(Los Angeles, CA) – Every year the LA Auto Show kicks off with two press days full of activity for journalists, designers and industry representatives alike. CoolFords was at the show this year snapping photos and shooting video. The Press days also include a food & drinks sponsored by our friends at the Motor Press Guild. The “Green Car of the Year” award which the Ford Fusion won was presented by Green Car Journal.
Ford unveiled the redesigned 2014 Fiesta with the face of a Fusion and engine choices ranging from a fuel-sipping 1-liter engine to a high-performance Fiesta ST. The new ST goes on sale next spring, is a performance package with a new high-output variant of the 1.6-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engine. It can generate 197 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque — more than a Mini Cooper S or Chevrolet Sonic RS — while achieving 34 m.p.g.
The Fiesta ST has a six-speed manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension and better brakes. Engineering teams in Europe and Ford’s Special Vehicles organization gave the ST a new face with a unique grille and spoiler and a back end featuring a rear diffuser, dual-exhaust pipes and spoiler.
Beau Boeckmann at the GAS/Shelby Mod Shop press conference at the 2012 LA Auto Show. Beau expanded on the announcement originally made in August of this year that he was adding a Shelby Mod Shop to his Galpin Auto Sports operation which has the potential to link him up with thousands of new hot-rodding enthusiasts around the western United States. The catch phrase “Get it at Galpin” now includes new Shelby Mustangs.