Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

C.C. Weiss

Peugeot's Hybrid 208 2L demonstrator car complements a gasoline-air powertrain with weight...

A car that runs on air? Peugeot is working on it. The French automaker revealed its Hybrid Air technology last year and will showcase the 208 Hybrid 2L Demonstrator car at the Paris Motor Show next month. The latest iteration of the Hybrid Air design complements the gasoline-air powertrain with weight- and drag-cutting measures to offer fuel economy in the range of 117 mpg (2 L/100km), which is well above the 81 mpg (2.9 L/100km) it was quoting last year.  Read More

The Action Mobil Global XRS 7200 at Düsseldorf Caravan Salon 2014 (photo: Messe Düsseldorf...

If the Earthroamer XV-LTS and Mercedes Zetros don't quite reach the level of luxury-meets-off-road-fortitude you're looking for, may we suggest the Action Mobil Global XRS 7200. This large expedition vehicle combines six driven wheels of off-road fury with a luxuriously appointed living pod that has the look of a chic city apartment. It brings comfort and style to the farthest stretches of desert, highest reaches of mountains and deepest sections of jungle. And it costs several times the average stationary home.  Read More

GM's first commercial V2V system will debut on the 2017 CTS

General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced this week that the automaker will launch the Super Cruise advanced driver assistance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communications within the next two years. Both technologies will find their way into 2017 model year vehicles, automating key aspects of driving for Cadillac owners.  Read More

The FR-S Release Series 1.0 is rolling into dealerships

The 200-hp Scion FR-S is one of the best options on the market for a sharp, affordable sports car. A little extra flair and performance couldn't hurt, however. The race-inspired Release Series 1.0 limited edition FR-S offers a variety of body and equipment upgrades while still pricing in under $30K before delivery fee.  Read More

The all-new A2B Entz is among the very first e-bikes to feature Continental's CONTI eBike ...

Electric bike specialist A2B introduced its latest creation at last month's Eurobike show. Named after the American inventor of the electromagnetic transmission, Justus B. Entz, the Entz e-bike benefits from a new, neatly integrated Continental e-drive that saves weight while promising a sharp electric-assisted ride.  Read More

With the help of a few Facebook friends, Nissan developed the rugged, military-styled Proj...

If you're looking to journey across rough, rugged back roads, the average pickup truck is one of your better options. If, on the other hand, those roads will wind beyond the very edge of civilization, into one of the modern world's few remaining frontiers, you may want something a bit tougher, something like the all-new Nissan Project Titan. The custom truck is built to the exacting demands of Alaskan travel.  Read More

The Old Town Predator XL kayak

Sometimes you feel like a paddle; sometimes you don't. The new modular Predator XL kayak from Old Town keeps you happy in either case. With the help of a drop-in electric motor module, you can leave the paddle onshore and navigate the water with 45 lb (20.4 kg) of thrust and a foot-controlled rudder system.  Read More

The 2015 Dodge Viper SRT packs 645 horses

In keeping with its renewed focus on performance, Dodge revealed a few additions and upgrades for the 2015 Viper SRT this week. The new Viper lineup gets more engine power, a mid-priced GT model and a few other tweaks.  Read More

The all-new Mercedes Marco Polo Activity debuts at the 2014 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon

Back in July, Mercedes-Benz announced it would be introducing the new Marco Polo camper at this year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. Now that the show is underway in Germany's Rhine-Ruhr region, Mercedes has revealed both the Marco Polo and the Marco Polo Activity. The Activity brings a light, athletic footprint to overnight road tripping.  Read More

The Poo Puck and Poo Bin are designed to help clean up doggy do dos

You know that adorable Labrador Retriever puppy you picked up from the local shelter? Turns out, he poops. A lot. Like every day, multiple times a day, sometimes at the worst possible times. That's the bad news. The good news is responsible dog owners have a new option for cleaning all that poop up. The Poo Puck aims to make waste clean-up and disposal a quick, pain-free affair.  Read More

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