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Categories: Auto Shows

Honda LA Debuts: CR-V And Fit EV

On: Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 10:22AM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda LA Debuts: CR-V And Fit EV test 2

Honda has two new production vehicle debuts in store for the 2011 LA Auto Show, both of which are quite interesting in their own right. The company announced that it will debut the 2013 Fit EV, Honda's first fully electric car, and the 2012 CR-V at the show.

The Fit EV is definitely the more interesting of the two from where I'm sitting. It isn't exactly revolutionary, and specs-wise actually falls below the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus EV, but it will provide another electric-car option and should be attractive to Honda customers already driving a Fit or CR-Z hybrid. The car combines the Fit's layout with a three-mode driving system used on the CR-Z. It offers an EPA-estimated range of 70 miles (just below the Leaf's EPA-rated 73 miles) and a top speed around 90 mph.

Lexus Set To Reveal 2013 GS 350 F Sport At SEMA

On: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 3:42PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 GS 350 F Sport  test 2

The date is set. Lexus will reveal the 2013 GS 350 with an optional F Sport package on Tuesday, November 1 at 1:30pm during SEMA. Following a most-glamorous exhibition, members of the media will have an opportunity to experience track rides in Lexus’ fourth-generation monster sedan.

Although much of the F Sport package equips the GS 350 some not-so-subtle cosmetic changes, this future GS 350 does receive some interesting upgrades. On the exterior the F Sport gets exciting body work and ground effects, topped off with 19-Inch staggered width wheels—high fives warranted here. Mechanically, the vehicle gets a suspension bump with a self-adjusting system labeled Adaptive Variable Suspension and some larger front brakes with high friction pads.

Acura NSX Debuting Next Month?

On: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

Acura NSX Debuting Next Month? test 2

Well, this seems to be moving just a little too fast to be believable, but who knows. The long-rumored Acura NSX revival got official confirmation from Honda chief Takanobu Ito just two months ago. Then more details. And now reports that a near-production-ready concept of the car could debut as early as the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in November/December, with a production version following next year.

Color us skeptical, but we won't be all that disappointed if no NSX concept shows up in Tokyo. Carscoop reports that Honda sources said the launch is tentative and could very well get pushed back due to the delays and problems that Honda and other Japanese automakers have experienced after the natural disasters earlier this year.

GM To Launch 2013 Cadillac XTS In LA

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

GM To Launch 2013 Cadillac XTS In LA test 2

Though the auto world has quieted a lot since Frankfurt, there are still two major auto shows left in 2011: Tokyo and LA. GM announced that it will use the latter to launch the production version of the XTS sedan, which will hit the market as a 2013 model.

The XTS will serve as a fresh replacement for the DTS and STS full-sized sedans, which just look a little outdated and weary in a line with sexier cars like the CTS-V. The XTS will bring the sedan's styling more in line with the rest of the range and will serve as a flagship sedan.


Something For Everyone: The 2011 Lake Mirror Classic

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 4:00PM | By: Clay Ritchings

2011 Lake Mirror Classic test 2

This year’s Lake Mirror Classic had everything we come to expect—classic and collectible vehicles, street rods, classic motorcycles, wooden boats, and of course the amphicars, but the show had something new for 2011.

Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible Announced

On: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 1:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible Announced test 2

The Camaro ZL1 has been quite the story this year. The car debuted without much of any teasing at the Chicago Auto Show in February, later clocked in at an extra 30 horses over what Chevy originally announced in Chicago, lapped Nurburgring in 7:41.27, and will get a bald brother before the year is out. Chevy announced that it will introduce a ZL1 convertible at the 2011 LA Auto Show next month.

Wanderlust Glory At Overland Expo 2012

On: Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Salamone

Wanderlust Glory At Overland Expo 2012 test 2

Occasionally, an event so exciting, so dramatic, and bizarrely authentic graces the average auto enthusiast’s agenda. As a result, months of planning and preparation go into a single quasi-religious-type migration. For some, that trip might be to the Concours, and for others it could be Indy. But not all gearheads are sated by mere spectator events alone.

Queue: Aaron Copland’s Rodeo.

The Overland Expo, or OX as it’s affectionately called, is an adventurers' carnival: a three-day feast of workshops, exhibitions, and camping, topped off with a travel film festival. Fortunately for us, OX 2012 has been slotted for May 18 -20, leaving ample time to refine our adventuremobiles and work a nice crease into our safari hats.

Subaru Marks Outback Sport Replacement For 2013

On: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 12:47PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Subaru XV test 2

When Subaru scrapped the 2012 model of the company’s Impreza Outback Sport, some Subaru lovers feared the Outback Sport version might disappear altogether. However, company representatives at the recent Frankfurt show have dispelled our greatest fears – showcasing the potential Outback Sport replacement, aka the XV. As of yesterday, Edmunds reports that Subaru has officially confirmed the XV will be headed our way sometime during 2012, as a 2013 model.

The XV looks to be a direct replacement for the outgoing Impreza Outback Sport, which met a recent demise in 2012. Yet, Subaru has not finalized the new vehicle’s name, using XV as a concept moniker.

Hyundai To Debut ARKed-Up Veloster At SEMA (Noah Could Not Be Reached For Comment)

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 5:01PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Hyundai's ARK Performance Veloster -- 2011 SEMA show car test 2

“To showcase the performance capabilities and aftermarket potential of its innovative three-door coupe, Hyundai has teamed up with ARK Performance to transform Veloster into a sleek and sporty rally car.”

Finally a car company comes out with a press release that doesn’t require distilling and translating and—as I’ve heard Brits say—“mucking about.”

I don’t usually “phone in” my articles, but, as it turns out, those nice folks at the Car Company Nobody Saw Coming pretty much did my work for me. It continues…

The Kid With The Big Head: Honda Debuts New CR-V

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Kid With The Big Head: Honda Debuts New CR-V test 2

Growing up I had a friend with an oversized head. He was the shortest among my friends, yet his head was probably the largest. Massive head, small body.

The minute I looked at the new CR-V concept Honda debuted this week, I thought of him. That cabin just reminds me of a forehead that never ends, looking just as oversized and gawky as a kid with a big head. It feels like that windshield should end a few millimeters—or feet—lower, and the roofline should start descending a little sooner.

Subaru Will Show BRZ In LA... Sort Of

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 12:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru Will Show BRZ In LA... Sort Of test 2

For months, we've been saying that Subaru will debut its BRZ sports car at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Turns out that's both true and false, mostly true. Subaru will finally can the whole plexiglass act at the LA Motor Show in November. It will show an actual concept version of the BRZ... but that version won't look anything like the production version.

According to Car and Driver, Subaru will finally give us a proper concept car version of the BRZ in LA. But, because of an agreement between Subaru and Toyota that requires them to wait until Tokyo to reveal the production version of their respective cars, Subaru's concept won't look anything like the production version.

That also means that all of these increasingly tiresome FT-86 concepts from Toyota haven't been all that real either. We expect the car to lose its facial scars and exaggerated curves in production.