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Jaguar’s Legendary XKSS Comes Back to Life

"I had to build in those idiosyncracies."

by on Nov.21, 2016

Kevin Riches led the team that created the nine Jaguar XKSS continuation cars.

The fire moved quickly, and with devastating results, leaving little more than ashes and molten metal where Jaguar’s Brown’s Lane factory once stood.

The disaster that struck on February 12, 1957 nearly destroyed the British maker and ruined its plans to build 25 XKSS roadsters, basically a road-going version of the D-Type race car that had dominated Le Mans for much of the mid-decade. Only 16 had been completed, the remaining nine still in various stages of production.

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But nearly 60 years later, the remaining cars will finally be completed, thanks to the British marque’s Jaguar Classic division. It’s not the first time an automaker has tried to revive one of its historic models. There are a number of recreations and plenty of “restomods.” What Jaguar has come up with is an amazingly precise continuation, accurate down to the five different type of rivets used on the original 16 roadsters.


Lexus Spices Up LA Auto Show

Luxury maker teams with West Coast Customs for new Sriracha-based concept.

by on Nov.16, 2016

Lexus is bringing a little spice to this year's Los Angeles International Auto Show with is Sriracha IS concept.

With opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Lexus is unveiling what it describes as a “spicier” and sportier version of the Lexus IS.

Lexus Sriracha IS borrows a series of design cues and gimmicks from Huy Fong Foods, foodie finishes and an arsenal of Sriracha within easy reach for emergency situations.

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“The new Lexus IS is so hot, we decided to make it Sriracha hot, with all the custom details every Sriracha fan will appreciate,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. (more…)

Chevy Bolt One of Nine Finalists for North American Car, Truck, SUV of the Year

Utility vehicle trophy added for 2017.

by on Nov.15, 2016

The Chevrolet Bolt was named Motor Trend's Car of the Year and is also a finalist for the North American Car of the Year.

Fresh off of a much-needed win as Motor Trend Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Bolt picked up some fresh momentum today, landing as one of three finalists for North American Car of the Year.

The long-range, mainstream-priced battery-electric vehicle will square off against the new Genesis G90 and Volvo S90 sedans, it was announced during a ceremony marking the start of the annual Los Angeles Auto Show.

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NACTOY jurors also weighed in with their picks for North American Truck of the Year, as well as North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. The winners in all three categories will be announced during the opening event at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 9. (more…)

Indian-Made Ford EcoSport Likely to Add Fuel to Trade Debate

Automakers could be heading for showdown with new president.

by on Nov.15, 2016

Coming at us - from India - the new Ford EcoSport.

Ford’s new EcoSport model is set to become the smallest SUV in the Detroit carmaker’s line-up, but it could fuel the big debate over automotive trade.

That’s because the little EcoSport will roll off a Ford assembly line in India, rather than one in the United States. Ford has also made plans to move all of its small passenger car production from its U.S. operations to a new facility in Mexico – a decision frequently cited by President-elect Donald Trump during his campaign.

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The Republican candidate repeatedly warned that he would take steps to block Ford from importing Mexican-made passenger cars, if by no other means than adding hefty tariffs. Since last week’s election, the incoming administration has sent signals it will not only try to tear up NAFTA and block the Trans-Pacific trade deal but it will look at barrier-inducing tariffs against a variety of countries, possibly including China. (more…)

SUVs Outshine EVs at Normally Green-Focused L.A. Auto Show

Some surprise entries set to make their debut.

by on Nov.14, 2016

This year's Los Angeles International Auto Show will feature a slew of new crossover and sport-utility models, like the new 2017 Jeep Compass.

The country’s biggest automotive market is also its greenest, and that’s been reflected by the steady stream of hybrids, plug-ins, battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles that have, in recent years, been the stars of the annual Los Angeles Auto Show.

But things are shifting direction this year, and the spotlight is shining bright on a slew of new sport- and crossover-utility vehicles. They’re coming from virtually everywhere in the automotive world, and from brands that might come as a surprise, including Italy’s Alfa Romeo, a marque best known for sleek sports cars such as the 4C two-seater, and sport sedans like the Giulia that headlined the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.

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That’s not to say battery-based vehicles will be absent from the show entirely. Jaguar Land Rover is expected to reveal a new long-range battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, during this week’s media preview in Los Angeles. It joins a growing list of manufacturers who are, often unexpectedly adding battery cars to their line-ups. But Jaguar also has just added its first SUV, complementing the huge growth at sibling Land Rover which is staging the U.S. debut of its new Discovery model in L.A. this week. (more…)

Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Honda Civic Si Among Major Debuts Coming to L.A.

Over 50 global and North American intros on the docket.

by on Oct.14, 2016

The new Land Rover Discovery debuted in Paris, and it will make it's North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

This year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show could be Tinseltown’s biggest in years, with more than 50 new vehicle debuts on the docket next month.

Some of those models, like the Land Rover Discovery, will be appearing for the first time in North America, after making earlier appearances abroad. But there’ll be a significant number of all-new models, organizers promise, including Alfa Romeo’s first-ever SUV and the new Honda Civic Si.

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In line with California’s focus on clean energy and cutting-edge technologies, the 2016 LAIAS also will launch the new AutoMobility LA event. It’s an expanded version of the Connected Car Expo that has, in recent years, explored developments in areas such as car-sharing and autonomous driving. (more…)

LA Auto Show Launching New Technology Expo

Event designed to meet growing demand for tech news.

by on May.17, 2016

General Motors' $500 million investment in ride-share company Lyft occurred the two sides met at CCE, according to show organizers.

With the big Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas getting more attention than ever before from carmakers, the Los Angeles Auto Show is adapting to that demand by adding a new four-day preview aimed at the news media that blends cars and technology.

AutoMobility LA will run from Nov. 14-17, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and includes the Technology Pavilion – a new 50,000-square-foot building being constructed to accommodate the auto-tech exhibits. The space is double the size of the area devoted to the Connected Car Exposition or CCE that preceded the LA show for the past couple of years.

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The new event the result of a five-year effort to evolve the show’s press and trade days into trade show for the “new” automotive industry and feature a mix of automakers, tech companies, designers, developers, startups, investors, dealers, government officials and analysts, organizers said. (more…)

LA Auto Show Shifts Gears but Maintains High-Tech Focus

Autonomous, connected-car tech vie for attention with green machines.

by on Nov.20, 2015

The L.A. Auto Show carved out a niche on the circuit as the showcase event for green technologies. However, that's changing to all auto technologies.

When it lifted the covers off its new Clarity Fuel-Cell Vehicle this week, Honda carried on a long-running L.A. Auto Show tradition of focusing on green automotive technology.

But where hybrids, plug-ins, battery-electric and hydrogen vehicles have dominated the annual Tinseltown event for much of the last two decades, environmentally friendly vehicles have had to share the stage this year. The 2015 show, in fact, opened with a day-long symposium on connected car technology, and much of the buzz during the media preview surrounded autonomous vehicles.

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The L.A. Auto Show “has evolved from a single technology – environmental technology – to a broader range of technologies,” said American Honda Executive Vice President John Mendel. (more…)

Live from the LA Auto Show!

Automakers show their newest entries.

by on Nov.17, 2015

The Los Angeles Auto Show is the kickoff to the U.S. Auto Show season. The La-La Land show is often dominated by the entries for automakers looking to make a splash heading into the next sales year and this show is no different.

Also no different is that is on hand to get all of the latest news from auto company executives as well as new model introductions. We’ve compiled all of the latest items from the show, but check back throughout the day as news is always breaking.

The latest stories from 2015 L.A. Auto Show: (more…)

More New Debuts Announced for LA Auto Show

50 unveilings planned from Porsche, Nissan, Range Rover, Ford, others.

by on Oct.21, 2015

Expect the production version of the Infiniti QX30 to make its formal debut in L.A. next month.

The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show is shaping up to be a big event, with at least 50 new products set to make their U.S. or global debuts during the two-day media preview.

The LA show also expects to put a premium on technology, with a third day devoted specifically to new connected car technology. And the annual “Green Car of the Year” will be unveiled, as well, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Porsche, Buick, Ford, Range Rover, Nissan, Infiniti and Jaguar are among the manufacturers who’ve already scheduled more than 30 separate product unveilings during the annual media preview. Volvo, Hyundai and a variety of industry suppliers will also hold news conferences to discuss technology breakthroughs.