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The 5 Newest EVs Unveiled at the 2019 LA Auto Show

There are a few things I miss about living in Southern California. The weather. The Mexican food. Bonfires at the beach during the Summer. And of course, the LA Auto Show. I used to go every year with my dad. We would walk around together pretending to be car experts and provide commentary to each other about the latest and greatest in the automotive industry. Good times! While I haven’t been in several years, the LA Auto Show manages to survive and thrive without my patronage. This year’s LA Auto Show has brought its share of notable all-electric vehicle (EV) debuts. Chief among them was the post-apocalyptic, steam-punk inspired Cybertruck from Tesla. This vehicle has been covered quite a bit so I’m going to leave it off of today’s list. For an excellent, well-rese...

LA 2018: Toyota Launches First AWD Prius

Whether it was through leaked technical drawings or fanciful renderings of our own making, we’ve been been predicting the coming of an all-wheel drive Toyota Prius for years. It never arrived– until last week’s LA Auto Show, that is, when Toyota took the wraps of the all-new Toyota Prius AWD! Well, it’s not ALL all-new. See, Toyota has been offering an AWD Prius in Japan since 2016. There, the system is called “e-Four” instead of “AWD-e” as it will be called here. Regardless, it works the same way– which is to say: it’s weird. In typical Prius fashion, AWD-e doesn’t have a conventional drive shaft from the front to the back axle. Instead, a second electric motor is installed at the back of the car. That motor provides extra ...

LA 2018: Audi e-tron GT Concept

The latest Audi e-tron concept just landed at the 2018 LA Auto Show, packing nearly 600 electrified horsepower and nearly 250 miles of range into a sleek and slink four door coupe. There’s more to this Audi concept that usual, though, because this car is going to make it to production. Really. Bad news for EV fans, though– this Audi e-tron will probably make its production debut as a replacement for the aging Audi TT and Audi S5 coupes. At launch, they’ll probably be powered by internal combustion engines of one type or another. That’s my guess, anyway. What do you guys think? Is Audi going to bring this gorgeous, gorgeous e-tron coupe to market as a pure EV right off the bat, like Kia did with the 2020 Soul, or will the electric version have to wait a few years? Re...

LA 2018: 2020 Kia Soul EV Makes its Debut

We’re big fans of the Kia Soul, and not just because the Hamstars were the most fun marketing gimmick of the last ten years. We also dig the Soul’s funky styling, great audio options, cavernous storage capacity, and– most of all– the all-electric version I winter-tested back in 2015. For 2020, the Kia Soul EV is all-new, and should be available in all 50 states! Check out the official photo gallery, above, and LA Auto Show Automobility press release, below. Once you’re done with that, let us know what you think of the all-new 2020 Kia Soul EV in the comments section at the bottom of the page.     NEW 2020 KIA SOUL EV COMBINES SOUL-FUL VIBE WITH ALL-ELECTRIC BUZZ LOS ANGELES – Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2020 Soul, a completely new version...

LA 2018: Volvo Shows Off Autonomous Car Breakthrough

While I was busy scribbling away at our annual Best Fuel Efficient Motorcycles list, the 2018 LA Auto Show (going by the name, “Automobility 18”) got underway with announcements from several major brands. I’ll kick that coverage off, then, with one of my favorites: Volvo. Volvo did something pretty wild in LA, too. They didn’t show a single car. That’s right. No shiny, new S60 sedan. No tire-shredding Polestar hybrid supercar. Not even an electric version of the hot-selling XC40 crossover. No cars, then– just “an experience”. An experience, and some ground-breaking new lidar technology that will help make autonomous cars exponentially safer in complex, high traffic situations. New tech that makes future cars safer … gotta love that, rig...

BMW i8 Drops Its Top In Los Angeles

BMW brought its gorgeous i8 convertible to the Los Angeles auto show and we were there.

Electric Cars Shine At The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

Our man Nicholas Zart escorts you through the many electric car offerings on display at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

MINI Debuts Electric Scooter Instead Of Electric Car

Instead of bringing an all-electric Cooper to the LA Auto Show, MINI instead revealed the Citysurfer electric scooter concept.

2015 Mini Cooper Revealed With All New Engines, Features

After a long wait and plenty of teasing, the 2015 MINI Cooper has finally been revealed to the world. While it may not look all that different, a number of subtle and not-so-subtle changes, including two all-new engines, mean the new MINI is ready to to take on all comers in the increasingly-competitive luxury car market. The 2015 MINI Cooper is an entirely new car boasting numerous new (for the brand) features like enhanced aerodynamics, direct injection, and BMW’s TwinPower turbo technology. Under the hood is either a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder engine making 134 horsepower and 162 ft-lbs of torque, or a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo making 189 horsepower and 207 ft-lbs of torque. In addition to more power, the engines promise to be more efficient, though MINI is keeping fuel economy figures cl...

EXCLUSIVE: Next Ford Escape to Use Recycled Plastic Bottles for Carpeting

Ford has just announced that the next-generation Ford Escape will use 25 recycled 20-ounce plastic bottles in the carpeting of each Escape built, which could translate to over 4 million recycled bottles annually. Just another sustainable effort from Ford as their vehicles grow ever greener with each successive generation.From Soy Seats to Coconut Plastics American automakers are quickly becoming world leaders in sustainable technologies, from fuel-efficient cars to alternative fuels and recycled materials. Ford especially has been rolling out one recycled material after another, and I even got a chance to check out some of their upcoming recycled products earlier this year at the Forward with Ford event. Among the many innovations are soy-based foam seats, recycled cotton fibers and blue j...

With Plug-Ins and Hybrids Dominant, Is Diesel Dead in the U.S.? | Popular Mechanics

This year’s LA Auto Show is buzzing with real-life and concept hybrid and all-electric cars. But in the clean diesel corner, the crickets were chirping. Will Americans ever be ready for clean diesels? This post originally appeared on the Popular Mechanics website. You can access the original post here. Written by David Kiley.   [social_buttons] German automakers Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are selling their newest “clean” diesel vehicles nationally, including in California—home of the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show—a state that, historically, with its air pollution regulations, has been hostile to diesel cars. But even the auto companies with umlauts on their computer keyboards are making plug-in electrics and hybrids a major part of their U.S. future. The Ge...

Diesel-Electric Supercar Has 80 Mile Battery Range, Gets 44 MPG After That

[social_buttons] Capstone Turbine Corporation—a company normally known for making microturbines that provide back-up power for industrial and commercial operations—has built a prototype extended-range, diesel-electric supercar that has a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 150 mph and can go 80 miles on battery power alone before a diesel-powered microturbine kicks on and charges the battery on the fly for an additional 420 miles on one tank of fuel.

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