LA Auto Show
In the land of glitz and glamour, the 2014 LA Auto Show certainly did its part to show off the industry’s hottest new models and a look at what we might be driving in the near future.
Stealing early headlines was the Shelby GT350 Mustang. Reviving the iconic Ford muscle car name, its 5.2 liter V8 is pegged at over 500 horsepower-the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in Ford history. It uses a high revving flat-plane crankshaft, and adjustable dampers-both firsts for the Blue Oval.
Ford also pulled the wraps off of the 2016 Explorer, showcasing refreshed styling and a new all-in Platinum trim. The Explorer will also add the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4, in front and all-wheel drive.
Cadillac made the ATS-V official, complete with a twin-turbo 455 horse V6, in both sedan and coupe form.
Audi promised a stylish future with this Prologue Concept-providing a clear picture of the upcoming A9 flagship. Design and technology are clearly the focus of this sleek hardtop.
With really, small crossovers all the rage, Mazda unveiled the CX-3, sharing its chassis and engine with the subcompact Mazda2…
…while the similarly sized Honda HR-V, based on the Fit, was shown production ready and primed for the spotlight.
The small 5-door trend continued at Scion, where they rolled out their iM Concept, due at dealers next year.
Lexus dropped the veil, and the top, on this LF-C2 Concept, showing some stylish plans for their next, open-air cruiser.
Jaguar came ready for four season fun with a new all-wheel drive system for F-Type winter runs, while summer driving will be heightened by a new manual shift for the rear-drive supercharged V6.
VW is riding the success of its new generation Golf, with the R400…and R SportWagen variants further displaying the flexibility of their modular chassis.
BMW focused on performance, with the X5 and X6 M models promising more power, prowess, and purpose than ever.
And Mercedes-Benz looks to strengthen their AMG sub-brand with the GT S…and also revived the Maybach name as a new uber-the-top trim, first on the S600.
Hydrogen fuel cell power was a popular topic at this year’s show, with entries from Audi……Volkswagen……and the Mirai from Toyota which goes on sale in California next year.
All 50-states will get this nice refresh of the Chrysler 300.
Likewise a new Volvo V60 Cross Country wagon.
While, facelifts are in store for the already stylish Mazda6…and the popular CX-5 utility.
Needless to say LA 20-14 was an automotive blockbuster. And, that’s it, for this week’s MotorNews.