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2014 LA Auto Show: Audi reveals the A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro for LA
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Audi released a new version of the A7 that’s ready for production–it’s called the A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro and is Audi’s pitch at a hydrogen fuel cell-powered plug-in A7.

It features an 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery with the plug-in function that can provide go-power for up to 31 miles on battery power. This comes thanks to two electric motors, one at each axle, to replicate Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system while the hydrogen fuel cell gets fed by a total of four H2 tanks to serve up the equivalent to 62 miles per gallon.

The total output for the A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro isa round 398.2 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0-62 time of just 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 112 mph. The total range hovers around 311 miles.

As of now, the A7 H-Tron is just a concept but has a chance to be put into limited production for open-world testing in the near future.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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2014 LA Auto Show: Honda reveals the new 2016 HR-V subcompact crossover
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  • Jeff Conrad with the 2016 Honda HR-V Crossover at 2014 Los Angel
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  • The 2016 Honda HR-V Crossover at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Honda finally revealed the all-new 2016 HR-V for American shores at the LA Auto Show, making it the first of its type for Honda.

It features a naturally-aspirated 1.8L four-banger good for 138hp and 127 lb-ft of torque with, get this, a choice of either a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic. All models are equipped with front-wheel drive while all-wheel drive is optional. Unfortunately, one cannot get all-wheel drive with a manual.

Taking the roll as basically a raised Honda Fit with slightly more room in the back–it’s even based on one–the new HR-V serves up crossover utility in a pint-sized package and could be had in a variety of trims that dictate equipment levels.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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2014 LA Auto Show: Chevrolet reveals new Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo
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Chevrolet finally pulled the wraps off of its new Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Concept for the Gran Turismo Playstation racing simulator. It’s also the closest thing, currently, to the rumored mid-engined Zora ZR1 that’s been rumored for some time now.

“This concept is an audacious and ambitious vision – and one that demonstrates to a new audience how Chevy’s engineering and design teams challenge norms and explore the technologies of tomorrow,” Clay Dean said in the press release, Chevrolet’s executive director of advanced design. “It also an ode to a unique partnership that pioneered ground-breaking technologies that are used today on the track and the street.”

The Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo is described as being the ultimate expression in Chevrolet’s current radical design. It’s also power by laser beams and a pack of lithium-ion batteries to produce 900hp while topping out at 240mph.

The concept will be on display at the Staples Center for the world to see.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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2014 LA Auto Show: Chevrolet teases the next-gen Volt at event in LA
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Amid all of the press and exposure going on at the Staples Center this year for the LA Auto Show, Chevrolet sought to get as much of the action as they could by teasing the new Volt at a fan event recently.

Chevrolet confirmed on their press site that the new second generation Volt is going to be completely redesigned, and they teased the front end of the car. the Volt seems to have gotten more angular to be more aesthetically interesting.

Click here for more news on the Chevrolet Volt.

In addition to the tease, Chevrolet confirmed to be introducing a new next-generation charging interface that’s much more user-friendly than the original Volt’s system. The battery’s charging computer relays lots of new information and uses GPS to adjust the battery’s settings, depending on charge level and driving style.

For the press release, check it out after the jump.

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2014 LA Auto Show: The 2016 Acura ILX gets completely redone for LA
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Acura revealed a mid-cycle refreshed ILX sedan for 2016 and the new entry-level sedan moves closer to resembling its larger TLX brother.

For starters, the obvious change is to the exterior of the ILX, which gains the same styled LED headlights as the TLX along with similar taillights. Overall, the new ILX shoots for the stars to look more like the TLX’s little brother rather than just a “badgeineered Civic.” And aesthetics are important in a booming entry-level luxury segment, which also involves the Buick Verano, the Audi A3, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

No longer in existence is the hybrid powertrain, but 2.0L base four-pot serves duty with a five-speed automatic for when the ILX comes in 2016. THere’s also a more powerful 2.4L EarthDreams four-banger available, which debuted on the TLX with 201hp and 180 lb-ft of twist on tap. More news surrounds the transmission as the ILX gets Honda’s first eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, also found in the TLX, with the 2.4L. Unfortunately, the manual rower has been nixed for good.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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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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