Blogs from the Los Angeles auto show

Fiat hints at Abarth version of 124 Spider

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, Dec. 1 2015
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An Abarth version of the 2017 124 Spider has all but been officially confirmed, though just what engines will be available is still up in the air.
JAY RAMEY:  A sportier version of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider was a hot topic of conversation even before the car debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, and Fiat is not exactly hiding the fact that it is considering a more hardcore version of the reborn roadster. Fabrizio Simoni, Abarth's head of marketing, indicated to Automotive News Europe that an Abarth 124 Spider was one of the two models that t ...
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Volvo Concept 26 imagines the interior of fully autonomous cars

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 26 2015
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Volvo's Concept 26 presents an all-new patented seat design that transforms depending on one of the three modes that the driver of an autonomous car can choose: Drive, Create or Relax.
JAY RAMEY:  Volvo's concept car at the Los Angeles auto show isn't a concept car at all, but rather an interface that imagines how car interiors will change after we welcome our autonomous overlords. Dubbed Concept 26, named for the average number of minutes in a daily commute to work, the concept addresses how drivers in the not-so-distant future will choose to spend their time during their commutes. &ldqu ...
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Volvo Concept 26 imagines the interior of fully autonomous cars

Posted 7:00 am U.S. ET, Nov. 20 2015
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Volvo's Concept 26 presents an all-new patented seat design that transforms depending on one of the three modes that the driver of an autonomous car can choose: Drive, Create or Relax.
JAY RAMEY:  Volvo's concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show isn't a concept car at all, but rather an interface that imagines how car interiors will change after we welcome our autonomous overlords. Dubbed Concept 26, named for the average number of minutes in a daily commute to work, the concept addresses how drivers in the not-so-distant future will choose to spend their time during their commutes. &ldqu ...
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Pressure on XT5 to deliver amid Caddy's lineup quagmire

Posted 11:07 am U.S. ET, Nov. 20 2015
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Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen with the XT5 in Los Angeles this week. (REUTERS)
MIKE COLIAS:  LOS ANGELES -- To understand why Cadillac's U.S. sales are struggling despite its vastly improved lineup, consider this: It’s about to launch its third sedan into essentially the same segment, one that happens to be the weakest in all of luxury. OK, technically they’re not all in the same segment -- the CT6 that goes on sale early next year and the three-year-old XTS are both large se ...
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Bentley adds extra polish with Bentayga First Edition

Posted 10:15 am U.S. ET, Nov. 18 2015
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WESLEY WREN:  Bentley, polishing its foray into a new segment, plans a special First Edition trim of the upcoming Bentayga crossover. The First Edition model, introduced at a customer event at the Sunset Marquis Hotel near Los Angeles, is available to those who preorder the luxury crossover. The model has such accouterments as Union Jack badging, illuminated door sill plates and 22-inch wheels painte ...
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Jeep preps special Wrangler, Grand Cherokee editions for L.A. auto show

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 13 2015
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Jeep's Wrangler Backcountry arrives in showrooms late this month.
JAKE LINGEMAN:  SEMA, Detroit, Baja, Moab -- there’s no bad time or place to introduce a special-edition Jeep. In fact, FCA has two of them coming to the L.A. Auto Show: The Grand Cherokee SRT Night, which gets the de rigueur black appearance package, and the Wrangler Backcountry, which gets enough off-road bits to crush everything winter has to offer. The SRT Night is equipped with black gloss paint on th ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is ready for (next) summer

Posted 12:00 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 10 2015
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JAY RAMEY:  The Range Rover Evoque that at least several people have been clamoring for is finally here, revealed just in time for winter: The two-door four-seat Evoque Convertible is due to go on sale in mid-2016 (by which time it'll be winter in Australia), and features a lightweight canvas roof that can fold up in just 18 seconds. It will be introduced next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Evoque C ...
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