Blogs from the Los Angeles auto show

Luxury brands go the way of free-trade coffee

Posted 2:41 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 21
blogs Neal Boudette is a special correspondent for <i>Automotive news</i>
 
LOS ANGELES -- Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But a new crop of upscale cars may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience. That trend was on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where Volvo Cars showed the plug-in hybrid version of its forthcoming XC90. It’s a full-size crossover th ...
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Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept pays homage to past, future

Posted 3:36 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 20
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The 2X, created by GM's North Hollywood Advanced Design Center, is more of a suit than a race car.
VINCE BOND JR.:  It’s ironic that the most futuristic Vision Gran Turismo virtual racer to date also has the deepest historical ties to motorsports. Chevrolet revealed a real-life mock-up of its imaginative Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept during the Los Angeles Auto Show, simultaneously challenging the boundaries of vehicle design while paying homage to a legendary racing brand known for innovation ...
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Fisker flexes muscle with coachbuilt 725-hp Mustang

Posted 2:55 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 20
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Henrik Fisker, right, and Beau Boeckmann, left, of Galpin Auto Sports present the Galpin-Fisker Rocket at its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday. (REUTERS)
GABE NELSON:  LOS ANGELES -- Henrik Fisker, the Danish designer behind the Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8 and the ill-fated Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, apparently can design an American muscle car, too. Today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with the Southern California tuner Galpin Auto Sports, Fisker unveiled the Galpin-Fisker Rocket, a 725-hp, carbon-fiber-bodied Mustang that goes on sale next year. Priced above $ ...
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Apple's CarPlay goes missing in L.A. and in the showroom

Posted 11:09 am U.S. ET, Nov. 20
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Honda plans to launch its HR-V small crossover in the spring and neither CarPlay nor Android Auto will be on board. (BLOOMBERG)
NEAL BOUDETTE:  Tech giants Apple and Google have generated a lot of hype over the past 12 months over their plans to tightly integrate their smartphones and app technology with in-car infotainment systems. Apple has made a show of publicly demonstrating its CarPlay software, which will enable drivers to use their dashboard screens and steering wheel buttons and knobs to control iPhone apps for navigating, strea ...
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Mercedes gives Maybach interior the silent treatment

Posted 11:09 am U.S. ET, Nov. 20
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Mercedes has engineered the seals around the Maybach's doors with a tube-like shape that traps road and wind noise before it reaches the interior compartment. (BLOOMBERG)
NEAL BOUDETTE:  One of the highlights of the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 superluxury sedan is something you’re not supposed to notice: noise, or more precisely, the lack of it. Mercedes-Benz is touting the $200,000 car as the quietest on the road, and went to significant lengths to ensure the car’s occupants are sealed off from outside distractions. The noise-deadening measures start with an extremely ...
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Honda opens Calif. garage to get Android rolling

Posted 1:00 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
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Honda's hope is that by making it easier for programmers to work with Android Auto, it will spawn some killer apps for the car.
GABE NELSON:  LOS ANGELES -- To help Google Inc.’s new Android Auto system gain favor, Honda Motor Co. is doing something rare in the auto industry: subsidizing its rivals. Today, at a connected-car conference ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Google released the first software developer kit for Android Auto, which puts the navigation and other features from an Android smartphone onto a vehicle’s ...
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Just how bad is that traffic jam ahead? New tech lets drivers see it

Posted 3:36 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
blogs Vince Bond Jr. is community editor for Automotive News.
 
Traffic apps that alert users about upcoming delays aren’t new. Mobile app Waze, for instance, has turned the navigation experience into a community event thanks to a crowd-sourcing approach where drivers notify one another of upcoming road closures, police traps and traffic conditions -- dotting maps with an array of colorful notification icons. It’s a useful tool. But what if driv ...
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BMW: wagons for Europe, GTs for the rest of the world

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 21
blogs Luca Ciferri is Editor of Automotive News Europe.
 
BMW's Gran Turismo (GT) models are aimed at countries such as the United States and China, while Europe is the main market for the automaker's station wagons.The 3-series and 5-series wagons are popular in Europe while demand is growing in other markets for cars such as the 3-series GT and 5-series GT, said BMW's sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson. "Our 3-series Touring and 5-series Touring wa ...
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For BMW i3, juice from the solar grid

Posted 1:52 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 20
blogs Diana T. Kurylko covers various U.S. import brands for Automotive News.
 
Some experts argue that driving an electric vehicle charged with power generated from fossil fuels reduces the EV's green benefits.BMW of North America -- to give its new i EVs and plug-in hybrids more sustainability credits -- will offer buyers a cleaner source of electricity: solar power.BMW is touting the solar power option in the i pavilion it has set up across the street from the Los Angeles ...
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The Chevy Colorado's checklist

Posted 9:30 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
blogs Mike Colias covers General Motors for Automotive News.
 
LOS ANGELES -- Chevrolet's redesigned Colorado makes its debut at the auto show here this week amid plenty of anticipation -- and no small amount of skepticism.Hasn't the market already returned its verdict on smaller pickups? There' a reason, the pundits say, that sales have withered to one-quarter of their peak more than a decade ago: Buyers can get what they need from full-sized trucks.But Gene ...
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