2017 Mini Cooper Countryman and the Clubman

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by Jenny Haddo, Auto Show Global

Last month Mini Cooper displayed two new vehicles at the LA Auto Show; the Countryman and the John Cooper Works Clubman. As the successor to the original compact car, the Countryman has everything a compact car demands. With its superb turbo technology, the engine is highly efficient. More features in the Countryman include LED headlamps, Mini navigation which provides touchscreen functions, and luggage compartments perfect for taking trips. Speaking of travel, the Countryman also features a MINI picnic bench which turns the luggage compartment into a seat for outdoor breaks!

The all new John Cooper Works Clubman takes extreme driving to a compact level. MINI says that it is the most powerful engine to be found in their vehicles. With its high-performance technology, the JCW Clubman brings sporty and posh to a new level. The interior takes on the same look as the outside with its red and black color combination. The all-wheel drive is constantly monitoring road conditions as well as speed. The JCW Clubman will be released this month!

2017 Mazda CX-5

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by Jenny Haddo, Auto Show Global

The all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 has been revamped since its initial debut in 2012. The newly redesigned model has been upgraded with new engines and a slightly more bulkier design. Making its debut at the LA Auto Show this November, the CX-5 Mazda has created a vehicle that provides customers with an emotional connection as well as a satisfying driving experience. The CX-5 shows inspirations from Mazda’s previous models, but assures consumers that the vehicle is a state-of-the-art package.

The vehicle is a driver’s dream. With the sleek cabin to the Active Driving Display, the Mazda makes driving easier. As on all Mazda’s the engines will remain at three engines, but the horsepower will be improved upon. The interior will be almost identical to the CX-4 with its pop out infotainment screen and center console. The CUV doesn’t stray far from the original. With features similar to the CX-9 and Mazda3, the CX-5 is fully redesigned according to Mazda. It details an all-around quietness for passengers to enjoy. The 2017 CX-5 will go on sale in Japan in February and then globally later in 2017.

“You Look Just Like Your Father”, the 2017 Jeep Compass

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Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

As I look back over the holidays and the Los Angeles Auto Show, I am reminded of the gathering of friends and family. It’s great to see familiar faces. Those family members, who were once young and awkward, now have grown up to be wonderful adults. It is only fitting that I discuss the all new Jeep Compass that was revealed at the LA show last week.

The first Jeep Compass reminded me of an awkward teenager who hadn’t quite grown into their features, large metal grilles and big eyes. Most of the Jeep family matured into fine products, except for the awkward adolescent, the baby who looks like a product of an affair between two cousins, that’s a whole other story. A couple of product cycles years later, with some aggressive styling, the Jeep Compass has emerged as a debutante of the ball.

The new Jeep Compass sports visual cues from the Jeep family down to the trim levels, Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk The FCA’s “small wide 4×4 architecture” combines world class capability with more than exceptional on-road driving. The fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with optional Multi-Air 2 technology, will be available in US markets. The 2017 Jeep Compass will have 3 transmissions available to deliver an on-road of off-road experience. The Jeep Compass will be available in over 100 countries and produced in four, solidifying Jeep global reach for the brand. Continue reading

Alfa Romeo unleashes the fastest SUV on the planet at the 2016 LA Auto Show

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Posted 11/16/16, Autoshowglobal.com

The official press release from Alfa Romeo:

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Born from the World’s Greatest Driving Road – Stelvio Pass –
the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sets a New Benchmark
in Performance, Style and Technology in an SUV
that could only be Italian

The SUV for the S-Curves

Built in Italy, the top-of-the-line Stelvio Quadrifoglio delivers
a class-leading 505 horsepower and 0-60 in just 3.9-seconds

  • Building on the excitement of the award-winning 4C and the all-new Giulia premium mid-size sedan, Alfa Romeo – the heart and soul of the automotive industry – introduces the all-new Stelvio premium mid-size SUV
  • The all-new Stelvio is the second of a new lineup of vehicles built off a
    world-class architecture that embodies the brand’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit
  • Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature an all-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-liter,
    direct-injection turbo engine delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to achieve a top speed of 144 mph
  • Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with best-in-class
    505 horsepower, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph
  • State-of-the-art technologies, including Alfa DNA Pro selector, torque vectoring differential, Chassis Domain Control (CDC), and aluminum
    column-mounted paddle shifters with 100 millisecond shifts maximize the
    all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s driving pedigree
  • The innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides additional driving confidence and superior control
  • Iconic Alfa Romeo design and genuine Italian craftsmanship combine to create a premium mid-size SUV that truly stands apart
  • Stelvio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus
  • Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Frosinone, Italy
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

 

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

As the As the second of a new-generation of vehicles built on an all-new platform, the 2018 Stelvio epitomizes Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, delivering race-inspired performance, real-world driving confidence, state-of-the-art technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size SUV segment.

“The all-new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Stelvio is uniquely engineered to challenge two-door sports cars on the track, without sacrificing any of the characteristics you would expect from a premium SUV, resulting in the perfect mix of high performance, capability and Italian design.”

Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio will conquer the winding road for which it is named.

Three exhilarating, capable Stelvio models showcase Alfa Romeo’s captivating mix of Italian performance, style and technology

Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio lineup is a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium mid-size SUV for driving enthusiasts that stands out in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the U.S.

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