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The all-new Jaguar F-Type made its North American debut today at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Alongside this much-anticipated model, Jaguar also unveiled the "Firesand" version. This version is based on a standard F-Type V-6 S model and demonstrates the range of personalization options that are available for customers.

As it name suggests, this version features Firesand paintwork — available as a special order paint — and comes equipped with the two optional packages: “Design” and both exterior and interior “Black” packs. This “Black” pack adds a more aggressive look to the F-Type, thanks to a gloss-black paint applied to the grille and its surround, and the side power vent surround and mesh.

The V-6 S version is powered by a supercharged V-6 engine that delivers a total of 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 to 5,500 rpm. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 171 mph.

The next-generation Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio made its North American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and Volkswagen decided to put next to it a series of three special edition models that each reflect the style of a decade: the 50s, the 60s and the 70s.

The first of the three special models is the "50s Edition" and it comes with a special set of 17-inch Circle Black alloy wheels and chrome door mirrors. It is painted in Monochrome Black combined with a black soft top.

Next there is the "60s Edition." This version is inspired by the style of the 1960s. It comes in either Denim Blue or Candy White combined with a black soft top.

Finally, the most elegant version is the "70s Edition." It comes in either Toffee Brown Metallic or Platinum Grey Metallic exterior color combined with a beige-colored soft top and leather sport seats.

The 2013 Beetle Cabrio, and these special editions, will be put on sale at the end of November 2012.

Mitsubishi has just unveiled the 2014 Outlander at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2014 Outlander will receive an updated exterior and a new engine, featuring a new version of Mitsubishi’s advanced MIVEC continuously-variable valve lift timing system for increased fuel economy. According to Mitsubishi these updates will make the new Outlander the most fuel-efficient CUVs with standard 7-passenger seating in the North American market.

The 2014 Outlander has received a fresh new contemporary face that is both appealing and functional with reduced aerodynamic drag. The SUV is also 200 pounds lighter than the current Outlander. The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander will go on sale in 2013 and will be offered in three trim levels: ES, Se and GT.

Under the hood Mitsubishi has placed a choice of either a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V-6 engine combined with either a continuously-variable transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Updated 11/28/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

The Fiat 500L is a rather unique car. Technically, it was born from the 500, but the 500L doesn’t really fit the bill of a compact car. On top of that, actually looks pretty fresh when you compare it to its bland base brother.

The 500L Trekking is being touted as the more adventurous side of the 500L and, true to the name it’s been given, it offers the kind of sporty and rugged look that some may not expect from the 500. Who knew that Fiat actually had this up its sleeve?

The aggressively styled front and rear fascias are the first things you’ll notice about the 500L Trekking. Pair that with the flared wheel arches that further accentuate the car’s aggressive stance and the body-side sill moldings, and you have a vehicle that’s far from your “typical” Fiat 500 . Let’s not forget to give some love to the set of 17-by-7-inch aluminum wheels, which complement the body well.

Inside the cabin there are more of the same enhancements. The cabin is highlighted by a two-tone Nero/Marrone (black/brown) interior environment, which elevates the rugged characteristics of the vehicle to q whole new level. Combine the appearance with high-tech equipment, like the all-new Uconnect 5.0 system, makes for a great balance of looks and practicality. This standard Uconnect system features a 5-inch intelligently and intuitively designed touchscreen interface, hands-free calling and Bluetooth streaming audio. Add in the voice-controlled audio system, and you have a technology masterpiece.

Expect to see the 2014 Fiat 500L and its Trekking variant in U.S. showrooms in mid-2013. No pricing details are available just yet.

UPDATE 02/28/13: The Fiat 500L Trekking Concept is making its way to the Geneva Motor Show. Better keep an eye out on this bugsy concept because there’s a good chance that it’s going to catch some stares.

About a decade ago, Jeep came out with a pretty smart idea. With the Wrangler serving the purpose as the brand’s resident off-road warrior, the automaker decided to introduce a new variant of the Wrangler. Jeep called it the "Rubicon" model, an ode to the one of the most grueling off-road trails in the world.

A decade later and the Wrangler Rubicon is as popular as it was — maybe even more — than when it first came out. To pay tribute to the popular off-road vehicle, Jeep has decided to bestow it with the honor of having a 10th Anniversary model.

As such, the Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition is born.

Mike Manley, president and CEO of Jeep, knows the significance of the model to the brand’s most passionate enthusiasts. "This [special edition] Wrangler Rubicon is for them," Manley said.

"It is a unique vehicle that we expect will long be sought after; a Wrangler that offers an unprecedented level of capability once only attainable by long hours of custom aftermarket preparation crafted in the garages of the most avid Jeep enthusiasts in the world."

Find out more about the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition after the jump

We have seen all kinds of crazy things in the past, but by far this one is the one of the looniest. Smart , in collaboration with fashion designer Jeremy Scott, have unveiled a very strange-looking smart fortwo electric drive at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Called smart forjeremy this interesting concept has been described as "an avant-garde and futuristic smart with loving details based on the overriding wing theme." The concept is painted in bright white and on each side you will notice a wing made of transparent fiberglass. These wings are decorated with rocket-shaped elements and serve as rear and brake lights. The car’s white paint has been combined with a chrome-plated tridion cell, chromed eyebrows, mirror caps and the frame around the radiator grille.

The car is equipped with wider rear tires and wider rear wheel arches that reveal a very interesting set of wheels shaped like airplane propellers.

The same white theme continues into the cabinr where the designer opted for fine white Nappa leather for the instrument panel, seats and door trim. The leather is contrasted by chrome surfaces on the main door trim, the closing handles, the instrument panel side boomerangs and the characteristic rings around the instruments. The driver will enjoy an open-top white steering wheel with two chrome spokes.

The smart forjeremy is based on the current production version of the smart fortwo electric drive powered by a 73-horsepower electric motor. It can sprint from 0 to 60 km/h (37.3 mph) in 4.8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 125 km/h (77.7 mph).

Click past the jump to read smart’s press release.

A few months ago it was rumored that BMW’s i sub-brand was facing some difficulties. Apparently, things must have smoothed out a little, as at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show BMW will expand its "i" lineup with the addition of a all-new i3 Coupe Concept. To no one’s surprise, this new concept will feature the same carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic (CFRP) body as the previously announced concepts and under the hood you will find an electric motor with some pretty stout numbers.

The new i3 Concept Coupe sit atop the same platform as the standard i3, but it adds a gracefully flowing roofline and a fresh interpretation of the BMW i "stream flow" design. Exterior updates include a modified front fascia, restyled doors and new side skirts and for the rear new tailgate and a revised bumper.

So, is this new coupe version of the i3 worth all of the hype that will certainly surround it, or is this just another gimmick to drive up interest in the i sub-brand?

UPDATE 12/13/12: BMW has released a new driving video of the i3 Concept Coupe as it takes to the streets in what looks like downtown LA. Click on the photo above to check out the vid!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 BMW i3 Concept Coupe and find out.

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Another modest addition to the compact hot-hatch segment, that includes the likes of the Mini John Cooper Works and the Fiat 500 Abarth , is America’s very own Ford Fiesta ST. With the initials “ST,” this variant of the Ford Fiesta brings more power and a sporty looking exterior kit to the table, a standard expected in every hot-hatch that is sold today.

Developed by the combined efforts of Team RS in Europe and SVT in the United States, the Fiesta ST is the latest that sports the “Sports Technologies” badge, a global performance brand that debuted in North America earlier this year with the launch of the Focus ST.

The ST brand is Ford’s initiative to prove to its customers that small cars can be fun and exciting to drive. People can not only enjoy the practicality of a hatchback but also a delicate mix of power, looks and fuel economy.

UPDATE 03/04/13: Ford has officially released the price for 2014 Fiesta ST. Hop on over after the jump to find out how much it’s going to cost.

Click past the jump to read our full review on the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Jaguar is preparing for a busy time in Los Angeles this week with a number of debuts. One debut, in particular, is getting significant attention because of the way the British automaker has been harking its debut.

Less than a week after dropping the first teaser image of the XFR-S , Jaguar is back with teaser No. 2, showing off the sports sedan’s enormous rear spoiler. Take a closer look at it and you might think that you’ve seen that rear spoiler before. Yup, it certainly looks like the same kind of spoiler that the XKR-S Coupe has on it.

More details will be revealed about the new XFR-S when it takes center stage at the L.A. Auto Show . For now, however, digest the growing notion that the rear spoiler won’t be the only thing similar between the XFR-S and the XKR-S. The word is that the former will also carry a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower.

Should that prove to be accurate, we expect nothing but good things from this sports sedan.

It looks like the 2013 Dodge Charger Daytona won’t be the only model at Chrysler’s stand in Los Angeles. The company will also be unveiling an S version for the 2013 Town & Country . This model will get the same exterior and interior enhancements as seen on the Chrysler 300 S .

The model will be offered in four exterior colors: Brilliant Black, Deep Cherry Red, Stone White or Billet Silver. It also receives a dark-chrome grille, a black-background Chrysler Winged badges, a black rear fascia step pad, "S" model badges and a set of 17-inch aluminum wheels with polished faces and black-painted pockets.

Inside the cabin, the new S version will add Black Torino leather seats with an "S" logo embroidered in the seat backs and black Ballistic cloth seat inserts. The instrument panel will also get Piano Black gloss appliques and will be combined with a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, a black headliner, upper consoles and center console, and an "S" logo in the instrument cluster.

The Town & Country S will come with with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine will mate to a 62TE six-speed automatic transmission. It also features a performance suspension that provides a comfortable, yet sporty, ride — as sporty as a minivan can be.


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