2017 Mirage at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

“North America is a vital market to Mitsubishi Motors, as evidenced by the two world introductions we made today at the LA Auto Show,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. “Outlander Sport leads the brand in overall sales, and the improvements debuted today will further its demand.

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“The Mirage is a vehicle that has already gained popularity with its affordable and practical appeal, and that will certainly carry over into the 2017 model year with its improved looks and performance.” (more…)

Subaru’s LA Concept is a Thinly Disguised Impreza

Expect to see the Sedan Concept again soon.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept is expected to be pretty close to what rolls into showrooms.

If you have the sense you’ve seen the new Subaru Impreza Concept before, well, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. It’s been only a few weeks since the Japanese maker unveiled another Impreza Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.

That one, however, was a hatchback take on the popular model line. For the 2015 L.A. Auto Show, Subaru is back with the Impreza Sedan Concept, a yet-closer version of what we’ll soon see rolling into U.S. showrooms.

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At the Tokyo Show, Subaru officials promised that the concept hinted at “the design direction not only of the new Impreza but of Subaru’s future models as a whole.” Now, they add, the next-generation Impreza will be the first in a series of products to emerge from the company’s Prominence 2020 strategic plan. (more…)

Scion Hints at New Direction with C-HR Crossover Concept

Toyota’s youth brand is aiming to create its “next icon.”

by on Nov.18, 2015

The Scion C-HR Concept could be the future of the brand's new line-up: a compact crossover vehicle.

Once one of the industry’s most innovative marques, Scion is struggling to find its former magic. And Toyota’s youth-oriented brand is hoping its come up with the right formula in the form of the C-HR Concept making its debut at this week’s L.A. Auto Show.

Likely to show up in production form next year, the C-HR would become Scion’s first crossover-utility vehicle. And while it might seem a major shift in direction, the sleek and angular concept is meant to become Scion’s “next icon,” replacing the boxy xB.

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“Scion is known for doing things differently, and maybe even being a little weird,” said Andrew Gilleland, who recently was named the brand’s vice president and general manager. “This C-HR Concept embraces that idea and wears it like a badge of honor.” (more…)

Mercedes Drops the Covers on the 2017 SL Roadster

The emphasis is on high-tech dynamics.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL hardtop is more likely to stir up a positive review than its predecessor.

The Los Angeles Auto Show has long been known for its emphasis on green technology, and models like the new Toyota Prius will be putting in appearances this year. But the show has something of a split personality, the other side of the coin best defined by the debut of the newly updated Mercedes-Benz SL.

The sixth generation of the two-seater made its debut in 2012, generating some grumbles and groans from critics who decried its lackluster styling. So, Mercedes designers set out to give the Mercedes SL a little bit more of a dramatic flare, in keeping with the legendary roadsters that have been a brand mainstay since 1954.

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And with its folding hardtop, Active Body Control and new five-mode transmission system, the German maker is playing up the roadster as “an all-season vehicle that is fully suited for daily use,” according to Ola Kallenius, the Daimler AG board member overseeing Mercedes car sales and marketing. (more…)

Redesigned Buick LaCrosse Builds on Avenir Concept

New sedan taking aim at Lexus ES sedan.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse borrows heavily from the brand's well-received Avenir concept car.

Buick has been trying to convince skeptical American auto buyers that its latest offerings aren’t the bland and forgettable products of the past. And perhaps nothing has come closer to getting that message across than the striking Buick Avenir concept vehicle that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show last January.

While there are currently no plans to put the show car into production, the General Motors “premium” brand could turn heads again with the Los Angeles Auto Show debut of the new 2017 Buick LaCrosse. The familiar nameplate gets an all-new look that borrows liberally from the Avenir concept.

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“The new LaCrosse signals the next phase of Buick’s international momentum,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick Sales and Marketing, who not so modestly declares the new sedan “drop-dead gorgeous.” (more…)

Kia Makes Big Splash with Little 2017 Sportage

Next-gen compact SUV ready to run in tough segment.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The fourth-generation Kia Sportage gets a new exterior look as well as improved capability.

Kia’s longest running nameplate, the Sportage, is getting a major makeover inside and out to compete with what may be the most difficult segment in the industry these days: compact sport-utility vehicles. The new ute made its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.

The South Korean maker produced a fourth-generation ute that not only gets contemporary, stand-out exterior styling, but also the performance capabilities and technology to live up to the look.

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“Simply put, the Sportage is a breed apart in the compact CUV segment,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “Instead of bland utility, the Sportage combines distinctly European and sporty styling with thoughtful design and functionality, including innovative packaging, premium materials, a turbocharged engine and surprising features. (more…)

GMC Pickups Going Upscale with Denali Package Next Year

Canyon, Sierra looking to exploit demand for luxe trucks.

by on Nov.17, 2015

GM President Dan Ammann (left) and GMC VP of Sales and Marketing Duncan Aldred with the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali at its L.A. Auto Show reveal.

Everyone seems to want a really nice pickup truck these days and GMC is working to ensure that Canyon and Sierra buyers can get as both are now available in the high-end Denali package.

The package includes the signature Denali chrome grille – premium materials and the latest safety and infotainment technology. Features such as a 10-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster on the Yukon Denali series and Magnetic Ride Control on Sierra Denali are exclusive to their respective vehicle segment.

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Debuting the two new offerings at the Los Angeles Auto Show, GMC gave the media an early look at the two new models. (more…)

Infiniti Captures People’s Choice Award at LA Auto Show

Brand’s Synaptiq design bests teams from around the globe.

by on Nov.24, 2014

Infiniti's Synaptiq won the first-ever People's Choice Award at the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge.

Infiniti’s take on what the car of the future might look like netted its design team the People’s Choice Award in the 11th annual Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge.

Several design teams created vehicles that sought to answer the question: how will cars interact with us in 2029?

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The luxury brand’s team answered it with the Synaptiq, a race car for a vehicle triathlon called the A.R.C. Race, which includes air, rally and circuit competitions. (more…)

Acura Hopes Revised ILX Can Gain Momentum in Booming Compact Luxury Market

Update delivers more power, technology and improved appearance.

by on Nov.21, 2014

Acura's Mike Accavitti introduces the 2016 version of the Acura ILX this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

In the high-tech world, companies like Apple often go for what’s known as “first-mover advantage.” By that logic, Acura should be dominating the booming compact luxury sedan segment with its once-groundbreaking ILX model. But things haven’t worked out as the maker hoped.

The ILX has been struggling to simply hold its momentum as newer entries like the Audi A3 and segment-leading Mercedes-Benz CLA race to market. Sales of the Acura offering tumbled 19.3% last month and are off 16.2% for the full calendar-year.

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So, the luxury arm of Honda Motor Co. has a lot riding on the 2016 version of the Acura ILX that was unveiled this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The updated model comes as an unusually early mid-cycle refresh, and aims to address the shortfalls of the original by tweaking its appearance, boosting its power and adding plenty of new technology. (more…)