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Categories: Auto Shows

Hyundai Reveals 2013 Santa Fe

On: Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe test 2

Hyundai likes to show up big for the New York Auto Show. The Korean automaker has a history of bringing a big model or concept debut to the show, and this year is no different. It will premiere the all-new 2013 Santa Fe at the show, and it's given us a glimpse a little early.

Hyundai released pictures of the Santa Fe on its blog Hyundai Like Sunday. Interestingly, the blog post spends as much time talking about competitor debuts like the Dodge SRT and Buick Enclave as it does about the Santa Fe. All it says is that the new version of the crossover will "break new ground just like the first generation did" - the kind of line that every automaker likes to give about every one of its new debuts.

Subaru Reveals 2013 Outback And Legacy

On: Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Subaru Outback test 2

This year’s New York Auto Show looks to be a real humdinger. Among a field of exciting new offerings, Subaru would have already stood out with the incoming XV Crosstek. But, sensing and capitalizing on opportunistic market momentum, the automaker plans to renovate the 2013 Legacy and Outback models as well. And we’re not talking about minor updates, either.

Instead, Subaru aims to spruce up the vehicles’ engine offerings, suspension, structure, and overall design.

Lexus Teases New ES Sedan For New York

On: Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lexus Teases New ES Sedan For New York test 2

A day after Toyota teased its own New York Auto Show-bound sedan, luxury brand Lexus followed suit. Lexus will debut an updated ES sedan at the show, and has released the first teaser photo of the car.

Unlike Toyota's teaser sketch, Lexus' picture focuses on the front of the car. We see what is steadily become the defining feature of Lexus front fascias - the spindle grille. The current generation ES has a smaller, trapezoidal grille. The new ES also appears to have a more rounded set of headlamps and redesigned bumper.

"World's First And Only Mexican Beaded VW" Visits U.S. (It's Better Than It Sounds)

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 4:30PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by Author test 2

On the first leg of its tour of North America and Europe, “Vochol”—the world's “first and only Volkswagen decorated with beads by Mexican Huichol Indians”—can be seen now through May 6 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Now before you go and dismiss this as a “hippie”-style psychedelic custom VW, let’s look at the facts: all of the intricate, multicolored everything you see on the surface of this 1990 VW Beetle (yes, I meant 1990) has been done—by hand—with “more than 2 million glass seed beads and nearly 35 pounds of fabric, paint, yarn and resin.”

Yep, "two families of Huíchol artisans [eight persons total] devoted more than 9,000 hours” to create Vochol, a name derived from a combination of “vochol”, a popular term for VW Beetles in Mexico, and “Huichol”, the common name of the Wirrárika indigenous group.

But this project is more than 233 lbs. of beadwork slapped on a Bug. And—unlike any groovy, 1960s-era painted version—this one’s important enough to be in the Smithsonian.


No foolin': OPGI's 30th Anniversary Car Show Set For April 1st

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 3:13PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by Author test 2

If you’re the owner of a “classic” GM car you’re probably familiar with Original Parts Group Inc. and their comprehensive catalogs. We’re talking about models like the Chevelle, El Camino, Cutlass, Skylark, GTO, Monte Carlo, Riviera and even 1954 through 1976 Cadillacs.

[Unfortunately, they have no apparent love—or parts—for my ’89 Olds Custom Cruiser. What’s up with that?]

Anyhoo, on April 1, in celebration of the firm’s 30th year of operation, they are hosting a classic car show at their Seal Beach, Calif., headquarters. Free and open to all, it is certain to feature many of the finest examples of each vehicle line I’ve mentioned, not including—so far as I know—any Custom Cruisers.

Still, it sounds like a heck of an event. But you don’t have to take just MY word(s) for it…

Toyota Teases Sporty, New Sedan

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Teases Sporty, New Sedan test 2

The New York Auto Show gets underway next week, so automakers are taking their last opportunities to get us excited for what they plan to display. Toyota has released a teaser sketch of a sporty, new sedan, which should bring a little more flair to Toyota's line.

By all accounts, Toyota is sick and tired of being the reliable worker bee with a great personality. Japan's biggest automaker also wants to be known for its sportiness and emotion. Exhibit A: The GT 86/Scion FR-S. Exhibit B: New slogans. Exhibit 3: This sedan.

Lexus May Produce LF-LC Concept

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lexus May Produce LF-LC Concept test 2

Sometimes automakers show concepts with the intention that a strong reaction could lead to production. And sometimes a strong reaction convinces an automaker that production is the only logical course of action, even if said automaker had no intention of production when building the concept. The latter appears to be the case with the Lexus LF-LC.

Toyota is currently mulling the possibility of a production LF-LC based entirely on the reaction the sporty two-door received at the North American International Auto Show where it was unveiled and at other world shows. Toyota is looking at how it can create a production model out of a car that was built purely as a conceptual exercise.

Infiniti Teases Electric Leaf-Based Concept

On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Teases Electric Leaf-Based Concept test 2

We've recently seen Infiniti's take on a range-topping electric flagship, and now the company is preparing to show us a more entry level electric vehicle. Nissan's luxury arm released teasers of a Leaf-based EV last year, and reports indicate that it will show the concept at the New York Auto Show.

Given the costs of developing a market-ready EV and the modest sales that such vehicles are likely to draw in the near term, expect to see automakers leveraging EV technology for more than one model. We know that GM is doing it with the Volt-based Cadillac ELR, and it looks like Nissan has some interest in extending its Leaf platform upmarket.

Fisker Teases Project Nina

On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 9:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Teases Project Nina test 2

Fisker may be dealing with all kinds of internal turmoil, but it's trying to put on a brave public face. The green start-up released a teaser of its Project Nina sedan this week in anticipation of an event at the New York Auto Show next month.

Fisker didn't specify the exact nature of the event, saying vaguely that it's "a special event ahead of the New York Auto Show to share with media, retailers and the public a business update and give a glimpse of the future of our company." Given that the teaser is clearly a car, we'll assume that "future" is a concept version of the Project Nina sedan.

Infiniti Shows The Sporty Side Of Green With Emerg-E Concept

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 5:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Emerg-E Concept test 2

Infiniti pulled the cloth off of what is likely its sexiest, most dynamic car ever at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. The Emerg-E concept is part Earth-hugging range extender, part menacing, pure-blooded super sports car. We tend to love both parts equally.

The third in a line of "E" concepts designed to showcase what Infiniti calls its Adeyaka design language (the Essence and Etherea being number 1 and 2), the Emerg-E is a lightweight, range-extending sports car. Infiniti turned to Lotus for help in equipping the Emerg-E. The concept uses a 402-hp pair of electric motors driving the rear axle. Those motors, which were also seen in the Lotus Evora 414E concept, provide up to 30 miles of all-electric capability. Hethel's 47-hp 1.2-liter three-cylinder range-extending engine delivers up to 270 additional miles for a nice, round total of 300.

Subaru's EyeSight System Offers Suite Of Safety Technologies

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 3:46PM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru's EyeSight System Offers Suite Of Safety Technologies test 2

Like other automakers around the world, Subaru is working to make roads safer by the application of new technologies. Its Eyesight system is a camera-based safety feature that provides collision prevention, intuitive cruise control and other driver assistance functions.

Subaru will launch its new EyeSight system at the New York Auto Show next month. The automaker describes the system as a suite of safety and driver assist technologies. Those technologies include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning.

The Eyesight system is based around two charge-coupled device cameras mounted on the upper inside edge of the windshield. Subaru says the location was chosen in part to prevent damage that could easily occur to bumper-mounted hardware.