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2016 Ford Explorer unveiled at 2014 LA Auto Show

2016 Ford Explorer unveiled at 2014 LA Auto Show

The 2016 Ford Explorer is being shown off at the 2014 LA Auto Show, and though it won't be arriving until summer 2015, the auto maker has teased enthusiasts with a look at what it -- and its new Platinum series -- has to offer. With the newest model, consumers are given an overall boost in both driving features and a new "rugged" exterior design complemented by changes to the interior that make the cabin quieter. In addition, Ford has introduced a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to replace the current four-cylinder offering.

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Maybach who? Bentley brings true opulence to LA

Maybach who? Bentley brings true opulence to LA

Dear Mercedes, Bentley would like to show you what real luxury looks like. The new Mercedes-Maybach may be stunning the LA Auto Show with its interpretation of a private jet for the highway, but just around the corner it was British stalwart Bentley which was demonstrating how opulence is done properly. The brand new Bentley Grand Convertible and recently announced Bentley Mulsanne Speed may espouse the old-school approach of "gentleman's club" luxe, but that's not to say they don't hide their fair share of technology in the process.

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Chevrolet Gran Turismo Chaparral 2X Vision concept car revealed

Chevrolet Gran Turismo Chaparral 2X Vision concept car revealed

This week Chevrolet has revealed the Chaparral 2X VGT concept car, a vehicle designed specifically for the Vision Gran Turismo project. This vehicle was developed exclusively for fans of the PlayStation racing game Gran Turismo 6, and is indeed a fully working vehicle. It's certainly not made for the production lines in the long term - instead, it's made to be a one of a kind beast never to be replicated outside of the digital landscape - inside the Gran Turismo video game, that is to say.

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This is the Lexus LF-C2, and it’s kinda stunning

This is the Lexus LF-C2, and it’s kinda stunning

Lexus has brought along an eye-catching new concept to the LA Auto Show 2014, the Lexus LF-C2, though while the droptop 2+2 might be described as a design study, it looks almost ready for the road. A clear descendent of both the IS and the IS C convertible, the LF-C2 envisages a life on the open road where the many angles would have plentiful opportunities to catch the light. It'd have to be a dry route, though: since the LF-C2 Concept has only the climate inside auto shows to consider, there's actually no roof at all.

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Mighty Mercedes-AMG GT S takes on Porsche

Mighty Mercedes-AMG GT S takes on Porsche

Mercedes may have covered its luxury bases at the LA Auto Show 2014 with the opulent Mercedes-Maybach, but there's plenty of performance on tap too from the new Mercedes-AMG GT S. The bright yellow coupe is rear-wheel drive and will hit forecourts in the spring of 2015, with Mercedes' sports division looking to take on Aston Martin, Porsche, and Audi with its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. In the GT S' corner is 503 HP and a 3.7s run from 0-60 mph.

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Longer luxury: Mercedes-Maybach panders to plutocrats

Longer luxury: Mercedes-Maybach panders to plutocrats

Mercedes-Benz promised Germanic excess when it resurrected the Maybach name (again), and it hasn't stinted on that, with the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class ramping up the tech, the luxe, and the sheer scale here at the LA Auto Show 2014. Tellingly revealed both in LA and Bejing, the new limo is resolutely targeted at those who are driven rather than who take the wheel themselves, stretched 207mm over the regular long-wheelbase S-Class, and with the majority of that space devoted to the rear-seat passengers and their new, uber-flexible seats.

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Audi A7 h-tron flirts with performance fuel-cells

Audi A7 h-tron flirts with performance fuel-cells

The LA Auto Show 2014 is shaping up to be the car show where fuel-cells come to the fore, with the new Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro joining Toyota’s Mirai and Honda’s FCV in turning to hydrogen for its power. Officially a plug-in hybrid + fuel-cell electric car, as Audi would have it, the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro concept delivers 230 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque from its combined powerplants, as well as delivering what the Germany company says should be around 342 miles of driving range.

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2016 Toyota Mirai First-Drive – Fuel-Cells Dawning

2016 Toyota Mirai First-Drive – Fuel-Cells Dawning

You can’t accuse Toyota of rushing the 2016 Toyota Mirai to market. The hydrogen powered sedan may look like a vision of the future circa Buck Rogers, but its fuel-cell powertrain is decidedly cutting-edge, not to mention determinedly optimistic around issues of infrastructure and regulatory commitment to zero-emission vehicles. At $57,500 pre-subsidies, it seems the future carries a significant cost of entry, too. So, after some time behind the wheel of the Mirai, the question remains: is the age of hydrogen finally upon us?

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Jaguar Land Rover adds justDrive voice control to InControl

Jaguar Land Rover adds justDrive voice control to InControl

Smarter in-vehicle infotainment systems are becoming en vogue, but while some car makers are rallying behind Apple's and Google's initiatives, Jaguar Land Rover is continuing on its own path with InControl, which actually works with both iOS 8 and Android devices. And to further compete with the likes of Siri and Google Now, the car maker has augmented its in-car system with justDrive, a voice-activated multi-purpose app that takes the drudgery of awkward spoken syntaxes and lets users control their connected phones in plain English.

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VW unveils Golf R Variant packing 2.0L TSI engine

VW unveils Golf R Variant packing 2.0L TSI engine

Here in the states we say station wagon, over in the UK they like the term shooting brake. Whichever name you prefer, VW has announced a new Golf R Variant marking a first for the Golf R model. VW says that this car is the first time that its all-wheel drive compact sports car has been offered as a station wagon. The car will pack a 2.0L TSI engine under the hood with 296hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

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