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    Nissan V2G wins LA's 2009 Design Challenge
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    Nissan V2G -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    The LA Auto Show's Design Challenge has a victor from among its Youthmobile 2030 entries: the Nissan Vehicle-to-Grid, aka V2G. It envisions a nationwide electric highway system (the "grid") driven on by Generation Z, and their cars will pay for ...

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    Rumormill: Mini Coupe and Roadster could go on sale as early as 2011
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    MINI Coupe and Roadster Concepts - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Mini Coupe and Roadster concepts have been making their way around the auto show circuit since Frankfurt in September, and when we saw the two vehicles at the LA Auto Show we got the impression that the high end micros ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #156
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    Editor Chris Paukert has apparently been bitten by the podcasting bug, and he once again joins Shunk and Roth for Episode #156 of the Autoblog Podcast. We dive right in to reminiscence about the recently finished Los Angeles ...

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    2009 LA Auto Show Wrap Up
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    Did you miss our coverage of the 2009 LA Auto Show? Don't know where to look to find it? No worries. We've assembled the best parts for you below, and you can visit our LA Auto Show page to view every last piece of coverage we did. THE CARS

    Allard J2X MkII ...

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    LA 2009: Random beauty in the City of Angels
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    Just some of the beauty in LA - Click above for high-res image gallery
    With the state of the economy, it didn't come as much of a surprise that manufacturer presence was down at the LA Auto Show this year. The carmakers that did show up, however, brought their "A Game" – mostly. As much as ...

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    LA 2009: Ford Super Duty Fire Truck developed for charity, doing good in LA
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    2011 Ford F-550 Super Duty Fire Truck - Click above for high-res image gallery
    We're always up for a good cause, and that's exactly what this Ford Super Duty Fire Truck represents. According to Ford, it will make an initial $10,000 contribution to the Los Angeles County Firefighters Widows and ...

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    LA 2009: Toyota and Billabong craft one funky Venza
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    Billabong Toyota Venza - Click above for high-res image gallery
    No, this isn't a leftover post from SEMA, although to be perfectly fair, it is a leftover vehicle from SEMA. While reporting on the Hot Rod Toyota Tundra and Tacoma All-Terrain Gamer, we somehow missed this tricked-out Venza. Kitted ...

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    LA 2009: Allard J2X MkII drops our jaw
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    Allard J2X MkII - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Tucked away into the nookiest cranny of the LA Auto Show and literally parked behind a Morgan sits the Allard J2X MkII, perhaps the most breathtaking car in the joint. You nerds out there might be saying, "They dragged an admittedly ...

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    LA 2009: Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder proves the devil is in the details
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    Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Where to even start? Oh right – that interior! With the possible exception of a couple of British-ish cars (BMW-owned Rolls-Royce Phantom, Volkswagen-owned Bentley Mulsanne, Tata-owned Jaguar XJ), no interior even comes ...

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    LA 2009: 2010 Kia Forte and Forte Koup crowned NADAguides.com COTY
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    2010 Kia Forte - Click above for high-res image gallery
    With a brief press release and a trophy handoff at the LA Auto Show, car pricing authority NADAguides.com has heaped the first of what we could be many accolades upon the stylish and affordable 2010 Kia Forte and Kia Forte Koup by naming ...

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    Jay Z vandalizing 2011 Jaguar XJ for 'On to the Next One' video?
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    On Wednesday night, as part of the run-up to the LA Auto Show, Jaguar held a sizable soiree at SoCal's Milk Studios to show off its latest wares to the public and press, with a heavy focus on its 2011 XJ flagship. With the British automaker's latest model taking center stage, Mike O'Driscoll, ...

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    LA 2009: Toyota debuts its plug-in Prius for North America
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    Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Toyota rather unceremoniously parked their plug-in Prius hybrid prototype at its North American market debut during the LA Auto Show, while their new Sienna minivan got a royal welcome at its coming out party. At a show that saw ...

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    LA 2009: Custom "Mazdaspeed2" tops the fun-per-pound charts in LA
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    Mazdaspeed2 Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    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 ...

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    LA 2009: Luna and Toby model the 2010 Honda Element Dog Friendly package
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    Luna, left, and Toby, model the Honda Element Dog Friendly edition - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Honda certainly can't be accused of running a dog and pony show here at the LA Auto Show, because there were no ponies. They did, however, have the adorable Luna and Toby on hand to ...

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    LA 2009: Hands-on with Hughes and Mercedes-Benz's new telematics apps
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    Hughes Telematics recently announced its partnership with Mercedes-Benz on the automaker's new line of "mbrace" mobile telematics solutions. The system, which connects mbrace-equipped vehicles with an app installed on the user's Apple iPhone or RIM Blackberry, allows people to lock and unlock ...

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    LA 2009: Galpin Motors makes up for Aston Martin no-show, brings the whole lineup
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    Galpin Aston Martin at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    It's been a meager LA Auto Show this year for exotic cars. Many didn't even show up, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Bentley. Aston Martin wasn't on the list as well, but to our surprise their ...

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    LA 2009: Audi A3 TDI named 2010 Green Car of the Year in diesel repeat
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    Audi A3 TDI - Click above for high-res image gallery
    At the LA Auto Show this morning, the Audi A3 TDI was crowned the 2010 Green Car of the Year, wresting the title away from last year's winner, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Even though three hybrids made this year's list of finalists, the A3's ...

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    LA 2009: Bye-bye boxy, hello 2010 Hyundai Tucson
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    2010 Hyundai Tucson - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Hyundai just took the wraps off their all new 2010 Tucson CUV. A right-sized (i.e. compact) crossover designed in Frankfurt, Germany – as opposed to the California designed Sonata we saw yesterday – but still uses Hyundai's ...

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    Best Buy Geek Squads to start testing Mitsubishi i-MiEV
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    Mitsubishi Geek Squad i-MiEV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    While Mitsubishi didn't unveil any new vehicles at the LA Auto Show today, company president Osamu Masuko did announce the latest step in his company's plan to bring plug-in vehicles to North America. The vehicle – ...

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    LA 2009: BMW ActiveHybrids get North American debut; 7 Series model priced from $103,125
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    BMW ActiveHybrid X6 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    BMW took advantage of California's proclivity for greenwashing to give its ActiveHybrid models their North American debuts at the LA Auto Show. Just for good measure they also brought along the incredible Vision Efficient Dynamics ...

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