LOS ANGELES—I'll be honest with you: this year's Los Angeles Auto Show was not the most mind-blowing car show I've been to. Most of the big reveals were cars that had already broken cover elsewhere, earlier, and the proximity to CES (which is now a car show) and then Detroit in January has had a bit of a negative effect. But that's not to say there's nothing to see at the LA Convention Center (where the show runs until December 10). What follows are some highlights of the neatest design and engineering we saw during the two-day press preview.
Infiniti’s very clever new engine
We already looked at Infiniti's new variable-compression ratio engine earlier this week, but it deserves another call-out as one of the most interesting advances for the internal combustion engine in decades. A multilink can vary the distance the pistons travel within each cylinder, allowing it to operate at compression ratios between 8:1 and 14:1. The engine first ships in the new QX50 SUV.