Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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Get on the clock, Hollywood big-shot wannabes, 'cause it's time to start thinking about leasing a new 911 to hand off to the valet in front of The Ivy. The latest version of the Porsche 911 — the Carrera GTS — is now getting face time at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show after its global premiere in the city where its cache is perhaps most appreciated.

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According to Porsche, the four variants of the Carrera GTS bridge the gap between the Carrera S and 911 GT3. Available as a coupe or convertible and rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, it puts out 430 horsepower. The red Carrera GTS coupe with big black wheels on display in L.A. sported quintessential 911 looks sure to be sufficiently impressive to everyone sitting on the patio outside The Coffee Bean.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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Mitsubishi says the plug-in electric hybrid crossover concept it unveiled this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show hints at the future stylistic direction its vehicles could take. If that's the case, designers must have been watching a lot of Mexican wrestling when they dreamed up the XR-PHEV judging by its intimidating countenance, which makes the vehicle look like its wearing a lucha libre mask, while the sweptback and downward-sloping look of its profile suggests the masked grappler has just launched himself off the top rope and is sailing through the air, about to drop an elbow on his opponent on the floor of the ring.

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According to Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive Vice President Don Swearingen, the XR-PHEV had another objective besides showing off a bold new design. "We also brought it to L.A. to reinforce the message that Mitsubishi is here to stay in the United States," he said in a statement. "As we regrow the brand, we will introduce new models while updating existing ones, creating a new look and a new value proposition for the brand."

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop Four Door: Up Close

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Announced in June, the all-new Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 Door makes its U.S. public debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mini stretched the hardtop two-door's wheelbase to make room for the two additional doors, but it rides on the same chassis as the redesigned 2014 Mini Hardtop; a good one by our account. Mini USA's Patrick McKenna walked us around the new four-door and explained how this new car fits into the expanding Mini lineup.

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"Customers' first reaction is generally the hardtop two-door is too small," McKenna said. The additional doors address that problem head-on and give those buyers a new reason to revisit the Mini dealership. What I found most interesting after poking around the four-door is that there's still plenty of distinction between this and the larger Mini Countryman SUV, the only other four-door Mini.

By Joe Bruzek | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport Video

The new Discovery Sport, debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, is the first of many vehicles that will wear the Discovery brand; it replaces the LR2 in the automaker's lineup.

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Despite the fact that it's all new for 2015, traditional Land Rover styling cues like the wraparound nose, two-bar grille and clamshell hood should look familiar and tie it to the rest of the family.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Acura ILX Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

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Acura's compact sedan gets some minor updates for 2016. The ILX debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show with a lightly revised exterior, a new engine, minor interior cabin updates, and more available technology and safety features.

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Outside, the ILX wears more linear "Jewel Eye" LED headlights as well as a slightly pumped up grille. Inside, there's some new silver-accented trim and contrast stitching. 

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evans Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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The Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept debuting this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is part track toy, part tribute to the German automaker's racing history. As such, the hot hatch's exterior design drives the point home quickly. The body is widened, and bumper and rear fenders flared for maximum aggressiveness. Further flourishes include 19-inch wheels, a wraparound carbon-fiber splitter on the lower side, a rear roof spoiler and abounding glossy black carbon and faux-carbon-fiber trim along with LED accents.

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The track theme extends to the interior, with sport bucket seats embroidered with "R" badging, glossy carbon and yellow contrast stitching, and white ambient lighting around the door accents and stainless-steel doorsill plates. Oh, and lest you think it's all for show, under the hood is a 394-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that rockets the R 400 from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Fiat 500X: Up Close

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Fiat's most-recent four-door foray in the U.S. was the supremely ugly, yet versatile Fiat 500L. Much of our staff loved the space-efficient 500L, but I found it hard to look past its pimply, high school-faced awkwardness.

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I'm more onboard with the 2016 500X, Fiat's smaller newcomer with available all-wheel drive, meant to compete with the growing breed of smaller-than-compact SUVs like the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Chevrolet Trax.

By Joe Bruzek | November 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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It's easy to describe the 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible bowing this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show if you've seen the 2014 2 Series coupe on which it’s based: Just imagine that, sans top. When the top is up, though, shiny fibers give it a shimmering metallic effect, accenting its black, Anthracite or brown color exterior, depending on which you've selected. The M Sport adds an aerodynamic body kit, lightweight M Sport wheels, large front air intakes, unique side skirts and grilles, a rear diffuser and high-gloss chrome exhaust tips.

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Expected to hit dealerships early next year, the 2 Series vert's starting price with destination ranges from $38,850 to $48,650. Check out the gallery for more; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

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In addition to its new, more powerful twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6, the revised-for-2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS, now making its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, has had some cosmetic work done. The luxury five-seat SUV gets a revised front end inspired by the sporty Turbo model, along with red brake calipers, 20-inch Spyder wheels and GTS badging.

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Other new additions, not just to the GTS but across the Cayenne lineup, include standard bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and a multifunction sport steering wheel with paddle shifters. The GTS model is set to go on sale in February starting at $96,495 (including destination), a markup of more than $12,000.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 22, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Up Close

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By now it should be evident that Land Rover's purchase by India's Tata Motors in 2008 was a very good thing. The company has had one hit after another, and the Discovery Sport looks like another one.

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It's larger than the LR2 it replaces, as well as the Range Rover Evoque, and it takes on the styling direction seen in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, but with a more rounded nose to distinguish it a bit. It looks good from all angles. The only misstep I see is that the optional black roof looks odd with a wide, body-colored C-pillar, the only pillar that isn't black.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

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