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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Spider rendered, we can't say we hate it!

The new Stelvio from Alfa Romeo was recently presented to the public during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. And with that, X-Tomi Design quickly came out with its very own rendering, albeit a little controversial, and dubbing it as the Stelvio Spider.

From the name, it is safe to assume that the roof of the Stelvio was removed and it presents itself as a possible challenger to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. While FCA has no plans on actually making such a version, it would certainly be interesting to see how Range Rover would react if the project is realized.

When it was first unveiled during the LA show, people were excited as this marked the first time Alfa Romeo released a SUV. Powering this model is the same engine inside the Giulia Quadrifoglio which is the twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine. Total output is at 505 hp with peak torque of 443 lb-ft. With this, the Stelvio attains a maximum speed of 177 mph with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.90 seconds.

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VW unveils improved 2017 e-Golf at 2016 LA Auto Show

Presenting a redesigned version of the Golf was not the only highlight in Volkswagen’s display during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The brand also brought out an improved version of the e-Golf electric car that not only delivers more power but offers a longer range and shows more equipment inside.

A big improvement is the lithium-ion battery pack that now has a power of 35.8 kWh, a large increase compared to the 24.2 kWh from the previous version. With this amount of power, the e-Golf now has total range of 124 miles compared to the previous model’s 83 miles. In addition, there is now an on-board charger of 7.2 kW and through a Level 2 charging station, it allows the e-Golf to have a full recharge in barely 6 hours.

It is not only the battery pack that was improved as the brand also made changes to the electric motor. In the current model, the motor offers an output of 115 hp and peak torque of 199 lb.-ft. However for the 2017 e-Golf, the upgraded electric motor now delivers 134 hp and maximum torque of 214 lb.-ft. As a result, maximum speed is now 93 mph, an increase of 6 mph. Acceleration is better as well with a 0 to 60 mph run, possible in 9.6 seconds.

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Subaru takes the wraps off VIZIV-7 SUV Concept at 2016 LA Auto Show

It is undeniable that sports utility vehicles are now a thing these past few years until. We could see carmaker from around the world starting to offer SUVs of their own, hoping to get a good chunk of the growing market for these vehicles. Subaru already has the Outback and Forester on its lineup. However, the arrival of larger SUVs on the market has customers – those looking for a more spacious ride – has been clamoring for a larger SUV model from Subaru.

It seems Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), manufacturer of Subaru vehicles, has heard this clamor. In fact, it is now unveiling Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. This concept provides a glimpse into what Subaru’s future mid-size SUV could look like and how large could it get. This should cater to customers who feel that the Outback and Forester are providing not enough space for their needs and wants.

According to Subaru, three-row VIZIV-7 SUV Concept demonstrates the size direction of the new three-row midsize Subaru SUVs that would arrive in North America in early 2018. Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president for Fuji Heavy Industries, quipped that the next three-row SUV from Subaru will be the brand’s biggest Subaru vehicle ever.

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Nissan releases prices for the 2017 Versa Note, base price is set at $15,480

Before its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan has announced the pricing (in advance) for its 2017 Versa Note hatchback. Customers in the US can get the entry level variant at $15,480 (Versa Note 1.6 S Plus Xtronic). The Versa Note will be available in four different models. The top of the line will be the 1.6 SL Xtronic with suggested retail price of $18,710. Nissan Versa Note’s other variants are priced at $17,980 for the SR Xtronic and $16,380 for the SV Xtronic.

All models will be equipped with 1.6L DOHC 16V 4cylinder engine and will be paired with the latest Xtronic transmission. The 2017 Versa Note can deliver at least 39mpg EPA-estimated fuel economy on the highway. The next generation X tronic comes with a redeveloped D-step Logic Control for smoother acceleration.

2017 Versa Note SR has the latest sporty equipment both for the exterior and interior. This includes the integrated turn signals for each side mirror, 16-inch machine-finished sport alloy wheels, sporty JUKE-style leather wrapped steering wheel, suede-like seat upholsteries, side sills in body colour, rear spoiler and fog lamps.

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How would you like to see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” up close? Well, Nissan created a limited edition Rogue for this year’s much awaited film. The 2017 Nissan Rogue mid-size crossover has been redesigned with everything “Star Wars”. Emblems of the “Galactic Empire” and “Rebel Alliance” are on the cup holders and also along the D-Pillars.

The front doors have “Rogue One” badges on them while the “Star Wars” logo can be found at the rear bumper. In short, all these seem to pertain to one famous line “Don’t underestimate the Force”. This isn’t the only time when Nissan has tied up for a movie franchise. About four years ago, the automobile brand also produced a limited edition vehicle for a Batman trilogy aptly called “Juke Nismo Dark Knight Rises”.

In fact, they had been doing this for almost a decade already. The American action film “Die Hard” also had its special edition 2007 Nissan Navarra. Now, Nissan explores the “the galaxy far, far away” with the Rogue Star Wars Limited Edition package.

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The rear engine layout is considerably Porsche 911’s ultimate selling point. Over the years, the arrangement of the engine has proven to be more capable for racing. But then, Porsche apparently gave its 911 a rather unusual overhaul. The latest Porsche 911 RSR (yes, the same car that would take part in the “24 Hours of Le Mans”) now has a new mid-engine.

But that’s not all. There are 19 other racing events in the GTE category where the 2017 Porsche 911 RSR will be part of. So this must be something really big.

According to Porsche, the much larger diffuser at the rear was in place after they positioned the 4.0 Litre horizontally arranged 6-cylinder engine at the middle. Porsche realised this new layout significantly improves handling and provides better balance as compared with the rear engine layout.

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Only this year, the auto show in Detroit gave us a sneak preview of the Acura Precision sedan’s exterior concept. And now, Acura is presenting a cockpit version of the concept sedan at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. With the new cabin's enhanced technologies, the Precision Cockpit will bring us one step ahead into the future.

Because of the infotainment system’s complex digital instrument panels, controlling the navigation app, weather information or even the audio control tend to bring more challenge. Most especially for the driver. This is why Acura developed an independent touch pad with “Absolute Positioning” plus two separate zones for the viewing screen. Okay. So Audi is the number one when it comes to premium infotainment technology, but we think Acura also deserves a chance.

Other brands have similar infotainment clusters anyway. There is Lexus, Cadillac, Land Rover and Jaguar just to name a few. Going back to the subject, Acura’s Precision Cockpit features a 12.3-inch monitor. The different display of information can be found either on the dashboard or at the instrument cluster. The very intuitive screen technology can sense the surrounding and displays information in case there are pedestrians or cars.

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An intense breed of race car combined with highly extreme aerodynamics, this very much defines the concept behind Mazda RT24-P seen at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The super hot prototype model was labelled RT24-P in reference to Mazda’s “Road to 24” driver scholarship programme.

John Doonan, Mazda Sports Director expressed his gratitude about having a racecar that features their design philosophy. The strong spoilers and immense wings represent the company’s Kodo design language. Doonan added how this opportunity is very significant for all of them as a team. He believes there is so much more to reveal and we can finally learn about these things during the race.

Riley Technologies teamed up with Multimatic to develop the RT24-P’s chassis design. The American-Canadian tandem’s own take on the concept machine has resulted on the highly exceptional front-end and bodyworks. These two were also responsible for the prototype’s large horizontal rear wing, vertical fin and curved splitter.

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When Chevrolet first introduced the Colorado, it managed to set new standards when it comes to mid-sized trucks. With the new Colorado ZR2, the brand is once again poised to repeat this. This latest offering is expected to lead the brand’s Colorado range and once it is officially released for sale, will contain more off-road technologies not before seen in the mid-size pickup class. As such, the new ZR2 is projected to offer extraordinary performance no matter what the condition may be. This can include, among many others, running at high speed in the desert, going through tight two-track roads, technical rock crawling, and even a casual daily drive.

According to Mark Reuss, who is the brand’s executive vice president for Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, the engineering team had experienced previous success especially with the different variants of the Camaro and the Corvette. With the ZR2, he added, the team used the same philosophy but applied it for off-road performance. Reuss shares that with the ZR2, one can go rock crawling on a Saturday followed by a drive in the desert by Sunday and ultimately going to work on Monday. Indeed, this truck can not only do everything, he continued, but do everything very well.

In terms of powertrain, considering that the ZR2 is fitted with the same one in the 2017 Colorado, it becomes the sole production off-road truck to offer customers a selection between diesel and gasoline engines. Specifically, the diesel unit is the Duramax diesel engine which allows for 181 hp and peak torque of 369 lb.-ft. Meanwhile the other one is the 3.6-liter V6 engine which delivers output at 308 hp with top torque of 275 lb.-ft., and paired to the automatic 8-speed Hydra-Matic 8L45 transmission. It comes as no surprise then to know that despite the upgrades geared for off-road driving, the ZR2 has a towing power of 5,000 lbs with the ability to carry payload of about 1,100 lbs. This fact alone gives the ZR2 an advantage compared to other models in the segment as it gives a wide array of choices when it comes to powertrain technologies. Furthermore, it is lighter by 500 lbs. and narrower by 1 ft., ensuring that it delivers better agility and offers enhanced trail access.

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Recently, it appears as if the Civic has been hogging the news. In a way, this is not unexpected considering that Honda is on the verge of officially launching its five-door Type R. However, the brand is also coming out with the Si version of the tenth-generation Civic and will be displaying the prototype during the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Both the 2017 Civic Si Sedan and 2017 Civic Si Coupe will be equipped with the turbocharged DOHC direct-injected in-line 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that also has dual variable cam timing. This high performance and high torque engine is paired to the manual 6-speed short-shifting transmission. The engine is not the only one that is tasked with performance as there are a number of improvements done to the Si that help with this as well. Examples of this include the active steering system, active damper system, and the limited-slip differential. Honda is also offering the high-performance tires.

In terms of the interior, the Civic Si Prototype reveals what the production model is expected to look. Features include the sports seats in the front that have red stitching. As proof that this is indeed exclusive for the Si, it has Si logos stitched to it. This same red sport stitching can also be seen in the steering wheel and the doors. It is even in the leather shift boot that has the aluminum shift knob. Further, both the illumination of the audio system and the TFT meter are in red, as well as the aluminum sport pedal and the instrument panel trim, the latter of which is in Dry Metal Carbon.

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It looks classic and its specs are based on a classic car from nearly 60 years ago. But to clear things up, it is a new car, and it’s on display at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Dubbed as the New Original Jaguar XKSS, this classic-looking car is a product of a continuation program initiated by Jaguar Land Rover Classic. It continues the original Jaguar XKSS built in 1957. Ironically, the 1957 Jaguar XKSS is also a road-going continuation of the Jaguar D-Type racing car built from 1954 to 1956. After Jaguar withdrew from the race at the end of the 1956 season, it was faced with a number of completed and partly completed D-types. Jaguar eventually determined that it would convert these D-types to road-going specs, implementing only minor revisions.

For instance, Jaguar removed the large fin behind the driver and the divider between passenger and driver seats. The carmaker also added a passenger side door, a full-width windscreen, side-screens a folding fabric roof. Jaguar also added chromed bumpers on the front and rear. Unfortunately, a fire broke at the plant where the Jaguar XKSS was being built, destroying nine of them (lost cars) with the surviving 16 examples sold off in the United States.

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The Lexus IS 300 five-passenger luxury sport sedan is nothing short of hot. It is sizzling with performance-laden power thanks to a 3.5-liter V6 engine that provides 255 hp of max output and 236 lb-ft of peak torque available between 2,000 rpm and 4,800 rpm. It is also oozing with luxury and sportiness. Hot indeed!

To make the Lexus IS 300 much hotter – at least in terms of looks -- the people at Lexus collaborated with Huy Fong Foods, a known maker of the iconic Sriracha chili sauce. No, they don’t plan to pour Sriracha chili sauce onto a Lexus IS 300. That would be an insane idea.

But wait, Lexus did actually try to add Sriracha onto the paint that would serve as the exterior finish of this one-off Lexus IS 300 all-wheel-drive sedan. Insane as it is, but sometimes crazy ideas are needed to achieve something fresh and appealing, especially if it is to catch the attention of visitors to the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show being held at the LA Convention Center. And Lexus sure did turn many heads with this creation.

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Irvine, California-based Rezvani Motors created a stir in 2014 when it unveiled the Rezvani Beast 500, a lightweight and stylish sports car powered by a 500-hp 2.4-liter supercharged engine. Now, it seeks to earn a spot at the top by unveiling a more luxurious and a better version of the Beast – the Rezvani Beast Alpha – at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Many characteristics are shared by the Beast and the Beast Alpha. However, the most noticeable difference between the two Rezvani creations is the A-pillar leading to removable targa-style hard top, which now integrates a new aggressive, streamlined approach. Of course, the Beast Alpha still features Rezavani’s patented SideWinder door, an aggressive front fascia, imposing side vents providing cooling to the engine bay as well as a stunning signature rear design accentuated by a central exhaust port and dual overhead vents.

The Beast Alpha is underpinned by a Lotus-derived aluminum monocoque wrapped in a carbon fiber body with dimensions of 43.5 inches (1,104.9 mm) in height, 165.2 inches (4,145 mm) in length and 80.1 inches (1,981 mm) with a wheelbase of 92.3 Inches (2,345 mm). Rezvani Beast Alpha – weighing around 1,950 lbs (884 kg) rides on custom 18-inch forged alloy wheels or optional 19-inch forged alloy wheels.

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Genesis revealed that it will be presenting its latest addition to the G80 range, the G80 3.3T Sport trim, during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. To create this newest offering, the brand utilized the platform of the G80 and added in the turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine. This is not all as the brand also put in a number of sport performance upgrades aimed at enhancing both the agility and the driving dynamics. However to make sure that it does not look the same as the 3.3T Sport, Genesis placed various unique features and styling elements.

On the inside there are different sporty details present like the sports seats that can come in either gray leather or black leather and is paired with contrast stitching. Given that it has been largely reinforced, it appears as if it embraces the driver. The driver in particular can utilize the sport pedals and make use of the thick steering wheel that itself has a sport design. Rounding off the interior is the carbon fiber trim and the microfiber suede headliner in black. Compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is guaranteed and customers are offered the option to have wireless charging.

For the exterior, the G80 3.3T Sport reveals numerous improvements and as mentioned previously, it has certain style elements that allow it to be differentiated from the other trims and give it its very own personality. Specifically, these are the trademarked styling elements that are copper-colored. Other new features include the dark chrome grille which comes with a cross-hatch design. It also comes with sport rocker moldings. Meanwhile the design of the lower fascia on the front and the rear comes with a distinct design. This combination gives the G80 3.3T Sport that needed aggressive athletic look. Helping highlight the design of the exterior is the extra dark satin trim as well as the alloy 19-inch wheels.

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Try to imagine a Lamborghini Huracan with no hard roof and drives on rear wheels. If you got tired of imagining, then put your attention to Lamborghini’s newest offering that is set to be unveiled on America’s western coast at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Say hello to the new 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder, which is essentially a Huracan LP 580-2 sans the hard top, sharing quite a number of elements including a 5.2-liter V10 naturally aspirated engine. It features newly designed front and rear ends as well as a new unique profile that allows the LP 580-2 Spyder to stand out from its coupe sibling. It dons large front air intakes that do not only direct cooling air but also guide headwind to hike down pressure on the front axle.

Providing occupant protection against the elements of nature is a lightweight soft top that could be completely employed or deployed in only 17 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Stowage of this soft top has been considered to maintain the Spyder’s center of gravity as well as emphasize the dynamic nature of the vehicle with a downed top. In this configuration, two fins protrude from the folding roof-casing, starting start at the seatbacks and flow on the roof line to the rear.

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Not a few have been expecting Alfa Romeo to offer a sports utility vehicle. In fact, it has been over a decade since people started hoping that Alfa Romeo would develop and produce an SUV, when the Italian carmaker unveiled the Kamal SUV concept in 2003. Now, the long wait is over as Alfa Romeo is unveiling its own SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show – the new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

While it took Alfa Romeo a lot of effort to build the new Stelvio SUV, it is far easier to describe it as a more practical yet taller version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. A quick look at both Alfa Romeo vehicles would make onlookers conclude that the Stelvio appears similar to the Giulia sedan. This means that the Stelvio SUV has adopted the design language found in the Giulia sedan.

But the similarities do not end there. For instance, the interior of the new Stelvio is comparable to the cabin of the Giulia, with a couple of tweaks though. Stelvio also features a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, climate controls, an infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Alfa Romeo’s signature selector knob and second rotary dial in the center console. In addition, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV is underpinned by the same platform that underpins the Giulia sedan – the new Giorgio vehicle architecture developed by parent FCA.

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Japanese carmaker Mazda Motor Corp. is all set to unveil the latest iteration of its CX-5 compact crossover at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show starting Friday, November 18. For the 2017 model year, the Mazda CX-5 has been redesigned with a new color paint that should allow this crossover to increase its appeal and emotional connection with its owners.

The styling changes on the new CX-5 were a result of adopting a number of design cues from the latest version of its larger crossover sibling, the CX-9. For instance, its front end now comes with a broader grille flanked by arched headlights. The front end is also marked by a narrow lower intake that links to the running lights, thereby further highlighting the width of the CX-5. When viewed from the sides, the new CX-5 looks the same as its predecessor, but it now features extra chrome around its windows. Meanwhile, the rear end of compact crossover is marked by sharper taillights.

In a bid to increase the exterior appeal of its offerings, Mazda has developed a new body color that represents its KODO - Soul of Motion design. The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is the first vehicle in the carmaker’s lineup to don this new color, which will then be applied to new and current models. Soul Red Crystal is an advanced version of Soul Red. Soul Red Crystal features 20-percent better color saturation and 50-percent more depth than Soul Red.

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A few days before the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show finally kicks off, Nissan is previewing its event lineup with an off-site display of its 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO in the downtown area. Yes, the Nissan Sentra now has a NISMO variant.

It was nearly five years ago when a sporty version of the Sentra hit the market. This version was the Sentra SE-R. Moving forward to this day, the Sentra NISMO is the latest in Nissan’s compact performance sedans, bringing with it the motorsports-inspired NISMO factory-tuned performance. Further increasing the appeal of the Sentra NISMO is the fact that it is available at less than $25,000 when it arrives in January 2017.

So, there you have it, an inexpensive, practical car with a sporty personality and a few twists. Michael Bunce, vice president for Product Planning at Nissan North America, remarked that the Sentra NISMO would be popular in Southern California and around the United States, given its performance specs without the hefty price. Of course, the 2017 Nissan Sentra is offered in other grade levels: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo and SL.

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For many car enthusiasts, nothing is more exciting than an ultra-luxurious and super-exclusive convertible. Well, you could take a closer inspection of one -- if you visit the upcoming 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

We are talking about the Mercedes-Maybach ultra-luxurious brand and its latest offering – the 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet.

Yes, the Mercedes-Maybach brand will be unveiling its first cabriolet at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with an aim to deliver “the ultimate in open-air exclusivity.” 

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It costs a fortune to buy a premium car from luxury brands like BMW. It costs even a bigger fortune to purchase its performance version. Let us introduce BMW’s first-ever 7 Series M Performance model, the BMW M760i xDrive. Good news for potential buyers in the United States, the fired-up version of the BMW 7 Series is coming to town.

As promised, BMW divulged how much the all-new BMW M760i xDrive would cost as the launch date of the car approaches. It is set to arrive in early 2017. Buyers would have to pay as low as $153,800, excluding destination and handling charges. But what can customers get from the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive?

Well, the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive is powered by an M Performance TwinPower Turbo 6.6-liter V12 gasoline engine that develops up to 601 hp at 5,500 rpm and up to 590 lb-ft of torque available at 1,500 rpm. This V12 engine allows the M760i xDrive to sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds) and reach a limited top speed of 155 mph. This powerplant is complemented by an M sport exhaust system that allows the delivery of an audio track that further accentuates the dynamic character of the BMW M760i xDrive.

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