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)

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)

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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We first saw photos of Infiniti's newest concept at the Paris Motor Show, but they don't do it justice. In person at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Q80 Inspiration Concept is stunning.  

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The "four-door coupe" concept previews a future Infiniti flagship sedan, but there's nothing production about the Q80 Inspiration. Its cab-rearward styling, wavelike grille insert, fanned-out headlights, bulging rear end, V-shaped roofline and rear-hinged doors look straight out of a sci-fi movie.

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

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

What You Can't Miss at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Although technically at the end of the 2014 calendar year, the Los Angeles Auto Show marks the unofficial opening of the 2015 auto show season, and like last year, the automakers spared no drama with their reveals.

This year's show is open to the public from Nov. 21-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. in downtown Los Angeles, and there's almost too much to see — your senses will be on overload.

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There are plenty of distractions going on at the show, but several out-there concept cars, over-the-top exhibits and just plain weird displays can't be missed. Check out the Cars.com editorial team's list of L.A. must-sees:

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 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)

Scion iM Concept Photo Gallery (30 Photos)

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To those familiar with Toyota's overseas offerings, Scion's newest concept should look suspiciously familiar. The iM may wear the Scion badge, but it goes by the Toyota Auris name in Europe and the Corolla hatchback in other markets.

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The compact hatchback, which is based on the Corolla, made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show as a concept, but the automaker said the production version will bow at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in the spring. 

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

By Jennifer Geiger | 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)

Lexus LF-C2 Concept Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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Lexus' sunny new concept is pure show car — it doesn't even have a roof — but will probably go down as one of the most stunning cars to come out of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. 

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The LF-C2 brings the drama with its luminous yellow paint, gaping braided spindle grille and sharp creases that slice through the convertible’s body. Check out the gallery for more. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.  

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (4)

Lexus LF-C2 Concept: First Look

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Looks like: A sporty, sun-worshiping roadster

Defining characteristics: Multifaceted shimmering golden yellow exterior paint

Ridiculous features: It has no top

Chance of being mass-produced: Lexus calls it a "design study," but nothing has filled the SC 430's space in the lineup since it was canceled after model-year 2010

Lexus picked a state known for its sunshine-filled scenic highways to unveil its new convertible concept. The LF-C2 concept is a four-passenger roadster, and with this concept, Lexus is all style over substance: There are no powertrain specs, or really any details save for an exterior inspired by sunlight, according to Lexus.

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The concept is dressed in bright golden yellow paint, applied in a multilayer process with a primer, followed by silver, a clear coat, then the yellow that reflects off the silver for extra luster. Outside, it's all crisp creases and sharp angles; a bold line slices through the convertible’s arrow-shaped body. Other exterior highlights include five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels and an aggressive interpretation of the brand's spindle grille, here with a braided mesh theme. The gaping grille is flanked by dynamic-looking triangle-shaped LED headlights. In back, fin-like rear diffusers steal the show, along with L-shaped taillights and chrome-tipped quad exhaust pipes. 

By Jennifer Geiger | 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)

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