November 2014

Lexus LF-C2 concept explores brand's design themes

(November 21, 2014) LOS ANGELES — Beautiful sunshine, warm weather, and winding roads are the perfect complements to the Lexus LF-C2 concept that made its global debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The LF-C2 concept is a design study in the form of a 2+2 roadster and explores key styling themes involved in the Lexus brand’s future, bolder styling direction.

The LF-C2 is also a luxury Grand Touring concept inspired by the brand’s passion for driving.

Acura to launch more powerful, luxuriously equipped 2016 ILX sport sedan

(November 21, 2014) LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Acura took the wraps off its restyled, reengineered and reborn 2016 ILX sports sedan this week, launching at Acura dealerships nationwide in early 2015. The 2016 Acura ILX delivers more strongly than ever before on its mission as the gateway to the Acura lineup with a major injection of Acura performance DNA, courtesy of its new 201-horsepower, directed-injected i-VTEC engine and 8-speed dual-clutch transmission for all models, the same advanced engine and transmission combination that powers the just-launched TLX.

Juke color studio offers owners new way to 'make it yours'

(November 21, 2014) LOS ANGELES — "Personalization" continues to be a growing consumer trend with custom product colors and features being offered on everything from mobile phones to kitchen appliances. Yet in the automotive world, the desire to "make it yours" can be traced back to the early days of hot rods and custom cars where shaved door handles, bullet spotlights, metalflake paint jobs and elaborate pinstriping set hardcore enthusiasts and their rides apart from the crowd.

Mitsubishi shows plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle in Los Angeles

(November 21, 2014) LOS ANGELES — Mitsubishi Motors North America has unveiled the futuristic Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Featuring bold styling and a performance-oriented yet highly efficient plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) drivetrain, the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV crossover hints at the future design direction for Mitsubishi Motors production vehicles in North America and further reaffirms the automaker's commitment to the U.S. market.

All-new 2015 Nissan Murano to start at $30,445

(November 21, 2014) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan has announced U.S. pricing for the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano, which made its production debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Murano is scheduled to arrive at Nissan dealers nationwide beginning on Dec. 5.

While Murano has always stood out from ordinary crossovers with its refined yet daring and futuristic design, the new third-generation design kicks it up many notches with its concept car-like styling, premium interior and advanced, purposeful technology.

Fiat continues to expand in U.S. with the all-new Fiat 500X

(November 21, 2014) LOS ANGELES — The all-new 2016 Fiat 500X is the latest addition to the Fiat lineup in North America, combining the authentic Italian design and engaging driving dynamics synonymous with the Fiat brand, together with an advanced all-wheel-drive system, unmatched functionality, and a full array of safety, comfort and convenience features.

An automobile oddity in retirement

Practical perhaps, but weird looking in our estimation, the AMC Pacer hit the market in 1975. It was designed, according to AMC, to offer the interior room and feel of a big car in a small-car package with its extraordinarily wide stance and enormous glass area. Despite good reviews from the automotive press, the Pacer never really caught on with the public and was discontinued in 1980. This abandoned early-model Pacer appears in restorable condition. 
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Production version of Scion iM concept to hit showrooms next year

(November 20, 2014) TORRANCE, Calif. — Start planning that next adventure; a new ride is on its way. After revealing the iM Concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Scion announced that a production version of the versatile five-door compact hatchback will be coming to dealerships in 2015.

Fans will get a first look at the road-ready, sporty ride — and ano
ther new Scion model — at the New York International Auto Show in April.

Chevrolet Introduces aggressively styled Colorado ZR2 concept

(November 20, 2014) LOS ANGELES — Chevrolet introduced the Colorado ZR2 concept — a vision of how Chevrolet could take the all-new midsize truck’s off-road capability to the next level — at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. It also showcases the new 2.8L Duramax diesel engine that will arrive in the Colorado lineup later next year.

The aggressively styled concept builds on the capabilities of the production Colorado Z71 and advances the legacy of Chevrolet’s previous ZR2 production models.

Next-gen Chevrolet Volt offers more user-friendly charging

(November 20, 2014) DETROIT — If there’s one thing Chevrolet Volt owners love about their cars, it’s being able to recharge the battery easily. Evidence of that is a U.S. Department of Energy study that shows more than 80 percent of all trips by Volt owners did not use the range extender.

Chevrolet has made the charging system in the next-generation Volt even easier for customers to recharge the battery — and to check the charge status. The next-generation Volt debuts in January at the North American International Auto Show.