It’s no secret what happens during an auto show, but have you ever seen what happens before one? That’s what this week’s episode of Jalopnik Investigates is all about.
Let me begin by saying I was hired at Jalopnik because I’m good at video production, not because I have some sort of Rain Man-esque knowledge of the minutiae of automotive history. We leave that to Jason and Raphael. Don’t get me wrong though, I love cars and I love driving! But this level of car-nerd-dom has led me…
If you do it right, detailing cars takes time. It takes a lot of time. So what if you’re detailing hundreds of LA Auto Show floor cars like George Perez of Executive Auto Grooming? Then you you’ve got to think of ways to save yourself time in the process. Enter the completely badass and one-of-a-kind detailing race…
Imagine your dream 1970s Soviet vacation to the beach, and this would be your color palate: leaving your grey apartment block outside Bucharest for your orange swim suit against the glittering blue water. You’d find the same hues in Audi’s fastest cars at the LA Auto Show.
Fiat Chrysler teamed up with Lucasfilm to create a 500e for the LA Auto Show that would really make one rely on the Force alone at any given intersection.
This is the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. It has the face of an Opel and a tail end that’s already dated sitting on GM’s new global midsize platform. It’s lost some weight and with 305hp, it’s competitive enough in the “near-luxury” market. This is the new face of Buick, and it’s nearly good.
We managed to snag a listen to the exhaust note of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider last night, but it was just for a few seconds, and we didn’t get to hear much. But, incredibly long and convoluted and frightfully boring story short, we managed to follow it up a bit later with a much better glimpse into what a Mazda Miata…
Mr. Elio showed off his newest Elio Motors P5 prototype today at the LA Auto Show, surrounded by an applauding crowd of freaks, fools, and local amateurs. Here is the halfway not-a-car that they so desperately desire.
Mazda finally gave the CX-9, a crossover that I consider to be quite underrated, a long overdue update. Now you have all the style and most of the fun of the CX-5, but with three rows of seats. The biggest criticism, it only has 250 horsepower, really people?
Three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton happens to be known in facial hair circles for his chinstrap. He’s also very quick. The Mitsubishi Mirage gets more power and a big honkin’ chinstrap across the front in its 2017 refresh. Coincidence? I think not. Clearly, this car must go on a race track.
Hyundai sells an ass-ton of Elantras. The Korean automaker’s compact car sits in the top ten best selling cars in the U.S. right now, so this all-new 2017 model is a big deal. Hyundai knows this, so they’re throwing some ridiculously efficient powertrains in it.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is basically a Miata with a Fiat 500 Abarth engine. But does the 124 sound as good as the 500? We (kinda sorta) found out.
Concept cars (such as this Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept) are always fun to see, visions of what a car could be. But they’re never quite finished, and there’s always something strange going on.
This is the Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept. On the one hand, it feels like a knife to the heart, because you know the production car will never look this good. But it’s also interesting, because it shows the future of the entire company.
At the debut of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, very non-Italian boss man Olivier François announced that the heart of the car is built in Italy. Wait, what?
Toyota showed us its version of the weird crossover-thingy that is the C-HR at last year’s Paris Auto Show. That was a Toyota concept, but now it’s got a Scion badge, and Scion says it paves the way for an actual production model next year.
Here’s the really important thing about the new 2016 Mazda CX-9: a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Finally, a modern Mazda with some decent power. Can we get that engine in everything?