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Infiniti Takes Wraps Off of new QX50 in Los Angeles

New ute features breakthrough engine and helps round out SUV portfolio.

by on Nov.29, 2017

The all-new Infiniti QX50 is expected to be one of the pivot factors in driving the brand's sales beyond 200,000 units annually.

Infiniti unveiled its new mid-sized sport-utility vehicle, the 2019 QX50, ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new QX50 is expected to become a key part of its product line.

Christian Meunier, Infiniti Global Division vice president, described the QX50 as a luxury crossover with cutting edge technologies, standout design and unrivaled interior space, riding on an entirely new platform.

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“The 2019 QX50 is the most important vehicle we have ever launched, and it embodies everything the brand stands for: Beautiful design, advanced technology and empowering performance. As a luxury mid-size crossover, it’s the right vehicle at the right time in one of the world’s fastest growing segments,” Meunier said. (more…)

Alfa Romeo Giulia, Honda CR-V and Ford F-150 Nab Motor Trend Car, SUV, Truck of the Year Honors

Announcements mark beginning of annual awards season.

by on Nov.28, 2017

The Alfa Romeo Giulia took Motor Trend's Car of the Year award, given prior to the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Los Angeles Auto Show is about to get underway and it marks not only the unofficial start of the 2018 model-year but the beginning of automotive awards season. And things have gotten underway with a trio of big announcements.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia was named Motor Trend Car of the Year by influential Motor Trend magazine Monday night, a critical victory for a brand struggling to regain traction after a decades-long absence from the American market.

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The magazine also named Ford’s F-150 as its 2018 Truck of the Year, the latest honor for a pickup that has spent decades at the top of both the U.S. truck and overall sales charts. And Honda drove home with Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year award for its CR-V, the dominant player in the compact crossover segment. (more…)

What’s Coming to the 2017 L.A. Auto Show?

An array of utility vehicles, a handful of sedans – and a breakthrough gas engine.

by on Nov.27, 2017

The BMW i8 roadster gets a soft top and a more powerful drivetrain with a longer-range battery

This week marks the opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the nation’s first big car show of the 2018 model-year. Over a dozen manufacturers will roll out new products in Tinseltown, some making their global debuts, others appearing for the first time in North America.

While there are a few surprises in store, a number of manufacturers have already offered insight into what they’ll introduce at the L.A. Convention Center. That includes Jeep, which will lift the covers off the much-anticipated new Wrangler sport-utility vehicle. No surprise, in fact, that utes will dominate the show’s schedule, though we’ll see some intriguing products on the passenger car side, including the third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS and, for mainstream buyers, the new Mazda6.

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The Los Angeles show has a tradition of focusing on green technology and there’ll be plenty of alternative tech to check out, including the new roadster version of BMW’s plug-in hybrid i8, as well as the new Infiniti Q50 which introduces the first variable-compression turbo engine.

Here’s a look at some of the most important introductions we’ll be seeing this week:

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2019 Infiniti QX50 Introduces World’s First Variable-Compression Engine

Diesel-like mileage, V-6 performance.

by on Nov.27, 2017

Debuting at the LA Auto Show, the Infiniti QX50 will bring to market the first variable-compression turbo engine.

When Infiniti hinted its new QX50 crossover would be its “most advanced car ever,” they certainly weren’t kidding.

After teasing the new utility vehicle for several weeks we’ve finally gotten a close-up look at the mid-range crossover ahead of its formal debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Tuesday and it’s loaded with high-tech features, including Infiniti’s new, semi-autonomous ProPilot driver assistance system. But what’s likely to catch even more attention is the world’s first variable-compression engine.

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Dubbed the VC-Turbo, the Japanese luxury brand claims the engine is “the next major step in optimizing efficiency and emissions of the internal combustion engine, literally transforming between power and efficiency on demand.” (more…)

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…)