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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Volvo previews XC90 with new concept

Jan. 13, 2014 23:36 CET
Volvo continued its quest for a reinvention by unveiling the XC coupe concept at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Nissan sedan concept teases racier Maxima

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Nissan's Sport Sedan Concept demonstrates how it would produce a racier large sedan for the masses. The concept unveiled today at the Detroit auto show, for all intents and purposes, is the next Maxima, which is due out in late 2015.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

With concept coupe, Volvo waxes philosophical

5:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Volvo has its new U.S. sales and marketing boss in Tony Nicolosi. Now all it needs is a new identity.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Why the Beetle Dune buggy is more than eye candy

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Volkswagen just unveiled a concept car called the Beetle Dune, a variant on its iconic car that evokes the Beetle-based dune buggies favored by tuners in the 1960s.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Passat-based VW concept gets 42 mpg

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
Ahead of an unveiling at the Detroit auto show, Volkswagen AG today released details on a Passat-based concept that VW says gets a best-in-class 42 mpg on the highway, giving a hint of how VW plans to meet tightening fuel-economy standards in the United States.... Read More »

 

Laser headlamps poised to hit the market this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2014
Lasers -- until recently an exotic toy for the auto industry -- are poised to challenge LEDs as the industry's showcase high-tech headlamps.... Read More »

 

Ford adds solar cells to recharge electric C-Max concept

9:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2014
Ford is showcasing a plug-in hybrid electric C-Max that uses solar panels in the roof to recharge itself.... Read More »

 

Mazda rotary gets new lease on life

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
Mazda has given a new lease on life to its rotary engine in the form of a Mazda2 hatchback reconfigured as an extended-range hybrid. The prototype runs as an electric vehicle, with an electric motor powering the wheels. But it also gets a gasoline-powered 0.33-liter rotary engine in the rear that generates power to recharge the car's lithium ion battery when the charge runs low.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Kia preps sports car concept for Detroit

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2013
Kia will show off a new sports car concept next month at the Detroit auto show. The company said the car is “intended to turn heads while delivering superb driving enjoyment on both road and track.”... Read More »

 

Whose BladeGlider: A legal sword fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
Nissan says the idea for the BladeGlider, the wedge-shaped concept that drew crowds at the Tokyo Motor Show last week, came out of the clear blue sky. One of Nissan's former racing partners begs to differ and is suing the Japanese automaker.... Read More »

 

Design of Nissan's BladeGlider draws from Le Mans cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
Nissan Motor Co. channeled its Le Mans racing know-how into a three-seat concept car fit for city streets. Like its racing brethren, the BladeGlider gets widely spaced rear wheels, a rear-slung cockpit, a long pointy nose and a set of front wheels so narrowly tracked that they almost look like one.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi plans plug-in hybrid version of crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s XR-PHEV plug-in hybrid concept is a preview of the next-generation Outlander Sport compact crossover, President Osamu Masuko said last week at the Tokyo Motor Show.... Read More »

 

Nissan enlists teens to assist in luring future young buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2013
Ask teenagers to design a car that appeals to young buyers and you might expect something modern, even futuristic. But when Nissan tried it, the youngsters went all retro.... Read More »

 

2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Toyota, Subaru board turbo train for downsized power

1:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2013
Honda, which unveiled three turbocharged engines ahead of this week's Tokyo Motor Show, is not the only one turning to turbos to boost fuel efficiency without sacrificing power -- or to boost power without hurting fuel efficiency. Toyota and Subaru outlined plans at the Tokyo show to roll out downsized turbos. The first entries debut next year, and more will follow.... Read More »

 

2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Honda fuel cell concept boasts extended range

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2013
Honda's successor to the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will have a range of 300 miles and its fuel cell stack will be housed in the engine compartment. Honda introduced its styling concept for the 2015 production vehicle today at the Los Angeles Auto Show as the mid-sized FCEV Concept.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

In the pink with Hustler in Tokyo

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2013
The Tokyo Motor Show is a traditional launchpad for bizarre car names. Remember the Daihatsu Naked Be-Pal? Well, this year is no exception, though perhaps not as wanton as the golden years of Japan's economic bubble.... Read More »

 

2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Nissan IDx evokes an old Datsun to reach teenagers

11:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2013
One hundred teenagers from around the world have consulted with Nissan designers to create a potential rear-wheel-drive sports coupe to woo young customers. Two possibilities, unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show, are the IDx Freeflow and motorsports-flavored IDx Nismo.... Read More »

 

Subaru concept suggests sleeker, sportier Legacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Subaru's Legacy concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week previews the sportier styling of the redesigned 2015 Legacy sedan, which goes on sale in June.... Read More »

 

2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Subaru goes sexy, sleek with Legacy concept

9:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2013
Subaru -- a brand more known for simple, dependable, and fuel efficient cars, sometimes with a sporty flair -- is going sexy and sleek with a new Legacy concept.... Read More »

 

2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Nissan shows delta-wing concept for city streets

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2013
Nissan will channel its Le Mans racing know-how at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a new three-seat delta-winged concept car fit for city streets.... Read More »

 

2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Toyota goes futuristic at Tokyo show

Nov. 5, 2013 05:30 CET
Toyota is going futuristic at the Tokyo auto show. It will introduce a wave-inspired fuel cell sedan, a new Japan taxi and a podlike one-seater that steers with a tilt of the driver's body.... Read More »

 

2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Toyota goes futuristic at Tokyo show

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Toyota is going futuristic at this month's Tokyo Motor Show. It will introduce a wave-inspired fuel cell sedan, a next-generation Japan taxi and a podlike one-seater that steers with a tilt of the driver's body as the brand tries to rekindle its reputation for innovation.... Read More »

 

Lexus will display sports coupe, turbo crossover at Tokyo show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Lexus will unveil a near-production version of its long-awaited sports coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show, a four-seater dubbed the RC that fills a big void in the luxury brand's lineup.... Read More »

 

Subaru to show sports tourer concept in Tokyo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Subaru will unveil a wagon-shaped sports tourer concept this month at the Tokyo Motor Show that previews a production model coming to market next year.... Read More »

 

Kia plans performance sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2013
Kia plans to launch a performance sedan based on the widely praised GT concept car displayed at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »

 

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