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 |  Nov 16 2011, 12:12 PM

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Subaru revealed some new details about their BRZ Concept-STI today, chief among them the addition of a carbon fiber roof to lower weight and the vehicle’s center of gravity.

Along with the roof, the sports car, clad in Subaru’s iconic WR Blue Pearl paint, gets a unique front spoiler and rear wing, a rear diffuser and an 18″ wheel and tire package (215/45R18 in front , 225/45R18 in the Rear. Also in the cards are Brembo brakes, a staple of STI cars and an “STI tuned suspension”. We’ll have live reveal pictures later on, so check back for more coverage of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

GALLERY: Subaru BRZ STI Concept

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 |  Nov 16 2011, 9:56 AM

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You know that picture of Calvin taking a wizz on a Chevy symbol? The one you’d find on the back of a Ford? This is what that looks like in real life.

Unveiled on the eve of the 2011 LA Auto Show, Ford has upped the ante, topping Chevy’s already insanely powerful 570-hp Camaro ZL1 with what it bills as the world’s most powerful production V8. The 2013 Shelby GT500 boasts a new 5.8-liter aluminum unit that has been mated to a new supercharger and the total output is a whopping 650-hp, with 600 lb-ft of torque. Ford hasn’t released any 0-60 times for the car (traction is certain to be an issue), but has said the car will top out at over (yes, over) 200-mph!

Along with an even more aggressive front fascia and a massive splitter, the GT500 gets a long list of upgrades, including a new clutch, transmission and 3.31 final drive gears. There’s also 6-piston front Brembo brakes with larger rotors all around and more aggressive pads.

A Performance Pack adds a Torsen limited slip differential plus Bilstein shocks while a Track Pack adds an engine cooler, differential cooler and transmission cooler.

And as though this wasn’t enough to get anyone excited about driving the car, at it’s private unveiling last night, the man himself, Carroll Shelby, was on hand for the honors, and called this new car, “The greatest Mustang ever built.”

GALLERY: 2013 Shelby GT500

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See video of the 2013 Shelby GT500 below:

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 |  Nov 16 2011, 3:01 AM

Cadillac‘s long awaited XTS flagship has been officially revealed with a whole suite of technology features that should help it establish a niche among buyers interested in more than just rear-drive handling dynamics.

The XTS is based on a front-drive architecture, a move that has come under fire among some critics as counter-productive, considering that rear-drive is a supposed hallmark of prestige employed by European and Asian rivals. With the XTS, Cadillac has chosen to use a Haldex all-wheel drive system, similar to brands like Audi and Volvo, which should match nicely with the direct-injected 3.6L V6, as well as provide a strong selling point in Snow Belt states.

On the performance side, the XTS will also employ a number of GM’s most advanced techologies, including Magnetic Ride Control, a rear air suspension, a HiPer Strut front suspension and Brembo brakes. Traditional large-sedan attributes have also been given sufficient attention – the XTS boasts 4 more inches of rear seat leg room and more trunk space than most German competitors – no doubt a way to position the XTS as a livery car as well.

As with most modern premium cars, the XTS places a heavy emphasis on both safety and technology, with the two themes interwoven in a variety of systems that Cadillac is heavily touting. The XTS will use a variety of radar sensors to control features like Adaptive Cruise Control (which can speed up or slow down the vehicle automatically), Front and Rear Automatic Brakes (which can bring the vehicle to a complete stop if necessary to prevent low-speed collisions) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (which lets the driver know if there is pedestrian or vehicle traffic when backing out of a parking spot). The XTS will also have a vibrating alert placed in the front seat, which will allow the XTS to warn the driver of threats on either the left or right side that may be out of sight.

Other safety features like a Blind Spot warning system and a Lane Departure warning system will be made available, as well as 10 standard airbags. Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system will make its debut on the XTS, with an 8-inch screen that is said to offer an iPhone-like touch screen interface. An LCD instrument panel that can be completely customized will also be available, and is said to be an industry first.

GALLERY: 2013 Cadillac XTS

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Check back later as AutoGuide brings you live shots of the Cadillac XTS at its live reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

 |  Nov 16 2011, 2:32 AM

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Europeans won’t be the only ones having all the fun with the Fiat 500 Abarth anymore. North American showrooms will be gaining the turbocharged 160-hp 1.4L MultiAir engine model packed full with an Abarth-tuned suspension, brake system, race-inspired design and technology features not normally seen on compact cars. Full power comes on at 5500 rpm, while max torque is rated at 170 lb-ft at 2500 rpm.

Improving aerodynamics and giving the Fiat 500 a more aggressive appearance, Abarth has outfitted the North American model with functional exterior changes compared to the run-of-the-mill Fiat 500 counterpart. The front bumper has been modified to ensure maximum airflow for the intercoolers while the Abarth-designed 16-inch wheels gives it a much sportier appearance. Those looking for even more can opt for 17-inch rollers to cover up their performance brake system highlighted by bright red calipers. In the rear, a large liftgate-mounted spoiler can be seen, extending the roofline and improving the aerodynamics with additional downforce.

Unique to the Fiat 500 Abarth’s interior is the addition of a turbo-boost gauge with integrated LED shift light in the center. Tech-lovers can opt for the TomTom navigation with BLUE&ME hands-free all bundled into a 4.3-inch touchscreen display. Accenting the interior is an Abarth-designed aluminum pedal covers that feature nero rubber trim along with a nero leather shift knob with rosso accent stitching. The performance seats are a one-piece design with racing harness pass-throughs and accent stitching throughout.

In terms of suspension modifications, the Abarth model features 40-percent stiffer spring rates and a 0.6-inch lower height than the standard Fiat 500 model. Koni’s dual-valve frequency selective damping shocks allow for plenty of adjustability for improved comfort and smoothness as well as driving performance. Braking upgrades from Abarth include larger 11.1-inch rotors in the front (compared to the standard 10.1-inch on the Fiat 500) paired with a single-piston brake caliper. The rears feature 9.4-inch discs also with a single-piston brake caliper.

No pricing was announced on the Fiat 500 Abarth yet.

GALLERY: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

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Set to be unveiled today at the LA Auto Show, click here for a complete show preview and updated coverage.

Discuss this story at Fiat500Owners.com

 |  Nov 16 2011, 2:06 AM

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Ford has ditched the Escape’s more traditional SUV styling, overhauling the compact crossover for the 2013 model year. The North American market will now finally be treated to styling more in line with Europe’s Kuga crossover, proving that Ford is focusing on its One Ford plan of ensuring products offered in North America are nearly identical to their European counterparts.

The 2013 Ford Escape clearly takes a page out of the successful Focus design book and while some may or may not love it, we’re greeting the departure from typical SUV styling with open arms. Ford also announced what will be powering the 2013 Escape, offering a 2.5L four-cylinder with 168-hp and 167 lb-ft of torque as standard. An all-new 1.6L EcoBoost four-cylinder can also be had with 173-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque while the top-of-the-line model will be powered by a 2.0L EcoBoost with 237-hp and 250 lb-ft of torque.

All three engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while Ford boasted that the 2.0L is capable of towing up to 3,500-lbs. Official EPA numbers or estimates haven’t been released yet, but Ford claims that the new Escape is up to five gallons more efficient than the previous model, dependent on the engine of course. An AWD option is also available for those who just don’t dig a FWD SUV.

New technology on the inside include the newly revamped MyFord Touch system along with active park assist and hands-free liftgate system.

GALLERY: 2013 Ford Escape

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Look for live photos here from the car’s reveal today at the LA Auto Show

 |  Nov 16 2011, 1:36 AM

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The all new Jaguar XKR-S Convertible is now official, boasting a supercharged 5.0L V8 engine that is also found in the XKR-S Coupe. With 542-hp, this makes it Jaguar’s most powerful open-top model yet and also rounds off the XK-line with a convertible variant for every model.

Performance numbers for this convertible are impressive, with a 0-60 mph time of just 4.2-seconds and a top speed of 186-mph. And despite packing over 100-lbs more than the Coupe model, the performance figures are identical. Lowering the roof takes a mere 18-seconds after a push of a button and to ensure stability at its top speed, Jaguar’s engineers added some aerodynamic upgrades over the XKR Convertible, giving it a more aggressive look as well.

The XKR-S Convertible sits 0.4-inch lower, while the new front bumper sports a wider air intake and a carbon fiber splitter. New side skirts flow towards the rear where a new rear wing can be found sporting a carbon fiber center. All of the aerodynamic changes equate to a 26-percent improvement to downforce.

And to give it a classier appearance, the chrome trim was swapped out for gloss black painted pieces, while the 20-inch Vulcan wheels are standard along with the brake calipers done in a bright red or more subtle gunmetallic grey. The suspension is also upgraded from the XKR Convertible, with stiffer springs and Active Damping software in order to maximize body control and grip. The front features massive 15-inch rotors with the rear barely smaller at 14.8-inch. The result is 38-percent more stopping power than the XKR counterpart.

GALLERY: Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

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Jaguar will officially unveil the XKR-S Convertible today at the LA Auto Show. For a full preview of the show and complete coverage, click here.

 |  Nov 15 2011, 9:45 AM

Hyundai will reveal its new 2012 Azera sedan at this year’s LA Auto Show, but has decided to tease us with a video showcasing some of the Azera’s highlights. The 293-hp V6 sedan boasts a spacious interior, leather seating surfaces, 19-inch wheels, nine airbags and an impressive 29-mpg highway as its standard features.

In the video, Hyundai focuses on the new Fluidic Sculpture design, HID headlights with LED accents, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, LED taillights, 7-inch touchscreen navigation, and panoramic sunroof in the all-new Azera. Clearly Hyundai has another winner here and it looks like with the release of the new Genesis, they’ll be climbing up the ladder of most sought-after vehicle brands.

GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Azera Sketches

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 |  Nov 15 2011, 8:51 AM

We’ve been hearing rumors about improvements to Ford‘s current Mustang for the 2013 model year, now the Blue Oval has officially given us the scoop.

Perhaps the most obvious update is a revised front fascia which adopts a more Shelby G500 appearance, largely due to a different style of lower valance and intakes. There’s also an LED headlight option and on GT models a new hood with functional air extractors.

The previous black lower rocker panel extensions are now body colored, while the triple tailights out back are now LED units, in keeping with current industry trends, plus a high gloss rear panel in between them,  inspired by the Boss 302. Other exterior features include side mirrors with LED  ”pony” logos that illuminate when you open the doors, new exterior colors (in the shape of Gotta Have It Green and Deep Impact Blue), plus newly styled 17, 18 and 19 inch wheel options.

Other changes on the 2013 Mustang include the availability of genuine Recaro seats on V6 and GT models, plus a SelectShift feature on cars equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission. A Track Pack option is offered on manual gearbox equipped GTs, which includes Brembo brakes, a 3.73:1 rear axle ratio and Torsen diff, along with a Track Apps display in the instrument panel which provides performance data and statistics.

For some time, rumors claimed that the 2013 model would boast a slight increase in horsepower and on the GT, the 5.0-liter quad cam  ”Coyote” V8 is rated at 420 horsepower, though still falls a bit short of the Camaro SS with 426 horsepower ( when equipped with a manual gearbox).

In addition the limited production Boss 302 returns for ’13 offered in a new exterior color (School Bus Yellow), along with a set of reflective “hockey stick” side stripes, a dead ringer for those found on the ’70 Mustang of the same name. Removable front foglamps should prove a boon for track enthusiasts, aiding brake cooling during extended hot lap sessions.

The 2013 Mustang will make it’s official debut at the LA Auto Show this week; stay tuned for further information.

 |  Nov 15 2011, 7:15 AM

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Bring it on ZL1! That’s what Ford is shouting at cross-town rival Chevy with the debut of the 2013 Shelby GT500, which has received a 100-hp bump to deliver 650-hp straight from the factory. But that’s not all, with torque rising to 600 lb-ft and a top speed of 200-mph. Yes, a 200-mph Mustang!

Much of the improvements to the 2013 Shelby GT500 come under the hood with a larger 5.8-liter V8 engine and a bigger supercharger. The updates aren’t limited to the big parts either, with a new carbon fiber driveshaft, new clutch, six-speed manual transmission (finally!) and a new final drive rear axle with a 3.31:1 ratio.

Those looking for max performance (and who isn’t?) can upgrade to the GT500 Performance Pack with SVT/Bilstein electronically adjustable shocks and a Torsen LSD. A Track Pack adds an extra engine oil cooler, rear diff cooler and a transmission cooler – because you know this high-performance pony is going to run hot. In total, the Shelby GT500 weighs 3,850 lbs, which isn’t exactly light weight, but is almost 300 lbs less than the Camaro ZL!.

To go with its newfound power, the GT500 has a slightly new look with an updated front fascia and new splitter. Also of note, are new Recaro front seats.

Look for more on the 2013 Shelby GT500 from the LA Auto Show with coverage starting tonight.

GALLERY: 2013 Ford Shelby GT500

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 LA Auto Show Preview here

 |  Nov 14 2011, 8:30 AM

First unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Land Rover has announced it will showcase both the DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week. More than just a regional unveiling, this announcement is an indication by Land Rover that it is looking to offer the next-generation Defender (which the concepts were created to inspire) in North America.

“The Defender has always been at the heart of the Land Rover Brand and single-handedly defines our go-anywhere, can-do sprit. Our ambition is to create an all new Defender for a global market that remains absolutely faithfully to its original DNA: tough, versatile, durable and capable. At the same time, it will be developed for the 21st century and adaptable for the needs of future generations,” said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.

“Our intention is to introduce the all new Defender in the middle of the decade – there’s a lot of work to do to meet these dates and our concepts are just the start of the journey.  We are here in LA to showcase our DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts and start to actively explore the possibility of bringing the future Defender to North America.”

Of note, Land Rover describes the DC100 Sport as “bursting with California cool,” while also commenting that both concepts have been designed with hybrid versions in mind – ideal for North America. The unique hybrid system includes a “Driveline Disconnect” system that physically (not electronically) disconnected the rear axle to significantly improve fuel economy.

GALLERY: Land Rover DC100 Sport

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GALLERY: Land Rover DC100

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See AutoGuide’s complete LA Auto Show Preview here

 |  Nov 14 2011, 7:06 AM

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Adding some serious grunt to its new M-Class SUV, Mercedes has just revealed the high-performance ML63 AMG model ahead of its official debut at the LA Auto Show later this week.

Based on the all-new ML, this super-ute now features Merc’s new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine rather than the old 6.2-liter unit, delivering an extra 15-hp and 44 lb-ft of torque for a total of 518-hp and 516 lb-ft. Plus, with an optional AMG Performance Package, output can be increased further to 550-hp and 560 lb-ft. Combined with the brand’s 7-speed AMG Speedshift Plus automatic transmission, acceleration to 60 mph takes just 4.7 seconds (4.6 seconds with the AMG package).

In addition, the AMG package adds on a carbon fiber engine cover, red painted calipers, premium leather, an AMG Performance steering wheel and raises the top speed from 155-mph to 174 mph.

The new turbo engine helps improve fuel economy by 33 percent. As a sign of just how much fuel the old model required, the new ML63 is rated at 16-mpg average. Along with “S” Sport and “M” Manual driving modes, the ML63 also gets a “C” Controlled Efficiency mode that helps improve fuel economy by starting the car in second gear and by engaging a start-stop function.

To maximize performance the ML63′s body has been widened by 0.4 inches on each side to fit larger 20-inch wheels with 265/45/20 tires, or optional 21-inch wheels with 295/35/21 tires. And of course, there’s an AMG braking system and more direct steering system.

Power makes it to the ground in a 40/60 front to rear split, with an Airmatic air suspension system with adaptive dampers used to offer a comfortable yet sporty ride. Further improving handling performance is a new Active Curve System, with active stabilizers front and rear to held reduce body roll in cornering.

And of course there’s a refined cabin with plenty of luxury, not to mention details like AMG illuminated door sills, a power liftgate, a color 7-inch Comand display screen and 4.5-inch instrument cluster display.

GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes ML63 AMG

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Click here for AutoGuide’s complete 2011 LA Auto Show Preview

 |  Nov 13 2011, 2:18 PM

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Chevrolet’s answer to the Fiat 500, Smart ForTwo and Scion iQ will finally make its debut stateside at the upcoming LA Auto Show. The 2013 Chevy Spark mini car not only offers more passenger and cargo room than its tiny competitors, the hatchback is the only car in the segment to offer a seven-inch color touchscreen radio capable of displaying smart phone-based navigation, media and contacts for hands-free calling.

For the North American market, the 2013 Chevy Spark will be available in 1LT and 2LT models. Both feature a 1.2L DOHC four-cylinder engine with 85-hp and 82 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual is standard while a four-speed automatic can be had as a option. Both models will go on sale starting in mid-2012 for both the United States and Canada.

The 2013 Spark is also the only car in its segment to offer the added value of a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty alongside the safety and security of OnStar.

Chevy did not include any pricing in its press release, but we’re certain we’ll hear more when the car makes its official revealing on November 16th, 2011 in Los Angeles.

GALLERY: 2013 Chevrolet Spark

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 LA Auto Show preview here

 |  Nov 13 2011, 1:00 PM

Chrysler‘s Mopar brand has launched a new website dedicated to Chrysler Group owners so that they can regularly view their vehicle information, service history, learn how to use vehicle features, roadside assistance, share vehicle galleries, and receive special offers.

Appropriately named, the Owner’s Center website is set for launch on November 16th. Initial revealing will be held by the Mopar brand during the upcoming 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, allowing the show attendees to gain first hand experience with the new site.

According to Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler’s service, parts and customer-car brand, “Our new Owner’s Center website will support Chrysler Group customers throughout their entire ownership experience with our vehicles. Information will be easily accessible and constantly updated. It’s yet another example of how Mopar adds value to our brands and vehicles.”

The Owner’s Center provides information across Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck, and Fiat brands beginning from model years 1987.

 |  Nov 13 2011, 11:00 AM

There’s nothing like logging into our Facebook page and seeing it littered with Ford Mustang badges. That’s because Ford is turning to its Facebook page and some good ‘ol viral marketing to promote the unveiling of the new 2013 Mustang.

Ford has released four blurry images of the 2013 Mustang on its Facebook page and has promised to un-blur each one for every 5,000 people who “Share” a special Mustang badge.

Obviously it’s been working quite well for Ford, since by the time we caught a glimpse of this they had already unveiled one image with over 5,700. Now it’s our turn to do our part and hopefully you’ll do yours too, so that we can see the 2013 Mustang that much sooner.

 |  Nov 12 2011, 3:51 PM

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Lincoln is brewing up some more interest for its upcoming LA Auto Show debuts. Recently we were teased with a single photo showcasing the new design of the 2013 MKS and MKT, and now the Ford luxury brand has released a couple more. This time it’s clearly showcasing the new MKS sedan’s LED taillights and a new dashboard featuring FoCoMo’s configurable instrument panel LCD screens.

It’s still not a whole lot to go off of, but clearly Ford is taking a page out of its own marketing book to hopefully generate more interest for their newly redesigned MKS and MKT. Let’s just hope when the full unveil happens, we’re not disappointed.

See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 LA Auto Show preview here

GALLERY: 2013 MKS, MKT Design Teasers

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 |  Nov 11 2011, 6:00 PM

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When we first looked through our media schedule for the upcoming 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, our eyebrows perked up when we saw that Nintendo had a press conference scheduled for Thursday at 12:10 pm to 12:35 pm.

Obviously our first thought was that Mario Kart was finally becoming a reality, but we snapped back to something that made sense – like a partnership with an OE to include some entertainment in their cars.

But now MotorWorldHype is reporting that Nintendo will be bringing a custom car to the show built by none other than West Coast Customs. Hopefully Nintendo isn’t just going for something loud and obnoxious to show off its in-car integration, but rather something nice and reasonable even though it involves West Coast Customs. We still haven’t a clue what manufacturer Nintendo is teaming up with but the creation will be on display for the duration of the show. This is Nintendo first time ever appearing at an automotive trade show… should be exciting.

[Source: MotorWorldHype]

 |  Nov 11 2011, 10:30 AM

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After teasing us with a single back shot, Dodge has now released a whole selection of photos, highlighting the very-yellow Charger SRT8 392 Super Bee.

A followup to the 07-09 model year car, the new 2012 model will be available in Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black with a Super Bee logo and striping on the hood and rear decklid. Power will be downright excessive with 470-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque from the new 392 cubic inch (6.4-liter) V8 engine. Other custom goodies include custom 20-inch wheels, Goodyear F1 supercar tires and plenty of custom interior treatments.

Just 1,000 of these ostentatious beauties will be made with cars hitting dealerships in December.

GALLERY: 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 392 Super Bee

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Look for live photos from the car’s LA Auto Show debut, and be sure to check out the complete LA Auto Show preview here.

 |  Nov 11 2011, 9:00 AM

Mercedes-Benz and AMG have turned to Facebook to generate some hype about the upcoming debut of the ML63 AMG. The timing seems to hint at a possible unveiling of the “Sport” SUV at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The teaser photo clearly reveals that the new AMG variant of the ML packs a much more aggressive front end with larger intakes and a front spoiler.

It’s also safe to assume that the new ML63 AMG will sport the 5.5L V8 bi-turbo, the same engine found in the CL63, S63 and CLS63. In its stock form, it pushes out 520-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque but with the AMG performance kit can pump out up to 570-hp.

Look for full details with AutoGuide’s LA Auto Show coverage starting November 16th. And see our complete show preview here.

 |  Nov 11 2011, 7:50 AM

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Joining the new 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee at the LA Auto Show will be the official unveiling of another shocking yellow creation, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket. Painted Stinger Yellow, it’s powered by the impressive new 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with 470-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, and is capable of hitting 60 mph in the 4.0 second range with a top speed of 182-mph.

Other performance goodies include a two-stage adaptive damping suspension system, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters (automatic models), as well as 20-inch wheels. The adaptive damping suspension adjusts the firmness of the shocks in “Auto” mode based on factors like speed, steering angle, brake pressure, throttle pressure and both lateral and vertical acceleration. In a “Sport” mode it delivers the stiffer possible setting.

Styling highlights are extensive with a black grille surround, black body-side stripes and a Yellow Jacket logo, while inside are black leather seats with a Stinger Yellow band and embroidered Yellow Jacket logo.

“The Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket adds another piece of performance car nostalgia to our rear-drive muscle coupe lineup in 2012,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports. “The Stinger Yellow paint and interior accents speak directly to the performance enthusiast who appreciates a memorable and collectible color that helps deliver even more excitement and exclusivity.”

Look for the Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket to hit dealers in the first quarter of 2012.

GALLERY: 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket

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See AutoGuide’s complete LA Auto Show Preview here

 |  Nov 10 2011, 9:15 AM

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Over the past few decades, one of the main criticisms that could be made against Buick models is that they were quasi-luxury, never quite rising to the status of a the Germans or Japanese. While this is partly so as not to complete with Cadillac, Buick now seems ready to raise the bar, with the planned debut of the LaCrosse GL Concept at the LA Auto Show next week.

Starting on the outside there’s an impressive cabernet red paint offset by tinted chrome brightwork, with massive 20-inch wheels. That’s nothing compared to the inside, however, which receives a two-tone cabin with dark cocoa brown and caramel chocochino leather, with ice-blue stitching throughout (sounds strange, we know). The details have not been overlooked wither, with a suede headliner, a swirled wood grain on the dash and steering wheel inspired by Les Paul guitars and storage boxes that have been lined in high grade materials.

What isn’t yet clear is if Buick plans to up the levels of luxury across the board, or if (as the GL trim designation seems to signify), the three-shield brand will get a new high-grade trim, much like Cadillac’s Platinum badge.

GALLERY: Buick LaCrosse GL Concept

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 LA Auto Show preview here

 |  Nov 10 2011, 7:23 AM

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Cadillac has just revealed the production version of its upcoming XTS flagship luxury sedan, which will debut at the 2011 Los Angles Auto Show on November 16, 2011.

Carrying a current line-up that relies heavily on the popularity of the CTS and the Escalade SUV, America’s quintessential luxury brand now seems to be on a roll as it prepares for the XTS as well as the entry level market ATS, effectively tying together the two ends of the market spectrum.

Rumored for under the hood is a twin-turbo direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 making well over 300-hp. In concept form, that same engine was mated to an electric motor, making 350-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. What we do know the XTS will feature is Cadillac’s new CUE telematics system with an 8-inch (or optional 12.3-inch) LCD screen on the dash with simple and clear controls. Cadillac says the system will also feature iPad-like functionality with motions like tap, flick, swipe and spread.

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 |  Nov 09 2011, 10:21 PM

It was a logical step. With a revitalized Charger SRT-8 out of the gate it was only a matter of time before Dodge unveiled a limited run Super Bee based on it.

Much as the last iteration back in ‘09, when only 425 copies were sold, this one takes all the goodies from the SRT-8, namely the aggressive styling, big wheels, monster brakes, suspension and thumping 470 horsepower 392 cubic inch Hemi V8 (that’s 6.4-liters to you of metric persuasion) and gives it a signature look outside and in.

The 2012 version, which will be officially unveiled at the LA Auto Show next week, comes in a choice of two colors, striking Stinger Yellow or menacing Pitch Black, with a unique three-dimensional Super Bee emblem on the front grille, plus prominent stripes on the hood and rear decklid. These are finished in satin black with a white center section on yellow cars, in charcoal on black ones. The rear spoiler is finished in matte black on the yellow Super Bee and body color on the black one.

There’s also 392 Hemi emblems on the front fenders and customary Super Bee logos on the rear ones, just like the 07-09 cars and of course the 1968-71 originals.

Inside, the 2012 Super Bee features the SRT steering wheel and seats, but the latter are finished in a unique Z-strip cloth with yellow and silver striping as well as embroidered Super Bee logos on each of the front seat headrests. Another neat touch is a Super Bee logo which appears in the instrument panel when the ignition is started.

Other features include specially finished 20 x 9 inch alloy wheels with black painted spoke inserts and Goodyear F1 supercar tires, though Goodyear all-season RS-A2s are available in lieu of the F1s.

Dodge says the new Super Bee will be available for ordering through dealerships in December, with cars arriving in showrooms during the first quarter of next year. Although pricing has yet to be announced, expect in the region of $40,000 and oh, if you plan on getting one, better make sure you join the waiting list pronto, for although production will be higher than the ‘09 version, it’ll still be limited to just 1000 units.

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 |  Nov 09 2011, 4:00 PM

It’s not much to go off of, but we’re used to teasers before any major auto show. This year, Lincoln will be showing off its new styling direction that promises to be “forward-looking and more elegantly crafted” than before and it appears that they have a new MKS and MKT set to debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Not much is known about the new 2013 MKS and MKT, but rumors are that the refreshed vehicles will sport new running gear in order to separate them from their respective Ford counterparts. It’s safe to assume that Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology will be present along with suspension and performance enhancements.

Stay tuned as AutoGuide will be present when Lincoln (hopefully) unveils the new MKS and MKT to the public at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

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 |  Nov 09 2011, 3:00 PM

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A week prior to the Los Angeles Auto Show Jeep is previewing two new “Arctic” special edition models, one Wrangler and one Liberty. Both the Wrangler and Liberty Arctic editions feature a collection of winter-themed accessories inside and out. Both special editions will hit showrooms this month.

The Wrangler Arctic is based on the Wrangler Sahara model (ironic?) and Jeep will offer it in Winter Chill, Bright Silver and Bright White. On the outside, Jeep has included a body-color hardtop and fender flares, Arctic badges on the front fenders, a clever Yeti Footprint decal over the driver’s side fender and hood, black hood decal and Mopar black fuel filler door and taillight guards. Those looking to take it to the next level can also opt to get the Wrangler Rubicon wheel and tire package, featuring black semi-gloss 17-inch wheels with 32-inch tires.

For the interior of the Wrangler Arctic, the seats are black Tectonic fabric with Polar White accents and orange stitching and piping. The front seats are heated and feature an Arctic logo while accent stitching can also be found on the steering wheel, arm rest and console lid. In addition, the door trim and nets are in orange while the grab handles and dashboard vent rings are all in Polar White. Finishing it all off are Mopar tread pattern slush mats with Jeep lettering on them.

The Liberty Arctic is based on the Liberty Sport 4×4 models and is very similar to the Wrangler Arctic. It will be available in Winter Chill, Bright Silver, Bright White and Mineral Gray. Similar badges are found on the fenders while the Arctic decal on the hood is unique to the Liberty. For wheels, the Liberty packs black semi-gloss 16-inch with P235/70R16 OWL all-terrain rubber. Deep tinted glass and tow hooks go well with the blacked-out headlights and standard fog lamps.

For the interior, the seats on the Liberty are covered in black vinyl with Gortex while the inserts are similar to the Wrangler’s Tectonic fabric with Polar White accents. Again, Arctic Orange contrast stitching can be found throughout the interior while the Liberty also features gray-faced gauges, express up/down one-touch windows, Media Center 430 touch-screen head unit that powers a nine-speaker Infiniti sound system, and the similar Mopar slush mats found in the Wrangler.

GALLERY: 2012 Jeep Wrangler Arctic

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GALLERY: 2012 Jeep Liberty Arctic

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