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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.

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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…)

Alfa Romeo Set to Debut New SUV in Los Angeles

FCA continues growth of Italian brand.

by on Oct.13, 2016

Alfa Romeo's Harald Wester unveils the new Giulia models at the Geneva Motor Show. The brand's SUV is set to debut in Los Angeles.

Just a month after the long-delayed Giulia finally hit U.S. showrooms, Alfa Romeo appears ready to unveil a new SUV to join the Italian brand’s sedan.

The Fiat Chrysler brand plans to debut the small sport-ute at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, reports the Detroit News. The automaker confirmed its arrival, it declined to provide any details about the new vehicle.

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FCA Chief Sergio Marchionne has talked for some time about a new ute for Alfa called the Stelvio. Currently, the Stelvio is in the midst of testing in Europe, but the maker hasn’t uttered much about its arrival in the states. (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…)

Battery Cars Could Soon Generate 25% of Audi Sales

German maker says battery prices are plunging; will make EVs cost competitive.

by on Nov.20, 2015

The Audi e-tron Quattro SUV Concept will be followed by a production model around 2018.

For now, it’s just a show car, drawing curious gawkers to the maker’s stand at the L.A. Auto Show, but in less than three years, Audi intends to have a production version of the e-tron Quattro Concept in showrooms around the world.

And with a range of more than 300 miles, the German maker is betting the electric SUV will charge up consumers, becoming a mainstream rather than niche product. The added range is just one of the positive factors, however. Audi is expecting a sharp decrease in the cost of batteries by the time the production SUV comes to market in 2018.

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And, with a slew of additional e-tron models, both plug-in hybrids and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, in the works, Audi planners predict the technology could soon account for as much as a quarter of their U.S. sales. (more…)

Alfa Romeo Confirms Plans for More Mainstream Giulia Sedan

Smaller turbo engine in the works. Diesel also in the works.

by on Nov.20, 2015

The new Giulia Quadrifoglio will be joined by at least one more model for the U.S. that puts out 276 horsepower compared with the 505-hp Quadrifoglio.

Alfa Romeo will kick its planned revival fully into gear next year when its new Giulia sedan screeches into showrooms.

To put an emphasis on the Italian brand’s heritage, Alfa officials have decided to focus initially on just the high-performance version of the four-door, the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Making 505 horsepower, that model will be able to launch from 0 to 60 in just 3.8 seconds, and hit a top speed of 191 mph.

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But Alfa officials hinted during an L.A. Auto Show unveiling that at least one more version of the Giulia is on tap for a more mainstream audience. And TheDetroitBureau.com has learned a few details about that model, as well. (more…)

Honda Provides Clarity on Fuel Cell Leadership

New hydrogen-powered sedan hits streets next year.

by on Nov.19, 2015

The Honda Clarity fuel-cell vehicle made its U.S. debut at the L.A. Auto Show. It's coming to selected markets at the end of 2016.

The race to fuel-cell supremacy just got a new participant as Honda introduced its new Clarity sedan to the U.S. during the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Like the other recently introduced fuel cell vehicles – the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Santa Fe – the Clarity will be available in limited numbers and areas, mostly California, which is undergoing a concerted effort to expand the hydrogen refueling network.

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“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are a zero emissions technology that Honda believes in, and has worked to advance for more than 20 years,” said John Mendel, executive vice president, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (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…)