Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

VolkswagenGolfR400Concept

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.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

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)

2016 Fiat 500X: Up Close

500xuc

Fiat's most-recent four-door foray in the U.S. was the supremely ugly, yet versatile Fiat 500L. Much of our staff loved the space-efficient 500L, but I found it hard to look past its pimply, high school-faced awkwardness.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage 

I'm more onboard with the 2016 500X, Fiat's smaller newcomer with available all-wheel drive, meant to compete with the growing breed of smaller-than-compact SUVs like the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Chevrolet Trax.

By Joe Bruzek | November 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Scion iM Concept: Up Close

ImUC

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.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

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)

2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

15650216400_b23d00318d

The version of Volvo's compact wagon that debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show may not look very different from the regular V60 but this is the V60 Cross Country

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Modifications to the compact all-wheel-drive wagon include an additional 2.6 inches of ground clearance compared to the regular V60, 18- or 19-inch high-profile tires and standard hill descent control.

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

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door

2014MiniCooperHardtop2-DoorRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 5,800 model-year 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door cars manufactured between Jan. 7 and July 21

The Problem: The spare wheel may have been attached under the car with a nut that is not self-locking. Vibrations from driving may cause the nut to loosen, allowing the wheel to separate from the car, becoming a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mini-manufacturer BMW was expected to begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the spare wheel securing nut with a self-locking nut for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mini at 866-275-6464, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer

More Recalls

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Scion iM Concept Photo Gallery (30 Photos)

15215310453_a21fd41240

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.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

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)

2016 Mazda CX-3: Up Close

Cx3UC

Mazda is on a roll introducing aesthetically interesting new cars and SUVs. Check out the Mazda6; it looks right as rain. The all-new Mazda CX-3 is no different. Mazda's design team takes what could have been a bland, uninteresting subcompact SUV and crafts a stunner out of the awkwardly small proportions.

2016 Mazda CX-3: First Look 

There is no bad angle to view the CX-3 from when you check it out in person. The front styling, profile and rear have a continual design flow from front to back that's attractive and cohesive. The attention to detail up front is surprisingly impressive for a small SUV, showing off a more upscale appearance than some of its competitors like the Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V.

By Joe Bruzek | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 Door Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

2015MiniCooperHardtop4Door

The latest addition to Mini's rapidly expanding lineup is the 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, which is now debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Based on the recent redesign of the two-door hatchback Cooper, the 4 Door is longer both bumper to bumper and in wheelbase, but still hews close to the look of the two-door from the front. Toward the back, however, rear windows look shrunken with even smaller glass behind them that wraps around to the rear windshield.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Inside, the interior and optional navigation system carry over from the most recent version of the two-door. Buyers will have the option of the base Cooper model with a 124-horsepower, turbocharged three-cylinder or the S version with a 189-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Scion to Sell iM Concept in U.S. Next Year

2014_LAAS_Scion_iM_Concept500

Today at the L.A. Auto Show, Toyota announced plans to sell the Scion iM concept in 2015. That shouldn’t be a surprise, because it is a Scion version of Toyota’s Auris hatchback that is already sold globally.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Also called the Corolla Hatchback in some markets, the iM is based on Toyota's popular compact sedan. That also makes the iM the most traditional car we’ve seen wear the Scion badge since the brand was introduced more than a decade ago with the xA and the boxy-but-good xB.

By David Thomas | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2016 Mazda CX-3: First Look

CX3FL

Competes with: Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V

Looks like: A Mazda3 hatchback with lifted suspension

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, six-speed automatic transmission, front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Spring 2015

The super-small SUV segment is booming. Mazda's CX-3 introduction marks the growth of a new range of SUVs including the Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V as bite-sized SUVs with a downsized approach to their volume-seller cohorts (Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Equinox and Honda CR-V, respectively).

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

The CX-3's footprint is considerably smaller than the CX-5 and remains uniquely Mazda. It looks similar to the Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback rather than the automaker's SUV lineup.

By Joe Bruzek | November 19, 2014 | Comments (7)

Search Results

KickingTires Search Results for

Search Kicking Tires

KickingTires iPhone App
Ask.cars.com