The L.A. Auto Show brings a lot to the table when it comes to world debuts and the Detroit three all came with their boxing gloves on to battle the import and European manufactures. Chevy debuted the much anticipated 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible. Dodge had six totally redesigned vehicles to display which were the 2011 Challenger, Charger, Avenger, Durango, Journey and last was the Grand Caravan which will also have an available option called the "Man Van". Finally of the Detroit three, Ford debuted the 2012 Ford Focus. Don't worry Mustang fans the new Boss 302 Ford Mustang was also on display.
Details of the New Debuts
The most obvious change to the new 2011 Camaro is the option of now getting it in a convertible. Other changes include a new Head-Up Display (HUD), standard on 2LT and 2SS. The V6 option was beefed up as well estimating 312 HP and 232lb-ft of torque. Now available is a new MyChevrolet App for iPhone that will locate your nearest dealer, schedule routine maintenance and contact roadside assistance quickly and easily. The app will also remotely start your vehicle, control the door locks, check the diagnostics and more from nearly anywhere with the OnStar MyLink* app. All details on the 2011 Camaro including options and pricing can be found at www.chevrolet.com or you can download the pdf at http://www.chevrolet.com/assets/en/images/model/2011/camaroconvertible/overview/2011CamaroConvertible_Specs.pdf.
Diamond Chrysler Dodge made a lot of changes to their 2011 lineup. One huge change was the interior. Dodge scrapped everything and starting fresh by making the interior much softer and with many options having leather as a standard feature. The steering wheel on all six models went from its not so loved four spoke design to a much more stylish three spoke design with brush aluminum at the 3 and 9 positions. The gauges on all models were also redesigned making it look more like an option you would get on a $60,000 beamer than a $30,000.
The new Dodge lineup received a lot of attention to the front. One of the major changes was changing the grille back to a crosshair design and giving the front of the cars a more aggressive look. In the back the taillights were all switched over to LED brake lights and the Charger went back to its roots and brought back the full-width taillight.
Under The Hood
Gaining MPG while raising HP and torque was Dodge's main concern with performance especially with their new "Pentastar" V6 engine. All except the Durango gained HP with the new "Pentastar" engine, but while the Durango lost some HP all models gained more MPG across the board. One of the coolest V8 options that were announced at the debut was the new 392 Hemi available for the 2011 Challenger which was rocking a 6.4L with 475 HP and 460lb-ft of torque which is 50 HP more than the SRT8 package. Dodge made their 2011 lineup appealing to everyone. It doesn't matter if you're a minivan dad or a true hot rodder.
Ford went for the compact car this year at the 2010 L.A. Auto show debuting there 2012 Ford Focus which is a pretty mean little 4 cylinder. Their 2.0L Ti-VCT GDI I-4 makes an impressive 160 HP and 146lb-ft of torque. Not too shabby for a 4 banger. Also available as an engine option is the 2.0L Ti-VCT GDI I-4 PZEV engine, but Ford hasn't released the spec info on that engine yet. Another attention getter is the much anticipated 2012 Boss 302 Mustang. Having two on display (one black on red and the other orange on black) it was hard to get a clean show, but when the opportunity presented its self the camera was ready. A car I wouldn't want to be in the back seat of was the new Ford Police Interceptor. This start of the art police car will take over the Crown Vic. Check out below as we have some interior shots of the Interceptor.