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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.
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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 Salvador Rodriguez
When it comes to self-driving cars, Google and the auto industry can't seem to agree on much. Whether it's about how self-driving cars will be rolled out or what they need to function, the tech giant and automakers are on polar opposite ends of the spectrum. The auto industry thinks it could be 2025 before fully autonomous cars make it to market, said Jeff Klei, North America president of Continental AG,  a leading German auto and truck parts manufacturing company, at a Connected Car Expo panel Tuesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
The Los Angeles Times' tech reporters are on the ground at the L.A. Auto Show this week, scoping out the coolest car technology news they could find. Their coverage is housed over at our L.A. Auto Show blog, but we've also compiled links to their posts below for your convenience: LTE coming to cars in 2014 Need a parking space? Check your console Car whisperer apps liberate data from vehicles When can we expect our cars to drive themselves? And if you want to keep up with the latest auto show tech news, follow Salvador Rodriguez and Paresh Dave on Twitter.
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Names like Porsche, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Lincoln bring to mind flashy cars with formidable pedigrees and even more formidable price tags. But for the first time, all these storied luxury brands are focused on - of all things - compact crossover vehicles. Each is rolling out a new one at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens this week. It's not hard to figure out why: The segment's market share has quadrupled in the last five years and is forecast to keep growing for the next five years.
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 Salvador Rodriguez
Nissan rolled out the latest models in its Nismo line of performance cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday. Without question, the star of the show was the 2015 GT-R Nismo -- with its astonishing 0-to-60 mph time of two seconds. Nissan had six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt on hand for the unveiling. "Who better in the entire world to unveil the new GT-R Nismo than someone who knows a thing or two about being really, really super fast," said Fred Diaz, Nissan divisional vice president of North America.   Diaz called the 2015 GT-R Nismo "Godzilla on steroids" thanks to its 3.8-liter V6 engine.
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November 20, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The brilliant brains of many new cars can share their secrets through the Internet, allowing car owners to be alerted through their smartphones about when exactly to fill up with gas, what might be causing that funky engine noise and when their children are taking out the family car for joy rides. Now, several companies are trying to give owners of many older cars the same ability to constantly and wirelessly access the knowledge hidden in on-board diagnostics units. The companies are building gadgets somewhere in between a Fitbit-like health monitor, a motion sensor and Google Chromecast.
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November 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
A year after showing off its curvaceous F-Type convertible in Los Angeles, Jaguar returned to unveil the car's new fixed-roof lineup - including one of the most powerful Jaguars in history. In a dramatic debut in front of hundreds of guests and celebrities Tuesday night, Jaguar unveiled the F-Type Coupe in its world debut, ahead of its debut at the L.A. Auto Show on Wednesday. It comes in three trim levels, culminating in the ferocious R Coupe, powered by a supercharged V-8 making 550 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque.
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
While many visitors were falling over themselves to see the newest cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show, more than 60 historic and unique vehicles were displayed outside. Hot rods, custom rides, and well-known movie cars filled the parking lot in front of the L.A. Convention Center to celebrate Southern California's car culture . PHOTOS: L.A. Auto Show model debuts “We've made a lot of changes to the 2013 show, and we feel the Motoring Invitational is one that recognizes the city's unique car culture and unofficial title as the automotive capital of the world,” said Lisa Kaz, president of the L.A. Auto Show and Connected Car Expo.
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