LIGHTS, CAMERAS, REVEALS: LA AUTO SHOW

20 Nov
Mazda CX-3

 

It’s that time of year! Automakers are revealing some of their most anticipated rides at the Los Angeles Auto Show that runs November 21-30, 2014.

While it’s one of the last auto shows of the year, behind Detroit, New York and Paris, it’s perfectly timed for debuts. Plus, there’s time to put one on your Christmas list!

At this year’s show, carmakers are battling for the spotlight with car, truck and flagship SUV introductions. Highlights so far include Mazda’s 2016 CX-3 entry level crossover, the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport, and Cadillac’s twin-turbocharged, 455 horsepower 201ATS-V.

Ford is also taking the wraps off its 2016 Explorer with a new 3.2 liter EcoBoost.Read more

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Automakers Pledge To Protect Driver Privacy

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The two major U.S. auto trade associations told the Federal Trade Commission they will pledge to protect driver privacy amid a rise in vehicle technology and increasingly connected vehicles.

In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade group representing Detroit’s Big Three automakers, Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and others — and the Association of Global Automakers, representing Toyota, Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Co. and others — said they were backing a set of principles guaranteeing the privacy of drivers.

Automakers said in the 19-page submission that they are committing to protect driver location and driver behavior data.… Read more

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Ford’s Shiny New Shelby GT 350

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Fifty years after the original made history, Ford has introduced an all-new Mustang Shelby GT350.

The super high performance pony car is the Blue Oval brand’s answer to the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. Like its crosstown rival, it’s a street-legal road racer filled with racing technology.Tops on the list is a 5.2-liter V8 that features a flat-plane crank – an engine design rarely seen on the road in cars that aren’t made by Ferrari. It provides better engine breathing, improved responsiveness and potentially sky-high revs, but is difficult to engineer in terms of refinement compared to a conventional cross-plane crank design, so most companies don’t go to the trouble.… Read more

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