Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mazda MX5 RF delivered 2 months early to L.A Area Customer at L.A. Auto Show

Photograph courtesy Mazada

Mazda's Holiday Surprise: 2017 MX-5 Miata RF Arrives at Dealers Two Months Early

- First Customer Recognized by MNAO CEO Masahiro Moro at Los Angeles Auto Show -

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- There's plenty to be thankful for this week, but Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has added to that list by announcing that the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has officially gone on sale in the U.S. The MX-5 RF arrives two months ahead of its originally announced timing due to shifts in the production schedule.

Dave Putter, the first customer to take delivery in the U.S., met with MNAO President and CEO Masahiro Moro onstage at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week to receive his keys ahead of taking home his MX-5 RF Launch Edition the following day. Putter was among the first customers to order one of the 1,000 MX-5 RF Launch Edition vehicles in October and is now the proud owner of his 16th Mazda and his eighth MX-5 Miata.

"Mazda is a unique and special car company that aims to do more than simply sell cars," said Moro. "We want to build lifelong relationships with our customers and fans, providing them a fulfilling ownership experience they couldn't get anywhere else."
Putter's MX-5 RF was air-freighted to Huntington Beach Mazda, where he took delivery. Approximately 500 additional MX-5 RFs will arrive nationwide beginning in early December, followed by wider-scale availability throughout the winter and spring.

The first-ever MX-5 RF gets its name from its exotic KODO design—"Retractable Fastback"—in which its power-operated top can deploy from closed to open or vice versa in a mere 13 seconds. Complementing the World Car of the Year-winning MX-5 roadster, MX-5 RF satisfies the open-air experience of the soft top model but with a vastly different, coupe-like design and premium accoutrements. It comes powered by a free-revving, 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine, paired with either a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the rear wheels
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Available exclusively in MX-5 RF Club and Grand Touring trim levels and starting from an MSRP of $31,5551, the hardtop MX-5 adds a 4.6-inch TFT color gauge display in addition to its folding roof. It is also the only MX-5 variant available with the liquid-metal-like Machine Gray Metallic paint.

MX-5 RF Launch Edition is based on the Grand Touring model and comes finished exclusively in Machine Gray. It is the only U.S.-bound MX-5 model to have Auburn Nappa leather and a hand-painted black top for the 2017 model year.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.  For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.
1MSRP does not include $835 for destination and handling ($880 in Alaska) or any additional taxes or fees. Dealers set actual sale prices.

Cadillac reveals CT6 Plug-in Hybrid at L.A Auto Show


Its an interesting car. With its competitors over at Mercedes Benz talking full electric cars in the very near future this Plug-in is a step in the right direction.  Full electric ala Tesla (showing for the first time at the L.A Auto Show) would seem to be the better direction to go given the green car mandates in CA.

Its a stylish enough car, certainly doesn't scream butt ugly freak mobile like the big volume hybrids.  But will this take off in green cred conscious Los Angeles?  Hard telling given as we aren't a predictable lot.  We'll know in Spring when it goes on sale if it will be a hit here or not.

For full press release make the jump.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Buick debuts new Cascada Sport at L,A Auto Show


This car was the darling of NAIAS 2 years ago.  Its Buick's Cascada, a compact luxury convertible.  A nice enough car for 2, perfect for those who really don't have to take other passengers.  Yes, there's a back seat, but with only a couple of inches between front seat back and the leading edge of the rear seat you won't get adults that want to keep as friends long back there.  But I digress.

Its a sexy 'mericanized Opel.  In Sport Touring trim  with the Dark Appearance package it appears to have the makings to put this car on the charts for more than a few buyers.  With it already outselling its entry level luxury tourers from BMW and Audi its safe to say this is a big deal for Buick and GM.

Full Press Release after the jump.

3D Printing on a grand scale at L.A Auto Show


This was some pretty amazing stuff. CAD/CAM and then printed 3D from suspension parts to full monocoque chassis to complete cars, the display had it all.  See in in the lobby of the South Hall of the L.A Auto Show now through November 27.

Tickets range in price from $5-12 and can be bought in advance HERE.  I STRONGLY recommend buying tickets in advance, especially for weekends as the lines can be hours long at the door.

Full Press Release after the jump.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Chevy Bolt the Big Winner at L.A Auto Show

Awarded Motor Trends Car of the Year and Geen Car of the Year

Yesterday the coveted Motor Trend Car of the Year was awarded to the soon to be on sale 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.  The car I predicted two years ago when it debuted in Detroit to be the car that kicks Tesla in the crotch and drags it through the dirt.  Under 40K before Federal and CA State taxes this car sits in a comfortably affordable price point with over 200 miles of travel per charge possible.

This morning the Green Car of the Year was awarded to the Bolt at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  Quite an impressive result for the folks at GM.  But I'm not surprised as GM has made electification a priority.

Pic by me, more in the L.A Auto Show flickr Album.  More on the Green Car of the year award after the jump.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio revealed at L.A Auto Show


Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio at L.A Auto Show

This is a pretty SUV, about the size of an average mid-size SUV.  Its really a nice proprtioned trucklet crossover thingy that carry's the Alfa design language quite nicely.  The fact it packs a 500+ horsepower drivetran good for sub 4 second 0-60 runs is impressive.  Totally useless in gridlocked DTLA, but impressive if you get to go on a Vegas Run and put it to good use.

More pics for press days at the L.A Auto Show on flickr.  Full press release after the jump.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2017 Nissan Rogue One World Premiere L.A Auto Show


A friend let me know in advance to get a seat for the Nissan reveal as it was going to be a shock and awe like none other at the L.A Auto Show.   She wasn't kidding.  Laser beams firing, balls of gas ignited, bombs going off, you name it Nissan through it at their new Rouge Star Wars Edition.  Quite the car.

For the full press release full of details, you need to make the jump