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2009 LA Auto Show Coverage
By Colum Wood, Nov. 11, 2009

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In recent years the Los Angeles Auto Show has emerged as an important venue for manufacturers both international and domestic. In the past, debuts were limited to convertibles or the occasional sports car, but with the state of California leading the charge in promoting alternative fuel, hybrid car and electric vehicle technology, the LA Auto Show has become the place to showcase new “green” products as well.

Important debuts for 2009 include the Ford Fiesta, Mazda2, Chevrolet Cruze, Cadillac CTS Coupe, CTS-V Coupe, Buick Regal, 2011 Toyota Sienna, 2011 Hyundai Tucson, Infiniti M37 and M56, Subaru WRX STI Special Edition, 2011 Ford Mustang and Porsche Boxster Spyder.

Other highlights include the Lexus LFA, Lexus LF-Ch Hybrid, Mercedes SLS, Rolls-Royce Ghost, BMW ActiveHybrid 7, Volkswagen L1 Concept, Porsche 911 Turbo and GT3 RS.

Top LA Auto Show 2009 Coverage Stories


U.S.-Spec Ford Fiesta Officialy Debuts in Los Angeles With Most of its Euro-Spec Goodies Intact

Ford Motor Company has just officially introduced North America to the Fiesta sub-compact, bringing the popular European hatchback model to the United States and Canada. In addition, Ford has built and introduced a sedan version of the car – designed and built specifically for the North American marketplace...


First Live Photos of Chevy’s 40-MPG Cruze

One day ahead of the U.S.-market debut of 2011 Cruze compact sedan, Chevy gave us a little personal time with the what might just be a genuine Corolla killer. From the Cavalier, to the Cobalt, and now the Cruze, Chevy’s latest compact car is anything but...


2011 Hyundai Sonata Gets Stylish New Look, Powerful and Efficient Engine

Hyundai is all set to stir up the family sedan segment with the stylish, powerful and efficient 2011 Sonata. The latest in Hyundai’s new lineup of products, the Sonata gets a coupe-like shape reminiscent of the Volkswagen CC. And that’s a very big compliment to be sure...


2011 Toyota Sienna Premieres With New, Efficient 4-Cylinder Engine

With the minivan segment continuing to diminish in the marketplace, Toyota has unveiled its all-new 2011 Sienna as more of a significantly refreshed version. It’s not a huge departure from the previous generation model, but it does get a long list of upgrades including a new interior and exterior as well as a new standard 4-cylinder engine...


Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Gets 70 MPG, Could See Production

Volkswagen’s big news at the LA Auto Show was the world premiere of the Up! Light Concept, a hybrid diesel based on the company’s upcoming small-car architecture – meaning it could very well see production...


First Live Photos of New 305-HP 2011 Ford Mustang

Ford has chosen the LA Auto Show to debut its significantly more powerful 2011 Mustang V6. In fact, the new 3.7-liter V6 engine, which replaces the larger and older 4.0-liter mill makes almost as much power as the 2010 Mustang GT...

Latest LA Auto Show 2009 Coverage

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

December 3, 2009 | 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...

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

December 3, 2009 | 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...

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

December 3, 2009 | 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...

BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Makes M Power, Passable Fuel Economy

December 3, 2009 | 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...

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

December 3, 2009 | 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 supercar maker Koenigsegg, pulled out of the deal, putting not just the car’s future, but the entire automaker’s future in jeopardy...

Mitsubishi Introduces GT Model to Outlander Lineup

December 3, 2009 | 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...

MINI Mum on Details for Coupe, Roadster Concepts

December 3, 2009 | 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...

Mitsubishi Shows Off Hybrid Capability With PX-MiEV Crossover Concept

December 3, 2009 | One of the few remaining Japanese automakers without a hybrid vehicle in its lineup, Mitsubishi brought its new Concept PX-MiEV to the LA Auto Show to let Californians know that it too has the capability and is considering its options...

Audi A3 TDI Named 2010 Green Car of the Year

December 3, 2009 | 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...

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

December 3, 2009 | 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...

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

December 3, 2009 | 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...

2011 Hyundai Tucson Unveiled With More Power, Increased Fuel Economy

December 3, 2009 | 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...

Mitsubishi Colt Confirmed for North America Next Year

December 3, 2009 | 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...

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Turbo Models Due Out Next Year

December 3, 2009 | 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...

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

December 3, 2009 | 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 to other markets after that...

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

December 2, 2009 | 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 with 455-hp on tap...

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Official Debut

December 2, 2009 | 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. ..

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

December 2, 2009 | 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...

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

December 2, 2009 | 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...

Subaru WRX STI Special Edition World Premiere in Los Angeles

December 2, 2009 | 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...

More Powerful Porsche 911 Turbo Arrives at LA Auto Show

December 2, 2009 | 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...

Chevy Cruze Officially Debuts in North America

December 2, 2009 | 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...

Audi E-Tron North American Debut With Electric Orange Paint

December 2, 2009 | 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...

Audi R8 Spyder Drops Its Top In the Golden State

December 2, 2009 | 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 here...

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

December 2, 2009 | 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...

Honda P-NUT (Personal-Neo Urban Transport) Foreshadows Future City Car

December 2, 2009 | Honda has shown that it is thinking a great deal about a possible future mini car with the introduction of the Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT) concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show...

U.S.-Spec Ford Fiesta Officialy Debuts in Los Angeles With Most of its Euro-Spec Goodies Intact

December 2, 2009 | Ford Motor Company has just officially introduced North America to the Fiesta sub-compact, bringing the popular European hatchback model to the United States and Canada. In addition, Ford has built and introduced a sedan version of the car – designed and built specifically for the North American marketplace...

Mercedes Gives First “From-Scratch” AMG Model Its U.S. Debut in Los Angeles

December 2, 2009 | With a very large percentage of all AMG vehicles sold in Southern California, it’s not surprising that Mercedes-Benz chose the LA Auto Show as the first North American location to showcase the performance brand’s first ever ground-up vehicle...

Porsche Boxster Spyder World Premiere

December 2, 2009 | The Porsche Boxster Spyder is one of a handful of world premieres at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. The lighter-weight and more powerful Boxster model gets a Carrera GT-inspired clamshell rear with bulges to accentuate this car’s two-seat layout. Other design features include lower side windows for a chop-top look...

2011 Toyota Sienna Premieres With New, Efficient 4-Cylinder Engine

December 2, 2009 | With the minivan segment continuing to diminish in the marketplace, Toyota has unveiled its all-new 2011 Sienna as more of a significantly refreshed version. It’s not a huge departure from the previous generation model, but it does get a long list of upgrades including a new interior and exterior as well as a new standard 4-cylinder engine...

Mazda2 Gets North American Debut, But Details Scarce

December 2, 2009 | Mazda has just officially debuted the new Mazda2 sub-compact at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Designed to compete in an increasingly crowded market against car’s like the Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit, the Mazda2 is designed to be an affordable, sporty car that delivers what Mazda refers to as Zoom-Zoom Concentrated...

2011 Hyundai Sonata Gets Stylish New Look, Powerful and Efficient Engine

December 2, 2009 | Hyundai is all set to stir up the family sedan segment with the stylish, powerful and efficient 2011 Sonata. The latest in Hyundai’s new lineup of products, the Sonata gets a coupe-like shape reminiscent of the Volkswagen CC. And that’s a very big compliment to be sure...

552-HP Lexus LFA Supercar On Display at Los Angeles International Auto Show

December 2, 2009 | The latest step in the car’s North American tour, the Lexus LFA supercar has arrived at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where it will be viewable by the public starting later this week. The LFA has already been shown at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas last month, but it was an industry-only event. The car premiered at the Tokyo Auto Show...

Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Gets 70 MPG, Could See Production

December 2, 2009 | Volkswagen’s big news at the LA Auto Show was the world premiere of the Up! Light Concept, a hybrid diesel based on the company’s upcoming small-car architecture – meaning it could very well see production...

Scion’s Very Purple xB RS 7.0 Debuts in LA

December 2, 2009 | With no new models lined up in the production schedule, Scion has tossed together yet another limited edition Release Series version of its popular xB platform – the seventh no less. Dubbed the xB Release Series 7.0, like previous RS models, this car comes with a full package of aftermarket parts, including a custom paint color, and retails for a pretty reasonable price....

BMW’s Futuristic Turbo-Diesel Plug-in Hybrid Arrives in LA

December 2, 2009 | Undoubtedly the focal point of BMW’s display at the LA Auto Show, the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept embodies the German automaker’s high efficiency philosophy and is being shown in LA for the first time since its word debut in Frankfurt...

First Live Photos of New 305-HP 2011 Ford Mustang

December 2, 2009 | Ford has chosen the LA Auto Show to debut its significantly more powerful 2011 Mustang V6. In fact, the new 3.7-liter V6 engine, which replaces the larger and older 4.0-liter mill makes almost as much power as the 2010 Mustang GT...

2011 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Arrives in North America… Finally

December 2, 2009 | Ford has just officially revealed the North American market version of the Fiesta hatchback, its widely popular and successful model currently on sale in Europe. Debuting alongside the hatch, is an all-new Fiesta sedan, designed specifically for North America...

2010 G37 Unveiled With Udated Design, Upgraded Interior

December 2, 2009 | Choosing to forgo the pomp and circumstance (not to mention the price) of the LA Auto Show, Infiniti unveiled a mid-cycle refresh of the G37 sports sedan alongside the all new 2011 M37 and M56. The G wasn’t exactly looking dated, but as the most important product in Infiniti’s lineup, the company didn’t want to risk falling behind...

MINI Coupe and Roadster Concepts Ready for North American Debut in LA

December 2, 2009 | MINI’s two new concept cars are slated to make an appearance at the LA Auto Show, giving Los Angeles residents and local media a first chance to see the two fun cars since their world premiere at the Frankfurt Auto Show...

New Infiniti M37, M56 Unleashed in Los Angeles

December 1, 2009 | Infiniti has just unveiled the latest generation of its M cars at the swanky SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The M will be offered as both an M37 and M56, with both models being either RWD or AWD...

First Live Photos of Chevy’s 40-MPG Cruze

December 1, 2009 | One day ahead of the U.S.-market debut of 2011 Cruze compact sedan, Chevy gave us a little personal time with the what might just be a genuine Corolla killer. From the Cavalier, to the Cobalt, and now the Cruze, Chevy’s latest compact car is anything but...

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe World Premiere

December 1, 2009 | At an off-site venue just ahead of the car’s “official” debut at the LA Auto Show tomorrow, Cadillac has given us a full preview of its new 2011 CTS Coupe..

A First Look at Ford’s U.S.-Spec Fiesta

December 1, 2009 | Just a day before Ford will officially take the wraps off the U.S.-Spec version of the new Fiesta, a few CGI images of the car have shown up on the automaker’s website. Along with the hatchback version we also get our first look at the sedan, which was built specifically for the North American market...

Ford Gives 2011 Mustang New 3.7-Liter Engine With 305-HP

November 30, 2009 | Ford has officially announced that it will debut an all-new V6 engine for the 2011 Mustang at the LA Auto Show later this week...

Cadillac CTS Coupe Revealed Ahead of LA Auto Show Debut

November 23, 2009 | Just over a week ahead of the car’s scheduled debut, Cadillac has revealed the Coupe version of its popular CTS model, looking almost identical to the concept. Even more exciting is the confirmation that GM’s luxury brand will also deliver a 556-hp CTS-V Coupe, which is expected to debut alongside the standard version at the LA Auto Show...

Hyundai Officially Debuts 200-hp Direct-Injection Four-Cylinder for 2011 Sonata

November 20, 2009 | Hyundai Motor America has confirmed the introduction of the company’s first direct-injection gasoline engine will debut in the 2011 Sonata...

Porsche Releases Huge Gallery of Boxster Spyder Images Ahead of LA Auto Show Debut

November 20, 2009 | With the car’s debut at the LA Auto Show fast approaching, Porsche has released a large gallery of photos of its latest model, the Boxster Spyder. The photos show the car in detail, including the Carrera GT-inspired clamshell rear with bulges to accentuate this car’s two-seat layout. Other design features include lower side windows for a chop-top look...

Porsche Boxster Spyder Drops Weight, Gains Horsepower

November 5, 2009 | After much speculation, Porsche has finally announced that it will introduce a light weight Boxster Spyder model at the LA Auto Show. Designed with inspiration from the iconic Carrera GT, the Boxster Spyder gets lower side windows for that chop-top roadster look and also comes with a unique single clamshell rear with two bulges to really accentuate the two-seater nature of this sports car...

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