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November 22, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Zombie invasion getting in the way of your daily commute? Fear not! There's a zombie-proof version of the Hyundai Tucson, inspired by TV show and graphic novel series “The Walking Dead.” The car, scheduled to go on sale in March, coincides with the 10th anniversary of the graphic novels, said Brandon Ramirez, the senior group manager of product planning for Hyundai. Hyundai designers and creators of “The Walking Dead” collaborated on the design to create “something unique for consumers,” Ramirez said.
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November 29, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
It's a Black Friday sale you don't have to wait in line for. Chevrolet announced this week it will be building a limited run of its all-new Corvette Stingray convertible to commence the car's production. Dubbed the Premiere Edition Convertible, the car follows in the footsteps of the Premiere Edition Coupe that was announced in June. The convertible comes loaded with everything Chevy can stuff in it: performance exhaust system, electronic limited-slip differential, adjustable magnetic ride suspension and suede interior.
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AUTOS
November 21, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
As the automotive test director for Consumer Reports, Jake Fisher drives hundreds of cars a year and is known as one of the toughest critics in the auto industry. The Times took a cruise with Fisher at the L.A. Auto Show on Thursday and asked what he thinks are the most important new cars to make their debuts at the show. 1: The Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup truck. “It really looks impressive and it is nice to see an auto company taking smaller pickup trucks seriously,” Fisher said.
AUTOS
November 29, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Auto safety regulators are pushing for new equipment to protect motorists from their biggest threat: themselves. They're aiming to keep drunk drivers off the road with the help of onboard technology that immobilizes their cars. New vehicles may soon come with systems to help prevent collisions. And engines may not start unless occupants buckle their seat belts. It's all part of a push by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to use technology to reduce traffic fatalities.
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Redesigning Ford's Edge is a challenge for the automaker.  The mid-size crossover is something of a tweener - bigger than the hot-selling Escape but smaller than the automaker's seven-seat Explorer SUV. Ford doesn't want the new Edge to cut into sales of its brisk-selling siblings. The automaker is showing off where it's headed with the Edge at the L.A. Auto Show, displaying a concept vehicle packed with collision avoidance technology and other features such as remote-operated parking, options Ford believes will be in increasing demand for consumers.
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Subaru added a little heat to its lineup Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with the global introduction of the all-new 2015 WRX. A turbocharged version of the compact Impreza, the WRX has earned a cult-like following by mixing all-wheel-drive handling and a high-strung four-cylinder in a practical car that starts at about $26,000. The 2014, offered in four-door form only, will also be offered in more extreme STI trim. “The WRX is the everyman's pocket rocket,” said Mike Wall, an analyst at IHS Automotive.
AUTOS
October 9, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
With September's Frankfurt Motor Show only a memory now, the automotive world has turned its attention to the next stop on the show circuit: Los Angeles. On Wednesday, organizers of the 2013 L.A. Auto Show announced that 22 vehicles would be making their world debut at the show, with a total 56 vehicle debuts overall. "As one of the world's largest media hubs and car buying markets, Los Angeles offers a unique combination of press exposure and valuable consumer contact," L.A. Auto Show President Lisa Kaz said in a statement.
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
Volkswagen used the Los Angeles Auto Show to launch its first U.S. electric vehicle in the nation's premier zero-emissions car market. The 2015 Volkswagen eGolf, in its North America debut on Wednesday, joins a host of electric cars from automakers seeking to comply with California's strict pollution standards, which essentially mandate production of cars with no tailpipe emissions. The eGolf will go on sale in select states in fall 2014. It will join a host of other electrics that sell in low volumes but nonetheless have sparked high competition among automakers.
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
A decade after Porsche put on sale its first Cayenne SUV and sent purists howling in fits, the automaker is again jumping into new territory with its all-new Macan compact crossover SUV.  Porsche revealed the Macan to the world Tuesday night at the L.A. Convention Center. The Macan will go on sale in the spring with a starting price of $50,895. This means it's the most affordable Porsche on the market, which the automaker hopes will lure in new customers to the brand. Yet that price tag also makes it one of the most expensive models in the burgeoning crossover SUV market.
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda unveiled a hydrogen fuel-cell concept car at the L.A. Auto Show on Wednesday, a vehicle that has the same high-tech drive train that will be in the version of the car that will go on sale in the U.S. and Japan two years from now. But the sheet metal of the sweeping, aerodynamic car is the whimsy of the automaker's design team, and won't make it to dealer showrooms. “The Honda FCEV Concept hints at Honda's future direction for fuel-cell vehicles,” said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co.  “While this car is a concept, it points toward a very real future.” PHOTOS: L.A. Auto Show model debuts Like the concept, the production version will seat five passengers and have a range of more than 300 miles, Honda officials said.
AUTOS
November 25, 2013 | By James Barragan
Going to the L.A. Auto Show isn't just about looking at the cars. You also get to drive some. Rows of the automobile industry's latest models are outside the Los Angeles Convention Center ready to be test-driven by the show's attendees. Automakers figure the best way to sell cars is to get people to try them out. PHOTOS: L.A. Auto Show model debuts They are looking to eventually make a sale to shoppers such as Andrew Garcia, who came down from San Jose to attend the show.
AUTOS
November 25, 2013 | By Paresh Dave and Saba Hamedy
Southern California's love affair with the automobile continues unabated - at least at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where thousands of car fanatics, shoppers and families are descending on the downtown L.A. Convention Center. After days of media previews, dozens of photo ops and scores of curious critics, the public has been getting its chance to kick the tires, assess the added comforts, and check out the fuel economy claims. The show runs through Sunday. Now in its 106th year, the show is an auto playground for grown-ups.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
With eco-friendly cars taking center stage at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show, it was no surprise luxury carmakers wanted to tout their stuff too. And not just far-off concepts that drivers will need to wait years for, either. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac each brought production-ready fully electric or plug-in hybrid models. FOR THE RECORD: Electric vehicles: In the Nov. 23 Business section, an article about new electric cars said the BMW i3 is front-wheel-drive. The BMW i3 is a rear-wheel-drive car. - It's not hard to see why they chose to do this at the Los Angeles show.
AUTOS
November 23, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants will be living in the back of a Toyota Highlander SUV in downtown Los Angeles for the next week. Toyota hopes to make a splash at the L.A. Auto Show with an all-new 2014 Highlander that contains a huge aquarium with a replica of the bubbly Nickelodeon character's underwater haunt, Bikini Bottom. Onlookers can peer into the back of the SUV and find a cheery Spongebob and lazy Patrick Star blowing bubbles near their pineapple- and rock-shaped homes.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
"Mission: Impossible" fans looking for a slice of Ethan Hunt's wild life can get behind the wheel of his car -- provided they've got $137,000 to burn. BMW's forthcoming  i8  sports car was given its North American debut  at the L.A. Auto Show this week. The all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid sports car goes on sale in the middle of next year. Along with other BMWs, a prototype of the i8 made a memorable appearance in Paramount Pictures' "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," the Tom Cruise-starring film that was released in December 2011.
AUTOS
November 22, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Zombie invasion getting in the way of your daily commute? Fear not! There's a zombie-proof version of the Hyundai Tucson, inspired by TV show and graphic novel series “The Walking Dead.” The car, scheduled to go on sale in March, coincides with the 10th anniversary of the graphic novels, said Brandon Ramirez, the senior group manager of product planning for Hyundai. Hyundai designers and creators of “The Walking Dead” collaborated on the design to create “something unique for consumers,” Ramirez said.
AUTOS
July 31, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Though the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show won't open its doors until a few days before you've tucked into some turkey and stuffing, automakers are already lining up to announce their plans. Show organizers announced Wednesday that BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Subaru and Volkswagen were among the brands that had major world debuts planned for the show. The auto show will host press days on Nov. 20 and 21 and will open its doors to the general public on Nov. 22, a week before Thanksgiving.
AUTOS
November 18, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
When Mini first rolled out the reborn Cooper in 2002, selling a small, fuel-efficient car - especially a pricey one selling itself on quirky styling - might not have seemed like the best idea. Gas was around $1.30 a gallon, and full-size SUVs - gas-guzzling dinosaurs that have since been largely chased into extinction - ruled the road. “A 12-foot car was a really hard sell in the U.S.,” recalled Jim McDowell, Mini's North American vice president. “We didn't have much in the way of competition, except cars that were vastly larger.” PHOTOS: 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop Yet Mini, which was revived by BMW, saw a unique space with few competitors, and pushed forward with the small two-door hatchback.
AUTOS
November 22, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Most of the cars on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show through Dec. 1 have all the basic tech functionality you'd expect, including radios, voice command capability and Bluetooth to connect phones. Many cars have audio jacks and USB ports. Some have navigation systems and back-up cameras. A few even have CD or DVD players. But there are at least five useful tech tools that rarely appear or don't exist at all. PHOTOS: L.A. Auto Show model debuts Dashboard cameras.
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