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Autoblog Minute: Fiat 124 Spider, Cadillac XT5, and VW's apology dominate LA

Weekly Recap For 11.20.15

Fiat re-introduces the 124 Spider, Cadillac ups its ante in the crossover game, and Volkswagen apologizes, again. Senior editor Greg Migliore reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute Weekly Recap.
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[00:00:00] Fiat re-introduces the 124 Spider, Cadillac ups its ante in the crossover game, and Volkswagen apologizes, again. I'm senior editor Greg Migliore and this is your Autoblog Minute Weekly Recap.

Our recap this week centers around LA as the auto show dominated the news cycle.

Fiat's 124 Spider promises to deliver Italian styling and Japanese driving dynamics.

[00:00:30] The 124 Spider is a reboot of the iconic Italian roadster but this time around Fiat turned to Mazda for help. The 124 is based on the MX-5 and was developed in conjunction with Mazda. They will even be built side-by-side in Hiroshima. There's some differences though between these two roadsters beyond the badging and the styling, most noticeably the powertrain. The 124 will be sporting a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder from the 500 Abarth. Now this gives Fiat the edge over Mazda in both

[00:01:00] torque and horsepower. While we love the styling of the 124 we're going to reserve judgment until we're able to get behind the wheel, which we can't wait to do.

The XT5 is going to be the big-deal Cadillac next spring. It's replacing the SRX. And it's lighter, there's more interior space, and it's dressed up with Cadillac's new grill with some pretty snazzy headlights.

Two months later and the diesel emissions scandal continues to loom large. Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn led off his press conference in LA with

[00:01:30] another lengthy apology.

[Video Clip, Michael Horn Apology]

He reiterated that the company is committed to its customers and working closely with various agencies around the world to get the diesel emissions issue resolved.

Those are the highlights from the week that was. Be sure to come back this Saturday for my full recap where I'll have some additional insight into the crossover market as we go into the new year. We're off next week to celebrate Thanksgiving but let us be the first to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday. For Autoblog, I'm Greg Migliore.

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