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Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force – Debut @ L.A. Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz will reveal the Ener-G-Force concept vehicle later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

It’s an imposing seven-seater dressed in highway-patrol vehicle guise, and it also provides the centerpiece for the German carmaker’s entry into this year’s Los Angeles Design Challenge.


As Mercedes’ entry for this year’s Los Angeles Design Challenge, which seeks a highway-patrol vehicle for the year 2025, the Ener-G-Force’s proposed driveline consists of four wheel-mounted, hydrogen-powered electric motors. Water held in containers on the roof and a so-called Hydro-Tech converter provides electricity that is stored in batteries within the concept car’s broad sills, which also act as tread plates. Mercedesprojects a range of up to 497 miles.Read more:

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Fiat 500 Abarth heads for L.A. Auto Show

The track-bred, enthusiast-oriented Fiat 500 Abarth will be revealed in November at the Los Angeles auto show. This is the much-anticipated performance variant of the 500, which has spurred Fiat’s return to the United States this year.

The Abarth version gets the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine and upgraded brakes and suspension pieces. More details will be revealed closer to the show.

Fiat has sold 13,861 copies of the 500 through the first three quarters of 2011.
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Scion iQ / Toyota iQ

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At a thumping club-scene reveal in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night, Scion debuted seven cars that will be on the stand at the SEMA show in Las Vegas next week. We immediately picked a favorite.

To make the iQ MR, fabricator John Kuchta of Specialty Cars in Fullerton, Calif., took an ordinary Scion iQ, removed the stock 1.3-liter four and its accompanying continuously variable transmission, and put in a 1.5-liter four with a manual transmission–both mounted in the back! A rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive screamer with a lively manual transmission instead of the soul-sucking CVT is just what Toyota‘s youth division needs, so we spent the entire evening cornering Scion executives and trying to convince them to let us drive it.