2016 Mazda CX-5 Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

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As has been the case each model year since its 2012 entree, the Mazda CX-5 gets a mild makeover for 2016. Updated exterior styling to the compact SUV includes a bolder grille, metallic gray accents, revised headlights and optional LED lighting.

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Interior revisions include an electronic parking brake, longer rear seat cushions, larger door pockets with expanded storage and the latest version of the Mazda Connect multimedia system. Interior trim options now include an aluminum-look panel with a vertical hairline finish, a metallic-finish panel and a piano-black panel.

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

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

2016 Acura ILX: First Look

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Competes with: Audi A3, Buick Verano

Looks like: The ILX gets the TLX treatment and now wears a version of the larger sedan's grille and headlights

Drivetrain: 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Amid slow sales, Acura is hoping to reinvigorate its compact sedan with some updates for 2016. The ILX gets a lightly revised exterior, a new engine, minor interior cabin updates and more available technology and safety features this year.

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The 2016 ILX will be available in six trims instead of last year's three. The ILX is again available in standard ILX, ILX with Premium Package and ILX Technology Plus Package trim and is joined by the sporty new A-SPEC Package for 2016, which is also available with the Premium and Technology packages.

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

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Photo Gallery (31 Photos)

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The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG certainly isn't ashamed that it's the high-performance variant of the C-Class. Racing cues abound on the luxury sedan, now making its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, from widened aluminum fenders and rear wheels to "power domes" on the hood to a trio of rear diffuser fins.

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Building on the regular C-Class' standard aluminum cabin trim, the C63 AMG adds performance seats covered in faux leather and microfiber. In Edition 1 models, the seats have black Nappa leather highlighted with a diamond pattern; plus there’s red contrast stitching on the badged performance steering wheel.

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

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

Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Concept: First Look

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Looks like: The progeny of Batman's Batmobile and Speed Racer's Mach Five

Defining characteristics: Cartoonishly futuristic body, "prone driver configuration," laser propulsion system

Ridiculous features: Let's be frank, the whole damn thing is one big ridiculous feature. (Did we mention that laser propulsion system?)

Chance of being mass-produced: In this millennium, or … ?

If Dr. Evil were to take up car racing, he would definitely drive the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept car created for fans of the massively popular PlayStation 3 video-game series "Gran Turismo" and debuting this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. After all, it's got frickin' laser beams attached to its powertrain!

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Yes, this video-game vehicle incarnate uses a fantasy laser-based propulsion system, which Chevrolet says was inspired by "technology derived from advanced work targeted at space travel and future aircraft design." The automaker says it "features a mid-mounted laser, beamed-energy propulsion system, which pulses beams of light that focus in a shroud, creating shock waves that generate tremendous thrust." The 671-kilowatt laser uses a lithium-ion battery pack and an air-powered generator to create 900 boiler horsepower, rocketing the car from zero to 60 mph in 1.5 seconds on its way to a 240 mph top speed.

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

2014 Los Angeles Auto Show What You Missed: Day One

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Our first day of on-the-scene coverage of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show has come to an end, and what an action-packed day it has been. In what's shaping up to be quite the SUV-centric auto show, three big reveals happened today, including the return of the Ford Explorer for 2016, as well as all-new subcompact crossovers in the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2016 Mazda CX-3.

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That's in addition to some pretty cool concept cars on the luxury front, such as the sporty, sun-worshipping Lexus LF-C2 roadster, opulent Bentley Grand Convertible and design-presaging Audi Prologue. Oh, and that Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang might be of interest to some of you out there, too (if you’re into that sort of thing). Check back with us for ongoing coverage Thursday; in the meantime, here's what you missed:

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

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Kanye West may be disappointed to learn that the return of the stratospherically expensive luxury brand name Maybach won't be accompanied by that old-school opulence on the window sticker. Instead, he’ll have to settle for an extended-length 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 luxury sedan with the three-point star logo on the hood, steering wheel and tail, while "Maybach" adorns the trunk lid to let other drivers know what they're in line behind.

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Inside is a spacious cabin with posh appointments, exclusive materials and unique seats with upholstery-stitched window pillars, power rear seats with extending ottomans and quilted leather along the seats, center armrest and footwells. So Yeezus will just have to make do.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

Audi Prologue Concept Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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The Audi Prologue, which bowed today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, is more than just a flashy concept: It's likely a preamble to the luxury brand's future design direction. Based off the A8 platform, the concept coupe is long and wide with a rounded roofline and bulging fenders, while its gaping shield grille calls to mind a Ford Fusion.

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Inside is a touch-sensitive display panel that spans the entire dashboard, enabling front passengers to operate vehicle systems as opposed to just the driver. Moreover, Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman said from on the scene that cabin appointments are "certainly different than any current Audi interior, and it's quite attractive."

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2016 Honda HR-V: First Look

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Competes With: Kia Soul, Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke

Looks Like: The CR-V's smaller, much sportier looking sibling

Drivetrain: 138-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder; continuously variable automatic or six-speed manual transmission; two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive

Hits Dealerships: Early 2015

What's bigger than the Honda Fit subcompact hatchback but smaller than the Honda CR-V compact crossover? Sliding into the tiny space between the automaker's popular compacts is the new-for-2016 HR-V.

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Honda calls the HR-V a multidimensional vehicle and promises "fun-to-drive performance, class-leading fuel economy ratings and unmatched interior spaciousness and cabin versatility," it said in a statement. It debuted today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (6)

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Photo Gallery (34 Photos)

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The muscle car so tough it refuses to date itself with a model year — hopefully dairies don't follow suit with cottage cheese use-by dates — debuted today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. A year after the redesigned-for-2015 Ford Mustang made its presence known to the world, the Shelby GT350 Mustang is ready to throw its weight around.

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The standard pony car's high-performance variant generally doesn’t stray far from the family tree, but distinguishes itself by ditching the 'Stang logo from the front grille and adding subtle carbon-fiber details to the lower bumper in addition to a double body stripe, Shelby cobra badging and 19-inch wheels. Inside the cabin are GT350-specific Recaro cloth racing seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel and a toned-down gauge treatment aimed at minimizing driver distraction.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

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The updated exterior style of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V sedan and coupe — both making their debut now at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show — goes a long way toward injecting some magic into the meh of their predecessors. V-Series flourishes like flared fenders, aggressive-looking front- and rear-end style and additional performance flourishes flirt with the line between elegant and ostentatious.

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That aesthetic extends to the interior, as well, with a faux-suede-wrapped steering wheel and shifter and optional 16-way-adjustable and microfiber-covered Recaro performance seats. That's in addition to a Performance Data Recorder that captures high-definition video of the forward view for a post-race self-critique right on the car’s multimedia touch-screen.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

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