Archives For L.A. Auto Show

2012-07-24 16.00.50Everyone is talking about CES, with the massive show taking place in Las Vegas starting Jan. 8. (Come see us in our booth, by the way, at 1514 North Hall.)

However, the Auto Alliance showed off some very cool connected car technologies at last month’s L.A. Auto Show.

The problem they’re trying to solve is providing drivers with a safe way for them to manage new features that mobile phones bring into the car.

Livio’s Livio Connect helps you access and control smartphone-style apps through the radio in the dash. Livio can mirror your apps and gives you a better way to use them.

Qualcomm and Intel are also working on solutions for car connectivity. Aaaaaaaaand of course you already know about developments like the driverless car that’s in the works from Google.

Of course, when it comes to the latest, most innovative connected car technology on the market right now, it begins and ends with the Viper SmartStart app.

Read full coverage on the connected car at the L.A. Auto Show from TechNewsWorld here.

The Porsche CaymanCredit: Wikipedia.

The Porsche Cayman
Credit: Wikipedia.

The top choice from the L.A. Auto Show for the editors at Autoblog is (drum roll, please) the Porsche Cayman.

They go so far as to say it’s THE Porsche to buy — and not the 911.

Crazy, huh?

But take a look (at the specs and features). All around, an amazing vehicle.

Keep in mind, the editors did take some time to describe how the L.A. Auto Show often “gets shafted on ultra-hot reveals simply because it falls directly between a major European auto show (either Paris or Frankfurt, depending on the year)” and the Detroit Auto Show.

Maybe not the same could be said for the other choices, but hey, it’s all about the criteria. Check out the full list here — rounding out the other choices in the “Top Five L.A. Auto Show Debuts” were:

No. 2: 2014 Jaguar XFR-S

No. 3: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

No. 4: 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

No. 5: 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition

If you want to decide for yourself, then check the extensive galleries from Inside Line. Check out even more pics here.

bmw-i3-coupe-conceptMaybe the “i”s have it.

Or rather BMW has them. As in their “i” line of cars.

But for the company, the new electric vehicles are supposedly part of a larger vision for sustainability.

With its investments in car-sharing businesses DriveNow, presumably like the Car2go model, and even mass transit systems, the Bavarian carmaker is making a strong case for their stated goal to support different types of transportation, and not simply the automobile

It will even apply their green strategy for how the vehicles are made.

The head of the interior design team for the new models says they will use 50 percent less energy and 70 percent less water during manufacturing. Impressive numbers.

Of course for car-centric consumers they will be much more interested in the numbers of the i3 and i8 in and of themselves. And also, the i3 Coupe Concept which will be on display this week at the L.A. Auto Show.

Is it only us, or does the rear three-quarter view of the car strike you as a bit Pontiac Aztek, albeit sleeker and with more appeal? See Jalopnik’s take on the electric here.

Or get some straight specs from Motoramic — or read more about company’s overall direction from The New York Times.