Reporting Vinnie Richichi
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Some more notes from the Los Angeles Auto Show…
Technology and ecology are carrying the day in L.A. as several manufacturers are stepping up the tech game.
Chevrolet announced that its improved MY LINK system will be available not only in its 2014 Impala set to make its debut early next year but in the new Corvette which will be revealed to the world on Jan. 13 in Detroit.
Ford is taking steps to fix its MY TOUCH infotainment system which has been a problem for the carmaker, enough so to make its quality ratings tumble. Software fixes will be available to current owners for download and there is talk of extending the warranty from three to five years. Ford also announced that the system will be available in the 2014 Fiesta.
Maybe the best car you don’t know about is the Mazda 6 midsize sedan. It is one of the more roomy, fun to drive, unique looking vehicles in the market yet it doesn’t make it on to a lot of buyers lists. That is about to change as Mazda has announced that not only will the new 6 get its Skyactiv fuel saving technology but will also get a clean diesel as well hoping to give the TDI from VW a run for its money.
The automaker confirmed at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week that a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine will be available next year—and like the gasoline engine, it will be offered with a choice between six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
Honda’s redesigned Civic which made it debut in LA has hit the streets loaded with tech goodies including Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth Audio, rearview camera, color i-MID display, USB/iPod connection, Pandora radio, an SMS text feature and other safety equipment.
The Civic hybrid — starting at $24,360 — is expected to achieve city/hwy/combined EPA rating of 44/44/44 mpg.
The regular Civic sedan – starting at $18,165 – is expected to achieve 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.
Sales of the new Civic started today with sedan, followed by the coupe Dec. 5; natural gas Dec. 10; Si coupe Dec. 12.; hybrid and Si sedan Jan. 23; and HF Feb. 6.
And finally as if the Hyundai Veloster isn’t unique enough with it’s hunched look and its three doors along comes the roll top Hyundai Veloster C3 which adds a cloth cabrio top to the little speedster that can open from the back or the front making it a true recreational vehicle!
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For more information on the L.A. Auto Show go to: www.laautoshow.com
Reports compiled from various sources including manufacturer websites and news services.
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