New Crossovers Dominate Mass-Market and Premium Debuts at L.A. Auto Show

Crossovers continued to pull their weight among major introductions at the L.A. Auto Show. A few of the introductions featured in the segment that is favored by nearly one of every four or five new-car buyers:

Ford introduced its new 2013 Escape with sleek styling changes that take cues from its Focus sibling and simpler, enhanced telematics—Sync with MyFord Touch—and more fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine options as well as a remote liftgate feature. A new version of the Ford Flex midsize CUV also was unveiled, featuring a slightly less dramatic front end, but new inflatable seat belts to protect children and older passengers. Continue reading ›

Technology and Connectivity are Key Focuses in New Products

Emerging-technology features took center stage during product introductions at most of the press previews at the L.A. Auto Show this past week. Nearly every automaker touted news about featured information and entertainment systems that have been developed or advanced to cater to customers.

• Brands, including Ford and Honda, talked about simpler and enhanced telematics and connectivity. Continue reading ›