Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Crossover

The Cross GT Concept CUV unveiled by Kia at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Kia has chosen the Chicago Motor Show to unveil its Cross GT Concept CUV. Designed at the Kia Design Centre America, which is also behind the designs for Kia’s Track'ster, KV7 and Soul'ster concepts, and the 2014 Forte sedan (which is still marketed as the Cerato in some markets), it’s intended as a demonstration of Kia’s plan to one day market a GT that is a full-size luxury crossover.  Read More

The 2008 Urban Crossover Concept

Peugeot caused a bit of a stir earlier this year in Beijing when it unveiled its 2008 Urban Crossover Concept, a "world car" designed for an increasingly young, urban market. Following the same design philosophy, the French automaker has announced that the new 2008 compact 4X4 hatchback, which is set to get its official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show later this month, will go into production in 2013.  Read More

Peugeot's Urban Crossover Concept SUV features the company's new 'smiling grille'

The flood of SUV concepts continues at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show - this time in the form of Peugeot’s Urban Crossover Concept. Essentially a refinement of the SXC Crossover Concept that appeared at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, the new concept vehicle is a compact SUV designed primarily for urban driving.  Read More

Much of Nissan's design work was in the front

Nissan unveiled its new Hi-Cross Concept at the Geneva Motor Show this week. It's unclear if the concept will become an actual model - or if Nissan even really has room for another crossover - but the car does show a potential design direction for future models. It also shows how seven people and a hybrid powertrain can fit neatly into a relatively small crossover.  Read More

The Ssangyong XIV-2 convertible concept

SsangYong's new XIV-2 "convertible" concept car broke cover this week at the Geneva Motor Show and it appears there's every chance it will see production. The premium convertible CUV (crossover utility vehicle) is a derivative of SsangYong's 2011 XIV-1 show car, and SsangYong has announced production in various body styles. Extensive gallery for this story.  Read More

Nissan's Juke Nismo Concept is headed for production

Having first unveiled its Juke Nismo Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan has chosen the 2012 Geneva Motor Show to give the car its European debut and reveal that it will indeed go into production as the first in a series of production cars to get the Nismo treatment.  Read More

It may not look like it there, but that's a pickup truck, convertible and SUV

Major automakers come up with pretty cool concepts on their own, but for really "wow-worthy" designs, sometimes you need to pay attention to what the other firms are doing. Take the MILA Coupic concept from Austrian engineering firm Magna Steyr. This innovative concept gives you the hauling capacity of a pickup truck, the family moving comfort of an SUV and the stylish driving enjoyment of a convertible - all from the same driver's seat.  Read More

The Macan will add a smaller SUV and fifth model to Porsche's lineup

Porsche first announced development of a compact crossover SUV based on the Audi Q5 in late 2010. The model has been going by its project name "Cajun" since it was but a rumor but has now been upgraded with its official name - the Macan. Porsche teased us with a sketch, video and website for the Macan crossover this week.  Read More

The Ssangyong XIV-2 Concept will be shown in Geneva

Ssangyong is obviously exploring the shape of the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) of the future if its last two concept cars are anything to go by. Last year's XIV-1 concept offered a stylish exterior and an entirely new take on the CUV interior, and now the XIV-2, which we'll see at the Geneva Motor Show, will give us a convertible crossover. The two concepts are designed to preview SsangYong’s upcoming compact crossover for Europe.  Read More

The SCBS system will feature in Mazda's upcoming CX-5 crossover SUV

The CX-5 Crossover SUV marks a few firsts for Mazda. It will be the company's first production vehicle sporting the new KODO - Soul of Motion design language seen originally in the Shinari concept vehicle, the first vehicle featuring Mazda's efficiency-boosting Skyactiv technology, and the first to feature Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) - a system designed to avoid or reduce the damage from low speed collisions.  Read More

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