LA Auto Show

Porsche Expected To Show Cayman R At L.A. Auto Show

Posted in Auto Show, Car Buying, Cars, Corner Carvers, General, LA Auto Show, New Cars, Porsche, Sports Cars by Kurt Ernst | November 14th, 2010 | 2 Responses |
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The Porsche Cayman S; look for the R to be lighter.

Given Porsche’s success with the Boxster Spyder, it’s no surprise that the Stuttgart automaker would roll out a lightweight, de-contented version of its popular Cayman sport coupe as well. Perhaps the worst-kept secret of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Cayman R is expected to makes it’s world debut in LA next week.

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Meet The Oldest Porsche In The United States

Posted in Automotive Event, Classic, Collector Cars, LA Auto Show, Newsworthy, Porsche by Kurt Ernst | October 23rd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Dr. Robert Wilson's 1952 Porsche 356 Cabriolet.

Last August, Porsche kicked off the “My Classic Porsche” search, in order to commemorate the marque’s sixtieth anniversary. Owners of early model cars were encouraged to submit their vehicles for consideration, so long as they could provide documentation on the cars history. Only cars originally sold in America were eligible, which eliminated the oldest car in country (a 1950 356 Cabriolet) from the competition.

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GM Announces 2011 Camaro Convertible Pricing. Sort Of.

Posted in auto industry, Camaro, Car Buying, Cars, Chevrolet, GM, LA Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | October 2nd, 2010 | 1 Response |

2011 Camaro Convertible. Photo: © GM Corp.

In addition to the single picture shown here, GM has released pricing on the 2011 Camaro Convertible. The catch? They’ve only priced the V6 ragtop, which begins at an even $30,000, including a destination charge of $850. That’s a whole lot less than the second production Camaro Convertible sold for at last weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas; I’d predicted a hammer price of $110,000, but when the gavel dropped the selling price was $205,000. That’s a huge amount of money to spend for an otherwise unremarkable production car, even if the proceeds did go to benefit a worthy charity (YMCA of Southern Nevada).

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Saab 9-4X Shows its Swedish-American Face

Posted in LA Auto Show, Saab, Spy Shots, Spyker by Dustin Driver | September 30th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Recently rescued Swedish sensation Saab just keeps struttin’ its stuff. First there’s news that Spyker, the quirky Swede’s savior and parent company, is nabbing leftover engines from BMW to throw in future Saabs. Now photos of the new Cadillac SRX-based Saab 9-4X have seeped out into the Internet. The fanatics over at Saabs United posted the photos a few days ago. The 9-4X was engineered when Saab was owned by GM and is basically a re-bodied SRX. Still, it has Saab style and should be equipped with the company’s potent turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 and AWD. The turbo 2.0-liter inline four may also be an option. The 9-4X is expected to be officially released at the upcomming Los Angeles Auto Show.

Source: Saabs United

Chevy Purportedly Ass-Hurt By Ceaseless “Volt Dance” Mockery

Posted in auto industry, Auto Show, Car Branding, Cars, Chevrolet, Electric Vehicles, LA Auto Show, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pop Culture, Videos by Suzanne Denbow | January 4th, 2010 | 1 Response |

In a desperate attempt to maintain some sort of enthusiasm for perhaps the most over-hyped vehicle since the 2010 Camaro, Chevrolet’s marketing department assembled a rag tag group of dancers to perform what appears to be an epileptic fit. While the dance/cheer/cluster successfully accomplished Chevy’s larger objective of bringing the Volt to the forefront of popular conversation, it also garnered a fair amount of criticism for brilliant lyrics such as “…V for Chevy Volt you see, it’s so simple like a dimple, plug it in and see.”

Unfortunately, contrary to what one would logically assume, the marketing team responsible for this gem was not under the influence of any illicit substances and was subsequently mildly offended by the negative feedback. According to a story published by the Detroit News this morning, Chevy claims the Volt Dance was never intended to appeal to the audience of automotive press professionals or adult car buyers, but rather to the children. Read More…

Honda P-NUT Forces Cliched Headlines, Reluctant Smiles At 2009 LA Auto Show

Posted in auto industry, Auto Show, Cars, Compact Cars, Concept Cars, Design, Foreign Cars, General, Honda, LA Auto Show, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures by Suzanne Denbow | December 7th, 2009 | 4 Responses |

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Full disclosure: the next journalist to use some variation of the word “cracked” to describe the Honda P-NUT’s debut is getting kicked in the shins at the next auto show. I’ll be watching.

Unlike the majority of the unpalatable concepts that have littered Honda’s booth for the better part of 2009, the Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT) does not immediately offend the senses. As a matter of fact, the angular front fascia and the well-defined, sloping shoulders are actually quite attractive and almost lend Honda’s design department an air of hope. “Almost” being the operative word.

Unfortunately, the P-NUT unveiled live in Los Angeles last week is not a production-ready urban crawler but a purely a conceptual interpretation of the soul-sucking enviro-friendly vehicles Honda promises to roll out in the future. Apparently, the RWD, rear-engined P-NUT’s primary objective is to demonstrate that there is hope for the ultra-compact city car beyond the ugly, underpowered options currently available today, which is basically akin to performing a digital makeover. The immediate reaction is positive…and instantly killed by the harsh smack of reality.

Bottom line: if you want small, fun, cool and only slightly fruity, buy a MINI Cooper. If you want small, marginally faster than a pair of Rollerblades, and guaranteed to score you plenty of dude poon, buy a smart ForTwo. See Honda? Theoretical problem solved. Now get back to work on the CR-Z. Read More…

2011 Saab 9-5 Continues To Inspire Quiet Pity At 2009 LA Auto Show

Posted in auto industry, Auto Show, Cars, General, GM, LA Auto Show, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures, Saab by Suzanne Denbow | December 7th, 2009 | 4 Responses |

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When I was in high school, one of my good friends was an exceptionally good wrestler. He was also extremely good looking and had a wit about him that wasn’t exactly Showtime-at-the-Apollo-quality but still got the job done. Because of his tenaciously competitive spirit and his ability to charm essentially everyone, no one ever ridiculed him for perfecting what is inarguably one of the gayest professional sports outside of a skating rink. Sure, we thought it, especially those of us that went to the games and observed the painted-on singlets and heavy petting firsthand, but we never said anything. While I can’t speak for my friends, I personally chose to keep my biting sarcasm in check because within in a few months of knowing him, I had deduced that he was currently experiencing his “glory days” and after high school, the most he probably had to look forward to was a modestly successful career as a ladies shoe salesman. I figured, why rain on his parade? Life will take care of that soon enough.

Much the same can also be said of the 2011 Saab 9-5.

Although it was officially unveiled months ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it’s appearance at the LA Auto Show marks the first time I’ve seen it in the flesh and while I find some aesthetic aspects leave much to be desired, I can’t bring myself to delve further into detail. You may have though Saab’s 20-year dysfunctional marriage to the General was the most damaging to its career but as sad as it may seem, those were just the highlights. Now the entire brand is posed on the edge of extinction while the 9-5 itself faces a fate worse than death with intellectual property rights now under BAIC’s exclusive ownership.

In light of this bleak outlook, it hardly seems fair to ridicule the 2011 9-5 for a confusing design language that looks more bred from Lexus than it does from jets. So rather than criticize it for what it was and what it’s utterly failing to be, lets instead allow the 2011 9-5 a last hurrah before it’s raped of all relevant technology and left to fade into obscurity inside a Beijing office building. Read More…

RideLust Returns From LA with Insight, Pics, and a Throbbing Headache

Posted in Audi, auto industry, Auto Show, Cadillac, Cars, Electric Cars, Favorite Cars, Ford, Foreign Cars, Fuel-efficient, GM, Honda, LA Auto Show, Mazda, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures by Suzanne Denbow | December 5th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |

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On the whole, RideLust’s (read: my) first foray into the glamorous world of open bars and company-sponsored parties was extremely successful, save for the excruciatingly boring reveals. Fortunately, since unlike most automotive journalists my trip was financed completely out of pocket, I’m not obligated to paint any particular company in a flattering light and thus able to provide an accurate, far more entertaining analysis. Well, entertaining for me at least, I’m sure the scores of dissenting douchenozzles commenters will have much to say otherwise.

Topping my list of favorite new reveals are some interesting selections that seem at odds with RideLust’s traditionally Macho Man Savage taste in automobiles and include the Honda P-Nut (Personal-Neo Urban Transport), Audi e-Tron, 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe, Mazda2, and the vehicle destined to be perpetually overshadowed by the Mazda2 – the Ford Fiesta (among many, many others). Read More…

RideLust Heads Out West

Posted in auto industry, Auto Show, Cars, LA Auto Show, New Cars, Newsworthy by Suzanne Denbow | November 30th, 2009 | 3 Responses |

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This year marks the first time RideLust’s editorial staff (read: me) has possessed enough disposable income to fund live auto show coverage and it is with great excitement that I embark on my journey to the LA Auto Show. Well actually I embark tomorrow, today is mostly filled with last-minute trips to the bank for toll money (seriously, the bridge fare is a JACK) and Macy’s for a new pack of socks (I plan to be stuntin’), but I digress. I will begin my journey tomorrow with a 7:30am EST flight out of PHL and, weather permitting, I’ll touch down in the beautiful City of Audigier at 10:48am PST. I will be constantly relaying my experiences via Twitter, so if you’re interested in brief, off-color, occasionally off-topic auto show updates be sure to follow me at @SuzanneDenbow. Read More…

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Debuts Large And In Charge Ahead Of LA

Posted in auto industry, Auto Show, Cadillac, Cars, Design, LA Auto Show, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures by Suzanne Denbow | November 23rd, 2009 | 1 Response |

Cadillac today unveiled the 2011 CTS Coupe, the latest and most

At 12 o’clock this morning while most of us were nursing the nasty side effects of a weekend-long bender, GM officially unveiled the new 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe to the motoring press. The live, in-the-flesh reveal isn’t scheduled until next week at the LA Auto Show (which I will be attending, for all 3 of you interested fans), but as PR custom dictates GM was kind enough to give us a sneak preview a full 7 days early.

Based on its increasing popular full-sized brethren, the CTS coupe shares all the basic styling cues of the CTS sedan yet features a much chunkier, Beyonce-in-a-bodysuit ass. Fortunately, thanks to the 304-hp direct injected 3.6L V6, if you are successfully able to row your own (6-sp manual standard, 6-speed auto available for poseurs) you should be able to peel out of a dead stop before the jeers from the Bimmer owners reach your ears. If you aren’t fast enough on the throttle or otherwise catch the last sing-song remnants of “Fatty fatty two-by-four…” the CTS coupe also comes with enough interior accessories to keep your crushing depression at bay until you get to your therapist’s office, including iPod/MP3 capability, 40-gig hard drive, pop-up nav, Bluetooth, standard Keyless Access and Smart Remote Start, rear camera system, and a Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround™ audio system. Read More…