Scion Teases Los Angeles Auto Show Concept


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. 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)

Cadillac to Debut ATS-V at November's L.A. Auto Show


The L.A. Times reports that Cadillac will debut a high-performance version of its compact ATS sedan at November's 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, with a go-fast ATS coupe to follow. 

Dubbed the ATS-V, the car will reportedly get the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 from the CTS V-Sport, which makes 420 horsepower and 430 pounds-feet of torque. Given that the ATS sedan is still at least 200 pounds lighter than its CTS sibling with the same engine, the ATS-V should be one quick car. It would target BMW's redesigned M3/M4, which boasts 425 hp and 406 pounds-feet of torque.

Related: 2015 Cadillac ATS Gets Powermat Wireless Charging for Smartphones

Expect a CTS-V to debut at January's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; both the ATS-V and CTS-V will go on sale in 2015. Media days for November's L.A. show, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. auto-show circuit, are Nov. 18-20, so stay tuned for our up-close impressions of the ATS-V. In the meantime, click here to read more about Cadillac's forthcoming performers from our friends at the L.A. Times.

The photo above is of a 2013 ATS with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. photo by Evan Sears

By Kelsey Mays | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250: Up Close


The latest addition to a growing class of shrinking vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 compact (or is it subcompact?) crossover looks like a cross between a wagon and a crossover, and not necessarily in a good way.

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In person, the profile looks a bit awkward — sort of like a crossover with an exceptionally short greenhouse, and a rear end that tapers as sharply as a common hatchback car rather than a wagon or an SUV. By comparison — to my eye, at least — the competing BMW X1 looks more like a downsized, slightly more wagonized X3.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 24, 2013 | Comments (1)

Mercedes-Benz Unveils S-Class AMG and Final Edition SLS AMG at the L.A. Auto Show

On the heels of its release of the S63 AMG full-size sedan, Mercedes-Benz has rolled out the ultimate S-Class, a dual-turbocharged V-12-powered S65 AMG.

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As the S-Class ramps up, the SLS AMG supercar winds down: The SLS AMG GT enters its last model year for 2014 with a Final Edition. Here's a rundown of the super-powered duo.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf: Up Close


The Volkswagen e-Golf doesn't look a lot different from the regular Golf. It has the same crisp lines and tidy profile, but its few unique elements like blue-colored accents and C-shaped LED daytime running lights will be easy to miss. From a design perspective, it's the anti-Nissan Leaf.

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California drivers will be able to put a white carpool-lane sticker on it, which might be the most important exterior feature of all.

By Mike Hanley | November 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase: Up Close


Land Rover's new long-wheelbase Range Rover has a backseat so massive that it makes this 6-foot-tall writer feel like I'm sitting in a high chair with my feet dangling off the seat's edge.

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Stretching the Range Rover's wheelbase adds an additional 7.3 inches of rear legroom, which is substantial enough to make anyone feel like an executive, but Land Rover didn't stop there.

By Joe Bruzek | November 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop: Up Close


I agree it's unsettling when a "redesigned" car doesn't look much different from the one it replaces. That's definitely the case with the "new original" 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop (that's what the original two-door is now called). On the other hand, people would complain if Mini changed it too much and missed the mark.

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What matters, along with the new engines we're eager to test, are the changes inside.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 23, 2013 | Comments (2)

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe: Up Close


There isn't one body line, curve or crease that looks out of place on the Jaguar F-Type coupe. The way the roofline stretches back into the rear deck and the rear fenders jut out over the wheels is perfect enough to make you forget the F-Type first debuted as a convertible.

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Ogling the F-Type coupe is like looking at an entirely new car.

By Joe Bruzek | November 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia K900: Up Close


Not even a full year after Kia announced its premium Cadenza sedan an even more luxury-oriented K900 is here to bring Kia into the luxury car segment ... again. The K900's feature list reads legitimately with an available V-8 engine, leather-trimmed dashboard, 9.2-inch navigation system, available Nappa leather interior, fully digital instrument cluster, reclining rear seats and available full LED lighting.

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Michael Sprague, Kia's executive vice president of marketing & communications, announced preliminary pricing at the K900's debut: $50,000 for an entry-level V-6 and $65,000 for a fully optioned V-8. That $50,000 is a touch more than the starting price of a BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS 350 and Audi A6.

This is one of those times when actually getting "up close" is vital to separate the promise from reality.

By Joe Bruzek | November 22, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible: Up Close


California is the perfect place to introduce a new convertible, with sunny warmth the normal condition for local residents. BMW agreed, holding the world premiere of the new 4 Series hardtop convertible at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Replacing the 3 Series convertible in BMW's lineup, the 4 Series convertible is a larger, more luxurious droptop that furthers the company's new naming convention-odd numbers for sedans, even numbers for coupes.

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Power up and push the convertible top button and you'll begin a mesmerizing process of steel origami as the three-piece hardtop folds and descends into the trunk. It only takes 20 seconds to drop the top and it is quite a sight to behold. The new top also features more sound insulation than the old 3 Series model, resulting in a quieter ride with the top up.

By Aaron Bragman | November 22, 2013 | Comments (1)

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