The Los Angeles Auto Show Class of 2012 comes down to a battle between the muscleheads and the geeks. And a few Home Ec majors too. Your CarBuzzard Yearbook Committee scopes out the class to find out who’s too cool to rule the school. An alphabetical order, of course, because like, you know, we’re students.
2014 Acura RLX
Most Likely to: Steer you right
Favorite class: Etiquette
Activity: Weight lifting
For those too young to remember, Acura was the first luxury nameplate from the Japanese manufacturers. It set the standards for quality, materials, and performance. While it has strayed between then and now, Acura is slowly getting back to its roots, first with the ILX and now with the RLX flagship luxury sedan. The new front-drive RLX gets noticed first through its striking Jewel-Eye headlamps that are four individual LEDs double stacked for great visibility on the road at night. The aero-fused body styling is the new design direction for Acura, and the brand also is taking back leadership in handling technologies with Precision All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS), which features independent rear toe control and an electronic actuator at each wheel for the ultimate in control even over rear-drive vehicles. Power comes from a 3.5-liter 310 hp V6 good for 31 mpg on the highway.
2013 Audi Clean Diesels
Most likely to: Go far
Favorite class: Petrogeology
Activity: Earth Sciences Club
Take any of the new Audi diesel powered models and you will not stop as often to refuel. Boosting that with their move to provide the American public with more diesel fueled vehicles Audi will help send hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil back to foreign markets. Now Audi is offering more clean diesel powered vehicles by adding an A8, A7, A6 and the Q5 to the list of diesel-fueled vehicles. Proponents of diesel-powered vehicles believe diesel is another alternative to fuel efficient, clean-emission vehicles that will help us move toward a better environment while allowing drivers access to spirited driving vehicles.
BMW i3 Coupe
Most likely to: be the first at everything
Favorite class: Applied Science
Activity: Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnik
If the i3 is an indication of the vehicles in our future it signals that all is good on the horizon. Built of carbon-fiber, the design makes a visual impact incorporating large glass areas for an unobstructed view of the world. The i3 Coupe is propelled by an electric motor that develops 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 184 lb-ft of torque. Power delivery to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. The lithium-ion storage cells are located under the floor a sharp design and to keep the center of gravity low for better handling.