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2006 Los Angeles Auto Show
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ChryslerDec 5, 2006
Purebred ItaliansDec 4, 2006
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Honda StepBus and RemixDec 4, 2006
AcuraDec 1, 2006
SaturnDec 1, 2006
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General MotorsNov 30, 2006
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LA Auto Show: 100 yearsNov 30, 2006
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Los Angeles, California

Ford Mustang by Giugiaro Concept
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Ford head pen, J Mays, commissioned noted Italian design studio, Italdesign-Giugiaro S.P.A, to ostensibly keep their Mustang near the spotlight while the car media goes goo-goo gaa-gaa in anticipation of Chevy's Camaro and Dodge's Challenger. Led by Fabrizio Giugiaro, son of design legend, Giorgetto Giugiaro (who sketched the 1965 Bertone Mustang), the new Mustang concept differs from the production model with a shortened and widened rear, a full glass-panel roof, a stretched and smoothed over front end and a fully customized interior. The piece de résistance are the car's Lambo-scissors doors.

Ford Escape
As a perennial best-seller in the cute-ute class, the new 2008 Escape doesn't deviate too much from its successful predecessor's formula.
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Updated exterior styling better ties in the compact five-door's looks with other Ford SUVs, and the interior receives the same high-quality execution found in the F150. Of note, the new Escape uses the first automotive application of entirely recycled materials for its seating materials. Underneath, Escape mechanicals are much the same. A four-banger is standard, with a six available on upper level Escapes and the electric-gasoline hybrid also returns. Expect to see Mazda's version of the Escape, the Tribute, to return from hiatus at January's Detroit show.