Mazda Teases New CX-3 Ahead of Los Angeles Debut

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Mazda will be busy at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. The Japanese automaker will unveil an all-new subcompact crossover as well as updated versions of its Mazda6 sedan and CX-5 compact crossover. The all-new Mazda CX-3 will slot below the CX-5 and make its world debut at the show on Nov. 19. Although we've seen it, Mazda says its redesigned 2016 MX-5 Miata will also make its North American debut at the show.

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Mazda released few details about the new CX-3 crossover, saying only that it will "feature the full-range of SkyActiv technology," the brand's suite of high-compression, direction-injection four-cylinder engines. The CX-3 likely will be based on the Mazda2 subcompact hatchback. A teaser sketch reveals a crossover with a long, low hood; wide-mouth grille; sculpted body side lines; and muscular wheel arches.

The CX-3 will compete in the expanding subcompact crossover class against the likes of the Jeep Renegade, Nissan Juke and Honda's new HR-V, which is also set to take the stage in L.A. Stay tuned for more information as we continue to update our 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show coverage.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 28, 2014 | Comments (1)

New Honda HR-V, 2016 Acura ILX to Debut at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Honda and its Acura luxury division plan to debut at least two vehicles at next month's 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. One is Honda's latest — and smallest — SUV, the HR-V; the first exterior images of the tiny crossover appeared last April. As we expected, Honda says the Fit-based HR-V will slot below the popular CR-V, which means it should compete against a burgeoning segment of entry-level crossovers like the Nissan Juke and Chevrolet Trax. Honda also confirmed the HR-V would have a lower price than the CR-V, which starts at $24,150 including destination.

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Acura, meanwhile, announced today it would unveil a "substantially new" 2015 ILX with a "potent new powertrain," updated styling and "substantially upgraded" cabin design. The brand released a teaser image of the compact sedan, above. It makes sense, as Acura moves to expand the ILX's role as the entry-luxury car in its lineup; both the TSX and TL have been succeeded by the TLX. But through September, ILX sales have amounted to just 12,854 cars — a figure beat by the Buick Verano, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3/S3.

Stay tuned for full details and up-close impressions on both cars in our coverage of next month's auto show; press days are Nov. 18-20.

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By Kelsey Mays | October 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

Audi Previews Design-Changing Concept Car

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The face of Audi will soon have a new look, heralded by a now-unnamed concept car debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Audi welcomed a new head of design earlier in the year, and Audi's latest concept is the new guy's first bit of work; it's nothing too complicated, just launching a new era of design for Audi.

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The under-lit concept shows bulging fenders on all four corners and what looks like an aggressive rear roofline. Audi says its core competencies of sportiness, lightweight and all-wheel drive have a high level of importance in the new design. Audi's current lineup is an attractive bunch, and Audi's booming sales seem to prove that shoppers agree. We'll have more coverage when the concept debuts on Nov. 19 during the auto show's media days; the show is open to the public Nov. 21-30.

By Joe Bruzek | October 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cadillac to Debut ATS-V at November's L.A. Auto Show

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The L.A. Times reports that Cadillac will debut a high-performance version of its compact ATS sedan at November's 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, with a go-fast ATS coupe to follow. 

Dubbed the ATS-V, the car will reportedly get the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 from the CTS V-Sport, which makes 420 horsepower and 430 pounds-feet of torque. Given that the ATS sedan is still at least 200 pounds lighter than its CTS sibling with the same engine, the ATS-V should be one quick car. It would target BMW's redesigned M3/M4, which boasts 425 hp and 406 pounds-feet of torque.

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Expect a CTS-V to debut at January's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; both the ATS-V and CTS-V will go on sale in 2015. Media days for November's L.A. show, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. auto-show circuit, are Nov. 18-20, so stay tuned for our up-close impressions of the ATS-V. In the meantime, click here to read more about Cadillac's forthcoming performers from our friends at the L.A. Times.

The photo above is of a 2013 ATS with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. 

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By Kelsey Mays | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

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