2006 Los Angeles Auto Show Photos & Coverage
In essence, this is the second L.A. show this year, the first being in January, right before the Detroit show where it used to languish. It's arguably the biggest in the events's long history dating back to 1907. It's also the first year the show has earned an international designation, giving show organizers the extra clout to attract more world unveilings when the show lands in its permanent slot next year in early November.
This year's show definitely has a green sheen to it, which is certainly appropriate for a city where you can literally see a Toyota Prius every 50 feet or so. General Motors and Ford are both locked and loaded with double barrels of hybrid and hydrogen offerings, while BMW is bringing its Hydrogen 7 to the party.
Call them crossovers, SUVs, people movers, four-wheeled boxes, whatever, they keep on coming, and L.A. will have plenty on the show floor. Buick's long-awaited Enclave, the new Saturn VUE and Ford's next-gen Escape are all making their bows.
Concepts are also always a part of the auto show experience. Ford's hot Mustang by Giugiaro and the Mazda Nagare are among a of handful future-think vehicles that will be on hand.
Be sure to check back early and often during the show press days, Nov. 29-30, for all the latest unveilings and more direct from the L.A. show floor.
Notable features include xenon headlights with an articulating headlight system that turns the headlights with the front wheels is offered as an option, Bose 10-speaker stereo, power rear liftgate, ultrasonic rear parking assist system, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power mirrors with integrated turn signals, and rear-seat DVD entertrainment system.
With this endeavor, called "Project Driveway," the automaker hopes to receive feedback on the performance of these advanced vehicles in the hands of regular people in the real world. GM will then use this feedback to further refine future fuel cell vehicles as the technology continues to mature.
About the size of a Cadillac SRX crossover, the Sequel has a range of 300 miles and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 in about 10 seconds. Other advanced technologies found in the Sequel include an electric brake-by-wire system that replaces traditional hydraulic brake lines, electric steer-by-wire in place of a rack-and-pinion setup, wheel hub motors, and an aluminum frame.
The LX rides on 16-inch wheels, while the EX gets 17-inch alloys. The EX comes standard with integrated roof rails and chrome accents on the side moldings, door handles, and front grille crossbars. Both trims can be equipped with an available body kit that includes fender flares, front and rear fascias, side skirts, and a rear spoiler.
Although a third row of seats is optional, those seats are best left reserved for seven year olds. There is no way a full grown adult would be able to sit back there and enjoy any level of comfort.
The Vue will be available in three trim levels and three engines when it goes on sale in the late spring or early summer of 2007. The front-wheel drive Vue XE is powered by a 164 hp 2.4-liter four, while all-wheel drive XEs get a 215 hp 3.5-liter V6. The higher-end Vue XR and Red Line get GM's newer 250 hp 3.6-liter V6 with available with all wheel drive. The four-cylinder engine comes mated to a four-speed automatic transmission with a five-speed manual becoming available later in the year. Both V6 engines come with a new six-speed automatic. A hybrid Green Line model will become available later in the year.
The European styling lends itself well to Saturn and the brand's signature grille. The sloping roof gives the vehicle a sportier look. A particularly interesting styling feature is the gray molding on the fenders that incorporates a turn signal repeater.The interior is also straight out of the Opel and is on par with the quality and refinement bar set for Saturn by the Aura. The "sea of gray" that GM has been infamous for gives way for an attractive two-tone design featuring chrome accents on much of the interior trim, including vents, speakers and gauges. Standard and optional features are plentiful, including an eight-way power seat for the driver, an MP3-capable CD system, navigation system, and electronic climate control.
The Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris is an all-aluminum, permanent four-wheel-drive sports-utility vehicle with rear-hinged coach doors (once called 'suicide doors'). It is powered by the 500-hp/6.0-liter, 12-cylinder, W12 engine from Volkswagen AG and promises to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds. The fuel tank capacity is 26.4 gallons and Spyker says you can drive at a top speed of 185 mph until it is empty.
The six-speed automatic transmission features a multifunctional steering wheel with F1 style shift paddles, a triple dashboard designed in the style of an airplane cockpit, and a sumptuous leather interior. The vehicle has an all aluminum body fitted to an aluminum space frame. It has a length of 194.9 inches, a width of 78.7 inches (excluding mirrors), a minimum height of 66.14 inches, a maximum height of 69.88i and weighs in at just under 4079 lbs. Wheels will be available as both on-road (24 inches) and off-road (22 inches).
The D12 is Spyker's first four-door, four-seater luxury vehicle. The car is Spyker's ultimate combination of a powerful super sports car with exotic looks, a spacious multiple passenger interior, and luxurious cabin with the exquisite Spyker cockpit interior.
Expected date of introduction is December 2007. The expected USA retail price is USD 287,500 excluding tax.
A key design cue for Concept Tiguan are the trick 19-inch tires developed by Continental that feature an orange stripe beneath the tire profile that matches the paint color of the Concept Tiguan. Other exterior details include a more pronounced grill, aggressive fog lamps and its blinding orange color.
Hellion's rally-style hood scoop signals there's something serious going on in the engine bay, and indeed, a 3.0-liter V-6 common-rail diesel engine pumping out 236 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. torque is tucked into the engine bay, more than enough grunt for this compact ute. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with 4WD. Hellion also sports a removable canvas stop-top roof and a host of interesting interior additions including a removable, refillable reservoir inside each headrest with a hose that you can use to drink from that Hyundai is billing as a replacement for the cupholder. We'll probably just keep our cups.
The Step Bus' focus is on the configurable interior, featuring modular construction, fold-down seats and ample room for a smallish-vehicle thanks to its tall stance. Step Bus also features huge, sliding front doors. Personally, we're not incredibly fond of the apparent crossbreeding of Honda's own Element and a Chevy Astro Van, but it's a concept, so what the heck, bring on the square fare.