Posts from ‘L.A. Auto Show’
LOS ANGELES—Nissan is taking movie marketing tie-ins to a whole new level with the latest addition to its compact SUV lineup. In advance of the December 16 release of the latest film in the Star Wars saga–titled “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”–the automaker just unveiled the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition.
LOS ANGELES–Ford finally steps into the thriving subcompact crossover SUV market with the 2018 EcoSport. Ford’s smallest SUV has actually been on sale in some global markets for several years now (in fact, the second-generation model debuted for 2013), but the company is now set to bring it to our shores—with numerous revisions and updates likely for the American market.
LOS ANGELES–Mazda displayed the new second generation of its compact crossover SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2017 CX-5 is a fully redesigned model; though it looks to differ little in overall size from its predecessor, Mazda says it has a lower center of gravity and a slightly wider track. Styling is an evolution of Mazda’s KODO—Soul of Motion motif, and picks up a cue or two from Mazda’s all-new 2016 CX-9 midsize SUV.
LOS ANGELES–Honda took the wraps off its 2017 Civic Si Prototype at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, further expanding the Civic model lineup and providing the public with a good idea of what to expect when the production Si model hits showrooms next year.
LOS ANGELES–On the heels of introducing the Sentra SR Turbo in September, Nissan rolls out the 2017 Sentra NISMO. NISMO—a contraction of NISsan MOtorsport—is Nissan’s high-performance sub brand, and models bearing that name are currently available in the maker’s GT-R, 370Z, and Juke lineups.
Hyundai rolled out an all-new generation of its mainstream compact car at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Elantra sedan is an inch wider and just under an inch longer than the current model. It maintains a fastback-like profile, but sports a bold rendition of Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille. Hyundai claims better NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) levels, improved structural rigidity, lower weight and improved ride quality and handling.
Subaru gave the public a clear preview of what the next-generation Impreza sedan will look like by unveiling the Impreza Sedan Concept at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Impreza Sedan also serves as an indication of the styling direction of other future Subaru models; Subaru refers to the new motif as “Dynamic x Solid design language,” and says that the new Impreza will employ a modular platform that will underpin other future Subarus as well.
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is set to bring another lusty Italian machine to U.S. shores. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a premium compact rear-wheel-drive 4-door sedan that is set to debut in top-line high-performance trim with some pretty impressive specs.
As one of the top-selling vehicles in the United States, the Ford Escape wouldn’t seem to need much tweaking. But an onslaught of new and freshened competition has Ford management anxious to keep their popular compact crossover at the forefront of its class.
Mazda unveiled its redesigned 2016 CX-9 three-row crossover SUV at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new CX-9 is 1.2 inches shorter than its predecessor but rides a wheelbase that’s 2.2 inches longer, which aids both legroom and rear-seat entry and exit. The CX-9’s styling follows Mazda’s “KODO—Soul of Motion” motif, and the look dovetails nicely with the CX-9’s smaller CX-5 sibling.