The Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Concept is updated for the L.A. Show.
As the crossover market continues to heat up, car companies are being challenged to engineer more practical and fuel-efficient vehicles that stay on the cutting edge of style and design. Volkswagenâs answer to this challenge is a range of CrossBlue concepts that were displayed at the Detroit, Geneva, and Shanghai auto shows in the last year. One of these vehicles, the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe, was first shown at the Shanghai auto show this past April. The small five-seat crossover concept is scheduled to make an appearance at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show with updated U.S. specifications.
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Subaru promises to show off its long-awaited WRX update at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week, but so far remains quiet about the details of the new car. All we have so far is a photo of the new WRX’s hood.
However, Subaru brought out a WRX concept at the New York auto show back in March that gives some clues as to what to expect with the new model.
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When BMW bought Mini and launched its version of the venerable Cooper in 2001, the car was lauded for its go-kart handling and updated British style. Beyond engine and tech changes, that car remained pretty much the same for over a decade, Mini seeming to concentrate its resources on new Cooper variants, such as the Countryman and Paceman.
Now Mini is set to release a fully updated Cooper hatchback, the mainstay of its brand.
Beyond some technical information released by Mini and a few spy shots that have emerged, we don’t know too much about the car. It will be built on a new platform, shared with parent company BMW.
The spy shots show a car that looks fairly similar to the current generation, with some styling changes. The hood drop-off looks slightly more rounded towards the front and the beltline seems more prominent. The car’s designers don’t seem to have overly enlarged the car, so it should retain its handling character.
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Telsa has experienced a spate of bad luck as of late. Not only have three of its Model S all-electric cars caught fire in the past two months, but an accident at the company’s Fremont, Calif., factory caused three employees to be injured by hot metal on Wednesday morning.
“There was a failure in a low-pressure aluminum casting press,” Tesla said in a statement e-mailed to CNET. “Three employees were injured by hot metal from that press. We are making sure that they receive the best possible care.”
Local firemen said the incident is being described as an “industrial accident” rather than a “fire,” according to Reuters.
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The 2014 Fiat 500 gets a retro appearance package paying tribute to the 1957 original.
Fiat will celebrate the history of its famous 500 with a special-edition car that debuts at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition pays homage to the very first year of production for the 1957 Fiat Nuova Cinquecento. Between 1957 and 1975, Fiat built nearly 3.9 million units of the original 500.
The coupe-like 2015 Subaru Legacy is previewed by this futuristic concept.
Subaru will use the 2013 Los Angeles auto show to preview the next version of its Legacy sedan with this concept car. The timing of the 2015 Subaru Legacy concept’s debut not only looks forward, but also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Legacy nameplate.