Category: New Cars
Come meet SpongeBob Squarepants and see the all-new Highlander Hybrid at the LA Auto Show this weekend
Toyota’s Highlander Hybrid has always been a near-perfect combination of size, luxury, fuel efficiency and power, and for 2014 a dose of style can be added to its long list of positive attributes.
With the recent redesign of the gas-powered Highlander, the Highlander Hybrid benefits from fresh new looks. With an increase in length and width over the outgoing model, the new Highlander Hybrid has road presence like no Highlander before it.
Using the same powertrain as it predecessor, the V6-powered 2014 Highlander Hybrid should manage the same combined EPA fuel economy rating of 28 mpg.
The 2014 Highlander Hybrid will be available in two trims: Limited and Limited Platinum. Starting at $47,300, the Highlander Hybrid Limited comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen display with navigation and Toyota’s Entune system, eight airbags, and a backup camera among other things.
Moving up the Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum adds Safety Connect subscription emergency services, a radar-based cruise control with Toyota’s Pre-Collision safety system to help in avoiding accidents, a lane departure warning system, panoramic moonroof, and heated seats in the second row. The Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum will be priced at $49,790.
Meet SpongeBob Squarepants
If the passengers you’re hauling in your 2014 Toyota Highlander or Highlander Hybrid happen to be children, be sure to stop by the Los Angeles Auto Show this weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) to meet SpongeBob Squarepants and see the SpongeBob Squarepants Toyota Highlander.
Teaming up with Nickelodeon, Toyota will offer a build your own SpongeBob booth, airbrush tattoo artists, and a chance to win a surfboard by Santa Cruz Surfboards from the non-profit environmental group Heal the Bay.
On top of this, Toyota and Nickelodeon will work together to donate $5 to Heal the Bay for each individual who Tweets or Instagrams a picture of the SpongeBob Squarepants Highlander with #SpongeBobHighlander up to $10,000.
To learn more about the 2014 Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, or the SpongeBob Highlander keep following LAcarGUY News.
The compact Lexus CT 200h is the latest Lexus to incorporate the company’s trademark “spindle grille” into its front-end design. Like other Lexus vehicles, the CT’s styling benefits from the aggressive maw, giving the car an added dose of character and aggression.
Scheduled to be unveiled at the Guangzho Motor Show in China, Lexus states the car will also receive a revised rear-end design and new alloy wheels.
Currently the CT is a hybrid only affair, affording the compact hatchback with impressive gas-mileage; however, Mark Templin, Lexus International executive vice president, recently told Motoring Australia that he hoped in the future Lexus might add a second powertrain option to the CT to target “people who want fast cars.”
Lexus recently revealed that it will show a compact SUV concept called the LF-NX with a new turbocharged four-cylinder at the Tokyo Motor Show. This engine is expected to eventually replace the IS250’s V6 engine, but will it also find its way under the hood of the updated Lexus CT? We’ll find out when the car debuts on November 21. Be sure to continue to follow LAcarGUY News for the latest Lexus news.
Image credit: Lexus
After 6 months of test drives, Esquire Magazine has overwhelmingly voted the Audi S4 “2010 Esquire Car of the Year.” With its advanced performance and full array of standard features, the S4 was chosen as the year’s most stunning and aggressive, yet attainable, vehicle.
“Over several months and many miles, we drove cars – cars that are the most powerful, most attractive and most thrilling that the auto industry has to offer,” said Esquire Editor-in-Chief David Granger. “While a number of the cars we tested were terrific, the Audi S4 truly deserved top honors. Its rare combination of speed, force, design, and price makes the end result a triumph.”
The 2010 Audi S4 features enhanced performance and technology and improved fuel efficiency with a 3.0T V6 direct injection supercharged engine with 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Using a continuous focus on attention to detail, S4-specific features include distinctive standard S4-embossed heated front sport seats, front/rear bumpers, front grille, wheels, LED taillights and front xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights. Other unique standard features include rear-biased 40/60 quattro(R) all-wheel drive, 18″ wheels, heated front sport seats with S4 logo embossing, stainless steel and carbon fiber interior trim, contrast stitching on steering wheel / shifter / seats, Bluetooth(R), SIRIUS satellite radio, Homelink(R), and iPod(R) Interface.
“The performance-driven 2010 S4 offers an impressive and exciting driving experience with intuitive technology and every-day suitability. We’re thrilled to be recognized by Esquire magazine,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America.
The full review of the S4 will run in Esquire’s October issue, on newsstands September 21st.
Pacific Audi Celebrates The 2011 Audi A8 Arrival With The Best Los Angeles Area Launch Party To Be At
Pacific Audi is pleased to announce the arrival of our highly anticipated 2011 Audi A8 models and invites the public to take part in the best of Audi engineering, technology, performance and luxury. The flagship A8 is the luxury class leader, establishing the benchmark by which all others will now be judged. Simply put, luxury has progressed.
With a long history as a performance-luxury icon, the progressive design, leading edge technology and outstanding capabilities of the A8 have given drivers a front row seat to pure luxury. Now, what was considered by many to be the best-in-class, just became even better. Elements like quattro® all-wheel drive and the lightweight aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF®) are just a few of the hundreds of technologies that make the all-new, completely re-engineered and dramatically restyled A8 the luxury sedan for those with a passion for driving.
The legacy of luxury and performance begins a new chapter with the all-new A8. It represents what’s possible when innovation and attention to detail work in concert. It’s the pinnacle of Audi engineering, luxury and design.
Our launch party on September 11 will include:
• Oktoberfest in September! (Bavarian sausages, Sauerkraut & a variety of German beer)
• Learn about Audi with our Audi Service Clinic
• Meet our team of skilled workers from LAcarGUY body shop
“Without a doubt, this is the vehicle launch party you want to be at. The car is absolutely amazing by all standards and we’re rolling out the carpet for our valued customers and guests”, exclaimed Jeff LaPlant, General Manager of Pacific Audi.
This is an exciting vehicle, no matter which way you look at it. Porsche has a winner on its hands with the complete redesign of the Cayenne. It’s no wonder that it has taken the luxury SUV market by storm since inception.
In this test drive video, our own Carl Tofflemire has some grin-inducing fun with the unrivaled Cayenne. Look at the car and you’ll see, aside from the fact that it shares some overall looks from the previous generation, the new vehicle is nothing like the outgoing model. No detail was left untouched by Porsche’s engineering and design teams as they set out to create the ultimate vehicle in the category. And we’re pleased to have it!
As Carl demonstrates, the new Porsche Cayenne has power to spare and features to match. Porsche even states that the 2011 Turbo gets better gas mileage than the 2010 V6! Talk about upgrades and improvements! But don’t take our word for it, come on in and experience it for yourself…in a V6 or V8.
Audi Q5, Audi Q7 have top appeal in their luxury SUV segments, new J.D. Power and Associates study finds
Audi Q5, Audi Q7 have top appeal in their luxury SUV segments, new J.D. Power and Associates study finds
· J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study assesses how gratifying a new vehicle is to own
· The consumer-based rankings gave Audi top marks in Midsize Premium Crossover / SUV and Entry Premium Crossover / SUV segments
· Annual study examines how gratifying a new car is to drive and own
HERNDON, Va., July 16, 2010 – The only two sport-utility vehicles Audi offers – the Audi Q5 and the Audi Q7 – earned top rankings in their luxury Crossover / SUV categories in the newly released J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.
Audi was one of only six brands surveyed that received at least two individual vehicle APEAL awards.
According to J.D. Power and Associates, the APEAL Study examines how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive, based on owner evaluations of more than 80 vehicle attributes. The 2010 APEAL Study is based on responses gathered between February and May 2010 from more than 76,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2010 model-year cars and trucks who were surveyed after the first 90 days of ownership.
“These latest J.D. Power and Associates study results demonstrate what our customers have been telling us for years,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “Audi vehicles are thrilling to drive and captivate the consumer whenever they enter one. Our company’s exceptional growth in recent years is a testament to the quality experience our products provide.”
The Audi Q5 combines the dynamism of a sports sedan with an impressively versatile interior and a wide range of practical features for leisure and family use. Powerful, efficient engines, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and an agile suspension layout form an impressive technological package for on-road and off-road use. Highlights such as the innovative S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the driving dynamics system Audi drive select are the evidence of the Audi commitment to progressive innovation. The sportiest SUV in its class, it is dynamic, multifunctional and comfortable.
The Audi Q7 is the luxury SUV for sporty individualists, for people who are seeking a vehicle that will take them anywhere they want to go for sports, recreation, and business. It is available with a gasoline engine and the popular Audi TDI ® clean diesel engine. With a standard third row on all models, the Q7 can accommodate up to seven passengers.
Audi ranked 6th overall in the study. J.D. Power and Associates said that historically, vehicle models achieving high APEAL scores have generated faster sales, higher profit margins, and less need for cash incentives. High levels of vehicle appeal also have a strong influence on customer recommendation rates.
To learn more about the J.D. Power and Associates APEAL Study, please go to http://www.jdpower.com/autos/articles/2010-APEAL-Study-Results.
Audi of America, Inc. and its 272 U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. During 2009 Audi outsold all other luxury brands in Europe, while in the U.S. market Audi posted the largest market share gain of any luxury automotive brand. Over the next few years, AUDI AG expects to spend nearly $2 billion annually on new products and technology. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.
On Wednesday, November 4th, Mike Sullivan's LAcarGUY.com and Fisker Santa Monica provided future Fisker owners, green enthusiasts and fans of great design with a rare opportunity to see the Fisker Karma in person.
Fisker VP of Global Sales & Marketing, Marti Eulberg and members of the vehicle's design team were on hand to answer questions from the audience. Over 200 people enjoyed music, drinks and food while waiting for their chance to sit in the Fisker Karma. The evening ended with a LAcarGUY.com raffle, giving away a Flip video recorder and iPod Nano.
All info can be found at www.FiskerSantaMonica.com
Saturday, October 17, 2008
11:00 am to 4:00 pm (test drives available)
Kindly RSVP by October 15, 2009
Service Clinic: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Call for reservations: 310.891.2100
27-point technician inspection – Talk with the techs.
$77.50* oil service exchange (*excludes Carrera GT)
Join us as we launch the new 2010 Porsche Panamera at the Celebration Of First Event. Not only will you get
the chance to see the Panamera’s daunting power, relentless precision and luxurious seating for four, but you
may find yourself being the very first to take a test drive. So come celebrate. And witness, yet, another
Porsche first. The 2010 Panamera will be on display and you’ll receive a complimentary gift bag for attending.
Mike Sullivan is interviewed at our Lexus Santa Monica HS launch event. Courtesy of the Cultural Diplomat