Power and concepts dominate LA Auto Show 2014

Bold designs and big power were the story at the LA Auto Show 2014.

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LOS ANGELES, CA: Bold designs and big power were the story at the LA Auto Show 2014.

Besides dozens of high performance vehicles there were more concept cars at LA than I have seen in years, starting with the Audi Prologue that marks the beginning of a new design language coupled with leading edge technology.

It is powered by a 4.0-litre TFSI engine that produces up to 605 hp and 553 lb/ft of torque, and it accelerates 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

Also attracting a lot of attention was the global debut of the Lexus LF-C2 concept, described as a “design study in the form of a 2+2 roadster and explores key styling themes involved in the Lexus brand’s future.”

Finished in rich, multi-layered gold paint, the LF-C2 is a highly styled 2+2 layout derived from a pure and simple sports coupe idea while allowing the driver and passengers to feel the wind through their hair.

You can tell when a car is going to be a hit if journalists crowd around it for hours trying to get a clear shot, and that’s just what happened with the 2016 Mazda CX-3 compact SUV.

Fitting in as the entry model in Mazda’s three-CUV lineup, which included the CX-5 and three-row CX-9, the CX-3 will have a 2.0-litre Skyactiv four-cylinder with standard front-wheel-drive or available all-wheel-drive when it arrives next summer.

Other debuts and vehicles of note were:

AUDI:

The 2016 Audi TT Roadster and TTS Coupe made their North American debuts representing the all-new TT model line.

The Audi TT Coupe and Roadster will feature a 2.0-litre TFSI engine with 220 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque.

The sporty Audi TTS Coupe will employ a turbo 2.0-litre TFSI engine with 292 hp and 280 lb/ft of torque.

All models feature quattro permanent all-wheel drive for exceptional dynamics, excellent traction and superb grip with the Audi drive select system standard.

LA Auto Show 2014 Audi Concept

BMW:

Making their world debuts together in Los Angeles, the all-new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M combine the robustness, agility, and everyday use characteristics of the successful BMW X family with the commitment to high performance that defines BMW M vehicles.

Both models are equipped with the V8 unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a maximum of 567 hp and 553 lb/ft of torque.

The standard eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds

LA Auto Show 2014 BMW X6 M

CADILLAC:

Premiered in both sedan and coupe form, the 2015 Cadillac ATS-V boasts twin-turbocharged power and a comprehensive suite of design and performance systems when production begins in spring 2015.

Rated at an estimated 455 hp and 445 lb/ft of torque, the 3.6-litre, direct injection, twin turbo engine is the segment’s highest-output six-cylinder and enables a 0-60 mph performance of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of more than 185 mph.

It is equipped with a six-speed manual (with Active Rev Match, no-lift shifting and launch control) or a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shift.

LA Auto Show 2014 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

CHEVROLET:

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept was described as a vision of how Chevrolet could take the all-new midsize truck’s off-road capability to the next level.

The ZR2 is powered by the new 2.8-litre Duramax diesel engine that will arrive in the Colorado lineup later next year.

Mono-tube coil-over shock absorbers by King are designed for greater suspension travel and feature remote-mounted fluid reservoirs that add to the Colorado ZR2 concept’s capability.

The Colorado ZR2 concept’s new 2.8-litre Duramax diesel has an estimated 181 hp at 3,400 rpm and 369 lb/ft of torque at 2,000 rpm to tackle the toughest trails.

LA Auto Show 2014 Chevy Colorado ZR2

CHRYLSER:

Already in production in its Brampton Assembly Plant, the 2015 Chrysler 300 was shown for the first time in LA.

Marked by a bolder “face of Chrysler” grille the new 300C Platinum model features quilted Nappa leather, hand-sanded wood, ultra-premium Poltrona Frau leather-wrapped instrument panel and console, plus platinum-chrome exterior details and 20-inch wheels.

A class-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is now standard and balances V8 performance with segment-leading (US) 31 mpg highway fuel efficiency

New for 2015, the “Sport” button enables sport-tuned steering, pedal, engine and transmission calibration plus rear-biased torque on AWD models for more dynamic handling.

LA Auto Show 2014 Chrystler 300

FORD:

Making its global debut in LA, the 2015 Ford Explorer will now be equipped with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces more power than the engine it replaces, with no compromise in fuel economy.

The EcoBoost can be paired with an available tow package and intelligent four-wheel drive with Terrain Management System.

Making a welcome comeback was the return of the iconic Shelby GT350 Mustang powered by a unique, high-revving flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-litre V8 engine that will produce more than 500 horsepower – the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever.

The original Shelby GT350, introduced in 1965, established Mustang’s performance credentials. The all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang was designed to tackle the planet’s most challenging roads – an all-day track car that’s also street legal.

LA Auto Show 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

HONDA:

The all-new 2015 Honda HR-V entry crossover made its North American debut in LA and is designed to serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup. It is positioned below the CR-V in both price and size.

The HR-V will be equipped with the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space.

INFINITI:

Infiniti brought the Q80 Inspiration Concept to Los Angeles for its North American Debut.

Originally revealed at a private event in Paris, the Q80 Inspiration Concept foreshadows a potential range-topping Infiniti sedan.

At nearly 200 inches long and 79 inches wide (larger than Infiniti’s current flagship Q70) the concept is slightly bigger all around than an Audi A7.

Power for the Q80 Inspiration comes from a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain made up of a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine and an electric motor. Together, the two power sources generate 550 hp while allowing the sedan to return up to 42 mpg in a mixed cycle driving.

 

LAND ROVER:

The 2015 Discovery Sport, seen for the first time in North America at the show, will deliver a highly refined combination of performance, safety and efficiency, thanks to a body shell of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum, a 240 hp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all wheel drive.

LA Auto Show 2014 Land Rover Discovery

JAGUAR:

Jaguar showed the new F-Type with all-wheel-drive, designed to improve the traction of this high performance coupe by including Intelligent Driveline Dynamics. This high performance variant increases engagement for the driving enthusiast and expands the award winning F-Type sports car to a full lineup.

PORSCHE:

Porsche celebrated three world premieres at the LA Auto Show.

The sports car manufacturer presented two new GTS models, the 911 Carrera GTS and the Cayenne GTS.

The Cayenne GTS develops 440 hp and has an especially sporty, air suspension-equipped chassis with a ride height lowered by 20 millimeters, boosting driving performance to even higher levels.

The third new model at the Auto Show was the Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series, which offers a particularly luxurious combination of performance and exclusivity.

LA Auto Show 2014 Porsche Cayenne GTS

SCION:

The Scion iM Concept is a five-door compact hatchback with sporty looks inspired by those seen on the European touring car racing circuit.

The concept brings in styling with edgy, geometric grille inserts, deep air intakes and fog lights. The custom-blended “Incrediblue” paint is complemented by matte silver and gunmetal accents.

LA Auto Show 2014 Scion iM

VOLKSWAGEN:

Volkswagen staged the world premiere of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion, which is a research vehicle with a fuel cell powertrain.

Power is provided when hydrogen and oxygen are combined in the fuel cell to form pure water. Energy is released in this “cold combustion” process resulting in energy that is used to power a zero emissions electric motor.

The front-wheel-drive Golf SportWagen HyMotion accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10.0 seconds.

Range is about 500 km (310 miles) and the carbon fibre tanks can be refilled in about three minutes.

Also on the VW stand was the spectacular GTI Roadster concept car shown in North America for the first time.

First seen at the Worthersee enthusiast festival in Austria in May, this car erases the boundaries between the virtual and real worlds, and further demonstrates the bandwidth of the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture that underpins the new Golf, Golf GTI, e-Golf, and Golf R models.

After making its global debut at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year, Volkswagen presented the Golf R 400 concept car for the first time in North America in LA.

The “400” in the name refers to the vehicle’s 400 PS (394 hp) 2.0-litre TSI engine, which propels the car from 0-100 km/h mph in 3.9 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 173 mph.

LA Auto Show 2014 VW GTI Roadster

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