Somewhere between mainstream and luxury lies the murky no-man’s land often referred to as “near luxury.” In the auto world, the near-luxury tag has been applied to such semi-premium brands as Acura and Volvo. More recently, Buick has again ascended into the near-premium domain, offering products that skirt pricewise just under those offered by the likes of Lexus.
Volvo showed a pair of crossovers at the Los Angeles Auto Show: one in its U.S. debut, the other in its world debut.
Nissan showed off a mildly updated 2015 Juke at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. An exterior facelift includes revised front and rear fasciae and new headlights and taillights, both with LED accents. The standard-equipment list is expanded to include keyless entry and starting, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps. The Juke’s turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine is unchanged.
The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show marked the North American debut of the Fiat 500X, a “crossover-ized” version of the Fiat 500L. Two engine choices are offered—a 160-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo 4-cylinder with a 6-speed manual transmission, or a 180-hp 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 4-cylinder with a 9-speed automatic.
Acura unveiled a revamped version of its entry-level compact sedan at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2016 ILX gets updated front and rear styling, new safety features, upgraded interior materials, available 18-inch wheels, and a standard 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The ILX’s 201-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is now the lone engine; the 2.0-liter four has been dropped from the line. The 2.4-liter/8-speed pairing is essentially the same powertrain combination as the 4-cylinder version of the new-for-2015 Acura TLX midsize sedan.
Jaguar announced its 2016 F-TYPE sports-car lineup at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, revealing an expanded model roster, a 6-speed manual transmission option, and the availability of all-wheel drive. Also added are electric power steering, Jaguar’s InControl connectivity suite, and more standard equipment.
This time we made it hard, or at least tried to. Buried in the provided grid are the following:
30 Classic and contemporary Buick model names
1 Model name that appears twice
5 varieties of cheese
At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota’s Scion division unveiled a slicked-up concept version of a 4-door hatchback that it plans to release as a production vehicle in the near future. In overall size and shape, the Scion iM Concept recalls the recently departed Toyota Matrix, but with a more-aggressive look.
It had to happen … and today it did.
Lexus released the potent RC coupe earlier this year, and it surprised virtually no one that a convertible version was displayed as a concept at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Volkswagen unleashed a volley of Golf news at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, with the world debut of the Golf Sportwagen Hymotion and Golf R Variant and the announcement of pricing for the 2015 Golf R.