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HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 LA Auto Show

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  • 2016 Cadillac ATS-V blasts into LA Auto Show

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

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

Posted Nov 20th 2014 7:45PM

Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo

There's something wondrous about the Vision Gran Turismo series of concepts that has let companies go wild with completely imaginary concepts for Gran Turismo. For Chevrolet's crack at the idea, it has taken a page out of its performance past with the Chaparral Can-Am racers of the '60s and '70s, with its designers having reinterpreted that period look for the future of motorsports as the Chaparral 2X.

In real life, the 2X looks even better than in earlier photos. The design takes inspiration from someone in a flying suit with head down and arms outstretched, an influence you can really see that in the vehicle's shape. The driver lies facedown inside with the instruments projected onto a visor.

Unfortunately, the powertrain here is a complete flight of fancy and works purely in the video game world. It imagines a laser propelled by lithium-ion batteries and an air-powered generation to make 900 horsepower. The 2X has a theoretical top speed of 386 km/h or 240 miles per hour and hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in a lightning-quick 1.5 seconds.

Scroll down to see the concept on video with Chevrolet designers describing their inspiration and read the company's full announcement. It's also downloadable in Gran Turismo 6.

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News Source: Chevrolet via YouTube

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

2015 Porsche 911 GTS widens your rear-engined choices

Posted Nov 20th 2014 6:58PM

2015 Porsche 911 GTS

"Porsche needs to offer more versions of the 911" is not a phrase you'll hear uttered often. Not with 15 versions already in the catalogue. But with the opening of this year's LA Auto Show, Porsche has introduced four more to bring the total up to nineteen variants. And more are no doubt on the way.

What you're looking at is the new Porsche 911 GTS, which has grown from one model in the previous generation to four. Buyers will be able to choose between rear- or all-wheel drive and between coupe and cabriolet body-styles, but either way they'll be looking at a 3.8-litre flat six with 430 horsepower. That slots it in between the base Carrera and the GT3, but unlike the hardcore latter, it can be had with choice of manual or dual-clutch transmission – bringing the available configurations of 911 GTS up to eight.

Spec the DCT and you'll be reaching 60 mph (96 km/h) in as little as 3.8 seconds, but the pleasure won't come cheap: prices range from $130,300 for the rear-drive coupe to $137,900 for the all-wheel-drive cabrio, plus delivery. But for that much scratch you also get the Powerkit, Sport Chrono package, wider track, lower suspension, Xenon headlamps, Alcantara trim, 20-inch alloys and more all thrown in as standard.

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

Posted Nov 20th 2014 6:15PM

2015 Toyota Prius C

Few vehicles can match the affordable fuel economy of the $19,000, 53-mile-per-gallon Toyota Prius C, and that fact isn't likely to change for 2015, as the Japanese company has issued a moderate refresh of its sub-compact hybrid.

As mid-cycle refreshes go, this is a pretty standard affair, with a larger grille and tweaked LED headlights at the front of the Prius C, and more expressive taillights at the back. Toyota made some minor changes in the cabin, updating materials throughout, but not fiddling too much with the overall level of equipment.

Aside from those modest changes, this is the same fuel-efficient five-door, retaining its 1.5-litre, 73-horsepower, 82-pound-foot four-cylinder, while an electric motor tosses in an extra 26 ponies, for a total system output of 99 horsepower. Along with the 53-mpg (4.4L/100km) highway rating, the C will return 46 mpg (5.1L/100km) in the city.

Take a look below for the full press release from Toyota, and then be sure to check out the full gallery of live images, straight from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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News Source: Toyota

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

Posted Nov 20th 2014 5:45PM

2015 Maserati Ghibli

Maserati continued its centennial celebration this week with a lightly updated version of the 2015 Ghibli at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The sedan is enhanced with navigation and Bluetooth features, which are now standard. Reinforcing that this is a light refresh, Maserati gave the brake calipers a new finish, and contrasted stitching is also added on the Ghibli and Ghibli SQ4 models.

Maserati is also throwing in a free three-month "all-access" subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio for the Ghibli, Quattroporte and GranTurismo.

The Ghibli shared space in Los Angeles with the Alfieri concept that debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the GranTurismo MC Centennial edition and the updated Quattroporte GTS.

Though Maserati has had an understated presence in LA, it's had a strong year in North America and has already posted its best-ever sales tally.

2015 Toyota Prius V gets updated looks and content

Posted Nov 20th 2014 5:00PM

2015 Toyota Prius V

The Toyota Prius V is the most utilitarian member of the Prii family with a big jump in cargo space over the rest but maintaining the great fuel economy. For the 2015 model year, the company is giving the wagon an update with a big shift in front end styling and upgraded taillights to go with the revised look. Inside, customers also get a little new technology, as well.

The biggest change up front is the reshaped headlights and new bumper that look almost identical to the recent restyling of the Prius + in Europe. Though, the latest parts might be a little polarizing and almost make the wagon look like it has gills at each corner. The top level Prius V Five trim also adds integrated foglights to the design and headlights with LEDs for the high and low beams. Toyota is offering three additional colours too: Attitude Black Metallic, Absolutely Red and Toasted Walnut Pearl.

Inside, drivers can get a new, eight-way adjustable power driver's seat on some models, and there's now a 4.2-inch TFT screen situated between the gauges on the Three trim level and higher to display information like fuel economy, navigation instructions, climate control settings and more. The upper versions also get Toyota's latest Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch high-res touchscreen with navigation. Finally, the Advanced Technology Package on the Five trim now includes Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beams.

Mechanically, the Prius V remains unchanged thanks to the same 1.8-litre Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder hybrid powertrain with nickel-metal hydride battery pack pumping out 134 net horsepower. Fuel economy stays at 44 miles per gallon (5.3L/100km) city, 40 mpg (5.9L/100km) highway and 42 mpg (5.6L/100km) combined.

Despite the upgraded looks, the base 2015 Prius V Two is US$75 cheaper this year at US$26,675, plus US$825 destination. Although, the top Five model is US$540 more at US$30,935 before destination. The latest model year should start hitting dealers in December; scroll down for all of the specs and pricing.

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News Source: Toyota

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

2016 Acura ILX, for better or worse

Posted Nov 20th 2014 4:30PM

Restyled Compact Goes 2.4L-Only, Loses 6-Speed Manual, Adds 8-Speed DCT



Unfortunately, the slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission has been discontinued.

"It's just a badge-engineered Honda Civic." This (uninformed) criticism has been leveled at the Acura ILX since the premium compact arrived on the scene to duke it out with the Buick Verano and, more recently, the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-class. For model year 2016, Acura will attempt to address the car's critics, issuing a major reshuffle of the sedan's lineup along with the typical sheen of a mid-cycle refresh.

Following up on the discontinuation of the ILX Hybrid for 2015, Acura is dispatching the antiquated pairing of the base 2.0-litre four-cylinder and five-speed automatic for 2016. The 2.4-litre, sourced from the Honda Civic Si, still produces 201 horsepower, while torque has been bumped up from 170 to 180, with peak output arriving at 3,600 rpm rather than 4,400. Acura is also adding the same eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission from the TLX to its ILX lineup. Unfortunately, the slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission we've always enjoyed has been discontinued. Sad trombone, indeed.

Powertrain tweaks aside, Acura has issued a pretty handsome freshening for 2016. The ILX was always a handsome offering, but the new front and rear clips are improvements. Acura's love-it-or-hate-it JewelEye headlights have been grafted onto the ILX, while the grille, a traditional weak point for the brand, is perhaps one of the best we've seen out of the company in several years. The rear taillights also received some attention, although it was the back bumper that saw the biggest update, with the lower section getting a sportier look.

Acura will also add a new A-Spec package for 2016, which replaces the standard 17-inch wheels with 18s, adds "Euro-style" stitching to the steering wheel and adds black Lux Suede inserts to the seats, along with a flurry of smaller aesthetic tweaks. The A-Spec can be added alongside the existing Premium and Technology Packs.

Acura hasn't released any interior images as of this writing, although we'll be sure to snap a few following today's debut conference at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Until then, scroll down for the official press release from Acura.

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

Posted Nov 20th 2014 3:45PM

2016 Jaguar F-Type

The Jaguar F-Type has become an instant enthusiast favorite for its alluring design, powerful, sonorous engines and rewarding handling. In short, it's a worthy successor to the iconic mid-century E-Type. But Jaguar hasn't been sitting idly, and it's continuing to refine and enhance the F-Type with subtle yet significant enhancements, including a bunch that are debuting this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2016 model year brings with it all-wheel drive, which will be standard on 550-horsepower F-Type R models. AWD will be optional on mid-level F-Type S models, which run the 380-hp V6. The system sends all of the supercharged engine's torque to the rear axle in default mode, but it can also be split with up to 50 per cent going to the front axle when needed. Jaguar has even added subtle visual differentiators to the the AWD models, fitting them with body-colored sills and a new hood design. The penalty? the AWD system adds about 176 pounds (79 kilograms) to the curb weight.

The F-Type also gets an available six-speed manual transmission for 2016 on V6 variants with rear-wheel drive. While obviously adding a more interactive driving character, the close-ratio manual is about 22 pounds (10 kilograms) lighter than the automatic gearbox. Jaguar has also given all F-Type models electric power steering, using a stiffer steering shaft to maintain the hydraulic setup's connected feel with the road.

The 2016 models will be available in the spring, and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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News Source: Jaguar

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