LA 2009: Lexus Continues to Gauge Interest in a Premium Hatchback for the U.S.

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LA 2009: Lexus Continues to Gauge Interest in a Premium Hatchback for the U.S.
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Lexus continues to probe the U.S. market to see if it is ready and willing to accept a premium hatchback model. At the LA Auto Show, Toyota’s luxury division is displaying the LF-Ch hybrid hatchback concept that the company first introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Lexus has confirmed the model will inspire a production… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Refreshed C30, C70 Bow in Los Angeles As Volvo Plans Hybrid and Diesel Engines

LA 2009: Refreshed C30, C70 Bow in Los Angeles As Volvo Plans Hybrid and Diesel Engines
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Volvo’s entire product lineup is in a state of change as the Swedish automaker works to update models with new curvy designs inspired by the brand’s revolutionary XC60 luxury crossover. The latest two models to receive the stylistic upgrade are the C70 convertible and C30 hatchback. The C30 gets a new front end with a… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: We Catch Up With Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition in Los Angeles

LA 2009: We Catch Up With Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition in Los Angeles
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There was no pomp and circumstance surrounding the unveiling of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition at the LA Auto Show. In fact, the car didn’t even get an unveiling. We thought it would be best to snap a few pics of it, however, as when Volkswagen announced the car a few weeks back… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Makes M Power, Passable Fuel Economy

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LA 2009: BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Makes M Power, Passable Fuel Economy
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The seconds of two production hybrids to get their North American debut at the LA Auto Show, the X6 ActiveHybrid joins the ActiveHybrid 7 in using the new green technology to make ridiculous amounts of power with modest (very modest) improvements in fuel consumption. In fact, BMW’s engineers have chosen to exploit hybrid technology to… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Saab 9-5 North American Debut Obscured by Brand’s Instability

LA 2009: Saab 9-5 North American Debut Obscured by Brand’s Instability
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At the LA Auto Show, Swedish automaker Saab had on display for the first time on U.S. soil, its new 9-5 sedan, which was touted by many to be the struggling automaker’s savior. The only problem is, with Saab current instability, this baby might just be stillborn. Recently the leading candidate to buy Saab, Swedish… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Mitsubishi Introduces GT Model to Outlander Lineup

LA 2009: Mitsubishi Introduces GT Model to Outlander Lineup
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First shown in concept format the New York Auto Show earlier this year, Mitsubishi has just officially debuted the new 2010 Outlander GT compact crossover at the LA Auto Show. Most noticeable is the EVO-styled front grille, however, there are several other minor changes to update the Outlander to GT status. For starters there’s a… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: MINI Mum on Details for Coupe, Roadster Concepts

LA 2009: MINI Mum on Details for Coupe, Roadster Concepts
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With California being an important market for BMW’s MINI brand, the LA Auto Show would have been a perfect place for execs to spill a few more details on the planned production versions of the MINI Coupe and Roadster Concepts. Would have been… Se we got yet another opportunity to look at the funky new… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Audi A3 TDI Named 2010 Green Car of the Year

LA 2009: Audi A3 TDI Named 2010 Green Car of the Year
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Audi is no doubt thrilled that it’s new A3 TDI model was just awarded the honor of Green Car of the Year today at the LA Auto Show. It sounds perhaps more prestigious than it really is, however, as the award has only been given for five years by the Green Car Journal. The list… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Volkswagen Winds-Down New Beetle With “Final Edition” Models

LA 2009: Volkswagen Winds-Down New Beetle With “Final Edition” Models
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It may have been a big deal when it launched back in 1998 but the New Beetle just doesn’t have the staying power of the original. Volkswagen has announced the “Final Edition” model of the car, unveiling both the limited edition coupe and convertible models at the LA Auto Show. VW will build 1,500 units… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Buick Regal Debuts With Confirmation of Turbocharged 6-Speed Manual Model

LA 2009: Buick Regal Debuts With Confirmation of Turbocharged 6-Speed Manual Model
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Buick has just officially announced the release of the all-new 2011 Regal at the LA Auto Show. With the car, General Motors is taking aim at luxury rivals like the Acura TSX in the entry-level sport/luxury market. Normally, you’d expect a Buick to underperform in this dynamic segment but Buick insists the Regal will be… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: 2011 Hyundai Tucson Unveiled With More Power, Increased Fuel Economy

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LA 2009: 2011 Hyundai Tucson Unveiled With More Power, Increased Fuel Economy
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Hyundai has just unveiled the all-new 2011 Tucson compact crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Tucson gets a complete list of upgrades including a more powerful and fuel efficient 4-cylinder engine, as well as several new features and an all-new look. Powering the Tucson is an improved version of the company’s 2.4-liter… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Mitsubishi Colt Confirmed for North America Next Year

LA 2009: Mitsubishi Colt Confirmed for North America Next Year
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Mitsubishi has confirmed that the new small car it will introduce to North America next year is the Colt. Currently the Colt is in its 7th generation overseas, with some of the past iterations having been sold in North America as Mitsubishis, Dodges, Plymouths and Eagles. Mitsubishi, it seems, will be one of the last… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Turbo Models Due Out Next Year

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LA 2009: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Turbo Models Due Out Next Year
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After having just debuted the all-new 2011 Sonata with an impressive new direct-injection 4-cylinder engine, Hyundai has announced it will offer a high-performance turbocharged model (as well as a hybrid) starting next year. The news of the hybrid model has been known for quite some time, but this is the first Hyundai has said about… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: First Chevy Volts to Hit the Road in California, Starting Late Next Year

LA 2009: First Chevy Volts to Hit the Road in California, Starting Late Next Year
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For what seems like the 100th time, Chevrolet was once again showing off its new Volt plug-in hybrid at the LA Auto Show, but what made this time special was an announcement about when the car will launch. Chevy has said the Volt will go on sale in late 2010, starting in California and expanding… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: BMW Declares War on Lexus LS Hybrid with 455-hp ActiveHybrid 7

LA 2009: BMW Declares War on Lexus LS Hybrid with 455-hp ActiveHybrid 7
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BMW officially declared war today on the Lexus LS hybrid, with its own hybrid version of the 7 Series. A hybrid 7 of any sort would be a serious competitor to the LSh, but the ActiveHybrid 7 is a true BMW, offering not only a dynamic drive (relatively speaking), but a big increase in performance… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Official Debut

LA 2009: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Official Debut
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Yesterday we had the opportunity to see Cadillac’s brand new CTS Coupe model and today we were on hand for the car’s official world premiere at the LA Auto Show. The CTS Coupe expands Cadillac’s CTS lineup to now include a sedan, Sport Wagon and the CTS-V sedan. Cadillac has confirmed a CTS-V Coupe is… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Rolls-Royce Shows Off New ‘Entry Level’ Ghost Model in Los Angeles

LA 2009: Rolls-Royce Shows Off New ‘Entry Level’ Ghost Model in Los Angeles
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Perhaps it’s just the relaxed West Coast way of doing things, but we were surprised at the accessibility Rolls-Royce was giving to its new Ghost model at the LA Auto Show. Normally at auto shows the public are kept away from cars and only the media are allowed up close. Except with Rolls. We’re not… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: 2011 Kia Sorento Debuts in LA, Marks Korean Automaker’s First U.S. Built Vehicle

LA 2009: 2011 Kia Sorento Debuts in LA, Marks Korean Automaker’s First U.S. Built Vehicle
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Korean automaker Kia has officially announced the introduction of the all-new 2011 Sorento compact crossover to the U.S. market – where it will be built. The Sorento’s new design and corporate front-end design come from the KND-4 concept first shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in 2007. Following in the tire-treads of the… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Subaru WRX STI Special Edition World Premiere in Los Angeles

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LA 2009: Subaru WRX STI Special Edition World Premiere in Los Angeles
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Subaru has just officially debuted the 2010 WRX STI Special Edition model at the LA Auto Show, sporting a unique paint scheme and upgraded suspension. The new Special Edition model is inspired by and assembled with suspension components from the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Spec C model. It even gets a set of custom Spec… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: More Powerful Porsche 911 Turbo Arrives at LA Auto Show

LA 2009: More Powerful Porsche 911 Turbo Arrives at LA Auto Show
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Along with the Boxster Spyder world premiere, Porsche gave North American debuts to the updated GT3 RS and the popular 911 Turbo model at the LA Auto Show today. For 2010 the 911 Turbo gets an all-new, larger 3.8-liter engine with direct-injection, making 500-hp. Possibly more important, however, is the fact that the clumsy bush-buttons… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Chevy Cruze Officially Debuts in North America

LA 2009: Chevy Cruze Officially Debuts in North America
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After yesterday’s sneak preview of the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, there isn’t much new to tell other than that GM officially debuted the car today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is worth revisiting the car, however, as it is sure to be an important car for GM and the industry as a whole…. Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Audi E-Tron North American Debut With Electric Orange Paint

LA 2009: Audi E-Tron North American Debut With Electric Orange Paint
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Alongside its new flagship R8 Spyder sports car, Audi also unveiled the E-Tron Concept for the first time on U.S. soil at the LA Auto Show today. And we have to say, it looks much cooler in its new orange paint. Living up to its “Tron” name the oddly shaped E-Tron appears to be part… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Audi R8 Spyder Drops Its Top In the Golden State

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LA 2009: Audi R8 Spyder Drops Its Top In the Golden State
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It’s sure to be one of, if not the car’s largest market, so it’s no surrise that Audi chose the Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce Americans to the new R8 Spyder. Having recently been given it’s world premiere in Frankfurt Germany after years of speculation and spy photos, the 525-hp drop-top R8 is finally… Continue Reading...

LA 2009: Lighter, More Powerful Porsche GT3 RS Arrives in the U.S.

LA 2009: Lighter, More Powerful Porsche GT3 RS Arrives in the U.S.
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Porsche’s barely street-legal GT3 RS has received a long list of mid-cycle upgrades for 2010, including a larger and more powerful engine as well as an even lighter curb weight. Thanks to an increased displacement from 3.6 to 3.8-liters, the new engine makes an additional 15-hp for a new total of 450. That power hits… Continue Reading...
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