LOS ANGELES -- We all scoffed at Porsche when it built the Cayenne, but that model has gone on to become the brand's volume sales leader. In 2012, the automaker sold nearly as many Cayennes as it did 911s, Boxsters, and Panameras combined. Now, at the 2013 LA Auto Show, the automaker is set to do it all over again, unveiling the fifth model in its current lineup: the so-called "baby Cayenne," now officially known as the 2015 Porsche Macan.
Aside from making the name slightly longer, R-Spec designation signals that the 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo gains a few go-faster tweaks, but loses a few premium features, offering enthusiasts and tuners boosted performance over the standard model, without the boosted price.
In the "upgrades" column, the Veloster Turbo R-Spec's handling has been improved with higher spring rates, … Read more
LOS ANGELES -- At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show, I had the rare opportunity to drive a car that won't hit U.S. showrooms until 2015, the Audi A3 e-tron. There will be an A3 model here before that, but it will be a sedan and only comes with gasoline and diesel engines. Audi takes a different tack with the A3 e-tron, using its wagon body and fitting the model with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
In fact, the A3 e-tron will represent the first plug-in hybrid car from Audi.
LOS ANGELES -- Chevrolet debuted the 2015 Colorado mid-sized pickup at the 2013 LA Auto Show this week. The new model is set to arrive at dealerships in the fall of next year.
Rather than wearing a downsized version of the highly rectangular facia that Chevy's larger Silverado trucks have, the Colorado's front end appears to have heavy influences from the automaker's sedan models, such as the Malibu or Impala. There even appears to be a hint of Camaro DNA in the Z71 model's projector headlamps. The result looks less like something a contractor would drive, … Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Beauty and the beast? These two concepts are not exclusive in the new 2015 Jaguar F-type Coupe, unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Pulling something of a reversal, Jaguar released the F-type convertible earlier this year, a stylish roadster with exceptional performance, and now is showing off the hardtop version. Automakers more frequently release convertible variants after a new hardtop model.
Jaguar's order of release is somewhat inexplicable, as it showed off a concept version of the F-type Coupe, called the C-X16, two years ago at the Frankfurt auto show. The F-type Coupe, with … Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Mansions, yachts, limousines: luxury often equates to large, but Audi has other things in mind with its new A3 model. The smallest car in its US lineup, the all-new 2015 A3 sedan gets features found on Audi's flagship sedan, the A8.
US buyers may be a little confused by the new A3, which has gone from a wagon body style to a sedan, and skipped a model year in the process. Audi intended to market a sedan here, a more popular body style, but development of the three- and five-door hatchbacks took precedence in other markets. … Read more
LOS ANGELES -- In a review of the 2014 Ford Fiesta earlier this month, I suggested waiting for the EcoBoost version, which Ford has promised will be available in just a month or two. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, I proved myself right when Ford gave me a chance to drive a 2014 Fiesta SFE with the EcoBoost engine.
This engine is a story unto itself, in that it is a lot smaller, but a lot more powerful, than the Fiesta's current engine.
Under the hood of a current generation Fiesta, you will find a fuel efficient, but … Read more
Mini previously released a few details about the long-awaited update to its iconic little Cooper hatchback, but today the bulldog comes completely out of his shed. The photos Mini released look very much like the previous-generation Cooper hatchback, but the press release reveals big changes for the suspension, engine bay, and cabin electronics.
One thing Mini did not do with the new Cooper was follow the example it had set with recent model variants, all of which are bigger, and not quite as fun, as the hatchback.
The new Cooper hatchback is bigger than its predecessor, but only slightly, gaining … Read more
A car like the Scion FR-S, driven on a twisty road, makes you feel like a really skillful driver. The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe offers no such validation. Unless you push it to extremely dangerous speeds, it will take that same road and make it feel like a walk in the park.
BMW originally built its M cars as special editions for the company's racing drivers. Since that time the M brand has become popularized to the point where you can even get an M3 Convertible. The M6, however, has the kind of performance chops that can best … Read more
With refreshes to its big ol' Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups under its belt, Chevrolet turns its attention to its midsize Colorado pickup at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show next week.
According to Chevy, the all-new Chevrolet Colorado will be "engineered to be the most capable, most versatile and technologically advanced midsized truck in the market."
When the automaker calls the Colorado "all-new," it likely means just that. The pickup will have been completely redesigned since its last appearance in the American market at the end of the 2012 model year. (We should point … Read more