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Chevy Goes Off-Road with Colorado ZR2 Concept

Show car showcases new Duramax diesel.

by on Nov.19, 2014

Chevy has used the ZR2 badge since 1994.

While most pickup owners are likely to experience nothing rougher than a worksite, or perhaps a gravel path to their summer cottage, there are those who love to test the mettle of their trucks with some serious off-roading. And that’s what Chevrolet is targeting with the Colorado ZR2 Concept making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Riding higher, and getting four inches of added width compared to the production Colorado Z71, the show car also serves as a showcase for the new Duramax diesel engine Chevy will add to its midsize pickup line next year.

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“From the bold stance to the trail-ready special equipment, the Colorado ZR2 is all about the fun of driving where the pavement ends – and doing it in characteristic Chevy style,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “Chevrolet has a heritage of the ZR2 representing the ultimate in production-based off-road capability and we’ll gauge the public’s interest in this concept as we continue to explore the possibilities for the all-new Colorado.”

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Mazda Brings New CX-3 City SUV to LA Auto Show

Japanese entry playing against an increasingly crowded field.

by on Nov.19, 2014

Mazda's new CX-3 will be about five inches shorter than the maker's current CX-5 model.

Mazda is the latest player to enter the fast-emerging and increasingly crowded market for so-called city SUVs with the launch of its new CX-3 crossover.

It’s one of the globe’s fastest-growing segments, and it’s also gaining traction in the U.S. market where these pint-sized multi-purpose vehicles barely even existed five years ago.

Think of the CX-3 as “”a vehicle to suit the customer’s creative lifestyle in any scene, from inner-city driving to enjoying the great outdoors,” Mazda noted as it took the covers off the new crossover during a Los Angeles Auto Show preview Tuesday night.

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Sharing its basic underpinnings with the earlier Mazda2 hatchback, the 2015 CX-3 is the fifth new Mazda model to adopt the maker’s SkyActiv technology and its Kodo “Soul of Motion” design language. That translates into heavily sculpted body panels and a bold, 5-pointed front grille with integrated headlamps.

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Mazda Fills in a Few Blanks About New MX-5 Miata

But some questions remain about new roadster.

by on Nov.19, 2014

Mazda confirms the US-spec 2016 MX-5 Miata will use an "ultra-high-compression" 2.0-liter I-4.

When Mazda staged its global preview of the fourth-generation MX-5 Miata last summer it left plenty of questions unanswered. As the roadster gets readied for its first public showing at this week’s Los Angeles Motor Show, the Japanese maker is finally filling in some – but not all – of the missing details.

Among other things, it says the new 2016 Miata’s SkyActiv design makes it not just lighter, but also shorter and narrower than the model it replaces. And U.S. buyers will be getting a 2.0-liter inline-four. But we’re still going to have to wait until closer to the MX-5’s launch date, it seems, to find out such necessary details as horsepower and torque.

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Buyers in other markets will also have the option of a smaller 1.5-liter I-4 engine. The U.S.-spec car will be offered with a 6-speed SkyActiv manual gearbox, Mazda also revealed.

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First Look: 2015 Chrysler 300

LA debut for maker's "gold standard."

by on Nov.19, 2014

In your face, the 2015 Chrysler 300 grille is 30% larger than the outgoing model's.

It’s big, bold and in your face. And to fans, that’s the best part of the Chrysler 300 sedan. If anything, the maker may have backed off a bit too much when the full-size model was redesigned several years ago, says Chrysler’s top stylist. It isn’t making that mistake again as it rolls out an updated 2015 Chrysler 300 family at this year’s L.A. Auto Show.

The mid-cycle update picks up on the most critical cues of the 2005 sedan, as well as the original 1955 Chrysler 300, according to design director Ralph Gilles, who says the goal was to give the 2015 Chrysler 300 “the presence and attitude it deserves.”

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It also gets a new model in the mix, the 300C Platinum, which gives the sedan a much more upscale appearance and feel.

“That’s what this car has to go back to,” adds Chrysler President Al Gardner, who concedes the last update was a little too bland to remain the brand’s “gold standard.”

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VW Offering Two Extreme Golf Concepts at LA Auto Show

Golf R 400 and GTI Roadster to make North American Debuts.

by on Nov.14, 2014

The Volkswagen GTI Roadster first debuted in digital form for the popular Gran Turismo racing game.

It’s already won strong kudos, most recently landing honors as Motor Trend Car of the Year. But Volkswagen plans to show that it can keep the excitement building for its new Golf “family” with the North American debut of two extreme concept versions at next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Designed to “erase the boundaries between the virtual and real worlds,” the GTI Roadster was originally designed as a CGI competitor for the classic PlayStation game GranTurismo 6. A sheet metal version was revealed at the annual Worthersee enthusiast gathering in Austria last May.

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The Golf R 400 concept, meanwhile, “shows just how far the Golf R can be taken using the experience gained from VW’s involvement in World Rallycross,” the maker explains. The “400” in its name refers to the 400 PS – 394-horsepower – 2.0-liter TSI engine under the hood. It’s enough to propel the rally car concept from 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 173 mph.

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Compact Crossovers Commanding Big Car Prices

Pushing $110,000 with the new Porsche Macan.

by on Nov.25, 2013

Porsche reveals the new Macan at the LA Auto Show.

American motorists have long lived by the mantra, “bigger is better.” And that’s been fine for automakers, as well, as they’ve traditionally tied prices – and profit margins – to the size of the vehicles they’ve sold.

But with the steady run-up in fuel prices, Americans are downsizing at a pace not seen since the twin oil shocks of the 1970s.  Indeed, compact crossovers have become the fastest-growing segment in the U.S. market – echoing trends in other key markets around the world.  And while you can still get a reasonably good bargain on some of these smaller, mainstream CUVs, the industry has been fracturing the traditional equation that measures price by the pound and inch.

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That’s especially true in the luxury end of the spectrum where manufacturers are charging into the compact crossover segment.  Just last week, Lincoln and Porsche entered the fray at the L.A. Auto Show.

Porsche has had a history of challenging conventional wisdom.  It proved naysayers wrong when it launched its first crossover-utility vehicle for the 2004 model-year, then did it again with the four-door Panamera – today, the brand’s best-selling models.  Now, it’s hoping to score again with what’s been called the “baby Cayenne,” the compact Macan.

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Subaru Teases New 2015 WRX

New rally rocket set for debut at L.A. Auto Show.

by on Nov.12, 2013

Subaru will reveal the new WRX in LA next week.

Subaru is ready to roll out a new version of its familiar rally rocket, the WRX, at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show and after giving us a hint of what’s to come with a show car earlier this year, the Japanese maker wants to whet our appetite just a little more with this teaser image of the production model.

The image reveals the strong influence of the New York Auto Show concept vehicle, though as is so often the case, the actual 2015 Subaru WRX will clearly be toned down a little bit – while still giving us a more aggressive package than the similar Impreza model. Among other details that come through in the teaser shot: a new front fascia and grille flanked by LED accent lamps. One thing that doesn’t change: the familiar WRX hood scoop.

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What remains to be learned at the L.A. Auto Show preview is whether Subaru will maintain both WRX body styles or drop the hatchback – as widely rumored – and stick with the sedan only. The teaser image is notably cropped to keep us guessing.

The Subaru WRX has developed quite a following over the years – and for good reason as it provides a performance option at a reasonably affordable price.

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Jaguar to Reveal New F-Type Coupe at LA Auto Show

North American launch in spring 2014.

by on Nov.05, 2013

The Coupe version of the Jaguar F-Type will reach U.S. dealer showrooms next spring.

Hoping to expand upon the success of its new F-Type convertible, Jaguar plans to introduce a coupe version of the sports car at the upcoming LA Auto Show and follow up with an Asian preview at the Tokyo Motor Show a day later.

Dubbed the “spiritual successor” to the legendary E-Type, the Jaguar F-Type has scored a long list of kudos – and strong sales – since its debut earlier this year, including honors as the World Car Design of the Year.

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“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the F-Type Convertible, but for me the purity of creating a sports Coupe is a uniquely satisfying process – and I know that both visually and dynamically, F-Type Coupe raises the bar yet again,” said Jaguar’s global design director Ian Callum.

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Acura Debuting RLX Sport Hybrid with SH-AWD in LA

Version of 3-motor hybrid system to also power new NSX.

by on Nov.01, 2013

Acura's RLX adopts a new, 3-motor hybrid drive.

Acura will introduce its new high-performance hybrid system at the L.A. Auto Show this month.  The through-the-road all-wheel-drive system will make its first appearance on the Acura RLX luxury sedan but will follow, in slightly modified form, on the reborn Acura NSX set to reach market by 2015.

The Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will become the new flagship of the Honda luxury brand’s line-up and, the maker claims, will deliver a blend of “V-8-like performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy,” in this case up to 30 miles per gallon in the combined city/highway cycle. It also promises more sure-footed handling, with the ability to direct torque, as needed, to improve cornering.

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The new version of the RLX will debut the latest of three new hybrid drivetrains developed by Honda to replace its original Integrated Motor Assist, or IMA system.  Each is targeted at a particular segment of the market, from the low-cost single-motor system in the Honda Civic to the new twin-motor drive of the 2014 Accord to the new 3-motor hybrid that will be focused on the Acura brand.

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Over 50 Models Set for Debut at LA Auto Show

New Mini, Porsche Macan among products confirmed for show.

by on Aug.02, 2013

The production version of the Macan will take its formal bow at the upcoming LA Auto Show, organizers have announced.

Automakers aren’t the only ones vying for attention.  Auto shows are also battling it out, in this case to land the vehicle previews that will get them not only headlines but hordes of both the media and the masses.

The Los Angeles Motor Show appears to have done a good job convincing manufacturers to come to Southern California this coming November, organizers announcing they’ll have “more than 50” new products to reveal for the first time. That includes a mix of conventional vehicles as well as the green machines the LA show has become increasingly known for in recent years.

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“As the first major North American show of the season, Los Angeles sets the tone for 2014, and we expect that automakers will pull out all the stops to excite new-car buyers. In virtually every category, from the greenest electric vehicle to high-horsepower performance models, the technological advancements we are seeing today eclipse all previous automotive eras,” said Terri Toennies, the LA Auto Show’s new General Manager.

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