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November 20, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The push to bring technology into cars is a slow crawl for many automakers, particularly because of one wrenching issue that has come up in nearly every discussion at the L.A. Auto Show: distracted driving. “It's very important to get that phone in the center console and closed up,” Charles Koch, manager of new business development for American Honda Motor Co., said at the Connected Car Expo this week. But getting users to drop their smartphones means finding ways to fill dashboard screens with more apps -- maps, taking pictures and text messaging chief among them.
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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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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.
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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.
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November 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Texas may rule the roost when it comes to full-size pickup trucks, but step down to the mid-size truck world and California is the place to play. Chevrolet made this clear on Wednesday by using the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show for the world debut of the all-new 2015 Colorado pickup. LIVE: The latest photos, facts from LA Auto Show "Today we complete the new Chevrolet truck portfolio," Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America, said at Wednesday's unveiling.
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November 20, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Whenever the Los Angeles Auto Show comes to town, there are a wide range of autos that make it to the showroom floor. Some are stunning. Some are innovative.  Some are flat-out bizarre. To many that are here getting a preview of the show, the blue monstrosity dubbed the Youabian Puma can be filed under the bizarre category. LIVE: The latest photos, facts from LA Auto Show The Hummer-size convertible with sweeping curves and  monster truck tires is right by the entrance.
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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 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.
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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.
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November 20, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff, This post has been updated as indicated below.
The L.A. Auto Show, which opens to the public Friday, raises the curtain today on dozens of new models - new BMWs, a new Jaguar coupe,  new Chevy pickups. Today, our reporters will be tracking the latest auto show news and most exciting debuts. Follow our live coverage below. PHOTOS: L.A. Auto Show model debuts [Updated 2:04 p.m. PDT Nov. 20: A Hummer-size Puma convertible is drawing double takes at the auto show. The Youabian Puma is about 8 feet wide and 20 feet in length, like an armored tank and a sports car in one. More on the $1.1-million monstrosity .]
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