Mitsubishi’s Pikes Peak 2013 challenger. The all-electric hill climbing machine was a force to be reckoned with and came close to toppling the Pug for king of the hill.
Mitsubishi’s Pikes Peak 2013 challenger. The all-electric hill climbing machine was a force to be reckoned with and came close to toppling the Pug for king of the hill.
The legend of the Godzilla continues with the 2015 GT-R with a greater focus on overall refinement and comfort.
Nissan launched the R35 NISMO fettled variant during the show. This anticipated variant boasts over 600bhp courtesy of a pair of new high flow turbochargers from their GT3 racing experience. The car has also been given a tuned aerodynamics package to improve its performance.
One of the highlights of the show was the launch of the new 2014 Subaru WRX. The new car features an all-new 2.0-litre four cylinder boxer that pumps out 265bhp.
The new car will feature an improved electric steering rack over the older car's hydraulic system. The bodyshell is now lighter and stiffer than before. A definite plus in the handling department.
Subaru unveiled the concept for the next generation Legacy. If the concept is anything to go by, the next Legacy will be quite the looker but we’ve had our feelings duped by concepts before.
The Mazda booth looked splendid with all the different models decked out in the same colour scheme.
The Mazda Clubsport 3 Concept is equipped with a set of Brembo 4-piston brakes, Cusco coilover kit and a Beat performance exhaust. A Mazda Design bodykit tops off the whole Clubsport package.
The most interesting exhibit we saw at the show was this Toyota Highlander that had an actual aquarium built into its rear cabin/trunk area.
Complete with Spongebob Square Pants figurine!
On display was also Toyota’s 2012 24hr Le Mans contender. The TS030 Hybrid.
Hyundai unveils its Tucson Fuel Cell hydrogen powered electric vehicle. Driven by a front wheel drive electric motor, the Tucson has a range of 480km and the ability to fill its tank within 10 minutes.
The KIA K900 is the Korean company’s latest flagship model and it is every bit as handsome as one would expect of a top of the line automobile. The large 19-inch multispoke rims do a good job of keeping the large body proportionate. Powered by both a V6 and V8 engines, this large sedan is no slouch.
The Germans have had a lot of experience at motorshows and it shows. Here, Volkswagen shares a part of the grandeur from the Frankfurt show with LA.
Another highlight of the show was the launch of the new Mini Cooper. Externally the new car retains much of the Mini’s cutesy looks though the headlamps and tail lamps get a slight redesign. The biggest changes happen on the inside.
The rear lights now have a 3D effect.
The Cooper S gets a brand new 2.0-litre powerplant that has increased from the previous 1.6-litre. Giving the new Mini a new power output of 192bhp. This is definitely something ardent fans of the Mini can look forward to next year!
Specially created for the popular video game, Gran Turismo 6, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo took our breath away with its gorgeous convex and concave curves. While in real-life it is no more than a 1:1 scale model, in the game the car produces 585bhp with over 800Nm of torque.
Beyond cool. Although the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision GT is no more than a scale model, the engineers haven’t left it untouched. The lights, ride height and grille patterns can all be altered at the touch of the iPad app.
Sharing the same powertrain from the CLA45 and A45 AMG, the GLA45 concept is much beefier in dimensions but no less potent. Claiming a sub five second 0-100kmh time comparable to its donor cars.
From the rear, the GLA45 looks almost identical to its A45 sibling though with a little more steroids.
The latest 4-series Cabriolet was on display at the BMW booth. Giving us a first glimpse of the new model with the roof chopped off. Like the coupe, it will be available the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-6 that will see it smash the century sprint in 5.5 seconds.
The CrossBlue Coupe Concept is probably one of the most radical designs to come out of Wolfsburg. Featuring sharp edged lines that brings your memory back to the Lamborghini Urus we saw last year at the Beijing Autoshow.  The CrossBlue concept hints at a performance oriented design and true to the cause, it will get a modified VR6 engine that’s rated at 295bhp and coupled to a pair of electric motors that have a combined horsepower of 168bhp!
Jaguar detracts from its traditionally sedan models with the CX 17 that muscles in on what used to be Land Rover territory. The SUV features an all-aluminum chassis that is a complete brand new design. We expect to see the new Jaguar on the showroom floor in 2016.
If the F-type roadster knocked your socks off with its drool worthy lines, the new coupe is going to knock it ALL off. The swooping roofline and the all too familiary (E-type) rear end is one of the most gorgeous designs to come out this year. Offered in the same engine variants as the roadster, we expect this to be quite a ride.
The best angle to appreciate the gorgeous panel lines of the new F-type coupe.
The L.A. Motorshow caters to a wide ranging audience and the aftermarket section is a perfect place to find all kinds of radical creations. Like a 70s VW truck in Scooby Doo’s theme colours.
Tucked away in a corner was this Ferrari 458 with the wild wide-bodied Liberty Walk bodykit. Not particularly practical but looks awesome though you’ll be crawling in and out of carpark ramps.
We met a real-life Tonka truck. Modified with every off-road kit imaginable, this truck stands at nearly 8 feet tall.
Another crazy lifted pick-up we came across with our writer Benjamin inserted for a sense of scale. At 1.78m tall, he isn’t exactly tiny and the truck towers over him anyway. Now that’s what we call a man’s truck!
Photo story: L.A. Motorshow 2013 Part 2
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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline direct from Los Angeles, USA - posted 29 Nov 2013
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