2015 Porsche Macan: Up Close

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In photos, the 2015 Porsche Macan could be mistaken for its larger Cayenne SUV counterpart at first glance. In person, there's no confusing the bite-sized Macan for anything but a compact SUV. Its small stature is fit and athletic in typical Porsche fashion, though a little too rounded toward the rear where it loses definition under the auto-show lights. Maybe out on the road some of its curves and definition will stand out. Or it really could just be somewhat of a jelly-bean shape.

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Specifications indicate the 184.3-inch Macan is a lengthy SUV among its ilk. The end-to-end dimensions don't show up on the inside where rear-seat room is in short supply. With the driver's seat positioned where I would drive, I have to slide my feet in diagonally to clear the rear seat's elevated floor. Good luck fitting three adults in the backseat.

By Joe Bruzek | November 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW i8: Up Close

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It's not every day that you can hop down to your favorite car dealer and drive home in a concept car, but BMW is making that possible with the introduction of the new 2014 i8 sports coupe. While it doesn't look exactly like the 2011 EfficientDynamics coupe concept on which it is based, the second vehicle in BMW's eco-friendly "i" lineup is just about as close as one can get to the original vision while still maintaining crash-safety standards and everyday usability.

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If you think it looks dramatic in pictures, wait until you see an i8 in person. The swoopy body work is maybe the most futuristic design on the market. This is exactly the kind of car science-fiction movies predicted we'd be driving in the 21st century. It is also deceptively small; despite being a 2+2 configuration, this is truly a two-passenger sports coupe.

By Aaron Bragman | November 21, 2013 | Comments (3)

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA45 AMG at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Looks like: A rally-ready version of the just-introduced GLA250 crossover
Defining characteristics: AMG engine, wheels, decals and more
Ridiculous features: Nothing that can't be optioned out
Chance of being mass-produced: Likely

The Concept GLA45 AMG is a not-very-concepty concept, which is to say it looks ready to turn into a real product — minus the decals and more aggressive body treatments, perhaps.

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The GLA-Class is based on the CLA-Class car, and the Concept GLA45 AMG understandably uses the same staggering 355-horsepower engine as the CLA45 AMG coupe. It's staggering only because it's a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged to provide more output than any other production engine of its size.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru WRX: Up Close

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The redesigned Subaru WRX sedan looks muscular, but not excessively so like some rally-inspired performance cars. The front end is a bit blocky with a face that's much flatter than that of the regular Impreza.

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Subaru says more than 80 percent of the body work is unique to the WRX, and this goes a long way toward establishing the car's aggressive vibe. Look for things to get considerably wilder if Subaru decides to build an STI version.

By Mike Hanley | November 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Honda to Debut Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle Concept at 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Honda today released a sketch of its new fuel-cell electric vehicle concept, which it plans to unveil Nov. 20 at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker says the Honda FCEV concept represents a potential styling direction for its new vehicle using the alternative fuel technology; Honda plans to begin selling the car in the U.S. by 2015.

"As we work toward the introduction of our next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, our long-term experience with fuel-cell technologies will help us pave a way towards a zero-emissions future," said Mike Accavitti, Honda senior vice president.

By Matt Schmitz | November 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

L.A. Auto Show Preview: 2015 Subaru WRX

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This year's Los Angeles Auto Show will be packed with significant production vehicles and out-there concept cars. Subaru's flashy WRX may look more like a concept, but the automaker will reveal the 2015 production version at the show on Nov. 20. Check out the teaser image above and stay tuned for more details.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe To Bow in L.A.

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Jaguar's gorgeous C-X16 concept has already inspired one new production vehicle, the 2014 F-Type convertible, and Jaguar just gave us a glimpse of the second. The all-aluminum 2015 F-Type coupe will go on sale in spring 2014.

"We've been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the F-Type convertible, but for me the purity of creating a sports coupe is a uniquely satisfying process — and I know that both visually and dynamically, F-Type coupe raises the bar yet again." Ian Callum, Jaguar's director of design, said in a statement.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 6, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Honda Civic Coupe Gallery: 35 Photos

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The first images Honda released of its 2014 Honda Civic Si today showed the redesigned coupe adorned with wild exterior graphics resembling a sleeve tattoo you might see covering Marilyn Manson's arm. Now we have a new set of images perhaps more in line with the Civic's pragmatic reputation, featuring varying shots of the car in conventional solid colors. Beyond that, you'll be able to get a better idea of what's changed on the coupe, unveiled this week at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas and set to appear in both coupe and sedan form later this month at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Unlike its sedan sibling, the coupe did not receive a thorough update for the 2013 model year. The coupe's exterior refresh includes a revised grille, hood, fenders, headlights and mirrors, as well as darker taillights and reshaped bumpers.

Click here for our First Look and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2013 | Comments (13)

2013 L.A. Auto Show: What To Expect

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The major American auto shows all have their own hook that sets them apart from one another: New York's is the "most attended," Chicago’s boasts the "most square footage" and Detroit's is the "most important." The L.A. Auto Show distinguishes itself from the pack in that it is the last big show of the calendar year — but the first of the new auto-show season.

With an anticipated 56 world and North American debuts, visitors will get their first glimpse of some exciting models we'll all be hearing a lot about for the next five months. The West Coast show's offerings will cover the waterfront from luxury vehicles such as the 2014 Porsche Macan compact crossover, a smaller cousin to the Cayenne, to less sexy but perhaps more important new models like the 2014 Honda Civic.

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2013 | Comments (1)

2015 Porsche Macan: Sneak Preview

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Porsche's popular Cayenne SUV will soon welcome a smaller sibling to the family; the 2015 Porsche Macan will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but the automaker posted a preview of the new compact SUV on its Facebook page.

Porsche originally announced the Macan early last year and has released few details since. The compact SUV's sloping roofline, sleek lines and coupelike silhouette places it squarely in Land Rover Range Rover Evoque territory. Based on the photos, it looks like it'll be off-road ready.

The Macan will likely share components with the Audi Q5 and go on sale in early 2014. Stay tuned for more news from the L.A. Auto Show and check out the photos below.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 18, 2013 | Comments (3)

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