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    LA 2008: People watching in the city of angels

    Well, it was only a matter of time before we got around to posting our people gallery from the auto show. Models were pretty scarce this year in Los Angeles, but they were definitely still worth the effort to stop and photograph. We also had a few celebrity sightings again, although none at the ...

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    LA 2008: Random sights from the show

    Click image at right for high-res gallery of some random sights from Los Angeles.
    While we did a lot of coverage of the LA Auto Show this week, there are always some interesting things at the convention center that just don't make into a post of their own. We've collected a bunch of photos that ...

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    LA 2008: U.S. smart fortwo BRABUS is officially official

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the smart fortwo BRABUS
    The BRABUS edition of smart's diminutive little fortwo is, as we like to say, officially official as of yesterday when the brand pulled the wraps off the new-for-USA model. Unlike the Europeans who have had access to BRABUS smarts ...

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    LA 2008: Mitsubishi shows a pair of '70s novelties

    Click above for high-res gallery of these fun '70s Mitsubishis
    We might have skipped the Mitsubishi booth altogether this year at the LA Auto Show if it hadn't been for this pair of eye-catching cars from the '70s. While checking out the neighboring Audi booth we spotted a toad-green FTO and then ...

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    LA 2008: Mazda takes top honors in Design Challenge

    Click above for more renderings of the Mazda KAAN concept
    It wasn't the number one pick of our readers (earning the silver medal in your voting), but Mazda managed to take the top honors at the LA Design Challenge with its KAAN concept. The design itself is a fanciful look into a future where all ...

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    LA 2008: PWM offers adult Erector Set to build work benches

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the American Modular Tooling by PWM
    While heading out to our first press conference of the morning here at the LA Auto Show, we spotted this... this... thing. It sort of looks like a car, but is actually an adult Erector Set of sorts. Paul W. Marino Gages ...

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    LA 2008: Saab 25th Anniversary 9-3 Cabrio

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the Saab 9-3 Cabrio 25th Anniversary Edition
    A couple of days ago we told you about this special edition 25th Anniversary Saab 9-3 Cabrio. It's a sure sign that there's not much happening when automakers launch these specials in lieu of any real new ...

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    LA 2008: Lotus Evora makes it to the States

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the Lotus Evora live
    The "mostly" U.S. version of the "midsize" Lotus Evora was shown today at the LA Auto Show and it looks exactly like the one that debuted at the 2008 British Motor Show back in June. It's just missing its side marker lights. The Evora ...

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    LA 2008: Kia's Soul-ful debut

    Click above for more live shots of the Kia Soul in LA
    Kia put on quite a show today, prancing out a slew of new Souls at the LA Auto Show. Expected to drop as an early 2010 model in late '09, the new boxy Soul will go head-to-head with the equally-new Nissan Cube for the affections of ex-xB buyers ...

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    LA 2008: Honda shows off Insight's Eco Assist dashboard

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the Honda Insight Eco Assist dashboard
    There's more to driving green than just the car you choose. The way you pilot the vehicle makes a huge impact on your fuel mileage, and automakers are now beginning to endow their new wares with technology that ...

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    w00t! The return of the Autoblog Podcast!

    If we were going to continue numbering things, this would technically be Autoblog Podcast #103. We had tried to record this comeback episode once already about three weeks ago, and that turned out to be the only time I've ever toasted an audio file. Pro Tools said "uhh, what?" and that was that - ...

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    LA 2008: Hyundai approves HED-5 i-Mode for production

    Click above for high-res image gallery of Hyundai HED-5 i-Mode
    We first saw Hyundai's rolling CUV shapeship, the HED-5 i-Mode, back in Geneva, but today at the LA Auto Show is the first time the Korean automaker has shown the car in the States. New to the crossover is a 2.0L gasoline direct ...

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    LA 2008: VW Race Touareg 2

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the Race Touareg 2
    This is Volkswagens entrant in this weekend's Baja 1000: a spaceframe-chassis Touareg TDI with 75 cm of suspension travel competing in the top-dog Trophy Truck class and utilizing an oil-burning V12 with nearly 550 hp. That's a long way ...

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    LA 2008: Lexus unveils the third generation RX350 and RX450h

    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Lexus RX350 and RX450h
    Lexus dropped the third-generation RX on the world today here at the LA Auto Show. As before, the RX luxury crossover comes in two forms, the standard issue RX350 and the hybrid RX450h. The 3.5L RX350 gets a power bump to 275 hp ...

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    LA 2008: Toyota shows off Camry CNG Hybrid

    Click for high-res image gallery of the Toyoat CNG hybrid Camry
    Toyota isn't holding a press conference at the LA Auto Show this year, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have anything to show. The Prius purveyors have built a CNG-fueled Camry hybrid. According to Toyota spokesperson Jana Hartline, ...

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    LA 2008: 2010 Mazda3 shows its smiling face [w/VIDEO]

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2010 Mazda3 sedan
    Mazda has unveiled its 2010 Mazda3 sedan here at the LA Auto Show and we managed to snap some nice shots off as it was spinning around on a huge rotating stand. It's a good looking car that Mazda says carries on its "family face" with ...

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    LA 2008: 2009 BMW 7 Series and Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid unveiled LIVE

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2009 BMW 7 Series
    We already knew pretty much everything there is to know about the U.S. 2009 7 Series, but BMW pulled the covers, both literally and symbolically, off its new range-topper right on schedule anyway. In person, the new 7 has much more ...

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    LA 2008: Honda surprises with FC Sport fuel cell sports car concept

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the Honda FX Sport fuel cell
    var digg_url = ''; The first real surprise at the LA Auto Show today came from Honda in the form of its FC Sport fuel cell design study. The ...

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    LA 2008: Our Orange Crush is the Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85

    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 The Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85, which we'll call "Tiger," is officially out and about. Spyker has released more images of the Audi-engined, 400-hp, 6-speed manual Le Mans-inspired road car, and to our eyes it could be the best ...

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    LA 2008: Nissan unleashes the slightly less cube-y Cube [w/VIDEO]

    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Nissan Cube
    The Cube is ready for America, and it's coming in three flavors just to make sure it has all... sides... covered. Each of them gets the 1.8-liter engine good for 122 hp and 127 lb-ft., with trim levels being just 1.8, 1.8 S, and 1.8 SL. The ...


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