Los Angeles Auto Show

  • 2019 Toyota Prius

    The all-wheel drive version of the Toyota Prius introduced last week at the LA Auto Show earns an astoundingly good EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg combined—nearly as good as the 52 mpg earned by much of the Prius lineup (LE, XLE and Limited). But the system isn’t nearly as capable as the one you might encounter in Toyota’s utility vehicles, such as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or Highlander Hybrid, because its all-wheel drive system was conceived for getting out of snowy driveways, not necessarily for hauling the family up the mountain for a ski weekend. DON’T MISS: 2020...

  • 2018 Toyota Prius
    Lithium-ion vs. nickel-metal hydride: Toyota still likes both for its hybrids

    Toyota continues to stay the course with nickel-metal hydride battery cells for many of its hybrid vehicles, even though most other hybrid vehicles from other brands have moved on to using lithium-ion cells exclusively. According to Prius chief engineer Shoichi Kaneko, in an interview this past...

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup concept
    What electric car are you most excited to hear about from the LA Auto Show? Twitter poll results

    Pickups and electric cars. Two opposites that haven't been attracted to each other—until now. Our readers, though, seem excited about the possibility of combining the two. In our Twitter poll last week, we asked, "What electric car are you most excited to hear about from the LA Auto Show?"...

  • Audi e-tron GT Concept, 2018 LA Auto Show
    Electric cars from Audi, Porsche: Explaining platform magic

    It would be unthinkable for any automaker but Porsche to introduce a new car with a flat-6 engine hung out behind the rear axle. At this week’s 2018 LA Auto Show, the 2020 Porsche 911 duly made its debut in the hallowed configuration that has persisted since 1964. But with underpinnings...

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup concept
    LA Auto Show electrics, no Volts, 1 billion Tesla miles: The Week in Reverse

    Which company plans on introducing a new electric pickup and SUV? What car caused a ruckus when its manufacturer announced it would be discontinued? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending November 30, 2018. This week was all...

  • 2020 Kia Soul EV
    Here’s why Kia Soul EV and Kia Niro EV both get big 64-kwh battery packs

    One key specification in the 2020 Kia Soul EV that was revealed at the LA Auto Show this week was a bit unexpected: its inclusion of a large, 64-kwh battery pack. That leaves two vehicles—the Soul EV and the 2019 Kia Niro EV—with the same big battery. And both will be arriving at U.S...

  • 2019 Kia Niro EV

    At the LA Auto Show, Kia has provided some long-awaited U.S. market details for the Niro EV. Among the most important ones: With a large 64-kwh battery pack, it will offer an EPA-rated range of 239 miles. The Niro, which Kia describes as a “multi-function crossover format,” is built on a dedicated green-vehicle platform shared with the Hyundai Ioniq, with all versions powered by at least a full hybrid system. The Niro EV’s electric motor system, making 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, should give it perky performance; and Kia says that the floor-mounted battery...

  • Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept, 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Mitsubishi Evo rally sedan morphs into electric crossover concept

    Electric power has come to drag racers, hill-climb cars, and Formula E racers. Why not rally cars? At least that's Mitsubishi's idea with its new e-Evolution concept that debuted Wednesday at the LA Auto Show. Unlike the winged sedan that took the off-road rally racing world by storm 15 years ago...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla, 2018 LA Auto Show
    2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid aims for 50 mpg—Prius tech meets frugal mainstream

    With the introduction of a 50-mile-per-gallon Corolla Hybrid at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota is keeping true to a mission it undertook a long time ago: democratizing hybrid technology, and making it mainstream. The carmaker has long aimed to deploy its hybrid system aggressively into pretty...

  • 2019 Mazda 3, 2018 LA Auto Show
    2019 Mazda 3 sedan and hatch aim for an X factor–and that’s not electric

    Mazda has revealed its 2019 Mazda 3 compact car, in new-generation form, at the 2018 LA Auto Show. It’s not surprising, given the brand’s go-it-alone strategy this decade, that the new ‘3’ appears to take a different path than key global compact-car rivals in nearly every...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius AWD-e earns 50 mpg with all-weather treads

    If you want one of the highest-mileage non-plug-in vehicles on the market—like the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, or Honda Insight, there’s been one quite significant deal-breaker for many Snow Belt families: All-wheel drive simply isn’t a possibility. That’s due to...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept
    VW updates I.D. Cargo Buzz with solar for LA Show

    Cargo vans look to be the next big opportunity for electrification, as they can save a lot of pollution with all the time and mileage the spend on the road. At the LA auto show, VW updated its I.D. Buzz cargo van concept into the ultimate delivery or contractor van, with a high-powered electrical...

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup concept

    With the green-car oriented Los Angeles auto show ramping up into full swing today, it seemed a good day to ask our readers what models they're most excited to hear about from the show. There are several electric cars debuting at the show, including the Rivian R1T electric pickup, which the startup company gave details about ahead of the show on Monday. It could be the first mainstream-half-ton electric pickup to make it to market if Tesla doesn't get its electric pickup into production first—and Tesla has not displayed a prototype. CHECK OUT: 2018 LA auto show preview: 10 green-vehicle...

  • Volvo's "This is not a car" statement for 2018 LA auto show
    2018 LA auto show preview: 10 green-vehicle intros that matter

    Most of the major auto shows, like the Los Angeles auto show, have always had two components: news-making and car-selling. And it’s the second part—the public days—that thrives today. People are attending traditional, consumer-focused auto shows in record numbers...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla Model 3s, electric pickup, LA debuts, and wind power: The Week in Reverse

    What company will show a new electric pickup later this month at the LA Auto Show? How many miles will the new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid go on its battery power? And which car won Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy competition for 2019? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at...

  • 2019 BMW i8 Roadster, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2019 BMW i8: larger battery, more range, plus new Roadster priced from $164,295

    BMW is breathing some fresh air into its three-year-old alternative flagship to improve performance, increase range, and add some style. Revealed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the i8's update (known in the industry as a "mid-cycle refresh") increases its battery capacity from 7.1 to 11.7...

  • Mopar-modified Jeep Wrangler features all-new items from the performance parts catalog
    Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid to go into production in 2020

    Looking back at last week's Los Angeles auto show media days, one new vehicle sucked up a disproportionate amount of attention and airtime. That would be the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, a once-in-a-decade redesign of the iconic off-roader that's the linchpin of the Jeep brand image worldwide. While the...

  • 2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Nissan Kicks
    Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks: New small crossovers storm the market

    Ten years ago, the subcompact crossover segment barely existed. Now multiple automakers are clamoring for your attention as each brand rushes to bring its own take on the small utility to market. At this week's 2017 Los Angeles auto show, Nissan and Hyundai revealed two new models that will vie for...

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

    Toyota today is the world's most ardent proponent of using hydrogen fuel cells for zero-emission vehicles rather than large battery packs. The huge Japanese carmaker, one of the world's four largest, now sells its Toyota Mirai fuel-cell sedan around the world, and has more hydrogen-powered vehicles in development. As it has discussed over the last year, some of those may be heavy trucks as well as passenger cars. DON'T MISS: Toyota to study Mirai-derived fuel-cell tech for heavy-duty trucks Any fuel-cell vehicle, of whatever size, requires a hydrogen fueling infrastructure to operate...

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
    Half of all Porsches will plug in by 2025, showing importance of electric cars

    Its customers and employees know, but the rest of the world may not quite have realized that Porsche will soon sell six separate plug-in hybrid models. They span three different vehicles—the Porsche Panamera large sedan, the Panamera Sport Turismo shooting brake, and the Cayenne sport utility...

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz concept
    Volkswagen ID Crozz electric SUV to launch in US in 2020

    A production vehicle based on the Volkswagen ID Crozz all-electric compact crossover will be launched in the U.S. market during 2020, VW said. The announcement came at a media event Tuesday night before the first of two media days at the Los Angeles auto show, where the electric SUV makes its North...

  • 2018 BMW X3 prototype
    BMW to debut electric-car concept at LA show; electric Mini makes U.S. debut

    BMW will use media days at the Los Angeles auto show, which begin on November 29, to unveil a new electric car that's never before been seen. The electric model that will debut in California wasn't otherwise specified in the German maker's announcement, which called it simply "a world premiere...

  • 2018 Toyota C-HR
    Another tiny SUV? No AWD for 2018 Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover

    The 2018 Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq (European spec), 2016 Geneva Motor Show
    Hyundai Ioniq electric car offered on 'Ioniq Unlimited' subscription model

    Hyundai will offer a subscription-based service for its Ioniq Electric as an alternative to traditional leasing.

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