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2012 L.A. Auto Show: Mazda

Last year, Mazda revealed the CX-5, its first vehicle built entirely with the company’s Skyactiv drive train and architecture. This year, it’s the Mazda 6’s turn. Following on its Moscow debut, the new Mazda6 midsize sedan shows up for the first time in North America and is the second Skyactiv-based vehicle in Mazda’s lineup here. […]

2012 L.A. Auto Show: Kia

Kia and sibling-parent company Hyundai have been on a redesign binge the past few years. This year it’s the compact Forte’s turn, with the new generation model of the four-door compact coming first. Kia’s design chief says the car has a sport sedan ethos. Nice touches are LED running lights, lighted door handles and puddle […]

2012 L.A. Auto Show: Ford

Ford’s presence at the L.A. show is marked by restyled Fiesta’s launch with a high-performance ST model with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost on one end of the range and a 1.0-liter EcoBoost powered version on the other. The three-cylinder, 1.0-liter EcoBoost is compact enough that one was brought to Los Angeles as carry-on luggage, but puts […]

2012 L.A. Auto Show: Porsche

Porsche often skips the Detroit and other auto shows, focusing on its largest market in North America: Southern California. That means the German sports car maker sees no reason not to debut significant models at a show known more for hybrids than high-performance. The Cayman is probably the best handling Porsche, at least for drivers […]

2012 L.A. Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz

Black Series. The words themselves conjure up images of German witches gathered round an AMG model instead of a cauldron. This time out, the magic potion has been poured on the SLS AMG, already Mercedes-Benz’s top-of-the-line model. An SLS AMG Black Series promises to bring another 39 horsepower from the 6.2-liter, twin-turbo V-8 to a […]

2012 L.A. Auto Show: Hyundai

The Korean automaker brings the seven-passenger version of the Santa Fe crossover, following up on the well-received five-passenger Santa Fe Sport. Simply called Santa Fe, the larger version receives the 3.3-liter, gasoline direct-injection V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Santa Fe will tow 5,000 pounds and offers all-wheel drive with what the automaker calls […]