Los Angeles Auto Show

Los Angeles Auto Show

  Los Angeles Auto Show

Ford armed themselves with a host of Fiestas at the 2010 SEMA Auto Show, but the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show will see a mass of Focus models enter their show floor. One of those models will be the Ford Focus by Ford Vehicle Personalization. This Focus is out to prove that it can be cool when given the right Ford custom accessories.

The new Focus by Ford Vehicle Personalization features a new white body kit with an expressive concept graphic on the side panels, Caribbean Blue accents on the belt moldings, headlamps, mirrors, wheels, and fog lamp bezels. Attracting more attention to the exterior is the Liquid silver paint applied to the roof spoiler, mirrors, headlamps, and fog lamps.

The interior uses a black and white theme featuring all-leather seats with accent stitching. The steering wheel continues the same color theme with white and black leather. The center stack was left with soft touch white paint while the aqua accent lighting bring s a little color to the interior.

"We created a theme of an all-white vehicle with bursts of Caribbean Blue accents running throughout, which lends itself to many of the current trends seen in fashion."

Press release after the jump.

Apparently, even rickshaws can be turned into futuristic concept cars, and shockingly enough, this one has a Maybach badge on it. Sure, it’s only a concept vehicle, but can you imagine riding the streets of the Far East on a Maybach rickshaw in the not-so-distant future?

Yep, we can’t either.

Combining the all-important elements of ultra-light design with a luxurious exterior and interior, the Maybach DRS – De-Riki-Sha – is about the most awesome electrically powered luxury rickshaw we’ve ever seen. Okay, we haven’t really seen anything like this before, which, if you really think about it, makes the concept ride even more awesome.

As part of Mercedes’ entry to the Los Angeles Design Challenge, the Maybach DRS was designed at their Advanced Design Studio in Tokyo, keeping in mind of the requirements of building a four-seat vehicle that weighs no more than 1,000 pounds.

The Maybach DRS is another example of a concept vehicle that blends high-end luxury with the very latest in automotive technology. The car is made from a DNA cocoon that undergoes metamorphosis, effectively making it the world’s first naturally manufactured vehicle.

More details and a press release after the jump

Source: Mercedes

When it comes about urban driving you’ll always have models like Smart ForTwo , Aston Martin Cygnet or Scion iQ. But the Smart is just too small for some people out there, the Cygnet is only available for those who already have a Rapide and the iQ is not available on the US market just yet. Not to mention, that except the Cygnet all of them are mostly focused on fuel economy and not on luxury.

So today at the Los Angeles Auto Show Cadillac brought a concept car that promises to do both. It is called Urban Luxury Concept, and it even has a pair of scissor-type doors. The concept has compact dimensions: wheelbase of 97.1 inches (2,467 mm), overall length is only 151 inches (3,835 mm) and the height is 56.9-inch (1,446 mm); numbers that make it perfect for any town in the world. And if you didn’t guessed by now, the Urban Luxury features a hybrid drive train: a turbocharged 1.0 liter three-cylinder engine employing electric assist technology, engine start-stop function, brake energy regeneration and a dry dual-clutch transmission.

UPDATE 11/22/2010:

Cadillac’s stunning Urban Luxury Concept is already catching some buzz in some circles for its aggressive design and innovative content. The American city car is still a concept so we still can’t get too excited over it. That being said, Cadillac has released a new walk-around video of the Urban Luxury Concept, complete with a detailed look at what the interior of the ULC looks like. Check it out!

Press release after the jump.

Toyota will unveil the 2011 Corolla at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This new model gets new front and rear exterior styling, new interior design changes, Toyota Care complimentary maintenance plan, standard Smart Stop Technology, and two new colors. The 2011 Corolla will go on sale in December.

For the exterior Toyota has added a redesigned front bumper, radiator grille, front lower grille, headlamps, trunk lid, rear license garnish, rear combination lamp, rear bumper, and reflex reflector. The S model gets a new front spoiler, rocker moldings, and upper and lower rear spoilers. The interior gets a new instrument panel, a newly designed steering wheel and new seat color and pattern.

For 2011 the model is offered in three trim versions: Corolla, LE, and S, all powered by a 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 132 hp at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine can be coupled to either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT).

Press release after the jump.

The second special edition to be revealed by Jeep at the Los Angeles Auto Show is the Liberty Jet. The new Jet package adds a price of $1,495 to the Liberty Sport models and $995 on Liberty Limited models. It is available in four exterior colors: Bright Silver, Dark Charcoal, Brilliant Black and Blackberry.

On the exterior the new Jeep Liberty Jet will be distinguished by 20-inch polished aluminum wheels fitted with P245/50R20 all-season tires, a chrome lower fascia opening, body side moldings, license plate brow, roof rails and mirror caps, blacked-out headlamps, and unique Jet badges.

For the interior, the package adds a 9-speaker premium audio system, a standard security system that includes supplemental side-curtain air bags, and Park Sense rear park assist. Dark Slate Gray leather seating with accent stitching is available, as is heated front seats, available with six-way power function for the driver and two-way for the passenger. The final touch on the interior is the leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

Press release after the jump.

Jeep will be coming to the Los Angeles Auto Show with some new special editions that have been added to their 2011 model line-up. The first of them is the Grand Cherokee Overland Summit, priced at $42,495 for 4x2 models, and $45,995 for 4x4 versions.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit special edition will be distinguished by a unique front appearance with a fully chromed grille and fog lamp bezels, 20-inch bright, polished aluminum wheels, and a unique Black Olive burl real wood trim blended into the instrument panel for the interior. The wood trim is also used on the standard, leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel.

Standard equipment will include an Advanced Warning System and Adaptive Cruise Control group, which consists of Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross-path detection systems. The new special edition will also be offered with special Mineral Gray, White Gold, and Black exterior colors.

Press release after the jump.

After waiting for it for quite a while, Chevrolet has finally decided to offer details on the production version Camaro Convertible. The new model will make its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale in February 2011 at a starting price of $30,000.

Like with the coupe version, Camaro Convertible will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 312-hp Direct Injection V6 engine for the standard version and a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 426 hp for the SS version. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, with an optional six-speed automatic.

Depending on the model, the Convertible Camaro will be offered with our-wheel disc brakes, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, Launch Control on SS models with the manual transmission optimizes hard-acceleration launches for quicker, more consistent performance and 18", 19" or 20" wheels.

Full details will be revealed on November 17th.

Updated 11/16/2010: GM has revealed the official details on the latest Camaro version. The new Camaro Convertible will be offered in four trim levels: 1LT and 2Lt powered by a 3.6L direct injection (DI) V-6 engine with 312 HP and 1SS and 2SS powered by a 6.2L V-8 engine with 400 HP.

Updated 12/07/2010: Yes, the Camaro Convertible will be indeed priced under $30k, starting at precisely $29,150. Chevrolet will offer four different trims for the new Convertible model: 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS. Prices will range from $29,150 to $39,650. An RS package will add a total of $1,800.

UPDATE 01/09/11: Chevrolet has now released the online configurator for the Camaro Convertible, which can be accessed at the company’s official website. We imagine that everyone is already headed over there to build the Camaro Convertible of their dreams, which is what we’ll be doing in just a few minutes. Who knows, maybe we’ll end up liking our creation so much that we’ll end up buying it.

Press release after the jump.

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The German sports-car manufacturer Porsche will be unveiling a new “mid-engined sports car” next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This new model will be shown along side two new 911 variants, the GTS, and the Speedster . We don’t have any official word on what this new model might be, but we believe it to be the new Cayman CS .

We have written numerous reports on the CS, which will be powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six with 333 horsepower. This model will feature the same characteristics as the Boxster, with lightness being the name of the game. Sources indicate that the CS should shed about 162 to 184 pounds from the stock vehicle. It will do this by ditching door handles and adding lightweight alloy wheels and aluminum body bits. This should make the CS one heck of a track day vehicle.

We should have the official information next week when the car is launched at the LA show.

Hit the jump to see the press release.

A Bentley Continental GT is a car that doesn’t need any fine-tuning because, by itself, it’s already good enough to be considered a prized vehicle. But every so often, a tuning house tries to up the ante by giving a car the stature of the Continental GT even more reason to be beloved.

That’s what Platinum Collision Center did with this particular Bentley , a Continental GT Mulliner. Calling it the Widebody GT Premier4509 Platinum Edition, PCC gave the car a complete widebody overhaul, complete with a new front bumper, a rear bumper with a new diffuser, side skirts, a new hood, a rear wing, and a set of of new wheels. The interior was also given doses of carbon fiber, including on the entire center console.

For now, the boys at PCC only gave the Continental GT a GT Haus-sourced MEISTERSCHAFT full exhaust system, although they did say that they’re going to upgrade the car with turbos and re-program the ECU in time for the car’s appearance at the LA Auto Show .

We’ll give you more details about this car as soon as information becomes available.

Source: L4P

Now that the buzz of SEMA 2010 is quietly dying down, the auto world will now set its attention to the forthcoming LA Auto Show on November 19th.

One brand that’s scheduled to be in attendance is Cadillac and it’s just come to our attention that the automaker will be bringing an all-new concept car to the City of Angels.

Not surprisingly, the company has kept mum on what kind of car this is going to be so all your guesses are going to be as good as ours. Short of saying, we don’t know what it’s going to be. It could be anything really – maybe it’s even the Aera Concept (pictured above) that they’ve entered at the auto show’s Design Challenge – but for now, all we’ve got are tons of speculation.

In some ways, it’s a good thing not knowing what to expect because it keeps that element of surprise at a high-level. Who knows, these guys might be bringing a car that’s going to revolutionize the world. Highly unlikely, we know, but that’s the beauty of being in the dark when it comes to concept vehicles.

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