November 2015

Hyundai introduces all-new 2017 Elantra in Los Angeles

(November 20, 2015) LOS ANGELES — As one of Hyundai’s all time best-selling models, the Elantra compact sedan enters its sixth-generation building on the momentum and success of its proven award-winning formula and strong value proposition by offering a bold aerodynamic design with sophisticated styling, all-new efficient powertrains for enhanced fuel economy, better ride quality and noise insulation, and comprehensive safety with class-above features.

Mercedes-AMG expands 12-cylinder engine production

(November 19, 2015) MANNHEIM, Germany — Due to strong demand for its high-performance automobiles, Mercedes-AMG will start the assembly of its 12-cylinder engines in a new location at Daimler’s site in Mannheim. The traditional AMG “one man, one engine” philosophy continues to hold true: each powerful AMG engine will be built completely by hand by just one engine fitter.

The employees who currently assemble 12-cylinder engines at the AMG headquarters in Affalterbach will be shifted to the eight-cylinder engine lines.

All-new Mazda CX-9 three-row crossover debuts in L.A.

(November 19, 2015) LOS ANGELES — When the Mazda CX-9 made its world debut back in 2006, it was an epiphany: A midsize three-row crossover  SUV  that  defied the conventional  design cues and  cumbersome driving experience expected of vehicles in its class. Despite being a large vehicle, CX-9 is, after all, still a Mazda. CX-9 quickly captivated the automotive industry, winning numerous accolades.

Now comes the encore: the latest, grandest expression of KODO—Soul of Motion design yet and the high-end model of Mazda’s new-generation lineup.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport updated for 2016

(November 19, 2015) LOS ANGELES — Mitsubishi Motors North America, today unveiled the updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport featuring a newly redesigned, bold exterior front fascia/grille. The brand's best-selling CUV is now equipped with Mitsubishi's "Dynamic Shield" front design concept adding a sleek, audacious element to a vehicle that already makes a statement of its own.

"The Outlander Sport is a brand leader for Mitsubishi Motors, and we are excited to unveil this eye-catching 2016 model-year," said MMNA executive vice president, Don Swearingen.

Upgraded 2016 Nissan Sentra debuts in Los Angeles

(November 19, 2015) LOS ANGELES — Following major revisions of the Nissan Maxima “4-Door Sports Car” and best-selling Nissan Altima for the 2016 model year, Nissan on Wednesday debuted a significantly revised 2016 Sentra at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in late December.

“For 2016, we’re giving our popular Sentra a complete makeover — that’s three-for-three for our top sedans,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, during remarks to the media. “Like Altima, we’re taking a powerful nameplate and making it even better.”

Fiat bringing back the legendary 124 Spider this summer

(November 19, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider nearly 50 years after its introduction, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design.

Buick introduces an all-new LaCrosse with the new face of Buick

(November 19, 2015) LOS ANGELES — The all-new 2017 Buick LaCrosse introduces the new face of Buick, influenced by the dramatic cues of the award-winning Avenir concept unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and inspired by a Buick concept from the mid-20th century.

Kia introduces all-new Sportage at L.A. Auto Show

(November 19, 2015) LOS ANGLES — Kia Motors on Wednesday unveiled the all-new 2017 Sportage at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The fourth-generation Sportage, Kia’s longest-running nameplate, wraps stunning contemporary design around a structure that is both stiffer and more spacious than before.

Beetle among the weeds

This 1970s era Volkswagen Beetle was discovered living with an attractive growth of weeds in eastern North Carolina. The Beetle was enormously popular in the U.S. through more than three decades reaching 15 million sales in 1972 setting an all-time sales record surpassing the previous record holder, the Ford Model T.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Semi-autonomous Volvo XC90 drives L.A. mayor to Connected Car Expo

(November 18, 2015) LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti arrived refreshed at the Connected Car Expo this morning behind the wheel of a semi-autonomous Volvo XC90 that navigated smoothly and safely through congested rush hour traffic.

Garcetti was accompanied by Lex Kerssemakers, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, after the two participated in a press conference at the CalTrans building in downtown Los Angeles that highlighted policies and technologies to make the city’s roads safer for pedestrians and vehicle occupants.