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)

Audi Prologue Concept: First Look

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Looks like: The future styling direction of Audi luxury cars - also, a Ford Fusion

Defining characteristics: Big shield grille, round roofline, bulging Quattro-esque fenders

Ridiculous features: Full width, touch-sensitive organic light-emitting diode dashboard

Chance of being mass-produced: Better than average

Think Audi products are starting to get a little stale? The company has had the same basic design since the early 1990s, when the A4 was introduced, and has kept that "one sausage, many sizes" idea throughout the brand's resurgence. Now the brand is known for more than just its excellent design, establishing itself for its exquisitely crafted interiors, Quattro all-wheel-drive technology, efficient diesel powertrains and outstanding driving dynamics. Yet, as Audi has slowly rebuilt itself, competitors have taken notice and have been introducing strong designs of their own.

Time to shake it up a bit.

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Enter the Audi Prologue concept, introduced at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the first project under Audi's new design chief Marc Lichte. It's basically a peek at what a new range-topping A8-based coupe would look like.

By Aaron Bragman | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

Bentley Grand Convertible Concept: First Look

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Looks like: A Bentley Mulsanne nose on a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Defining characteristics: Massive engine, sumptuous interior, burr walnut deck lid

Ridiculous features: None, this could be built as-is

Chance of being mass-produced: Count on it.

Los Angeles is a land of highly conspicuous wealth, a place where you're judged as much by the car you arrive in as your accomplishments in life. What better place to introduce one of the most luxurious new convertibles ever crafted? Bentley thought so, taking the wraps off of its new Grand Convertible concept at a private event ahead of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The car is based on the flagship Mulsanne sedan, a behemoth luxury cruiser that is one of the last few handcrafted cars in the world. Bentley hopes to gauge potential customers' reactions as to whether it should create a few of these yachts for some very wealthy clients.

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The look is certainly recognizable as a Bentley, with a nose borrowed straight from the Mulsanne. Two big headlights with captivating reflectors flank an enormous upright metal mesh grille. It's certainly bold and imposing, less of a sleek, racy design like the smaller Continental GTC. As it's based on the Mulsanne, the Grand Convertible is seriously long — something you don't notice until you walk around the side. What the Grand Convertible most resembles, however, is not a Bentley product. It's almost certainly aimed at rival Rolls-Royce's Phantom Drophead Coupe, a fantastically expensive and exclusive luxury convertible with an almost identical color scheme: metal hood and windshield surround over a painted lower body.

By Aaron Bragman | November 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept: First Look

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Looks like: A Volkswagen Golf R that came back from summer break between junior high and high school rocking a more athletic build and edgier fashions for freshman year
Defining characteristics: Sharper edges, defining creases and a squared-off shape on the outside; race-ready appointments on the inside; amped-up engine under the hood
Ridiculous features: Bolstered-and-badged sport seats with supersized head restraints resembling a sad space invader
Chance of being mass-produced: Seems pretty esoteric, most fitting as a tribute to VW's racing history

Attention race fans and hot-hatch enthusiasts: Volkswagen has taken its performance-focused compact hatchback, the Golf R, and tricked it out for the track. Following its global debut earlier this year at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, the rally-sport-themed Golf R 400 concept will make its first North American pit stop next week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept car's purpose is to pay tribute to VW's racing history.

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According to the automaker, the Golf R 400's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine gets a hefty 100-plus-horsepower boost to 394 hp compared with the regular R's 292 hp, which VW says is delivered at roughly 200 hp per liter — on par with the output of a supercar. That's in addition to a torque increase from 332 pounds-feet from 280 pounds-feet. Power to the all-wheel-drive system is channeled through a six-speed manual transmission for a zero-to-62-mph sprint of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. Two driver-selectable modes include ESC Sport for "spirited driving" and Race mode for "high-speed track driving."

By Matt Schmitz | November 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen GTI Roadster Concept: First Look

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Looks like: Video game meets reality

Defining characteristics: Large rear wing, scissor doors, Gran Turismo Red exterior

Ridiculous features: It wears the GTI name, but is anything but in terms of styling

Chance of being mass-produced: Very unlikely since VW says its designers "were able to overlook production constraints like price and production feasibility" to build it

Volkswagen's newest concept isn't quite new — the GTI Roadster was originally created as a computer-generated concept for Sony PlayStation's "Gran Turismo 6" video game, and VW is bringing the car to life next week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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The sleek convertible seats two and has a very real powertrain: Its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 makes 503 horsepower and 413 pounds-feet of torque and is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive. VW says the car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 192 mph.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

Scion Reveals More iM Concept Details

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Scion released more photos of the concept car it plans to show off next week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. and it looks very, well, un-concept-y. In fact, it appears ready to slide itself into Scion's production lineup. The concept is aimed at the millennial market and is appropriately called the iM.

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The compact hatchback's sporty looks come straight from the European touring car racing circuit, Scion says. Highlights include a large geometric grille, deep air intakes with edgy fog lights, "Incrediblue" exterior paint and 19-inch forged alloy wheels with performance tires; matte silver and gunmetal trim accent the exterior. Scion says it also has an adjustable height suspension.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 12, 2014 | Comments (5)

Lexus Plans Convertible Concept Reveal in L.A.

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The Los Angeles Auto Show teases continue to trickle out as we get closer to next week's show; today Lexus announced it will show off the LF-C2 concept.

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Details are slim, but we know it's a convertible. Could this be a replacement for the SC 430 that was discontinued after the 2010 model year? We'll have to wait and see, but the teaser pic is promising. The LF-C2 will meet the press on Nov. 19, and Lexus said it will also be simultaneously revealed through a 72-hour online social media campaign; check back for updates.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Scion Amps Things Up at SEMA Show With Slayer tC

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Scion's customized Slayer-inspired 2014 tC could be dangerous. Not because it's a tricked-out tribute to the outlaw elder statesmen of speed metal, but because it's gonna be difficult to steer and work the manual transmission while throwing up your devil horns. The Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC is making its beastly bow this week at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Show in Las Vegas, and this car is nothing if not special.

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The black-as-night Slayer Scion isn't just another token theme car with a unique paint job and some extra badging. It's retrofitted front to back, inside and out with metal motifs and working musical gear. Sinister visual cues include an expansive Slayer logo on the hood, red headlights that look like bloodshot eyes after a rough night backstage and a misty skull mural spanning the side of the car. In the cockpit, metal heads will geek out on Marshall Amplification-branded seats, a sword-hilt parking-brake lever and a gear-shift handle that Hamlet might use to lament poor Yorick's fate (while laying a little rubber on the asphalt).

Moreover, in addition to rear-hinged doors, the rear hatch opens up to reveal a trunk load of fully operational sound equipment — speakers, amps, visual display and all — enabling aspiring rock gods to throw down an eardrum-splitting live set anywhere they can find a parking space.

Now, about getting the Slayer Scion to Cars.com's Chicago headquarters for testing …

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Scion Teases Los Angeles Auto Show Concept

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It's a Scion. It's sporty. And it's coming to the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

At the moment that's all we can tell you for sure about the latest concept car from Toyota's youth-market division. Scion this morning released two remarkably unrevealing teaser photos of the iM concept's front end, opening the floor for conjecture, speculation and presumption in the weeks leading to its Nov. 19 unveiling during the auto show’s press-only days.

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The L.A. Auto Show is open to the public Nov. 21-30, preceded by media and industry events Nov. 18-20. Cars.com will provide full coverage leading up to the show and from the floor. Click here for more 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show coverage.

By Matt Schmitz | October 22, 2014 | Comments (2)

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