2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Photo Gallery (49 Photos)

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Dial M for motorsports. BMW is introducing the race-ready variants of its X5 sport activity vehicle and X6 sport activity coupe this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, on track for a spring 2015 release. Consistent with their performance purposes, the X5 M and X6 M rock aggressive-looking racing cues such as enlarged scoops, 21-inch wheels, unique tiers, rear diffusers, quad tailpipes and monochrome blue or gray metallic paint.

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Both the M and M boast sweet interior flourishes, too. Sporty cues in the cabin include a unique steering wheel, paddle shifters and gauges, Merino leather seats with contrast stitching and M badging, a simulated Alcantara headliner, a Nappa-covered dash and plenty of aluminum trim. The X5 M starts at $99,650 and the X6 M at $103,050, including destination.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Volvo XC90 Photo Gallery (33 Photos)

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Save for the instantly identifiable diagonal crosspiece logo that is Volvo's trademark, the 2016 XC90 three-row crossover injects some new flare into the Swedish automaker's familiar design. Updated cues include a waterfall grille with vertical bars, T-shaped daytime running lights Volvo likens to Thor's hammer and slightly ridic 22-inch wheels.

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Also departing from garden-variety Volvo style, the seven-seat cabin has a horizontal, stacked dashboard. Other interior features include a crystal shifter, a leather-covered dash and a Bowers & Wilkins premium stereo with an air-ventilated subwoofer.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

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)

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 (3)

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)

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