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The News for November 20th, 2015


Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show Recap! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. Everything is coming out of the city of angels this week where well over a dozen new cars were unveiled at one of the year’s biggest shows. We already gave our totally unbiased opinions on most of them yesterday, but today it’s time for some factual information. Not all cars were covered because I have a day job, but the ones that are have been designated as being the most important (or just the ones that were interesting to write about). This week:

  • Fiat revives the 124 Spider with a little help from Mazda

  • Mercedes-Benz got rid of the ugly with the new SL

  • Buick channels styling from Avenir concept for the new LaCrosse

  • Honda reveals the Civic Coupe with more variants on the way

  • Lincoln MKZ is like a mini Continental concept

  • Lamborghini pulls AWD out of the Huracán, charges less for it

  • Alfa Romeo finalizes US-specs for Giulia Quadrifogio

  • Complete coverage from Autoweek

  • What’s your automotive news?

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LA AUTO SHOW Musings: Who Wore It Better?

Robert Emslie November 20, 2015 Car Shows, LA Auto Show


It is my assertion that like pebbles in a stream, all cars will eventually take on the exact same shape – sort of car turdish – with a trapezoidal or hexagonal grille and the only thing to differentiate them will be voice selections on their self-driving computers.

Ford and Hyundai are well on the way, as the brands’ Edge and Tucson crossovers battle for ownership of a single front end style. Where will it end? Who knows, but the real losers in this war will be people who can never find their cars anyway in the parking lot.

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Hooniversal Opinion: 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

Greg Kachadurian November 19, 2015 LA Auto Show


The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show is on this week and it has provided us with an early look at many of the new cars coming to our streets in the not too distant future. With over a dozen new car debuts under one roof, it’s an exciting time for those in the market for a car or for those of us who just like seeing something new and exciting. As always, I’ll bring you a mostly factual recap of the auto show’s biggest reveals in the Hooniverse News this Friday; but today, we’re not too concerned about the press releases.

This is the part where some of the brilliant minds behind Hooniverse get together and make fun of evaluate the new cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Some hoons were in attendance but most of us are comfortably judging the new cars from the comfort of our own keyboards, just as nature and Tim Berners-Lee intended. Click past the jump to see what we have to say and feel free to join in on the conversation yourself.

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LA AUTO SHOW Musings: Who Knew?

Robert Emslie November 19, 2015 Car Shows, LA Auto Show


Wait, they still make the Patriot? Why?

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LA AUTO SHOW Musings: How To Save $100,000

Robert Emslie November 19, 2015 Car Shows, LA Auto Show


I’m going to save you a buttload of cash. You can thank me later. Here’s what you do: when you go down to your local Acura Dealer to buy your new 2017 NSX, keep on going until you get to a Honda dealer, and there buy an Accord coupe instead. There, I just saved you one hundred grand. You see, from the back three-quarter view, the two cars are virtually indistinguishable. In fact, I dare you to pick which is which in the above comparo.

You remember the first NSX, it looked nothing like the Accord at the time – still doesn’t. Seems however that Acura has made a critical strategic error in the styling of the new NSX, making it a near clone of the far cheaper Accord two-door. I can’t imagine why you’d spend the extra cash when they look so much alike.

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LA AUTO SHOW Musings: The Smart ForTwo’s Interior Styling Looks… Familiar

Robert Emslie November 19, 2015 Car Shows, LA Auto Show


It’s very obvious where Smart is getting their inspiration for the interior styling of their new ForTwo. Also of note, the lighting of the transmission indicator matches the hue of the orange interior trim. Nicely played Smart Car.

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LA AUTO SHOW Musings: Here We Go

Robert Emslie November 19, 2015 Car Shows, LA Auto Show


A lot of other Web sites will give you the standard take on the 2015 LA Auto Show, which opens on Friday. You know, all the debuts, what’s hot and what’s not, etc. Us? Well, we’re a bit different, and so throughout the day we’ll be giving you the weirder side of the LA Show.

It almost didn’t happen however as the show decided to change their logo this year and when I arrived I thought I had mistaken the date and it was the EA Games convention. Imagine my relief when I went inside and saw the driving simulator video games!

Check back early and often for more LA Auto Show coverage.

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Thoughts On The Cars Of SEMA

Tanshanomi November 16, 2015 Featured, SEMA


Context is everything. As any artist, architect or museum curator will tell you, the surrounding environment colors our perception of things. A screaming, fuzzed-out guitar solo that sounds so great in concert would be annoying and intrusive in an oyster bar. A woman’s outfit that is considered risqué at a backyard barbecue might be utterly unremarkable on the runways of Fashion Week, and downright matronly at the beach. The where and who matters as much as the what. And nowhere is that more true than when scoping out the cars at SEMA, the 600-pound gorilla of automotive industry trade shows.

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Florida Bug Jam 2015: Bug Wars

Blue Volkswagen bug

Many of you can probably remember when Volkswagen was known more for making small, cheap, ubiquitous cars with character, known as the Beetle, than they were for a diesel emissions controversy. Last Saturday, I was able to travel back to those good old days at the Florida Bug Jam, a family-friendly judged classic Volkswagen car show with a poker run and some dirt track hooning. I don’t think I spotted a single water-cooled VW while I was there, besides the one that I arrived in.  … Continue Reading

Weekend Edition: 417 Cars and Coffee – 2015 Wrap-up, The Sequel


So last Tuesday, fellow Hooniverse contributor and also fellow Ozarkian, Marcal Eilenstein posted his wrap up of the final 417 Cars & Coffee of the 2015 season. If my fellow Hoons missed it, you should take a take a look at it here. Marcal and this olelongrooffan have similar posting styles in that we often take an event we have attended and break it into different segments….my recent Branson Auctions posts come to mind…and he had broken his attendance at this event up similarly. But as to fact his post was the Wrap-up, I can only presume fellow Hoon Marcal has forgotten this olelongrooffan is a member of the Slacktivism group over on that Book about my Face. I do, however, find it interesting to see what two Hoons attending the same event find to be notable and worth sharing. Click on through to see what this olelongrooffan found worthy of sharing.

But first, the obligatory ’55 Chevy Belair Hardtop, seldom noted by this author and the only Tri 5 spotted that day by this olelongrooffan.

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