Notes from the Los Angeles auto show

Honors for BMW

Posted 1:32 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 20
Honors for BMW
(REUTERS)
 
The Green Car of the Year is awarded to the BMW i3 Thursday.

Henrik Fisker's next thing

Posted 12:33 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 20
Henrik Fisker's next thing
(GABE NELSON)
 
Henrik Fisker discusses his tuned Mustang, built with Galpin Auto Sports, ahead of its unveiling on Thursday.

And the winner is ...

Posted 12:07 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 20
And the winner is ...
(GABE NELSON)
 
Very little effort was made ahead of time to disguise the winner of the Green Car of the Year award. Those double kidney LEDs were a dead giveaway. - Gabe Nelson

Under wraps but for a select few

Posted 9:30 am U.S. ET, Nov. 20
Under wraps but for a select few
(GM)
 
John Cafaro, left, chief design director for the Chevrolet Volt, and Andrew Farah, right, chief engineer for the car, gave Volt owners and others a sneak peek at the next generation Volt during a special event in L.A. on Wednesday. The rest of the world will get a close-up look at the Detroit auto show in January.

VW goes roadster

Posted 8:31 am U.S. ET, Nov. 20
VW goes roadster
(REUTERS)
 
The Volkswagen GTI Roadster concept car draws a few photogs and admirers.

Dreaming again

Posted 8:20 am U.S. ET, Nov. 20
Dreaming again
(BRADFORD WERNLE)
 
The Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Concept race car was designed by GM’s Advanced Design Studio, with input from race legend Jim Hall. “It will serve as an example of what our designers are capable of when they are cut loose, no holds barred,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. “A fantasy car in every sense of the word.” Moray Callum, head of global design for rival Ford Motor Co., praised the concept: "It's nice to let younger designers go dream again." -- Bradford Wernle

From possibility to reality at Chevy

Posted 8:53 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
From possibility to reality at Chevy
 
A year ago, Mark Reuss, then president of GM North America, said it was possible the new Chevy Colorado could spawn an off-road variant. On Wednesday, Reuss, now GM's global product development chief and a bonafide champion of all things truck, made it a reality when the rugged Colorado ZR2 concept pickup rolled onto a stage at the show.

Mini goes two-wheeling

Posted 8:15 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
Mini goes two-wheeling
 
Mini is showing a concept electric scooter called the Citysurfer Concept at the Los Angeles auto show. The foldable scooter weighs 40 pounds and can be put into the trunk of the Cooper Hardtop.
Mini is pitching it as ideal for urban areas and a way to get from the parking lot or public transportation to a commuter’s final destination.
The scooter is powered by a lithium ion battery in the frame and can be charged from a car’s 12-volt socket or an electric outlet. Range is 10 to 15 miles.
No word on whether Mini will build the scooter.

Back on stage

Posted 6:19 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
Back on stage
(REUTERS)
 
Volvo Car Group President and CEO Hakan Samuelsson makes a pitch for the 2016 XC90 SUV before journalists during press previews Wednesday at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Climbing the luxury ladder

Posted 4:41 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
Climbing the luxury ladder
(BLOOMBERG)
 
The Ford Explorer, updated for 2016 with a luxury variant swathed in "Nirvana" leather, received a formal unveiling with the help of Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of the Americas for Ford.
 

Racing royalty

Posted 4:21 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
Racing royalty
(REUTERS)
 
Bernhard Maier, left, head of global sales and marketing for Porsche, was on hand to introduce actor and racing enthusiast Patrick Dempsey, right, while showcasing the 911 Carrera GTS during the car's world debut on Wednesday.

Maybach hits the runway again

Posted 2:56 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
Maybach hits the runway again
(REUTERS)
 
Gorden Wagener, Daimler AG's vice president for design, aims to make a bold fashion statement when introducing the ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach S class during its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.

A major debut for a small crossover

Posted 2:49 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
A major debut for a small crossover
(REUTERS)
 
The all-new CX-3 crossover receives a formal introduction Wednesday from Mazda President and CEO Masamichi Kogai, left,  and Mazda North America President James O'Sullivan, right, during press previews for the L.A. Auto Show.
 
 

A7 goes green

Posted 1:52 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
A7 goes green
(REUTERS)
 
Ulrich Hackenberg, an Audi board member and head of technical development for the German luxury brand, with the A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro during the car's world debut Wednesday.

Graffitti on wheels

Posted 1:16 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
Graffitti on wheels
(REUTERS)
 
The Mercedes Benz Evolution Tour GLA draws a couple of admirers at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.

Wheels of a different kind

Posted 9:16 am U.S. ET, Nov. 19
Wheels of a different kind
(STEVE FECHT/GMC)
 
Mike Goodison, left, and Nick Minunno mount bicycles into the back of a 2015 GMC Canyon midsize pickup truck during final preparations for press previews at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

A lesson in Cadillac design

Posted 10:00 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
A lesson in Cadillac design
(GM)
 
Andrew Smith, executive director of global design for Cadillac, gave a lesson on the new ATS-V's styling at a special preview Tuesday.

The newest Caddy

Posted 11:15 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
The newest Caddy
(GM)
 
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen introduced the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V coupe during its global debut at a special event Tuesday in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Audi's 2 new faces

Posted 10:15 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Audi's 2 new faces
(RYAN BEENE)
 
Marc Lichte, who took over as head of Audi design in February, unwrapped his first creation for the brand on Tuesday evening at a private home in the hills above Hollywood. The Prologue concept coupe hints at a major shift in styling and, according to some media reports, plans for an A9, a two-door flagship aimed at the Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe.

Ready for a close-up

Posted 4:08 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Ready for a close-up
 
Philip Zambrano gives a 2015 F-Type Jaguar V8 S convertible a touch-up during preparations for the 2014 L.A. Auto Show on Tuesday.

A legend returns

Posted 1:18 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
A legend returns
(BRADFORD WERNLE)
 
In introducing the newest Shelby GT350 Mustang on Monday at Carroll Shelby's longtime garage in Gardena, Calif., Ford and Shelby rolled out the car that inspired it -- the 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350.

Shelby GT350 Mustang draws bold-faced crowd

Posted 1:52 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Shelby GT350 Mustang draws bold-faced crowd
(BRADFORD WERNLE)
 
There were several bold-faced names and faces on hand Monday as Ford introduced the latest Shelby GT350 Mustang at Carroll Shelby's garage in Gardena, Calif., also the future home of the Carroll Shelby Museum. From left: Henry Ford III, who works at Ford's Los Angeles regional office; Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas; Aaron Shelby, grandson of performance legend Carroll Shelby, and Jim Farley, Ford's executive vice president for global marketing, sales and service. 

Lexus drops the top under dark

Posted 4:56 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 13
Lexus drops the top under dark
 
Another teaser photo -- this one with an eclipse and some moon glow -- hints at the silhouette of the Lexus LF-C2 Concept coming to the 2014 L.A. auto show. It's being billed as an "exciting new open-air concept."

Galpin, Fisker collaborate

Posted 4:46 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 13
Galpin, Fisker collaborate
 
Here's a preview of what Galpin Auto Sports and Henrik Fisker are billing as a carbon fiber-bodied, "Ultimate American Muscle Car," to be unveiled at the L.A. auto show.
-- David Phillips
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