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Future Vehicles and Technology on Display at LA Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show started this week, and automotive journalists had the chance to see some new production vehicles, as well as some concept cars that provide a glimpse of what future cars may look like. As we previewed last week, Chevrolet reintroduced the Colorado midsize pickup truck to its lineup with an all-new design. Chevrolet says the Colorado will be powered by gasoline four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as a segment-exclusive four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. The 2015 Colorado ... continue reading»

Tags: News, MINI Cooper, LA Auto Show, Acura RLX, 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Edge Concept, Subaru Legacy Concept, Subaru WRX

2014 SUVs Take Center Stage at LA Auto Show

Although various small and midsize cars made a splash at last week’s 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, several SUVs were also unveiled to the world. A completely redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander debuted last week, and it abandons a similar front fascia as the Lancer’s in favor of what Kicking Tires calls a “more rounded front end.” For the 2014 model year, Mitsubishi says in a statement the Outlander loses 200 pounds and will have an Eco mode that ... continue reading»

Tags: Kia Sorento, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Forester, Model News, LA Auto Show

Betting Big on Small Cars

This week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, several automakers rolled out new or updated small cars, a segment that has gained tremendous popularity over the past couple years. Ford unveiled the 2014 Fiesta, which gets exterior styling tweaks and additional powertrain offerings. A new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 123 horsepower joins the current powertrain lineup. Ford says this engine will help the Fiesta surpass 40 mpg. It will also get some technology upgrades, including a revised version ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford Fiesta, Model News, LA Auto Show, Fiat 500L, 2010 Honda Civic

2013 Toyota RAV4 Gets Practical Updates

Toyota’s redesigned 2013 RAV4 SUV goes on sale early next year, following the release of redesigned or all-new affordable compact SUVs from Honda, Ford and Mazda. The new RAV4 relocates the spare tire mounted on its cargo door, retires the optional V6 engine, loses its available third row, gains a new six-speed automatic transmission and receives a few more standard features. Toyota moved the spare tire, which was attached to the 2012 model’s rear cargo door. "The RAV4 ... continue reading»

Tags: Auto Shows, Redesigns, Toyota RAV4, Affordable Compact SUVs, Model News, LA Auto Show

Audi and Mazda Get Diesel

A number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but some automakers are also previewing diesel models that will hit showroom floors in the not-so-distant future. A move toward oil burners may make sense, as Diesel Technology Forum reports that sales of clean diesel vehicles increased by more than 25 percent in 2012. "With higher and fluctuating fuel prices, Americans are seeking more fuel efficient cars,” says Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Audi, Mazda, Fuel Economy, Diesel engines, LA Auto Show

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