Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

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Reiter Engineering has announced a new version of the its Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 racecar

Lamborghini's Gallardo GT3 partner Reiter Engineering has announced a new version of the car. The GT3 is a modified race-spec version of the famous Gallardo. The new upgrade will make the car wider, lighter and more powerful than the existing Gallardo FL2 GT3 version.  Read More

The CLA Shooting Brake's front styling is almost identical to the styling on the coupe

Mercedes continues to expand its lineup into new niches. The movement started in 2004 with the CLS four-door coupe, and continued when the range expanded to include a shooting brake model. Now, the CLA range has followed suit, with the new compact CLA Shooting Brake, for people who want the practicality of a wagon coupled with the CLA's slick styling.  Read More

Eco-Motive's dual-fuel H-motor splits the engine into two more efficient halves

American inventor Herns Louis has come up with an interesting way to reduce inefficiencies inherent in regular dual-fuel motors. His H-motor design features two cylinder banks, each running on a single fuel source – so the left can be tuned for power and efficiency on gasoline, and the right can be tuned for CNG.  Read More

The Kuga range includes 2WD and 4WD options and a 2.0L TDCi 4-cylinder diesel or 1.6L EcoB...

The new Kuga is Ford ’s latest foray into the medium SUV market and despite some stiff competition, it packs enough ammunition to make its presence felt. This is particularly the case in the driver assist technology department, where adaptive cruise control, active city stop, blind spot monitoring, park assist and lane keeping aid headline a suite of features designed to make life easier and safer on the road. We spent two weeks with the Kuga to discover how all this high-tech gadgetry plays out in the real world.  Read More

Michelin has announced the opening of its newest North American plant, which it says is th...

A punctured tire is the definition of a bad day, but Michelin is taking some of the sting out as it announces the opening of its newest North American plant, which the company says is the first in the world dedicated to the manufacture of airless tires called "Tweels". The US$50 million plant will be used to make the Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial Tire and others for commercial and agricultural applications.  Read More

The ZR2 is Chevy's vision of a mid-size truck with enhanced off-road capabilities (Photo: ...

Think Los Angeles, and the first vehicle that comes to mind is probably a fast, powerful convertible along the lines of the new Ferrari F60 America. A pickup truck or SUV is likely to be well down the list. And that's largely how this year's Los Angeles Show played out with a whole lot of flashy cars. But truck lovers weren't left wanting entirely with a smattering of trucks on display, including the all-new Ford Explorer and Chevy Colorado ZR2 concept pickup.  Read More

Chevy describes the 2X as a 'revolutionary interpretation of the ultimate race car' (Photo...

After seeing Chevy's sneak preview of the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo, we got the idea that it was going to be the most extreme Vision Gran Turismo yet, both in terms of styling and technology. We weren't disappointed when Chevy pulled the cloth off at the LA Auto Show last week. The radical racer uses a highly conceptual laser powertrain to rattle the track with 900 hp of thrust.  Read More

Mazda's CX-3 is being launched into a very competitive segment

Mazda has used the Los Angeles Auto Show to unveil its entry in the ever-growing compact SUV segment. The CX3 slots in below the CX-5 in Mazda's lineup, and will take on Nissan's Juke, Ford's EcoSport and Subaru's XV Crosstrek in the battle for buyers.  Read More

The Soundracer VX plugs into your cigarette lighter and lets you choose between half a doz...

Our original look at the SoundRacer became one of Gizmag's most popular videos ever, and it’s easy to see why. Plug a SoundRacer into your quiet, responsible family car, and suddenly the engine sounds like a race-tuned V8 monster – at least, inside the car. Now, SoundRacer is raising money for the SoundRacer VX, which carries a bunch of different engine sounds and lets you choose between them on the fly.  Read More

BMW i3: It zips off the mark, turns on a dime, provides good visibility and it's whisper q...

After a long incubation period, the first cars released under BMW's sustainability-focused "i" sub-brand – the i3 city car and i8 sportscar – have been hitting roads around the globe throughout 2014. We climbed aboard the i3 to find out how it performs.  Read More

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