Inland Empire Auto Show Gets New Identity, New Time Frame

This show will never be the L.A. Auto Show, the venue is too small, but this will be the crown jewel of auto shows in this region. It is the last major market auto show in the region the last big one of the season, said Stacey Castle of Castle Communications Inc., the shows producer. In addition, the auto show in Ontario will be expanded, using outdoor tent structures for more exhibit space. It will add about 35,000 square feet of showroom space, about the size of the ballroom, said Michael Krouse, president/CEO of the Ontario Convention Center and Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau. There are also plans to also use the lobby and the hall. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Car shopping at your local auto show

BMWs M4 coupe — a likely competitor thats also debuting in Detroit — clocks in at 425 horsepower, courtesy of a twin-turbocharged V-6. The outgoing Lexus IS F, a sedan the F version of the RC Coupe will replace, currently uses a 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V-8. It pumps some 416 horsepower to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Without a turbocharged V-6 readily available in the Lexus lineup, it wouldnt be surprising to see the automaker use an updated version of this V-8 engine in its new coupe. Another coupe headed to Detroit is a sports car concept from Kia. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit,0,7350311.story

Lexus, Kia tease coupes headed to Detroit Auto Show

Look for an intrusive floor hump. These annoying humps are usually in place because of all-wheel drive or exhaust systems underneath the car. Cars without the hump give rear passengers more side-to-side legroom and overall rear comfort, says Wiesenfelder. Evaluating the cargo area: A trunk or cargo floor that is too high makes loading heavy objects more difficult. Stand next to the car and see how tall the highest point of the cargo opening positions next to your body, says Wiesenfelder. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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