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Los Angeles Auto Show

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Honda ’s latest concept car offering made its cracking debut at the 2009 LA Auto Show and from the looks of things; it’s everything we thought it would be, for better or for worse. Called the Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport – P-NUT for short – the new concept is Honda’s entry to the micro coupe market. Although concept cars generally are a hit-or-miss upon first glance, the P-NUT’s aesthetic appearance falls on the latter. We’re quite not sure how to explain it, except that it looks like some sort of gigantic flat iron, which, if you’re keeping track, isn’t a good thing.

Honda P-NUT

We’ve seen some pretty crazy concept vehicles over the years and the P-NUT surely ranks among one of the weirdest we’ve seen in a while. For starters, the car has no side mirrors, which isn’t all too surprising given that this is a concept. In place of the missing mirrors – at least we think so – is a back-up camera. We’re also still waiting for an explanation as to where the headlights are – of course, it’s in the front but we find it hard to believe that those two slits are the actual headlights.

Continued with press release after the jump.

Although this is the customized 2011 Ford Fiesta at the LA Auto Show, it certainly won’t be the last of the blue oval’s compacts to be tuned. This red and white Fiesta was a collaboration between 3dCarbon and FSWerks and takes full advantage of Fiesta’s European styling and rock solid foundation and power train to springboard the B segment hatchback to the next level of street authority.

Now this racing stripe wearing Fiesta is no show pony, thanks to the combination of the FSWerks Stage 2 intercooled turbo kit and a less restrictive free flowing 2.25 inch exhaust gives the little 1.6 Liter Fiesta enough grunt to play with the big boys and adequately matches the 3dCarbon body kit’s aggressive appearance. The aero package is made up of a big mouth front bumper and matching ground effects that issue a bold challenge to contenders while at the track the FSWerks components ensure that the tuned Fiesta can not only talk the talk, but walk the walk as well.

Toyota revealed today at the Los Angeles Auto Show the third-generation Sienna minivan. Sales will begin in February 2010 with the Sienna being offered in five grades: Sienna grade, LE, SE, XLE and Limited.

The 2011 Sienna features a more modernly advanced and bold design, with sophisticated headlamps angled, sculptural rear corner, LED taillights and distinctive window shapes.

The car will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.5-liter V6 rated 266 hp at 6,200 rpm and a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 187 hp at 5,800 rpm. Both engines are matched with state-of-the-art, electronically controlled six-speed transmissions with sequential shift.

The third generation Sienna minivan that will go on sale in February 2010. Prices will range from $24,260 for the Sienna grade with a four-cylinder engine to $39,770 for the Sienna Limited all-wheel-drive (AWD) V6. The 2011 Sienna will be offered in V6-powered Sienna grade, LE, XLE and Limited models. Four-cylinder Sienna grade and LE models, and the SE grade will arrive at dealerships in April.

Press release after the jump.

The Volkswagen New Beetle entered production in 1998, and like it predecessors it was a very successful model. But Volkswagen is preparing to end the current generation of the iconic models; and to mark this even today at the Los Angeles Auto Show they have revealed the New Beetle Final Edition, for both coupe and convertible models. The company will build 1,500 units each, and prices will start at $20,240 for the coupe and $27,170 for the convertible model.

Volkswagen New Beetle Final Edition

The Final Edition beetle features a special Aquarius Blue paint with a painted black roof on the coupe, and a two-tone Aquarius Blue and Campanella White paint scheme with a white top on the convertible. Both the coupe and the convertible have a full sport suspension and special 17-inch alloy wheels that provide a more fun-to-drive stance, and make getting from point A to point B even more exciting.

Both versions are powered by a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 150 hp and 170 lbs.-ft. of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic.

Press release after the jump.

H&R Special Springs revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show their own version of the 2011 Ford Fiesta. Fiesta’s natural good looks get the Euro treatment, with Sticky Jewell custom graphics, custom Euro hood vents, stealthy blacked-out headlamps and a Ford Custom Accessories upper rear hatch spoiler.

The H&R Street Performance monotube coil-over kit features height-adjustable shocks to set wheel arches the perfect distance from the big, 18-inch OZ SuperTurismo GT wheels. When it comes to personalizing Fiesta, this is one suspension-and-wheels approach that most do-it-yourself buyers can adopt to set themselves firmly above the rest of the sport compact crowd.

The final version of the Chevrolet Volt electric car was presented today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. At the even GM announced that the electric sedan will be available late next year in California with other lead markets to be named later. Production will begin in 2010 and will cost $41,000 before federal and state tax incentives. While the sticker price is rather high, the lease deal seems to be the best choice. Buyers can lease their very own electric Volt for $350 per month for 36 months. That is the exact same payment that Nissan is asking for with the Leaf EV.

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is designed to drive up to 40 miles on electricity without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the Volt’s lithium-ion battery runs low, an engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the total driving range to more than 300 miles before refueling or stopping to recharge the battery. One thing to remember while you are at the pump; this little baby has to be filled with premium gasoline.

Also, the Volt’s exterior color has an official name: Viridian Joule, a name suggested by David Thomas, 40, of Sanford, Fla.

UPDATE 07/22/2010: Chevrolet has taken the Volt on its first cross country trip! Check out the video above!

UPDATE 07/27/2010: This article has been updated to show the price that has just been released for the Volt.

UPDATE 07/28/2010: Chevrolet is highlighting the value of the Volt in the video above. Check it out!

UPDATE 10/16/2010: Motortrend has tested the Chevrolet Volt and has gotten some tremendous results! On their first trip, the hybrid got them 127mpg while traveling along the street and highways of Los Angeles. On their second trip, the guys over at Motortrend drove the heck out of the Volt at its top speed and were able to get 75mpg proving that the Volt is one efficient vehicle!

Press release after the jump.

Making it’s North American debut at the L.A. Auto Show, Ford is keeping the customized 2011 Fiesta s coming with this example from Ford Custom Accessories. However unlike most one off show cars, this Fiesta can be recreated by any able minded tuner in his or her own garage with parts right out of the Ford Racing Parts catalog. The intention of the American automaker is to release a full line of OEM approved aftermarket parts that cater to consumers creativity and focus on drivers needs to personalize their rides in order to stand out from the crowd, and with the 2011 Ford Fiesta, they will be able to do just that.

So when Ford’s newest premium compact rolls into showrooms in 2010, almost every component displayed on this hot little white Fiesta will be available from Ford Custom Accessories, Ford Licensed Accessories and Ford Racing Performance Parts. So no matter if you are looking for a subtle change so that you can spot your Fiesta a little easier in a crowded parking lot or if you want to go full tilt and drastically spice up your ride, the blue oval will offer whatever you need to get the job done.

In the same time with the revealing of the 2010 Viper SRT10, Dodge also revealed the special edition Viper SRT10 ACR 1:33 that pays tribute to the new production car lap record set on Nov. 24 at Laguna Seca raceway.

Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR 1:33 Edition

This special edition will feature an unique two-tone Black Clear Coat/Red Clear Coat exterior color scheme - the opposite form of the original Viper ACR. Interior highlights include piano black console bezels with red gauge highlights complemented with red accent stitching in the seats.

Only 33 cars will be produced as 1:33 Edition Viper ACR models.

While the U.S. version of the 2011 Ford Fiesta just made its debut in Los Angeles, aftermarket tuners have been getting their hands dirty customizing the new compact for quite some time now in order to make it to the show. It only makes sense that the first group to offer an upgrade package for the new party car is the blue oval’s in house tuner Ford Racing in cooperation with the Mustang tuners from Steeda Autosports.

First Ford Racing and Steeda wanted to uncork the little 1.6 Liter Ti-VCT four cylinder and let it breathe a little easier with a cold air intake from Steeda and a cat-back system that was made by Borla in cooperation with Ford Racing. In order to keep the Fiesta firmly planted at all four corners, Steeda and Ford Racing upgraded the factory suspension to give the compact track inspired handling. Hiding behind the Ford Racing multi spoke Euro wheels is one off Brembo big brake kit mounted front and rear to keep the driver in full control when tackling chicanes and tight hairpin turns. Ford Racing and Steeda Autosports have truly created a high performance hatchback using a few straightforward simple upgrades that when put together go a long way towards enhancing the Fiesta.

This has truly been a year of ups and downs for Dodge Viper fans. Starting off with the proposed liquidation of the brand and more recently setting the single lap record at Laguna Seca , but the ultimate blow for any Viper enthusiast is that 2010 will be the last year that Chrysler will produce the V10 powered American super car. However even if the Viper is coming to an end, Dodge decided to go out in style; and in doing so they have promised that 2010 will be the best year in Viper history.

Dodge Viper SRT10

Even if there will only be 500 units produced in 2010, Dodge has announced that there will be more special and limited edition models than ever in next year’s lineup. There will also be two new colors added to the Viper ’s color chart including a sparkling Toxic Orange Pearl and a glossy Bright Silver Metallic paint options. The 2010 snake will also be available with a wider dual racing stripe pattern and more than 7,600 possible variations concerning appearance alone.

Dodge Viper SRT10

The 2010 Viper SRT10 will be powered by an enormous 8.4 Liter V10 power plant that produces 600 HP and 560 lb-ft of torque that rocket the engine with wheels from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds, run the quarter mile in the mid 11 second range before hitting a top speed of 202 MPH. However showing that the Viper is an all around performance machine it can complete the coveted 0-100-0 MPH run in 11 seconds flat.

Press release after the jump.

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