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Just Under 60 Debuts at 2014 LA Auto Show


The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is shaping up to be a fine show with the announcement from the show organizers that there are just under 60 debuts (25 world debuts) scheduled. The show is still a ways off (Mid November) so nothing specific has been announced, but we do know that the Chevy Volt that was rumored to be debuting in LA will in fact be unveiled early next year in Detroit at the 2015 NAIAS.

You can expect the AMG GT to make an appearance, although the world debut will likely be a month earlier in Paris. Audi may bring the next generation R8 as well. Stay tuned as this will be another exciting auto show season. Our team will be in LA to bring you photos from the show as soon as the cars are unveiled.

DTP Returns to Vancouver for 2013

The DTP Auto Show has returned to Vancouver for 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Center today. We were there shooting as many cars and models as we could and we’ll post up our coverage over the next few days. The show is still on for a few more hours so get down there to check it out if you have some time. Arianny Celeste is on hand selling signed calendars for $20, but you’ll want to head down there ASAP for that as the lineup to see her is pretty intense!

Update: Our DTP Vancouver 2013 Pictures and Show Coverage

Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) Preview – Porsche

We showcased some of the vehicles that Audi will be unveiling and what Mercedes-Benz will be bringing to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show — or IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) but with Porsche celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911, we know they’ll be bringing a fleet of special edition vehicles. Here’s what we know about the Porsche booth at IAA 2013.

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Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) Preview – BMW

BMW’s is premiering the 2015 BMW i8 plug in hybrid sports car at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The leaked photos seen here shows what’s been changed since the concept version 2 years ago. The doors are no longer all glass, and are sized proportionately to the rest of the car. The i8 features a 3 cylinder 1.5L turbo engine developing 231hp, coupled with a 6 speed automatic gearbox that propels the rear wheels. The front wheels are powered by a 131hp electric motor through a 2 speed automatic transmission. This setup, in full power mode, allows the i8 to run 0-100km/h in only 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h. All this while delivering average fuel economy of 2.5L/100km.

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Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) Preview – Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil several new cars and concepts at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. The AMG variant of the all new S-Class debuts as the S63 AMG. Fitted with the tried and true 5.5L V8 twin turbo powerplant, the S63 pumps out 577hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. Weighing 250lbs less than its predecessor, the S63 propels itself to 100km/h in 4 seconds flat, thanks to its 4matic drivetrain and MCT sports transmission.

Along with the S63 AMG, Mercedes-Benz is introducing the S500 Plug-in Hybrid, which averages a staggering 3L/100km of consumption. A 107hp electric motor is paired to a new 3.0L V6 Twin Turbo engine with 328hp, bringing total power output of the S500 Hybrid to 436hp, and 0-100km/h sprints of 5.5 seconds. This new V6 engine will also power next year’s C400 model, a direct competitor to BMW’s 335. The biggest difference with the S500 Plug-in Hybrid is the ability to charge by plugging in the vehicle.

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Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) Preview – Audi

The Frankfurt Motor Show or as its more commonly known, the IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) – International Motor Show is fast approaching and there are quite a few interesting debuts this year. Audi is set to unveil a few production cars along with a couple concepts, one of which we’ve seen before (sort of). Let’s start with the production vehicles that we expect Audi will be debuting. The refreshed A8/S8 sedan features a slightly redesigned lower front fascia, and hood with minimally changed lines. Seriously, you’re going to have to google the 2013 A8/S8 to see the differences. One obvious change though, are the new LED matrix headlights featuring dynamic signal indicators.

These aren’t just a fancy mirror/projection system to scatter the LED light but more like a dozen LED projectors on each side that can be individually powered on/off and dimmed. It’s similar to the Jewel Eye LED headlights found on the Acura RLX. They feature a dynamic high beam mode that will automatically power off individual projectors to prevent blinding oncoming vehicles. Under that newly designed hood lie some changes in the engine line. The 3.0 TFSI gets a 20 horsepower bump while the 4.0 TFSI gets a more modest 10 horsepower bump. On the diesel side, the 3.0 TDI remains relatively unchanged with a small 4 horsepower bump and the 4.2 TDI gets a 30 horsepower bump. No word yet on whether the current 510 horsepower S8 flagship will get a power bump as well.

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The 2013 North American International Auto Show

We’re back home after visiting Detroit (and Windsor) for the 2013 North American International Auto Show. It was a great show at Cobo Hall which is still in the midst of a major renovation that will transform the building on the banks of the Detroit River.

The big news out of the 2013 NAIAS was of course the unveiling of the new C7 Corvette but there were a handful of other reveals that many were anticipating such as the Cadillac ELR, the facelifted Mercedes-Benz E-Class including the E63 AMG, the almost-production ready BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe, and the Silverado/Sierra trucks along with Ford’s answer to them, the Ford Atlas Concept, offering a preview of the next-generation F-150. There was also much anticipation of the new CLA-Class which we have official pictures of but sadly it was not a part of the Mercedes-Benz reveal at Cobo Hall but instead was down the street at the Westin. Mercedes wanted to keep the spotlight on the new E-Class so they’ll unveil the CLA to the public in Geneva and will hopefully bring it to New York for its North American public debut.

See all the Debut Vehicles at the 2013 NAIAS