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MINI John Cooper Works Knights Edition to be shown in L.A.

(November 21, 2018) MINI USA today announced that the MINI John Cooper Works Knights Edition will make its North American premiere at the Los Angeles International Auto Show starting Nov. 28. MINI also confirmed series production for a new MINI John Cooper Works GP for launch in 2020.

The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept was first presented as a design study at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017 and had its North American premiere at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year.

Ram readies for winter with new 2019 Ram 1500 North Edition

(November 21, 2018) MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — As Old Man Winter prepares to move in, Ram readies drivers with the new 2019 Ram 1500 North — a special-edition truck with content and features geared toward truck owners who need more capability and warmth on their frozen drive.
“The Ram 1500 North is more than a great-looking pickup, it offers cold-weather content for truck owners who require a no-compromise 4x4 as part of their daily regimen,” said Reid Bigland, head of Ram Brand. “A factory lift, locking rear axle and all-weather tires deliver confidence when your path is anything but clear.”

Overall sales total $25.2 million at Mecum Las Vegas collector-car auction

(November 21, 2018) LAS VEGAS — Mecum Auctions’ second annual collector-car auction in Las Vegas was deemed a success with $25.2 million in overall sales achieved as 667 vehicles hammered sold for a 75 percent sell-through rate. The results represent a 7 percent increase over last year’s totals.

Volvo Cars to show no cars at Automobility LA

(November 21, 2018) LOS ANGELES — Volvo Cars comes to Automobility LA this year with a world-first: not a single car on the stand. Instead the company will demonstrate its vision, redefining what a car can be.

Since motor shows were introduced, the car has always been a centerpiece, on a rotating stage or covered under a silk sheet. Yet cars are changing, the industry is changing and so are the expectations of people who use cars. Volvo at Automobility LA reflects these changes.

All-new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid to debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

(November 21, 2018) Subaru of America has introduced its first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid. The compact SUV offers real all-wheel drive capability in a hybrid package. Arriving at Subaru retailers near the end of this year, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will also feature unique exterior and interior styling and new in-vehicle technology.

'Legends of Los Angeles' motorsports exhibit now open at Petersen

(November 20, 2018) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum has opened its latest exhibit, “Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and Their Builders,” in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery presented by Lucas Oil. The display features 12 race cars powered by engineering masterminds such as Ed “The Old Master” Pink and Fred Offenhauser and piloted by legends such as Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Parnelli Jones, Bill Stroppe and Dan Gurney.

Nissan sets starting price of 2019 Kicks at $19,535

(November 19, 2018) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan today announced pricing for the 2019 Kicks, which is on sale now at Nissan dealerships nationwide. Nissan's newest entry in the fast-growing affordable compact crossover market was introduced last spring and has become the brand's fastest selling model. For 2019, Kicks has a starting price of $19,535 for the well-equipped Kicks S model.

The new Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price.

Updated 2019 Porsche Macon to make North American debut in L.A.

(November 18, 2018) ATLANTA — The newest version of the popular Porsche Macan sport utility vehicle will make its North American premiere during the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Prominent among the changes, the 2019 Porsche Macan features a new three-dimensional LED light panel at the rear, standard LED headlights, and a revamped interior design. Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) is still available as an option, offering improved lighting while cornering.

12th-generation 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan unveiled in California

(November 17, 2018) CARMEL-by-the-SEA, Calif. — With more than 46 million Toyota Corollas sold globally since its introduction in 1966, it would be difficult to find a driver who did not recognize the name. Everyone, it seems, has a Corolla story. Many, though are going to be doing double takes when they see the re-imagined and reconfigured 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan. And that’s exactly the point.

Groundbreaking held for joint Toyota, Mazda plant in Huntsville, Ala.

(November 17, 2018) HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The first shovel of dirt was turned this week on what will become a jointly owned-and-operated automotive production plant that will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles a year, beginning in 2021. Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. (MTMUS) is expected to create 4,000 jobs, with a $1.6 billion investment split by the two companies.

The plant will build Toyota’s Corolla, whose all-new 2020 model was unveiled on Wednesday in California, and Mazda’s yet-to-be revealed crossover model.