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Ford will unveil the 2011 Mustang at the Los Angeles Motor Show, but of course details on the car couldn’t be kept secret until then. So, thanks to some very vigilant eyes we can tell you the first details on the future muscle car. Orders will begin in January 18, 2010 and first deliveries will be made starting March 15, 2010.

For the 2011 model year Ford will bring back the 402A Package which is the California Special (GT/CS) model and a Shelby Convertible powered by a 5.4-liter Supercharged 4V V8 engine.

There will also be a SVT Performance Package that includes: 19-inch wheels, RR spoiler with GF (not sure what GF stands for), Over The Top (OTT) stripe delete and 3.73 limited slip.

Ford will also offer a Brembo Brake Package, 6-speed automatic transmission option and three different 19-inch wheels.

Mazda ’s participation at the 2009 LA Auto Show will now include the Mazda2. With automakers now making a concerted effort to bring in hatchback models to the US market, the Mazda2’s attendance in LA should go a long way in introducing the car to the US.

Right now, the Mazda2 is being sold in a lot of markets all over the world, thanks to a relatively affordable and efficient package, which comes with a number of engine variants including a 1.3 and 1.5-liter gas engine and a 1.2 and 1’6-liter diesel variant.

The car’s entry into the North American market has been widely anticipated after the car scored the distinction of being voted World Car of the Year in 2008.

There’s no word yet as to how much the car will be sold in the US and technical specs have also yet to be released. Nevertheless, the Japanese brand is excited about bringing the car to one of the world’s major auto markets. The car is expected to go on sale at the latter part of 2010, where it will be rebranded as a 2011 model.

Press release after the jump.

Source: Mazda

Nissan is the last automaker set to enter this year’s LA Design Challenge, but they are certainly not the least. In a look forward at what we will be driving in the year 2030 suggests that every car on the road could be zero emission electric vehicles, that is if Greenpeace gets their way, that will travel on an ultra efficient high speed network called the GRID. Nissan’s entry is appropriately named V2G, or Vehicle to Grid, and will be an affordable entry level automobile that offers the same build quality and fun to drive nature of the automakers current lineup.

LA Design Challenge: Nissan V2G

However while the other forward thinking design teams are focusing mainly on vehicle to vehicle communications and keeping up with Facebook, Nissan has highlighted on a more traditional approach to car customizing. The coolest feature about Nissan’s V2G is that they recognize that their futuristic electric vehicle will eventually be taken Off Grid. Just like the Silvia s and Skyline s that made the Japanese automaker such a desirable sports car maker in the last decade, the Japanese automaker is anticipating the hot rodding hopes of future consumers and has readied their 2030 electric car to allow for modifications in much of the same way. Although we would hate to see the internal combustion engine go the way of the dinosaurs, but if future electric vehicles can be as fun as the V2G, we say bring on the electrons.

The Nissan V2G won the 2009 LA Design Challenge.

Official details after the jump.

The Japanese automaker Toyota has also entered the 2009 L.A. Design Challenge with the LINK, playing up on the increasing college enrollment rate, Toyota has positioned their car of the future an affordable customizable, mass transit vehicle for students with high social networking demands and a continuously evolving list of likes and dislikes. Even if you have never gone to college you might be familiar with scraping by with little to no disposable income snacking on ramen noodles. The goal of the LINK is to allow these students to once again enjoy the freedom of an automobile and the ability to go where they want when they want, something that is becoming more and more difficult in the current environment where personal transportation has become more costly and a bit more taboo.

LA Design Challenge: Toyota Link

Perhaps the cleverest part of the Toyota from the year 2030 is its name. That is because once the operator climbs inside, the vehicle will seamlessly link up to a transportation based social network, and because those are all the rage with today’s youth they will most certainly be much more prevalent twenty years from now. The new network will allow connections with other drivers to share the commute, trade music or even compare class schedules. Either way this innovative personal transportation solution for 2030 is sure to be something worth linking up for.

More information after the jump.

Another automaker set to enter the 2009 L.A. Design Challenge is General Motors with their play on the popular Guitar Hero video game brand that get gamers in touch with their musical sides. The 2030 OnStar Car Hero from GM is a driver training device that is packaged to look like a video game of today, the Car Hero features three stages of automotive instruction. The unit will take users from piloting a somewhat traditional four wheeled machine used for teaching the rules of the road all the way up to a gyroscopically controlled single wheeled vehicle with upgraded maneuverability that will challenge the driver’s skills against the car’s autonomous system.

LA Design Challenge: GM Car Hero

Aside from being a learning device, once fully unlocked GM’s car of the future will also be full of features like P2P applications like Friends and Fantay Drive. The first is a futuristic take on Twitter that lets your companions come along with you on your journey and opens up a direct line of communication with them from wherever you are on the planet. The Fantasy Drive feature is the perfect alternative to tiresome and lengthy commutes allowing the driver to virtually escape the traffic and much like a bonus level in a video game experience unique and fantastic alternative driving environments. The GM Car Hero blurs the line between driving and gaming, and if the next generation of automotive consumers have anything to say about it, General Motors’ car of the future is guaranteed to be a hit.

Official details after the jump.

Another Japanese automobile manufacturer interested in coming up with the car of the future is Honda with their Helix designed for the 2009 L.A. Design Challenge. The Helix is made out of adaptive polymers, capable of changing everything from shape to color and even properties. Just like the DNA that makes up every living being, the Helix can adapt to three distinct driving situations: A, B and Z. The Honda Helix is capable of adapting, evolving, and conforming to the driver’s needs using insight gained from the human genome, biotechnology and environmental forecasting making it the perfect vehicle for environments ranging from the congested city streets of Japan, to the wide open highways of America.

LA Design Challenge: Honda Helix

The "A" configuration is short and wide for cities that have very tight and interwinding roads, where agility and speed allow the vehicle to easily negotiate chaotic traffic patterns. The "B" layout is long and low for the sprawling cities of the world, where the long stretches of road allow for high speed commuting. When in the "Z" configuration the Helix transforms into a tall and thin automobile for congested cities of the world, where occupants sit vertically giving the 2030 Helix the most volume per square footage of any vehicle that has come before.

The Japanese automaker Mazda is also entering the 2009 L.A. Design Challenge with the Souga, a minimalist lightweight sports coupe that is made up of experimental shapes, ornate detailing and a dramatically proportioned exterior. The Souga is the next step in Mazda’s Nagare design language with its flowing exterior and sweeping lines. The Souga is designed around VMazda, a virtual reality website that acts as a design playground for young automotive enthusiasts allowing them to experiment, build, and share their four wheeled dreams in a virtual world at no cost. The car would be sold as an affordable shell and monthly payments would be made for the electricity it consumes much like a cellular telephone bill, and because most modern digital devices have become integrated into automobiles, this eliminates the need to clutter the driver’s concentration with a host of accessories and add ons, thus simplifying the Souga driving experience.

Every year the L.A. Autoshow asks the manufacturers to envision the car of the future. This year’s Design Challenge is all about coming up with what we will be driving in 2030. The German automaker Audi is entering the competition with two very unique vehicles: the eSpira (the Aspiration) and the eOra (the Essence).

LA Design Challenge: Audi eSpira/eOra

The eSpira uses next generation vehicle control logic that will take even the most minimal of body movements and gestures from the driver and interpret them to deliver the most direct driving sensation of any machine in the history of the automobile in an effort to show that the most direct, fluid form of vehicle control is only a few thoughts away.

On the other hand, the eOra is a pure sports car that has been designed to share the same control logic as the eSpira and make an extremely dynamic and efficient vehicle that is only aided by the Audi eOra’s small footprint and unmatched agility. Like a downhill skier, the eOra leans into turns and carves up the curves in the road scape with previously unseen precision. By constantly adapting to the driver’s movements and intentions, the eOra and its driver are able to move harmoniously as one, with unrivaled dexterity and superior sports car performance.

One of the highlights of the LA Auto Show is the annual design challenge that goes along as part of the whole event, and this year figures to be no different. The theme for this year’s event will be called “Youthmobile 2030” – a nod towards what vehicles would look like in 2030 for young minds born this year.

Among the manufacturers that are scheduled to participate this year includes Volkswagen/Audi , Nissan , GM , Mazda , Toyota , and Honda . Most of the participants already have their entries close to completion and from what we’ve heard a number of them have already mentioned what they’re going to bring to LA. VW/Audi is set to bring an AI-enhanced car that can interpret driver movements, Nissan Nissan has an ‘eco-neutral’ vehicle ready to roll to LA, GM is bringing a ‘gamer-friendly’ car, Mazda Mazda is going for a more business-minded approach with their entry, targeting the entrepreneurs of 2030, and Honda is bringing something that “incorporates human DNA.”

Safe to say, the participants for this year’s design challenge are all bringing the heavy artillery.

The pool of judges – there will be four of them - that will be tasked to evaluate and grade all the entries include Tom Matano, Durector of Industrial Design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Jason Hill, the brains behind the Aptera Aptera 2 Seres hybrid and electric cars, Imre Molner, Dean of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies; Stewart Reed, Chair, Transportation Design, Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design.

Press Release after the jump.

For all those brands that have decided to skip the Tokyo Motor Show, it looks like they’re already prepping up for the next one on the calendar: the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

One of the brands that have booked their ticket for Los Angeles is Ford , which is using the event to officially unveil the new Ford Fiesta to its American clientele. In addition to the introduction of the Fiesta, Ford is also set to use Los Angeles for an equally important revelation: the powertrain behind the 2011 Mustang .

In a recent interview with foxnews.com’s Fox Car Report, Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s head of global product development, confirmed that questions surrounding the 2011 Mustang will all be answered in December at Los Angeles.

It’s been a prevalent rumor that’s dragged on for a couple of months now and while earlier reports have said that the 2011 Mustang comes with a base V6 engine along with a souped-up 5.0-liter V8 variant. In addition to that, rampant speculation of an even more powerful aluminum-block version of the 5.4-liter supercharged V8 for the 2011 Shelby Shelby GT500 has also become a powerful water cooler topic among car enthusiasts waiting with baited breath to see exactly what Ford’s plans are for the retooled 2011 Mustangs.

In any case, all the questions will be answered when the LA Auto Show goes up and running in December.

Source: Autoblog

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