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HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 LA Auto Show

  • HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 LA Auto Show
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic stands out in the LA crowd
  • 2016 Mazda CX-3 is the newest KODO designed crossover
  • 2016 Cadillac ATS-V blasts into LA Auto Show

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon

Posted Nov 21st 2014 11:00AM

Volkswagen Golf R400 Concept

We know, we know – this hot little guy isn't really new or anything. Volkswagen first rolled out the Golf R 400 concept in Beijing earlier this year, and since its debut, we've heard rumours that the German automaker might-perhaps-maybe-hopefully build the thing. Its showing here in Los Angeles simply marks the first time it's debuting in North America, and honestly, we can't get enough. So here it is, again. Hello, Golf R 400 – we love you.

And what's not to love? What starts as a normal Golf R gets better with a more aggressive appearance, big wheels, some tasteful neon yellow accents, and a whole mess of power. The original concept packed 395 horsepower from an overblown 2.0-litre turbo-four, though the most recent reports suggest a production version could produce over 400 hp. To keep it all in line, the concept has all-wheel drive. And inside, it's the same functional, comfortable Golf we've always loved.

There's nothing left to say, really. We love this car, and you should, too. Check it out in the gallery above.

Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks

Posted Nov 21st 2014 10:30AM

2016 Toyota Mirai

Is there some rule that all cutting-edge, ultra-efficient or emissions-free vehicles need to look, uh, weird? No? Then would anyone care to explain the Toyota Mirai, a vehicle that for all it's hugely, wildly promising technology, will forever be pigeonholed based on its odd styling?

Looks aside, the Mirai represents a big gamble for Toyota, which isn't only selling a hydrogen-powered car – a risky venture in itself – but teaming up with Air Liquide to build 12 hydrogen filling stations across the northeast. And once that's done, it plans on leasing the US$57,000 sedans for just US$499 month (Canadian availability is not yet known), a figure that includes free hydrogen (there is a reason for that, though). Like we said, this is a big gamble.

Of course, we still can't get over its looks, which you can more closely analyze in our live gallery, available above. Have a glance.

Mini forgets to bring car to LA, shows Citysurfer concept scooter

Posted Nov 21st 2014 10:00AM

Mini Citysurfer Concept

See that red thing? It's the Mini Citysurfer Concept. It is not, in case you were wondering, an automobile. Yet despite this apparent shortcoming, Mini has placed it on a plinth at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The electric scooter weighs in at 18 kilograms (40 pounds), can hit 25 km/h (15 miles per hour), cover 16-25 km (10 to 15 mile)s and can be folded up and charged in the trunk of a Mini Cooper (or any other vehicle with a 12-volt outlet and a roomy enough cargo area). According to the British marque, these qualities will give the scooter's owner the "spontaneous and convenient mobility even in those sections of an urban area not accessible to motorized vehicles."

It's not terribly difficult to see the appeal, as Mini explains it. With urban congestion becoming an increasingly serious problem – and some cities beginning to ban cars outright – the idea of an easy to charge and easy to stow runabout is extremely attractive. That's doubly true in the case of the Citysurfer, which is rather well equipped, as far as scooters go.

It rides on pneumatic tires with a disc brake on each end, while the vital electrical bits are protected from dirt and rain by the scooter's trim. In terms of rider comfort, the Citysurfer features a height-adjustable steering shaft and smartphone holder, so riders can navigate over the last mile of the trip.

Take a look below for the official press release on the Citysurfer Concept from Mini, and then head into Comments if you'd be interested in this sort of solution for urban driving.

News Source: Mini

2015 Lexus LS gets tiny tweaks to try to keep up in LA

Posted Nov 21st 2014 9:30AM

2015 Lexus LS460

The 2015 model-year updates for the LS are certainly minor, but at least Lexus isn't letting its flagship sedan languish completely.

The biggest change for the revised model is an improved infotainment system with an updated navigation and dynamic guidelines for the backup camera. Lexus' Enform App Suite also allows owners to remotely control some of the vehicle's functions, including the door locks, ignition and climate control settings.

Among the litany of incredibly small tweaks, the dome lights now use LEDs, and the F Sport model that includes features like a sport-tuned air suspension and 19-inch forged wheels gets an added badge at the rear. The changes have increased the turning circle by 3.9 inches for models with the standard suspension and 18-inch wheels.

All of the changes are definitely minor, but hopefully they'll sustain the posh motor until its next iteration is ready.

News Source: Lexus

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

2015 Toyota Sienna goes overboard to promote a SpongeBob movie

Posted Nov 21st 2014 9:00AM

SpongeBob Movie-themed 2015 Toyota Sienna

Good marketing is a huge portion of making a film successful, and Toyota and Nickelodeon are going overboard to promote the upcoming SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water with this custom 2015 Sienna inspired by the cartoon character at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The exterior is decorated to look just like SpongeBob, but his maniacally smiling face on the hood and windshield might be pure, uncut nightmare fuel for a segment of the child population. The ring on the roof actually blows bubbles too, and the look gets finished off with matching blue and yellow wheels.

If you get past SpongeBob's crazed expression and take a peek inside, you find even more cartoon cues. Each of the seats is upholstered to evoke the shows stars, and all of the trim has nautical inspiration as filtered through the series' animation style. The floor is a sandy beige, blue wood trim runs over the dashboard and sides and the roof has airbrushed clouds. Of course, it's hard not to miss a ship's wheel that replaces the usual steering wheel.

While it's certainly bizarre, kids might dig the bright colours, while their parents check out the Sienna. The van's also going on a cross-country promotional tour to advertise the movie ahead of its February 6 release. Scroll down for all of the info about this cartoon car.

News Source: Toyota

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

GM names Carlisle head of Canadian operations

Posted Nov 21st 2014 8:28AM

Stephen K. CarlisleGeneral Motors may be an American automaker first and foremost, but it can see straight into Windsor, Canada from its Renaissance Center headquarters on the Detroit River, and has considerable operations in the True North. And now, GM's Canadian division (headquartered in Oshawa just outside of Toronto) has a new director to run its operations.

That executive is Stephen K. Carlisle, whose long career at GM started when he was still a student in 1982. He's since risen up through the ranks to serve from 2010 until now as Vice President of Global Product Planning and Program Management, previously overseeing regional operations in Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia and for the US market.

In his new capacity as president and managing director of GM Canada, Carlisle succeeds Kevin W. Williams, who will retire at the end of the year after a career with The General that's almost as long as as his successor.

Carlisle will report directly to Alan Batey, president of GM North America.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV offers the best of both worlds it's ready to conquer

Posted Nov 21st 2014 8:00AM

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class just keeps growing – both in terms of dimensions and in terms of variants. Nevermind the S-Class Coupe for a moment and focus only on the sedan: in North America alone, you can get the big Benz in S550, S600, S63 and S65 spec, and at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, Daimler has rolled out the new Maybach version as well. But if it's a more environmentally friendly way to woosh around town in serene luxury that you're after, you'll want to look at the new S550 Plug-In Hybrid.

Joining Daimler's growing range of battery-powered models alongside the E400 Hybrid, B-Class Electric Drive and Smart ED (the latter soon to be replaced by an all-new version), the S550 PHEV is the German automaker's first plug-in hybrid. It was first announced over a year ago and made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, but now the North American-spec car is making its debut in LA.

Promising "the performance of a V8 and the fuel consumption of a compact model," the S550 PHEV pairs a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 to an 80-kW electric motor, the S550 PHEV packs a combined 436 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque to reach 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds, top out at 210 km/h (130 miles per hour) or drive up to 32 kilometres (20 miles) on electric mode alone. On the European combined cycle, it'll return an impressive 84 miles per gallon, all the while never skimping on the luxury.

Scope it out in our gallery of photos from the show floor in LA and delve into the details in the press release below.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Hottest concept cars at the 2014 LA Auto Show

Posted Nov 20th 2014 9:00PM



Although many of the outrageous concept cars and stunning prototypes displayed at the 2014 LA Auto Show may never make it to reality, the ideas, styling cues and key elements from each one often help influence the next generation of cars and technology set to hit the road.

Many manufacturers create their concepts cars specifically to gauge consumer feedback and overall reaction to the latest designs ideas, while also giving us a glimpse at new design direction and emerging technology.

Click here to see the hottest concept cars and event coverage from the 2014 LA Auto Show and get the inside scoop on each vehicle listed below.

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Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon
Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon

Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks
Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks

2015 Lexus LS gets tiny tweaks to try to keep up in LA
2015 Lexus LS gets tiny tweaks to try to keep up in LA

2015 Toyota Sienna goes overboard to promote a SpongeBob movie
2015 Toyota Sienna goes overboard to promote a SpongeBob movie

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV offers the best of both worlds it's ready to conquer
2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV offers the best of both worlds it's ready to conquer

Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA
Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA

Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo could only work in a video game [w/video]
Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo could only work in a video game [w/video]

2015 Porsche 911 GTS widens your rear-engined choices
2015 Porsche 911 GTS widens your rear-engined choices

2015 Toyota Prius C is still colourful, still gets 4.4L/100km
2015 Toyota Prius C is still colourful, still gets 4.4L/100km

2015 Maserati Ghibli gets the lightest of updates [w/video]
2015 Maserati Ghibli gets the lightest of updates [w/video]

2015 Toyota Prius V gets updated looks and content
2015 Toyota Prius V gets updated looks and content

2016 Acura ILX, for better or worse
2016 Acura ILX, for better or worse

2016 Jaguar F-Type prowls the floor with new manual and AWD options
2016 Jaguar F-Type prowls the floor with new manual and AWD options

Volkswagen Golf R Sport Wagon ready to haul ass, and other stuff too
Volkswagen Golf R Sport Wagon ready to haul ass, and other stuff too

2015 Chrysler 300 swaggers into LA Auto Show [w/video]
2015 Chrysler 300 swaggers into LA Auto Show [w/video]

Scion iM Concept bows, production version confirmed for North America
Scion iM Concept bows, production version confirmed for North America

2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS proves performance is relative
2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS proves performance is relative

2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country rides in tall and rugged
2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country rides in tall and rugged

2015 Maserati Quattroporte gets the lightest possible updates
2015 Maserati Quattroporte gets the lightest possible updates

Chevy reveals diesel-powered Colorado ZR2 Concept [w/video]
Chevy reveals diesel-powered Colorado ZR2 Concept [w/video]

2015 Fiat 500X offers Italian Jeep Renegade spirit
2015 Fiat 500X offers Italian Jeep Renegade spirit

Lexus LF-C2 Concept shows polarizing looks are here to stay
Lexus LF-C2 Concept shows polarizing looks are here to stay

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a knight in white satin
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a knight in white satin

Bentley Grand Convertible is grand, is a convertible
Bentley Grand Convertible is grand, is a convertible

Audi R8 bids adieu with the 570-hp Competition in LA
Audi R8 bids adieu with the 570-hp Competition in LA

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic stands out in the LA crowd
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic stands out in the LA crowd

2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series is a seriously quick way to spend $260k
2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series is a seriously quick way to spend $260k

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a silver arrow aimed at Bentley [w/video]
2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a silver arrow aimed at Bentley [w/video]

Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept blends the past and the future
Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept blends the past and the future

2016 Mazda6 gets fresh facelift in LA
2016 Mazda6 gets fresh facelift in LA

2016 BMW X6 M brings the power at LA Auto Show
2016 BMW X6 M brings the power at LA Auto Show

2016 Honda HR-V details and specs revealed
2016 Honda HR-V details and specs revealed

2016 BMW X5 M gets big and bold at LA Auto Show
2016 BMW X5 M gets big and bold at LA Auto Show

2016 Ford Explorer revealed with new 2.3-litre EcoBoost
2016 Ford Explorer revealed with new 2.3-litre EcoBoost

2016 Mazda CX-3 is the newest KODO designed crossover
2016 Mazda CX-3 is the newest KODO designed crossover

2016 Cadillac ATS-V blasts into LA Auto Show
2016 Cadillac ATS-V blasts into LA Auto Show

2015 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a lean, mean, Z/28-fighting machine [w/video]
2015 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a lean, mean, Z/28-fighting machine [w/video]

Honda HR-V debuts early before 2014 LA Auto Show
Honda HR-V debuts early before 2014 LA Auto Show

Image Credit: Autoblog Canada / Drew Phillips / Double Clutch / AOL

Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA

Posted Nov 20th 2014 8:30PM

Galpin-Fisker Rocket

Galpin Fisker Rocket - rear fascia closeupGalpin Auto Sport and Henrik Fisker made big promises about the Rocket before its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, calling it the "ultimate American muscle car." Now that this 725-horsepower carbon-fiber Ford Mustang has officially been revealed, we've now got a chance to see if their vision backs up all the bluster.

The Rocket is based off the latest 2015 Mustang, but the entire exterior design has been substantially reworked by Fisker. "This is a project born out of passion, it's a dream come true, to have the opportunity to 'touch' a Mustang and apply my design ideas to it," he says in the model's announcement.

The biggest changes come up front, where Fisker has added a gaping hexagonal grille with a polished bar running and two nearly hidden driving lights at the top corners. Long nostrils run down each side of the hood, taking their inspiration from the 1968 Shelby GT500. The Rocket's design also emphasizes its scalloped sides, which run back to functional ducts at the rear to cool the Brembo Grand Turismo brakes. When checking out the Rocket from the rear, it's easy to spot the wider fenders that are beautifully blended into the integrated spoiler. The interior has been left mostly alone beyond some eye-grabbing red leather and carbon-fiber trim.

Under the hood, Galpin spokesperson Nathan Hoyt has confirmed to Autoblog that the Rocket employs a 5.0-litre V8 with a Whipple supercharger which can be called to attention with a six-speed manual gearbox.

It took only a few months for the vehicle to go from conception to reality. Fisker showed Galpin President Beau Boeckmann early sketches at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and the two parties went from there. "When Henrik showed me his ideas, I got chills - it's literally the most beautiful Mustang I have ever seen," says Boeckmann in the company's release.

Production is set to begin in December, with deliveries starting in early 2015. There's no set production total in mind for now, but Hoyt tells Autoblog that the price will be "just over US$100,000." Scroll down to read all of the details about Fisker and Galpin's Rocket.

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News Source: Galpin Auto Sports

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

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