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Official: Subaru launches STI-tuned Forester tS in Japan

Filed under: Performance, Japan, Crossover, Subaru, Design/Style Subaru Tecnica International, better known by its initials, STI, has finally unveiled its work at tuning the Forester into a higher performance machine. Unfortunately while tweaks to the suspension and styling are plentiful, it’s not clear how much acceleration is going to improve from just a few minor [...]

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Report: Lotus Evora update coming, new models still on hold

Filed under: Performance, Europe, Lotus, Design/Style, Earnings/Financials, Technology The trials and tribulations at Lotus over the past several years haven’t put the company in best financial position, and after the dismissal of Dany Bahar as CEO, the automaker seemed rudderless. Jean-Marc Gales (pictured above) is the new captain at the helm of the British sports [...]

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U-Turn: Weekly Recap: Racing legend Jim Hall explains Chevy’s futuristic Chaparral concept

Filed under: Concept Cars, LA Auto Show, Motorsports, Performance, Chevrolet, Lincoln, Toyota, Ferrari, Design/Style “I said our cars are built to be winners.” – Jim Hall Racing legend Jim Hall never thought he’d be a video game consultant, but when Chevrolet asked for his advice to create a futuristic Chaparral for the Vision Gran Turismo [...]

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Report: Ford readying three-row Edge for China

Filed under: China, Crossover, Ford, Design/Style The next-generation Ford Edge will be available with quite a growth spurt for its debut in China next year, with newly announced plans also to build and sell a three-row version exclusively in the People’s Republic. However, markets outside of there likely won’t see the larger model. Ford marketing [...]

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Los Angeles: 2015 Nissan Murano and Juke priced, Color Studio to breed bad ideas

Filed under: LA Auto Show, Crossover, Nissan, Design/Style Nissan has released basic pricing information on its upcoming Murano, as well as detailed pricing on the refreshed Juke crossover at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The Japanese company also announced a new “color studio” for the Juke, which just reeks of bad ideas. First, let’s talk [...]

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Los Angeles: Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept suggests a diesel off-road future

Filed under: Concept Cars, LA Auto Show, Truck, Chevrolet, Off-Road, Design/Style “It takes the Colorado to a whole new place.” – Mark Reuss The Chevrolet Colorado looks set to gain a more capable off-road version, with the company previewing a potential design direction with a ruggedized concept Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Called [...]

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Los Angeles: Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA [w/video]

Filed under: Aftermarket, LA Auto Show, Coupe, Performance, Ford, Design/Style Galpin Auto Sport and Henrik Fisker made big promises about the Rocket before its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, calling it the “ultimate American muscle car.” Now that this 725-horsepower carbon-fiber Ford Mustang has officially been revealed, we’ve now got a chance [...]

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Los Angeles: Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo could only work in a video game [w/video]

Filed under: Concept Cars, LA Auto Show, Videos, Chevrolet, Toys/Games, Racing, Design/Style There’s something wondrous about the Vision Gran Turismo series of concepts that has let companies go wild with completely imaginary concepts for Gran Turismo. For Chevrolet’s crack at the idea, it has taken a page out of its performance past with the Chaparral [...]

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Los Angeles: 2015 Toyota Sienna goes overboard to promote a SpongeBob movie

Filed under: LA Auto Show, Minivan/Van, Marketing/Advertising, Toyota, Design/Style Good marketing is a huge portion of making a film successful, and Toyota and Nickelodeon are going overboard to promote the upcoming SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water with this custom 2015 Sienna inspired by the cartoon character at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The exterior [...]

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Los Angeles: 2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series is a seriously quick way to spend $260k

Filed under: LA Auto Show, Sedan, Performance, Porsche, Luxury, Design/Style Porsche is usually associated with being a sports car brand, but with vehicles like the Cayenne and Panamera it takes a step into the world of luxury against firmly established players like Mercedes-Benz. One way for the company to poke its head above the high-class [...]

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Los Angeles: Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept blends the past and the future [w/video]

Filed under: LA Auto Show, Motorsports, Chevrolet, Racing, Design/Style The Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo is the rare concept car that salutes a seminal moment in history, yet also borders on science fiction. Revealed Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the concept uses the name of one of Chevy‘s historic racing partnerships, with [...]

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Los Angeles: Bentley Grand Convertible is grand, is a convertible

Filed under: LA Auto Show, Convertible, Performance, Bentley, Luxury, Autoblog Black, Design/Style What you see above is the Bentley Grand Convertible, live from the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s basically a droptop version of the Mulsanne Speed, which would seem to be a foregone conclusion for production, but apparently isn’t, according to Bentley Chairman and [...]

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