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 ... Continue reading "Range Rover Evoque convertible is ready for (next) summer" » () Post Comment | Permalink
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 ... Continue reading "Luxury brands go the way of free-trade coffee" » () Post Comment | Permalink
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.
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 $100,00 ... Continue reading "Fisker flexes muscle with coachbuilt 725-hp Mustang" » () Post Comment | Permalink
Honda plans to launch its HR-V small crossover in the spring and neither CarPlay nor Android Auto will be on board. (BLOOMBERG)
NEAL E. 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 ... Continue reading "Apple's CarPlay goes missing in L.A. and in the showroom" » () Post Comment | Permalink
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 ... Continue reading "Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept pays homage to past, future" » () Post Comment | Permalink
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 E. 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 ... Continue reading "Mercedes gives Maybach interior the silent treatment" » () Post Comment | Permalink
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 ... Continue reading "Honda opens Calif. garage to get Android rolling" » () Post Comment | Permalink
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