Los Angeles Auto Show

Los Angeles Auto Show

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In an industry full of pretenders, one thing you can count on about Porsche is that they deliver.

The boys from Stuttgart’s latest offering is the new Porsche Boxster Spyder , arguably the lightest and fastest Boxster ever created. Powered by a modified 3.4-liter boxer engine, the new Boxster Spyder, which made its world debut at the LA Auto Show, produces over 320 horsepower and skyrocket from 0-60 mph in just a shade under five (4.8) seconds.

This new Boxster Spyder is the third incarnation of the Boxster Model following the previous Boxster and Boxster S line. Remember how everyone couldn’t wait to get their hands on one those Boxster models?

Well, judging from the awesome video highlighting Porsche’s new toy, we’re predicting that this one will have quite a following of its own.

Source: Motor Trend

California is the epicenter of excess, environmentalism and the green car movement; so what better vehicle for the Governator to be taking a closer look at than Audi’s new battery powered zero emission super car. It could be that Mr. Schwarzenegger is considering trading in his trademark Hummer for something a little more conservative because he was spotted both inside and out of the LA Auto Show getting a closer look at the Audi E-tron concept .

Arnold Schwarzenegger takes a close look at the Audi E-tron

A longtime auto enthusiast, Governor Schwarzenegger received a detailed explanation of the E-tron’s inner workings which consist of four electronic motors and a lithium ion battery pack from none other than Audi AG board member in charge of global sales and marketing, Peter Schwarzenbauer, perhaps with the aim of outfitting the California Highway Patrol with a few new gas free high speed pursuit vehicles. No matter whether they close a deal or not, it is worth mentioning that Governor Schwarzenegger joins the very short list of people from around the world who have actually sat inside of the E-tron concept. So if you want unprecidented access to all sorts of cool new cars, all you have to do is become a world famous movie star and then the Governor of one of the largest states in the U.S. and then automakers will be bending over backwards for you to test drive their cars.

Press release the jump.

Every year the L.A. Autoshow asks manufacturers from around the world to envision the car of the future and then to display their forward thinking designs for all of Los Angeles to see. Every year the theme differs a bit form the year before, this year’s LA Design Challenge is all about what first time drivers will be behind the proverbial wheel of in 2030. While all of the Youthmobile 2030 entries delivered a variety of solutions to future transportation, the judges have spoken and it looks like we will be driving on the GRID because the Nissan V2G will take home the top honor. The 2030 Nissan Vehicle to Grid offers consumers everything from social media to tuner transformations with its infotainment interface and off-GRID gadgetry that allows owners the ability to tailor their future electric vehicles to their specific tastes.

Press release after the jump.

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.

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