Archive for November, 2019
At the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota introduced the first-ever plug-in-hybrid version of its recently redesigned RAV4 compact SUV. Toyota says the 2021 RAV4 Prime is the most powerful and quickest RAV4 ever, in addition to being the most fuel-efficient.
Joining the fleet of new electric vehicles being shown at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show is a concept from Volkswagen — with a twist … actually, more than one.
Called the ID Space Vizzion (not a typo), it’s the seventh concept to be built off Volkswagen’s MEB platform, which hosts the company’s upcoming electric vehicles. But unlike the usual range-efficient electric cars or more practical electric crossovers, the ID Space Vizzion is an electric station wagon.
Although there is much new for the 2020 versions of Hyundai’s Ioniq “electrified” compact hatchbacks shown at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the biggest news comes in the full-electric version, which gets a bigger battery and greatly increased range.
For many people, the most practical way to take best advantage of vehicle electrification is with a plug-in hybrid, which combines some electric-only drive range with the backup of a gas engine for longer trips. While pure-electric vehicles get the bulk of press coverage these days, Hyundai recognizes that plug-ins still make a lot of sense, as illustrated by the Vision T Concept introduced at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Dodge introduced 50th Anniversary Edition Challengers with available “retro” colors at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Offered on the rear-drive Challenger GT (V6), R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and R/T Scat Pack Widebody, the 50th Anniversary package includes a Shaker hood scoop (on all but the GT) and a choice of high-impact colors: “Blast from the past” TorRed, F8 Green, and Go Mango, along with new Frostbite, Hellraisin, Sinamon Stick, and Gold Rush. Each 50th Anniversary model includes gold badging, black-painted hood, roof, and deck, Nappa leather and Alcantara interior with carbon-fiber accents, and a unique gauge cluster with body-color badge.
On the heels of Lincoln’s Aviator Grand Touring hybrid comes its smaller brother, the Corsair Grand Touring, which first sees the light of day at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Although a plug-in hybrid like its bigger brother, the Corsair Grand Touring’s powertrain and AWD system differs in that a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder mates with two electric motors and a CVT automatic transmission to power the front wheels, while a separate electric motor powers the rear wheels, a combination that’s estimated to provide a total of 266 horsepower.
The 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show marks the North American debut of the 2020 Land Rover Defender, after the vehicle’s world debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this year. The original Land Rover Defender was a rugged, tradition-bound off-road vehicle that was developed in the early 1980s and last sold in the U.S. market in 1997. The 2020 Defender is a thorough re-imagining of the original; it maintains the boxy basic profile, but adds smoother, more refined styling and a host of up-to-date technology features.
On the eve of the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan took the wraps off a completely redesigned version of its mainstream compact car. The 2020 Nissan Sentra kicks off the car’s eighth generation; it’s about two inches lower and two inches wider than the previous-gen model, and it gets bolder styling, a more-powerful engine, and new technology features.
Well, it’s official now… the Lexus LC 500 grand touring coupe will be joined by a convertible version for 2021. At the beginning of this year, Lexus displayed a LC 500 Convertible Concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, and the production version that is making its global debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show is remarkably close to the show car.
In its opening weekend, Ford v Ferrari raked in about 31.5 million dollars, so it’s safe to call this high-octane historic racing film a bona fide success right out of the gate. A key part of the movie’s appeal is the way it captures the look and feel of 1960s sports-car racing—an especially difficult task, considering the current value of the original vehicles involved.