Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

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The Lamborghini Asterion in Paris (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Lamborghini has long been on the cutting edge of auto technology in terms of potent powertrains and lightweight materials. However, its colleagues over at McLaren and Ferrari have it beat when it comes to electrification, each having introduced a hybrid flagship at last year's Geneva Motor Show. In Paris, Lamborghini officially surpassed those marques, presenting its very first hybrid, a 910-hp plug-in with more than 30 miles (50 km) of all-electric driving range.  Read More

The new infotainment systems are powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor

Honda has announced plans to put 7-inch Android-powered infotainment systems in a number of its 2015 cars. So far only announced for Europe, the new systems are known as Honda Connect, and will have access to a purpose-built app store.  Read More

The VW XL Sport's aerodynamics help it achieve a high top speed from a relatively small en...

Volkswagen's XL1 is a fascinating study in fuel economy. The combination of its low-drag shape, light weight and plug-in hybrid system allow it to sip fuel at just 0.9 l/100km (261 mpg), but a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 11.9 seconds isn't what you'd call lightning quick. To rectify this VW has given the XL1 a sports makeover, with the help of a Ducati engine.  Read More

Local motor has unveiled a new crowd-sourced sports car

Local Motors recently ran a design challenge for an exploratory sports car. The challenge asked participants to focus on aesthetics, performance, affordability and the connection between driver and machine. Over 200 submission were received and the winning design was announced last week.  Read More

VW's Passat GTE will make its debut in Paris

The 2014 Paris Motor Show is shaping up to be a showcase of fuel saving technologies. Citroen and Peugeot are showcasing compressed-air hybrids, while Volkswagen will reveal a "GTE" plug-in hybrid version of its eighth-generation Passat that boasts economy figures of 141 mpg (2.0 l/100km).  Read More

2013 Cadillac Elmiraj (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag.com)

Reports of an upmarket Cadillac flagship – something to battle imports like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series – have been surfacing for years, intensifying after last year's Elmiraj concept. GM's luxury brand has finally given the official confirmation, announcing plans to begin production on the CT6 flagship by the end of 2015.  Read More

The Honda 2015 Civic Type R at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: C C Weiss/Gizmag)

Honda has been teasing the upcoming 2015 Civic Type R for some time now, having given us a glimpse of it back in March. Now, the Japanese automaker has released some more details about the car, and says its performance will be unmatched by any other Type R cars.  Read More

The 2015 Impreza's styling has been tweaked to bring it into line with the new Legacy and ...

Subaru's Impreza has been given a midlife freshen up, debuting a set of styling upgrades and a new infotainment system, along with the introduction of the Japanese manufacturer's EyeSight system to the range.  Read More

The 458 Speciale A will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show next month

There’s been a lot of buzz about Ferrari coming out with a spider version of its 458 Speciale supercar, and now the buzz has become reality. At next month's Paris Motor Show, the Italian car maker is set to unveil the 458 Speciale A, with the "A" standing for Aperta, which is Italian for "open." Billed as the most powerful and aerodynamically efficient spider ever built by Ferrari, it boasts the company’s most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 engine for the road.  Read More

The VW Golf Alltrack bring the Golf into four-wheel territory

The Volkswagen Golf is something of a sensible urban classic that few would regard as having any offroad credentials. That image may soon change as VW prepares the Golf Alltrack for its World premiere at the Paris Motor Show next month. Just as the Passat Alltrack took the Passat into off-roading, the Golf Alltrack is designed to do the same for the Golf by adding all-wheel drive, a new selection of engines and new body styling.  Read More

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