Hyundai hasn't jumped into the hybrid pool yet, but it's about to with a new battery technology.
The Fusion is a big bet for Ford, so it's about time it goes hybrid.
Its new hybrid drive system gets--according to Ford's estimates--5mpg more than the Toyota Camry Hybrid, while the EcoGauge system helps drivers to keep their lead foot in check. Toss in a fantastic sounding Sony stereo system controlled by Microsoft Sync and you've got the makings of a great tech package to go with your green powertrain.
BMW's not real big on hybrids. The company is willing to wager its bread-and-butter car in a diesel bet. Brian Cooley takes a look at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The 2010 Lexus RX450h has a revised power train and a slick new iDrive killer called "remote touch." We check it out at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Mercedes-Benz's new command interface just might give BMW, Lexus, and Infiniti a run for its money. Check it out at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.
At the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche subtlety redesigned the Boxster and the Cayman, but made sure that the two cars stayed true to their roots.
Finally, the Z stops looking like a beetle that ate too many Oreos. We take a look at the 2009 Nissan 370Z on the floor of the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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It seems like every year vehicles get bigger and more powerful, but recently we've been seeing a trend toward smaller and more efficient. While new models are still getting their requisite bump in displacement and power, automakers have been putting a much heavier emphasis on reducing emissions and boosting fuel economy with drivetrain tech such as direct injection, turbocharging, clean diesels, and hybridization. We've rounded up some of the most notable new vehicles from the 2008 LA Auto Show for a quick look at what you can expect to see on showroom floors over the next year.
There are luxury brands--Mercedes-Benz and Lexus come to mind--then there are luxury brands, cars with the leather from a herd of cows and wood from a whole forest. Spyker, Ferrari, and Bentley all showed off hand-crafted cars at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. These cars feature beautiful and unique styling, high-performance engines and driving gear, advanced cabin tech, and prestigious brand names. The prices they command put them in the realm of sheiks and movie stars.