Los Angeles Auto Show

Los Angeles Auto Show

  Los Angeles Auto Show

You know something’s up when a car manufacturer decides to leave out vivacious models in favor for a pair of dogs to showcase their new vehicle.
Honda’s Lego-looking Element SUV was on-hand at the LA Auto Show and instead of the traditional eye candy posing with the vehicle, they had Luna and Toby – a pair of dogs – posing for the cameras inside the Element’s innovative Dog Friendly System .

The Dog Friendly System, which is available for an extra $995 on any 2010 Honda Element Honda Element , is, according to Honda, “a pet accommodation system designed to improve safety, comfort and convenience for dogs and their owners alike."

The DFS features, among other things, a nylon kennel, a ramp, a small 12-volt ventilation fan, a cushioned bed, a spill-proof water dish, seat covers, and rubber floor mats with a bone motif. In other words, it’s as close as you can get to a mobile dog palace.

We have to give credit to Honda for this brilliant new system, especially in a time where we’re all hesitant to bring our dogs along in our cars in the event that they mess the upholstery.

Press release after the jump.

Source: Honda

Scion ’s Kogi xD Mobile Kitchen made an appearance at the LA Auto Show, further proving that it just might be the future of all tailgating vehicles.

Designed by MV Designz, the Kogi xD Mobile Kitchen comes with everything you can find in the kitchen short of the food itself. It’s got a fridge on one side, a cutting board on the left rear door, a tailgate barbeque grill, an ice chest and a sink with a reverse osmosis system, cooking utensils on the left tail light and condiments on the right side.

Really, did MV Designz leave anything out?

Source: Jalopnik

The new 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 made its North American debut at the LA Auto Show giving the American audience the first glimpse of BMW ’s first high-performance hybrid luxury sedan. BMW also announced that the car would come with a price tag of $103,125 for the standard version and $107,025 for the long wheelbase ActiveHybrid 7L version.

Powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with a hybrid electric motor and an 8-speed automatic transmission, the ActiveHybrid7 also comes with some of the most high-quality materials out in the market today, including Alcantara headliners, a leather dashboard, ventilated active front seats, 19-inch wheels and tires, the Premium Sound System, a Head-up Display and Rear View Camera soft-close doors and Automatic trunkgate closing. That’s a lot of features, don’t you think?

But if those aren’t enough for you – and if it isn’t, then you’ve got some pretty high standards – then BMW also comes with optional packages, among which include a Driver Assistance Package, BMW’s Night Vision and Rear Seat Entertainment Package, and a Camera Package.

For a full list of all the extra add-ons, take a look after the jump.

Source: BMW Blog

The 2011 Ford Mustang is set to make its debut at the LA Auto Show with a new 3.7-liter V6 engine. With a new engine in tow, the Mustang will come with over 305 horsepower and 280-lb of torque. In addition to that, customers will also get the chance to choose either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Further details surrounding the car are still murky but if you want to catch a glimpse of the 2011 Mustang and hear that oh-so-glorious engine, check out the video.

BMW ’s new hybrid concept, the Vision EfficientDynamics , made its way to the LA Auto Show and it didn’t take long for the car to attract quite an audience; the most noteworthy of which is California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.

During his press conference highlighting green cars, the ‘Governator’ got a chance to get behind the wheel of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept where he was given a quick tour of the vehicle by Peter Miles, BMW of North America’s executive vice president of operations.

After making its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept captured the world’s attention mostly because of its revolutionary design and never-before heard of performance capabilities, including the capacity to travel 431 miles before it needs to be recharged and refuelled.

And while most Americans have waited months to see the car up-close, their wait has finally come to an end when the Vision EfficientDynamics makes its long-awaited appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

And as always, Governor Schwarzenegger got first dibs on getting as close as close can get on the car.

Photo courtesy of Danny Mosholok of Newscast

Source: BMW Blog

Heading into the LA Auto Show, BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics was being touted as the can’t-miss concept car. Now it looks like it may have found a worthy contender in the form of the Audi E-Tron Concept .

Both cars made their debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show but while the same BMW concept showed up at the LA Auto Show, the e-tron Concept has arrived sporting a totally different – and eye-popping – color: orange.

We already know what the E-Tron Concept is capable of, but it’s still worth a refresher course. The car is powered by a purely electric drive system made up of four motors – two at the front and two more at the rear axle – generating a total output of 313 HP and 3,319.03 lb-ft of torque. With that much power under its hood, the car is capable of clocking in a 0 to 60 MPH time of just 4.8 seconds.

The orange color may be an acquired taste for some, but for us, it’s blindingly beautiful. It makes us wonder now if the E-Tron Concept may have stolen some of the Vision EfficientDynamics’ thunder.

Source: Jalopnik

California is of the only states in the Union where action sports enthusiasts can make the most of crashing waves and fresh powder, so the Los Angeles Auto Show was the only logical location for Mazda to unveil two of its customized compact Mazda2 models. The Active2 Surf & Snow Special Concepts cater to the needs of those individuals who get their thrills riding one in to the beach or down the mountainside with a set of bindings connecting them to their board, these two new concepts offer a bit more fun than your standard subcompact offering.

Mazda Active2 Surf & Snow Special Concepts

The Active2 Surf is covered in a coat of Spirited Green paint and features a more aggressive front bumper and side skirts to go along with the white multi spoke 17 inch wheels and Active2 graphics that adorn the Mazda2 in graphite and white. The Active2 Snow is appropriately painted in Frozen White with an array of number 2s covering the front fender that houses an anthracite set of rims. Both models come with a rugged Thule roof rack system complete with matching snowboards or a surfboard made from lightweight carbon fiber.

Press release after the jump.

While a number of the world’s biggest carmakers have all come down to the LA Auto Show to showcase their latest cars, a number of lesser-known brands have also been making waves at the event, one of which is the Capstone CMT 380 .

Designed and created by Electronic Arts’ Chief Creative Director – awesome job, by the way – Richard Hillerman, the CMT 380 is a hybrid supercar that draws its electric power from 96 lithium-ion batteries coupled with a 30 kw bio-diesel-powered micro turbine giving the hybrid supercar an electronically limited top speed of 150mph and a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds. The CMT 380’s electric mode tops at around 80 miles but when the turbine enters the picture, the car’s range skyrockets to around a more-than-worth-it 500 miles.

If the name ‘Capstone’ rings a bell to any of you, they’re company that specializes on providing micro turbines to power office blocks. It might be far-off from the auto industry, but who’s to say they can’t try their luck, right?

Continued after the jump.

Source: Capstone

The Japanese sport compact maker Subaru has just announced pricing for the 2010 Impreza WRX STI Special Edition that was revealed just a few days ago. With a scheduled production run of only 125 units, this special edition STI will be in high demand when it goes on sale in the spring of 2010 starting at $32,995. What is even better about the Spec C inspired STI is that it will cost $2,000 less than the standard 2010 WRX STI.

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition prices announced

Aside from the high performance suspension, the Special Edition differs from the standard WRX STI with a few cost cutting options like a set of halogen headlamps rather than HID units; the 6 CD 10 speaker system turns into a single disc player with 4 speakers; manual air conditioning in place of automatic climate control and side mirrors without integrated signals. However if getting around a track as fast as possible is what you are after it is very unlikely that you will miss any of those creature comforts.

Press release after the jump.

There is no place like the world’s stage for an automaker to showcase the abilities and talents of their team and products. It was back in 1991 when the Japanese automaker Mazda entered the 24 Hours of LeMans for the 13th time in 18 years. Up until that point their best finish was in 7th place, something they managed to do twice, in 1987 and 1989. However in 1991 things were different; the race car was the al new four rotor 787B being driven by famed racing drivers Johnny Herbert, Volker Weidler and Bertrand Gachot. With the ex Formula One ace Jacky Ickx heading up the team, the mighty 787B managed to finish first at the end of the race twice around the clock, making Mazda the first Japanese automaker to earn an outright victory at the historic race.

Mazda 2Evil Special Concept

As a tribute to that car, Mazda has unveiled the Mazda 2Evil Special Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The compact Mazda features the same significant number 55 and an equally wild Ceramic Grey metallic paint scheme complete with subtle motor sports inspired graphics just like the iconic Group C race car.

The Mazda 2 Evil Special Concept features a few modifications to the body, consisting of a more aggressive front chin spoiler and a deeper rocker panels for improved aerodynamics and a lower overall stance, with a lower diffuser in the rear finishing off the ground effects package as well as a bolder rear spoiler mounted at the top of the hatch. Rounding out the compact Mazda 2 ’s sports inspired concept are a set of bright green 17 inch wheels wrapped in sticky Yokahama Advan tires.

Press release after the jump.

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