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Sport-utes, crossovers and technology dominate the normally green-focused gathering.

by on Nov.21, 2016

The 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show is winding down. The show located in America’s green-car friendliest state focused on the latest and greatest in sport-utility vehicles, crossover and technology.

The show’s Automobility LA exhibition revealed the latest techno wizardry and mobility concepts for the automotive world to life.

Of course, TheDetroitBureau.com continues to provide insights and analysis from all the big debuts and must-know news so check the site often to get the latest updates. Here’s what we’ve already got for you: (more…)

Kia Puts a Little Zip into New Soul

Maker adds turbocharged model to line-up.

by on Nov.15, 2016

Kia unveiled a new, more powerful turbocharged Soul crossover at the L.A. Auto Show.

The Kia Soul has been around for years but even though its basic shape has changed the ambitious South Korean automaker has continued to keep the popular crossover vehicle fresh.

So during the Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia plans to roll out a turbocharged version of the Soul capable of producing 201 horsepower giving one of Kia’s most-popular and most beloved vehicles plenty of zip to go with its easily recognized exterior pizzazz.

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Fans of the Soul had long lobbied for a little more zip in their favorite ride and the 2017 Soul Exclaim delivers, noted Orin Hedrick, Kia Motor America vice president of product planning. (more…)

Ford Scales Down with New EcoSport SUV

“Go small, live big,” with global crossover.

by on Nov.15, 2016

Ford announced it will be adding the new EcoSport small crossover its line-up. The maker will import the car from India.

Better late than never, or so Ford is telling potential customers looking for its downsized EcoSport SUV. Already a popular option in most other global markets, it will go up against a growing list of pint-sized crossovers, including the Nissan Juke, as well as the Toyota C-HR that is also making its debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Such models seemed an unlikely fit in the American market only a few years ago, which is why Ford hesitated at bringing the EcoSport over, but the subcompact crossover niche has become one of the country’s fastest-growing segments.

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“More people are choosing to spend their time sharing experiences with friends and family rather than buying more stuff,” suggests Chantel Lenard, Ford’s executive director of U.S. marketing. “EcoSport,” she adds, “fits perfectly into this growing lifestyle.” (more…)

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…)