Concept Car

VW readies Beetle Dune, Denim for U.S. showrooms

4:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

VW has dangled Beetle Dune concepts before but promises the latest version will be built starting next year in coupe and convertible models....
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Kia greenlights Niro in green-car rush

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Kia, shedding light on its longstanding plans for a dedicated hybrid family, plans to take on the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt with a “hybrid utility vehicle” called the Niro....
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Anime, sultry and supercars: What people are saying about the Mazda RX-Vision

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

Mazda’s RX-Vision concept was a hit at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. While it hinted at the triumphant return of Mazda’s iconic rotary engine, the RX-Vision also drew plaudits for its sleek styling. A look at what some critics and others are saying about the concept....
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Tokyo auto show home run concept vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Five Japanese carmakers put a charge in their home-market show with head-turning concept vehicles....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Tokyo Motor Show continues to surprise, sometimes delight

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015

Random thoughts from a stroll through the Tokyo Motor Show …...
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Checking out the competition

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015

It’s common to see senior auto executives strolling through an auto show, checking out the competition. The various ways they do it offer insight into their styles....
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2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

At Mazda, a team of 50 searches for rotary-engine breakthrough

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

For the last eight years, a team of 50 engineers has slaved away on Mazda's signature rotary engine, seeking a breakthrough for the unique design Mazda had championed for decades, almost alone in its enthusiasm....
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2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Lexus LF-FC concept previews next LS

6:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

Lexus pulled back the curtain on its next-generation LS sedan with the introduction of the LF-FC concept, a full-size sedan design study which offers a close preview of what the fifth-generation LS will look like when it debuts sometime in 2016 or 2017....
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2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Subaru shows design direction with 2 concepts

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

Subaru is ushering in a new styling era with the Impreza 5-door Concept unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show Wednesday. Subaru also rolled out another concept, the Viziv crossover, which is equipped with semi-autonomous features due in 2020....
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2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Mitsubishi's electric eX concept hints at a third CUV

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

Mitsubishi plans to slot a new compact crossover into its lineup between the Outlander and Outlander Sport, the Japanese automaker said....
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2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Rotary engine returns in Mazda concept coupe

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Three years after pulling the plug on the rotary-powered RX-8 sports car, Mazda hints it hasn't given up on the peculiar engine design that gave the brand some of its grandest successes. The company's latest concept is a low-slung sports car called the RX-Vision powered by a next-generation rotary engine called the Skyactiv-R....
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2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Mercedes-Benz's Vision Tokyo imagines car as a 'chill-out zone'

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept car lays out a vision of luxury driving in the future, one in which self-driving technology has advanced to the point that the vehicle's interior is allowed to resemble a lounge more than a car....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: FCA design gets more international as non-Italians take key jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

The appointments of a German to head Fiat Chrysler's European design operations and an American as Alfa Romeo's exterior styling chief are the latest examples that Italians are playing a lesser role in the top design positions at the automaker....
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Citroen tries new marketing tack with Cactus M

Oct. 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen is trying out a new marketing tactic with its Cactus M concept car by offering potential customers a chance to test drive and sleep in the vehicle....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Lexus plans global debut of new concept in Tokyo

12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Lexus is promising a new concept car at this month's Tokyo Motor Show but is holding back details until the unveiling. The vehicle may preview a luxury hydrogen fuel cell car....
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TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Mitsubishi's EV crossover concept shows off new design language

6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Mitsubishi will roll out an all-electric compact crossover concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that showcases its new design language and automated driving ambitions....
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Toyota at Tokyo show -- sporty, green, retro and sci-fi concepts

12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Toyota is going big at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, with an eclectic display parading everything from a snappy compact sports car and futuristic hydrogen vehicle to a whacked-out retro concept and pocket-sized humanoid robot....
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Subaru hints at future vehicles with 2 Tokyo show concepts

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Subaru is about to shift to a new global platform that will underpin its entire lineup and propel what it hopes will be a new phase of growth....
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Nissan's concept aims to engage 'share native' generation

1:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Nissan shares its vision for ultraconnected digital-era driving at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a concept minicar in which nearly every conceivable cabin surface is laminated with touch screen displays....
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Does Mazda concept for Tokyo point to RX sports car's return?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Mazda plans to unveil a sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that is sure to stoke speculation about a possible successor to the RX-8. A teaser photo shows a black vehicle with a long hood, rear-slung cockpit, rounded fastback and muscular rear fenders -- all taking cues from the brand's Kodo design language....
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Mazda concept for Tokyo stokes talk of RX sports car's return

11:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Mazda, which retired the RX-8 sports car in 2012, will stoke speculation about a possible successor with a new sports concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. A teaser photo shows a black vehicle with a long hood, rear-slung cockpit, rounded fastback and muscular rear fenders....
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Honda will show fuel cell, autonomous driving vehicles in Tokyo

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Honda will unveil two visions of the future at October’s Tokyo Motor Show: A near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan and a bell-shaped, omnidirectional, autonomous driving concept vehicle....
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Apple aims to 'ship' electric car in 2019, report says

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Silicon Valley technology giant Apple has set a goal of finalizing an electric car in 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported. Apple has internally designated an electric car as a “committed project,” the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter....
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FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Creative concepts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Automakers at Frankfurt this year displayed concept cars bursting with ideas about form, from the regal smoothness of the Mercedes-Benz IAA to the intricate but harmonious geometry in the Nissan Gripz....
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FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Toyota set to join subcompact crossover fray

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Toyota confirmed that it will jump into the subcompact crossover segment next year with a new model it's tentatively calling the C-HR....
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