Notes from the Los Angeles auto show

Cadillac handshake

Posted 2:18 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
Cadillac handshake
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Mark Reuss, left, head of global product development for General Motors, and Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, helped introduce the 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover on Thursday. GM will begin producing the XT5, a replacement for the SRX, in China and a plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., starting next spring.

Bronco redux

Posted 12:57 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
Bronco redux
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While rumors fly and the evidence mounts that Ford plans to resurrect the Bronco nameplate, Galpin Motors is showcasing this 1966 Ford Bronco Heritage SUV in a giant display at the show.

Another win for Volt

Posted 1:24 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19
Another win for Volt
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Steve Majoros, right, marketing director for Chevrolet, accepts the Green Car of the Year award for the redesigned and re-engineered 2016 Chevrolet Volt from Ron Cogan, Green Car Journal editor and publisher, on Thursday. The Volt also won the award when it debuted in 2010 as a 2011 model. In addition to the Volt, finalists for the award were the gas-powered Honda Civic and Hyundai Sonata, Audi's A3 E-Tron and the redesigned Toyota Prius hybrid. In winning the award, Chevrolet's latest plug-in hybrid was praised for its increased range, all-new propulsion system and bold design.

Media glare

Posted 7:04 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Media glare
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Michael Horn, president and CEO of Volkswagen of America, is mobbed by journalists after he apologized for the company's diesel emissions violations during the first day of media previews.

Another e-tron from Audi

Posted 2:45 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Another e-tron from Audi
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Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, with the Audi e-tron Quattro concept car on Wednesday.

Under the camo

Posted 4:00 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Under the camo
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Performers remove camouflage panels to reveal the redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage crossover on Wednesday.

Mitsubishi retools Outlander Sport

Posted 5:00 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Mitsubishi retools Outlander Sport
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Don Swearingen, executive vice president for sales, fixed operations and customer relationship management at Mitsubishi Motors North America, provides details on the Outlander Sport crossover and its new face.

CEO wave

Posted 9:21 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
CEO wave
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Gayu Uesugi, chairman and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, is introduced as part of the company's press conference on Wednesday to unveil an updated Outlander Sport crossover and Mirage compact hatchback.

A designer's touch

Posted 7:18 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
A designer's touch
 
Julien Montousse, director of design for Mazda North American Operations, unveiling the redesigned CX-9 crossover on Wednesday.

Where's the lunch buffet?

Posted 7:08 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Where's the lunch buffet?
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Subaru's "4D Experience" virtual reality exhibit draws fans looking for a place to sit and unwind on Wednesday.
 

Ready to race

Posted 4:18 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Ready to race
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The world debut of the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport draws a crowd on the first day of media previews Wednesday.

Mercedes-AMG's latest rocket

Posted 4:14 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Mercedes-AMG's latest rocket
(REUTERS)
 
Tobias Moers, chairman of the management board at Mercedes-AMG, introduced the 2017 Mercedes S63 Cabriolet.

Final inspection

Posted 4:03 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Final inspection
(REUTERS)
 
The Mercedes-Benz stand undergoes a final polish ahead of the debut of the GLS 450 on Wednesday.
 

Have a seat

Posted 3:20 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Have a seat
(Krishnan Anantharaman)
 
Volvo Cars' newest concept, called "26," is not quite a car, but an interior configuration designed for autonomous driving. Using controls on the steering wheel and a tablet computer on the center console, the driver can choose from three modes: Drive, Create and Relax. Create mode activates a 25" screen where the glove box would be. Relax mode pushes the seat back and into a reclined position. 

Double debut for Porsche

Posted 3:45 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Double debut for Porsche
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Klaus Zellmer, the new CEO of Porsche Cars North America as of Nov. 1, did the honors when the new 911 Targa 4s was introduced Wednesday during the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Fiat 124 returns

Posted 3:25 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
The Fiat 124 returns
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Olivier Francois, global chief of the Fiat brand, stands with the Fiat 124 Spider convertible vehicle after its debut on Wednesday. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV unveiled a new generation Fiat 124 Spider -- thirty years after production of the model line ended.

The 'V' sign

Posted 3:20 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
The 'V' sign
(Krishnan Anantharaman)
 
Who came up with this idea first, the marketing geniuses at FCA (who are, indeed, geniuses), or Dylan in "Modern Family"?

Kia convertible

Posted 2:32 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Kia convertible
(Krishnan Anantharaman)
 
The Kia Optima, imagined as a suicide-door convertible, developed by Lux Motorwerks, a New Jersey custom shop. It was first shown at the SEMA show. 

Accessory optional?

Posted 1:11 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Accessory optional?
(REUTERS)
 
A Concept Fiat 500e Stormtrooper car, along with a life-sized accessory, on display Wednesday. It's unclear if the accessory comes with a purchase of the Concept 500e.

The rest is history

Posted 11:09 am U.S. ET, Nov. 18
The rest is history
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Honda's L.A. display features this 1975 Civic, the car that put Honda on the map in the U.S. The numbers: 4-cyl, 1.5-liter, 53 hp, 47 mpg.
 

Alfa parades Giulia

Posted 1:32 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Alfa parades Giulia
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Models surround the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio sport sedan during its introduction Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Lincoln assist

Posted 1:07 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Lincoln assist
(REUTERS)
 
The 2017 Lincoln MKZ sedan receives an introductory assist from Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln Motor Co., at the show on Wednesday.

Late-night star

Posted 1:02 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Late-night star
(REUTERS)
 
Guillermo Rodriguez of the Jimmy Kimmel show helped introduce the freshened 2017 Ford Escape crossover on Wednesday.

The latest Alfa

Posted 12:34 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
The latest Alfa
(REUTERS)
 
Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo North America, introduces the Giula sport sedan, which made its U.S. debut during the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.

Dress rehearsal

Posted 11:09 am U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Dress rehearsal
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Minutes before the gates open at the L.A. Auto Show on Wednesday, General Motors President Dan Ammann takes the stage for a mic check and run-through of his Buick presentation.

Honda fuel cell lands stateside

Posted 11:35 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 17
Honda fuel cell lands stateside
(REUTERS)
 
Kiyoshi Shimizu, manager and chief engineer at Honda R&D, helped introduce the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Ready for showtime

Posted 11:31 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 17
Ready for showtime
(BLOOMBERG)
 
A Lincoln Motor Co. vehicle sits covered as the company's booth is prepared ahead of Wednesday's press preview.

Ready to be unwrapped

Posted 11:28 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 17
Ready to be unwrapped
(BLOOMBERG)
 
All that is left to do at the Nissan stand is pull the wraps off a few cars when media previews get underway on Wednesday.

Final touches

Posted 11:24 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 17
Final touches
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A worker installs carpeting at FCA's Dodge booth on Tuesday.

Truckin' in Hollywood

Posted 6:07 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 17
Truckin' in Hollywood
(GM)
 
A Sierra pickup truck is rolled into position Tuesday at the GMC stand in preparation for media preview days that begin Wednesday at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Land Rover drops a top

Posted 6:03 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 17
Land Rover drops a top
(REUTERS)
 
Gerry McGovern, design director for Land Rover and Range Rover, posed in front of the 2017 Evoque Convertible luxury SUV on Tuesday.

Lyft on a roll

Posted 5:59 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 17
Lyft on a roll
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John Zimmer, co-founder and president of ride-sharing startup Lyft Inc., speaks during the Connected Car Expo ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show on Tuesday. Zimmer said the company is on track to hit $1 billion in annual revenue by this time next year.

Chevy sparks

Posted 5:53 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 17
Chevy sparks
(GM)
 
Decorator Brion Levitsky puts the final touches on the Chevrolet Camaro SS display on Tuesday in preparation for media preview days that begin Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, Calif.

Jaguar's BMW 3-series fighter lands in U.S.

Posted 5:50 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 17
Jaguar's BMW 3-series fighter lands in U.S.
(REUTERS)
 
Finbar McFall, Jaguar's global marketing director, presented the 2017 Jaguar XE sport sedan to journalists before media previews open for the Los Angeles Auto Show in West Hollywood, Calif., on Tuesday.
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