2014 Los Angeles Auto Show What You Missed: Day Two

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Welp, another year, another Los Angeles Auto Show on the books. As we speak, our on-the-scene team in sun-soaked L.A. is blowdrying their board shorts in the hotel bathroom, shaking the sand out of their suitcases and chucking their sunscreen bottles at airport security as they run to catch a flight back to the cold comfort of Cars.com's Chicago headquarters.

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But just because we've vacated the premises doesn't mean our coverage of the 2014 L.A. auto show comes to a close. Check back tomorrow and beyond for new developments and any further surprises. In the meantime, here's what you missed during Day Two:

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Nissan Prices 2015 Murano SUV

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The third-generation 2015 Nissan Murano has made quite a splash, slated to arrive in showrooms early next month with its show-car styling and high-tech, luxurious interior. And now, Nissan has announced pricing for its premium SUV: The new model will start at $30,445, including the destination fee. That price is for the front-wheel-drive Murano S model; four trim levels will be offered overall, each with an all-wheel-drive option.

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The S all-wheel drive starts at $32,045, with just one package offered, a navigation system. The SV comes in at $33,505 for the front-wheel-drive model or $35,105 for the all-wheel-drive version. Only one package will be offered here as well, a Premium Package. Stepping up from there will be the leather-lined Murano SL for $37,835 with front-wheel drive and $39,435 for all-wheel drive. The top of the line is the Murano Platinum, starting at $39,885 for front-wheel drive and $41,485 for all-wheel drive. The SL and Platinum models also offer a Tech Package, with items such as NissanConnect, navigation, Around View monitor, Intelligent Key with push-button start, an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system and more. Available safety systems include blind spot warning, forward collision alert with emergency autonomous braking and rear cross-traffic alert.

Pricing for the various packages has not yet been provided by Nissan. The new Murano goes on sale Dec. 5 at Nissan dealerships nationwide.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Aaron Bragman | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

NHTSA: Not Enough Evidence to Force Nationwide Takata Airbag Recall

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A high-ranking official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was defending federal safety regulators' decision not to mandate a national recall of all cars affected by defective airbags manufactured by Japan’s Takata. According to The Detroit News, Deputy NHTSA Administrator David Friedman was preparing to tell a U.S. Senate committee that the agency doesn't have sufficient data to force a nationwide recall, and that such a broad action could divert limited replacement parts from targeted high-humidity regions of the country where affected cars are already known to be high-risk. Friedman's written testimony mirrored language used by Takata early this week in opposing a national recall.

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This follows news Wednesday that NHTSA was urging the 10 automakers affected by the potentially deadly airbag issue to recall all involved cars across the U.S. Due to defective airbag inflators, front passenger airbags could rupture upon deployment and spray vehicle occupants with shrapnel; the problem already has resulted in 7.8 million recalls.

Get the full story from The Detroit News.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is definitely a pony of a different stripe.

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Not only does it pack a more aggressive look thanks to a sculpted aluminum hood and racing stripes, but under that hood is Ford's most powerful naturally aspirated V-8; its 5.2-liter engine boasts more than 500 horsepower. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Volvo XC90: Up Close

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The 2016 Volvo XC90 is one of Volvo's first steps in reviving the Swedish brand in the U.S., which has seen declining sales during the past 10 years. Volvo's new XC90 — debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show — could very well change how the general public views Volvo vehicles given the luxurious experience inside the all-new seven-passenger SUV.

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The seven-passenger XC90 is littered with high-quality materials that would look right at home inside a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, combined with technology including a massive touch-screen that wouldn't look out of place in a concept car — think Tesla-Model-S-touch-screen big.

By Joe Bruzek | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Kia Sorento Photo Gallery (46 Photos)

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Kia's redesigned three-row crossover grows in size, gets fresh interior styling and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine for 2016. The new Sorento debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Outside, the Sorento adopts a new, clean look thanks to a larger wraparound grille, upswept headlights and quad-pattern fog lights. Inside, there's a new control panel layout and cargo room grows by about 20 percent.

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

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Scion iM Concept: Up Close

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We now know the Scion iM concept will indeed become a real product in the U.S., so I took a closer look. Based on the Toyota Auris hatchback sold overseas, this concept is much more real inside than outside.

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The interior looks like that of a real car; only a suspiciously large screen in the dashboard looks out of place in a car at this one's likely price level. It's well laid out and the materials quality is decent as shown here — comparable to a Corolla but perhaps not to the best in the compact class.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 20, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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The version of Volvo's compact wagon that debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show may not look very different from the regular V60 but this is the V60 Cross Country

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Modifications to the compact all-wheel-drive wagon include an additional 2.6 inches of ground clearance compared to the regular V60, 18- or 19-inch high-profile tires and standard hill descent control.

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

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Toyota Mirai Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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Looking dead-on at the 2016 Toyota Mirai is like coming face to face with a giant manta ray. The all-new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle — bowing this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show about four years after Toyota originally announced it — bears the visage of a sinister sea creature, thanks in large part to those inverted-triangular grilles underneath the Mirai's narrow-eyed headlights. The rest, as we've previously described, resembles a Toyota Corolla viewed through a funhouse mirror, all swooping lines and bulging rear fenders.

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Inside the Mirai is seating for four and a host of safety and tech features, including precollision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, Toyota's Entune multimedia system with three years of Safety Connect and a hydrogen station map app. Also, ownership has its privileges, namely a 24-hour concierge service hotline, roadside assistance and complimentary maintenance.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Nissan Juke: First Look

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Competes with: Kia Soul, Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax

Looks like: The Juke's status as one of the most bizarrely styled vehicles around is secure

Drivetrain: 188-, 211- or 215-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable automatic or six-speed manual transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Today

Starting price: $21,075, including the destination charge

Nissan's subcompact crossover gets a mild refresh for the 2015 model year. Debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Juke has new front and rear styling, more features and there's a new Color Studio program that lets buyers customize select elements of their vehicle. The base price is up about $1,000 to $21,075, including the destination charge, and you should be able to see the 2015 Juke at dealerships beginning today.

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By Mike Hanley | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

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