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2014 LA Auto Show: The 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 takes its bow for North America
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Alongside the revealing of the new CX-3 and the updated Mazda6, Mazda also introduced the Miata in US-spec form at the Staples Center for the LA Auto Show.

We’re already familiar with the new Miata, but what’s confirmed is that the new Miata comes with a new 2.0L SKYACTIV-G four-banger that’s naturally-aspirated to cook out around 155hp and 150 lb-ft of twist with a six-speed manual transmission. A smaller 1.5L four is being made for foreign markets and won’t be available in the states.

The US-destined Miata also gets a double wishbone front suspension with a multi-link rear for the most precise handling, along with a sport-tuned electrically-assisted steering system and ventilated disc brakes.

It’s also slightly smaller in proportions than the outgoing model and is based off of Mazda’s new rear-wheel drive architecture. Mazda also boasts the new Miata maintains a 50:50 weight-distribution for optimal handling.

For the press release, check it out after the jump.
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2014 LA Auto Show: The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept is the diesel midsize pickup we’ve been clamoring for
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General Motors has a great opportunity coming their way thanks to their introduction of the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsized pickup trucks. But more so, the latest Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept is an ultimate example of how Chevy’s new midsizer can wet the palettes of the midsize pickup crowd, especially with its diesel powerplant that GM is promising.

Revealed at the LA Auto Show recently, the new Colorado ZR2 Concept is modeled after the Z71 version, both of which are geared towards the off-roading crowd. The ZR2 Concept is basically the Z71 on steroids. While the Z71 is geared towards the casual off-roader, the ZR2 is geared towards the serious off-roader, with greater departure and approach angles than the Z71, beefier tires, suspension and brakes, skid plates to protect the underbody and an integrated winch with flip-out tow hooks.

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2014 LA Auto Show: The Lexus LF-C2 drops its top for LA
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Lexus decided to pull the wraps off of its new LF-C2 Concept at the Los Angeles today, which previews to the world their pitch at a Lexus RC-based convertible, which would not only compete against the BMW 4-Series convertible, but would also be a follow up to the original IS Convertible.

The new LF-C2 is also a design exercise for the luxury brand as the company says the LF-C2 also paves the way for Lexus’ future design language.

“The LF-C2 concept shows what’s in store for our brand’s future design direction,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “This concept shows consumers around the world Lexus’ devotion to emotional designs as well as our passion for an exceptional driving experience.”

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2014 LA Auto Show: The Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo comes to life at LA
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Subaru revealed its all-new Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show, jumping in line with the rest of the preexisting Vision Gran Turismo concepts, scheduled to be released on Sony’s latest Gran Turismo game.

The Subaru Viziv continues to go long with the brand’s current angular design language, which surfaced on the all-new Impreza and its variants. However the Viziv itself is said to be envisioned as a racing machine with a hybrid powertrain based around a 2.0L turbocharged and direct-injected boxer-four with a total output of 591hp and 593 lb-ft of twist.

The car’s body is made of carbon fiber with the Viziv GT only weighing in at a theoretical 3,000lbs, so thus, there’s a very strong power-to-weight ratio.

Owners of Gran Turismo 6 can download the latest update and the Subaru will be available to play after it’s installed.

Check out the press release and video after the jump.

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2014 LA Auto Show: The 2015 Toyota Prius v gets some nip/tuck for LA
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Toyota just revealed an update for the 2015 Prius v, which gets some slightly tweaked aesthetics and upgrades to its interior kit.

For instance, the new look starts with some new headlight, front bumper, and grille designs as well as a new line of colors. The insides also get some minor reworks like new a eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat and a 6.1-inch Entune infotainment system. Should you opt for the more expensive version, a secondary 4.2-inch TFT screen gets placed on the center stack for more controls and sat-nav.

Otherwise, the Prius v still gets Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive with a 1.8L Atkinson-cycle four with an electric motor to produce a total of 134hp with a return of 44 mpg and 40 mpg city/highway.

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2014 LA Auto Show: The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R officially requires $36,595 of your simoleons
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Volkswagen sought the open microphone at the 2014 LA Auto Show to announce the pricing details for the 2015 Golf R hatchback. As expected, it’s pretty high, but with the R comes the title as the most potent Golf ever sold on our shores.

The base Golf R starts life as a Rabbit five-door and gets the whole R treatment, featuring a hyped-up 2.0L TFSI turbocharged four pumping out 292hp and 280 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed DSG automatic and a Haldex-based all-wheel drive system. 0-60 happens in just 4.9 seconds and the Golf R’s top sprint ends at 155 mph as per the usual gentlemen’s agreement.

Only 500 will be made available for North America and is as exclusive as previous versions of Golf R, such as the R32.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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2014 LA Auto Show: The Mazda6 gets a minor update for 2016
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The Mazda CX-3 isn’t the only new thing taking a bow at the Mazda stand this year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A newly facelifted Mazda6 is also taking some of the attention, which Mazda updated for the 2016 model year.

It features a more pronounced grille, which is aided by fine chrome bars across the grille. The whole front fascia gets slightly reworked to feature an extended lower front valence with new chrome-lined fog lights and smoke grey wheels. The inside gets some updates too, with an updated sat-nave screen and infotainment system. The layout of the HVAC was also rearranged to be different.

Otherwise, the 2016 Mazda6 continues to be unchanged mechanically, meaning the 2.5L SKYACTIV-G four still provides forward motion through a six-speed automatic.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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2014 LA Auto Show: The 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 falls a little short on expectation, is a really long S-Class w/ video
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When Mercedes-Benz announced to be working on a super-luxury version of the S-Class, we were expecting a sort of limousine type deal since they gave us hope for the return of the S-Class Pullman, given the fact that Benz confirmed to revitalize the Maybach nameplate. But instead, they just gave us a really long normal S-Class, meaning there’s no solid space and windows in between the driver and rear passenger doors.

Either way, welcome to the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600, which again, is just a really really long and luxurious four-seat S-Class. This beast is 8.1 inches longer than the normal S-Class in whole, with 7.9 of those 8.1 inches going into the wheelbase. That’s four inches longer than a Bentley Mulsanne’s wheelbase!

Though the size isn’t the only reason to entice buyers of this type of car as the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is also the world’s most luxurious S-Class with more high-quality materials than one could imagine. There’s even an optional chauffeur package for the most esteemed customer, who obviously seeks to be driven rather than drive him or herself–that’s way too plebian. This package includes three-inches of legroom to the rear-passenger side backseat, a standard massage function, and even a recliner function with leg rests. Jarvis, can you please pass the caviar? Pinkies up folks!

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2014 LA Auto Show: Mazda readies its new subcompact CX-3 for 2016
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Mazda stayed true to its rumors of revealing a new subcompact crossover, and here it is! It’s called the CX-3, which shouldn’t be a surprise.

Due in 2016, the new CX-3 is Mazda’s answer to the likes of the Honda HR-V and the Hyundai Tucson. It sports the usual mix of features from Mazda’s current Kodo design language and in essence, looks like a lifted Mazda3 hatchback with some extra ground clearance.

It’ll be powered by a new 2.0L SKYACTIV-G gasoline-four here in the states while elsewhere, it gets an optional diesel. All North American models will be sold with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel as optional.

Prices are set to be announced before it goes on sale next summer.

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2014 LA Auto Show: The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is here to whoop some German behind
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After all the teasers and all of the rumors, it’s finally here: Cadillac’s first ever and most direly needed BMW M3/M4 competitor and it’s meant to be taken seriously. The all-new 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is out of the bag, in both coupe and sedan form, just to make sure that BMW’s every move with the M3 and the M4 are met with stiff American arms.

As indicated by previous reports, the Cadillac ATS-V gets an upgraded 3.6L twin-turbocharged V6 to churn out more than 455bhp and 445 lb-ft of twist, which is quite a lot more than the M3/M4’s 425hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The M3 does weigh just 3,516lbs but the ATS-V’s curb weight has yet to be announced, so that will have to be factored in once the ATS-V is ready to be driven. Channeling the power to the rear-wheels is a six-speed manual with GM’s Active Rev Match. There is also an eight-speed automatic as an option. 0-60 should occur in 3.9 seconds, but Cadillac didn’t say which specific model achieved this time. Either way, that isn’t slow by any means.

To handle the speed, the obvious mix of much more aggressive suspension, chassis, and steering tuning is included with edgier bodywork, giving the ATS-V one seriously mean look. There are some upgrade packages as well, such as a Carbon Fiber package, which adds a bunch of bits and pieces to the body and Cadillac confirmed to be equipping the ATS-V with the Chevy Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder.

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