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At the 2012 New York auto show, Acura showed off the <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-31347_7-57409556-270/acura-rlx-flagship-serves-as-tech-showboat/">RLX concept</a>, and follows it up at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a complete production version, maintaining much of the look and all the technologies announced in the concept. And although we will have to wait for the hybrid version, Acura frosted the cake with a Krell audio system.

Acura makes RLX its technology flagship (pictures)

As a replacement for its former RL flagship sedan, Acura takes the covers off the 2014 RLX, its new top-end car featuring technology such as LED headlights and a dynamic Krell audio system.

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The tuning arm of Mercedes-Benz, AMG, is known for fitting high-performance gear in standard Mercedes-Benz models, but the SLS originally launched as a dedicated AMG model, and the epitome of its performance theme. However, the Black edition of the SLS AMG, a 2014 model, shows that still more performance could be derived from the car. The Black edition name has only been bestowed on four cars previous to the SLS AMG.

Mercedes-Benz AMG: SLS Black beauty and the GL63 beast (pictures)

Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off two unlikely compadres at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the SLS AMG Black edition and the GL63 AMG, one a torpedo two-seater and the other an overpowered SUV.

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Volkswagen made a long overdue update to its <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/coupe-hatchback/2012-volkswagen-beetle-2/4505-10867_7-35045547.html">Beetle model</a> last year, flattening the roof and modernizing the cabin electronics. This year, Volkswagen opens the top, unveiling a convertible version of this iconic car, the Beetle Cabriolet, at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Rag top Beetle's classic style (pictures)

Last year, Volkswagen came out with a new Beetle that was big on retro style. At the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen doubles down on that theme with a rag top convertible Beetle.

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2014 Porsche Cayman S: A bit more powerful, a lot better-looking (pictures)

The all-new Porsche Cayman coupe gains the platform and performance upgrades that we saw debut in its drop-top sibling.

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Fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 makes its world debut (pictures)

Toyota completely redesigns its RAV4 small SUV for the 2013 model year, bringing its style and tech up to par with the rest of the lineup.

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BMW's i3, a new, dedicated electric car concept, made the rounds of auto shows last year. To keep the momentum going ahead of the production launch, BMW rolled out a coupe version at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. BMW says this concept represents 80 percent of what we will see in the production version.

BMW evolves electric car with new concept (pictures)

At the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW showed off a coupe version of the i3 electric car it had previously shown. The i3 will be an entirely new, dedicated electric car on sale next year.

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Hyundai expands the functionality of the already flexible Veloster with the C3 Roll Top concept that debuted today at the 2012 LA Auto Show.

Hyundai builds a Veloster concept for fixed-gear hipsters (pictures)

Hyundai expands the functionality of the already flexible Veloster with the C3 Roll Top concept.

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Ford promises fuel-saving 1-liter engine next year

Ford says it will offer the 2014 Fiesta, which goes on sale next year, with its 1-liter EcoBoost engine option.

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Sneak a peek at the cars of the 2012 LA Auto Show

The 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show is just around the corner. We take a moment to look ahead at some of the rides we expect to see.

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Sharper, faster, lighter: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series (pictures)

With the 2014 Black Edition, Mercedes-Benz amps up the already bananas SLS AMG Gullwing with racing-bred technology.

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Mercedes-Benz designed the Ener-G-Force concept for the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012, basing it on a future G-class.

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept forecasts electric G-class (pictures)

For the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012, Mercedes-Benz came up with the Ener-G-Force, a tough, futuristic truck running on electricity.

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Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept Vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz prepares for zombie apocalypse

The new Ener-G-Force concept from Mercedes-Benz shows what its G-class truck might look like in 2025.

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