LA 2009: BMW's Futuristic Turbo-Diesel Plug-in Hybrid Arrives in LA

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.

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LA Preview: Watch Out Lexus, BMW to Give Hybrid 7 Series Its U.S. Debut in Los Angeles

Along with BMW’s futuristic Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, the German automaker will also showcase hybrid versions of the 7 Series and X6, both if which are slated to go on sale in the near future.

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LA Peview: BMW's Hugely Powerful, But Not So Efficient, X6 Hybrid Headed to Los Angeles

When BMW first introduced its X6 model, one of the many questions surrounding it was, “who wants a vehicle like this?” Apparently the answer is BMW engineers.

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LA Preview: Volkswagen Bringing 170-MPG L1 Concept to LA Auto Show

As amazing as the 71-mpg Polo BlueMotion model is that Volkswagen plans to show at the LA Auto Show next week, the German automaker will also show another fuel-efficient vehicle that gets more than double that car’s mpg rating.

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LA Preview: Prius PHV Concept Set to Plug-In at Los Angeles Auto Show

After first debuting in Frankfurt and then traveling to Tokyo, the Prius Plug-In Hybrid Concept is set debut on U.S. soil for the first time at the LA Auto Show next week.

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Report: Toyota Shelves Plans for Entry-Level Prius I Model

Remember back when Honda announced pricing for its Insight hybrid would start at under $20,000 and Toyota, in a bid to compete, said it would offer the Prius for just $21,000? Several months later, and the launch of the Prius II, III, IV and V and Toyota is now saying the Prius I isn’t likely to ever see production – not for average consumers anyway.

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LA Preview: Subaru Announces Hybrid Engine for 2012

In a weeks time at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru will display its Hybrid Tourer Concept which will be the focal point of an announcement that the Japanese automaker will introduce a hybrid engine in 2012.

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Report: Lexus Considering a Premium Hatchback for the U.S. Market Says Company Exec

Rumors that a Lexus might bring a premium hatchback model to North America have been swirling since the automaker first introduced us to the LF-Ch concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show a few months back. Toyota’s luxury arm then stoked those flames by announcing that the premium hybrid hatchback concept would be shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.

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Report: BMW's Wild Turbo-Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Concept Car Headed to LA Auto Show

Along with a hybrid 7 Series and a hybrid X6, BMW will use the LA Auto Show as the venue to introduce North America to its Vision EfficientDynamics Concept. Built as a show-piece to display BMW’s fuel-efficiency expertise, the Vision ED Concept is also a true BMW, offering impressive fuel economy while not sacrificing performance.

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Report: Prius Could Supplant Camry as Toyota's Top Seller Says Company Exec

The Prius could surpass the Camry as Toyota’s best selling model in the U.S. in the next ten years says the head of Toyota’s sales department. Toyota Motor Sales boss Jim Lentz made the comments, stating that he sees the Prius gaining ground, rather than the Camry (the top selling passenger car in the U.S. for 11 of the past 12 years) shrinking.

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LA Preview: Lexus Gets Serious About LF-Ch Hybrid for North America With Showing in Los Angeles

After initially announcing that the production version of the LF-Ch hybrid hatchback concept would be offered exclusively in Europe, Lexus has hinted that it may bring the model to other markets including North America. After creating a feedback page for the car on its website, Lexus has now made the biggest move towards an acknowledgment of U.S. sales by announcing the vehicle will be on display at the LA Auto Show in early December.

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Report: Mercedes Launches Lease-Only ML450 Hybrid

Mercedes has just announced announced the ML450 Hybrid 4MATIC model is ready for purchase… sort of. The first complete product to use the two-mode hybrid system built by the joint General Motors, Daimler, BMW and Chrysler hybrid technology group will only be offered as a lease.

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Report: Next Impalla Will Be Front-Drive With a Hybrid Option

Despite continued rumors to the contrary, the next iteration of the Chevrolet Impala will not be rear-wheel drive. In an interview with InsideLine, GM’s product boss Bob Lutz, definitively stated that the car will put power to the front wheels. Lutz would only give vague details about the car, which is probably all he has, considering how far away the production version is.

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Report: Finalists Chosen in Chevy Volt Color Contest

After 13,000 entries, Chevy has narrowed it down to three finalists in its Volt Color Contest. Among them are Devin McQuarrie of San Jose, CA, with the name EV-ergreen; Dave Thomas of Sanford, FL, with the name Viridian Joule; and Matthew Valbuena of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, with environMINT.

Chevy is now asking the public to visit http://www.chevroletvoltage.com to vote for their favorite. Votes will be accepted until 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 1st. All finalists will be flown to Los Angeles for an event prior to the LA Auto Show, where the winner will be announced. The winner will be one of the very first individuals outside General Motors to drive the company’s revolutionary new plug-in hybrid.

Official release after the jump:

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Report: Toyota Planning Larger Prius Variant

Toyota is preparing to launch a variant of the Prius and while the new hybrid would be a larger model, the exact type of vehicle is not known. According to a report in Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper, the new Prius variant would either be a crossover or a wagon.

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