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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…)

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…)