With 300 horsepower and carbon fiber panels, is it possible we mixed up our notes? Nope, it's a Hyundai. Get a first look from the floor at the 2007 LA Auto show.
If you don't have time to check out all of our coverage of the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, we've assembled the highlights, an executive summary if you will, of the cars at the show. We cover design concepts from the likes of Audi, Hyundai, and KIA, and new model launches and updates from Lincoln and Nissan. There are also a huge number of hybrids at the show, along with the production version of Honda's fuel-cell-powered FCX. And finally, we've included a section on the exotics, breathtaking models from Ferrari and Lamborghini.
The Maserati GranTurismo occupied a prominent position in Maserati's booth at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. Beyond its powerful looks, we were taken by the fact that it had hard drive-based navigation and a music server in the dash. Currently, it's the only Maserati to employ this technology, although a Maserati spokesperson told us this system would roll out to the Quattroporte eventually. We took many pictures as we fawned over the car's fluid lines and settled into the luxurious seats.
For the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ferrari showed off two variations on previous models. The 430 Scuderia is based on the F430, but significantly lightened and given a new transmission to give it track performance on par with Ferrari's Enzo model. Where the 430 Scuderia emphasizes performance, the 612 Sessanta emphasizes luxury. The latter is a collector's edition, based on the 612 Scaglietti, marking Ferrari's 60th anniversary.
While GM used the LA Auto Show to display its new full-size hybrids, Chrysler was busy doing exactly the same thing. Chrysler may have parted company with Mercedes-Benz, but that hasn't stopped it from making use of the two-mode hybrid technology that it developed with its old partner together with BMW and General Motors. Both the Chrysler Aspen and the Dodge Durango will come with available hybrid drivetrains for the 2008 model year at an as-yet-undisclosed price. Get an eyeful of Chrysler's new full-size hybrids right here.
Mention rally driving and two cars leap to mind: the Subaru WRX STI and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. These two veterans of the track have been duking it out for over a decade, and they both get a major upgrade for the 2008 model year in the form of the Evo X (as in 10) and the 2008 Impreza WRX STI. Both Subaru and Mitsubishi used the second day of the Los Angeles Auto Show to unveil their latest racers, and we could think of no better time to pit their latest offerings against each other. Check out our slide … Read more
KIA, which showed off new concept cars at the recent Frankfurt and Tokyo auto shows, brought another one out at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. The KND-4 shows off KIA's exploration of what a future compact SUV might look like. The front of the car, with its raked windshield, is reminiscent of the Mazda CX-7, and uses LED headlights in true futuristic concept car style. The rear of the car is squared off, maximizing cargo room. The entire vehicle sits up high on 20-inch wheels, but it is less than 15 feet long. It seats four in individual … Read more
Surrounded by a Lamborghini, a Cadillac Escalade, and a Range Rover, the little 1957 BMW Isetta seems out of place in the Al & Ed's Autosound booth at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. But the car is as high tech as they come, and gets better gas mileage than most cars at the show. The restored Isetta isn't exactly original--Al & Ed's Autosound is a major aftermarket retailer and installer in Southern California, and the company fitted the little two-seater with all the latest infotainment gear. A Kenwood touch-screen monitor is mounted to the front of … Read more
At a small booth in one of the hallways of the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, Callaway displayed its new C16 Speedster. The Speedster, which was introduced last summer, completes Callaway's C16 lineup. Previous models are a Cabrio and a Coupe, but neither look as unique as the Speedster. The C16s rely on a Corvette chassis, but in the case of the Speedster, the body is original. Its open cockpit hearkens back to 1950s race cars. For safety, carbon fiber helmets are always available for the driver and passenger, and are stored behind the seats. Under the hood sits … Read more
The automotive press covered the hell out of the Nissan GT-R's exterior and engine specs when the supercar launched in Tokyo last month. What you didn't see was some of the cool interior gadgetry that comes as standard on the redesigned road rocket. We got an exclusive look at some of the GT-R's cabin tech today at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, where the car is making its North American debut. Check out our exclusive photo gallery here