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24LA 2009: Random beauty in the City of Angels

Just some of the beauty in LA - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddLA 2009: Faurecia ready to clean and trim up next-gen vehicles

Faurecia's eco-friendly technologies - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddLA 2009: The plug-in Prius makes its North American debut

Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

18LA 2009: Toyota and Billabong craft one funky Venza

Billabong Toyota Venza - Click above for high-res image gallery

42LA 2009: Toyota debuts its plug-in Prius for North America

Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

41LA 2009: Custom "Mazdaspeed2" tops the fun-per-pound charts in LA

As cool as some of those custom Ford Fiestas are at the LA Auto Show, these even tidier Mazda2 customs really jumped out at us. Okay, maybe not all of the concepts so much as the "Mazdaspeed2" you see above. The Active2 Surf and Active2 Snow barely registered when we saw this green and grey fun machine. Dubbed the 2Evil Special and not really an official Mazdaspeed2 at all, this concept blends weekend track car with urban commuter in just the right proportions. The other two concepts aren't q

22LA 2009: Luna and Toby model the 2010 Honda Element Dog Friendly package

Luna, left, and Toby, model the Honda Element Dog Friendly edition - Click above for high-res image gallery

6Best Buy Geek Squads to start testing Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Mitsubishi Geek Squad i-MiEV – Click above for high-res image gallery

27LA 2009: Ford Taurus and Volvo XC60 named International Car and Truck of the Year

Ford Taurus and Volvo VX60 named International Car of the Year – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddLA 2009: First Fisker Karmas now expected to hit showrooms in Sept. 2010

Henrik Fisker gives an update on the Karma - click above for high-res image gallery

AddLA 2009: BMW prices the ActiveHybrid 7, starting at $103,125

Hybrids have always demanded an extra price over their competitors, but that is especially true when we get into the premium segment. Whether it's the Lexus LS600h or the Cadillac Escalade hybrid, it seems automakers are averse to subsidizing the addition of electrically enhanced drivetrains. The same apparently holds true for BMW, which priced its ActiveHybrid X6 at just shy of $90,000. BMW's second hybrid model is the ActiveHybrid 7 sedan which got its North American debut in production form i

14LA 2009: Lexus LFA wireframe cutaway wows us

2011 Lexus LFA wireframe cutaway - Click above for high-res image gallery

322010 Hyundai Tucson makes the drive to America

2010 Hyundai Tucson – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddLA 2009: Bob Lutz keynote: "The automobile industry simply can no longer rely on oil"

The news from Bob Lutz's opening keynote address for the LA Auto Show was that GM would be working with some California utilities to test a fleet of 100 Volts. But there was a lot more delivered in that speech and, in the best Lutz-ian tradition, the message was clear and simple: the Volt is GM's most important product. Oh, and he would not be addressing the abrupt resignation of GM CEO Fritz Henderson.

9LA 2009: Mini owns its inner Bulldog

Leashed Mini Cooper S Clubman - Click above for high-res image gallery

32LA 2009: Ford shows off some Fiesta possibilities

2011 Ford Fiesta by Ford Custom Accessories - Click above for high-res image gallery

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