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Subaru's EyeSight System Offers Suite Of Safety Technologies

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


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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.


Touring Superleggera Unveils Disco Volante

On: Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 3:37PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Reinventing a classic is never an easy task. You have to update and modernize it for it to make any sense, but finding that perfect balance of true-to-the-roots heritage and modern style is painfully difficult.

Just take a look at the Disco Volante 2012. One could argue that Touring Superleggera abandoned any hope of this one becoming a tenth of what the original was by modernizing it too much. One could just as easily argue that Touring ruined what could be a pretty nice car in its own right by injecting a little too much of the original in its design. Either way, modernizing a classic is tough business.


Ford Unveils Next-Gen Transit Concept At Geneva

On: Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 2:53PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Last week, during the Geneva Motor Show, lots of new and old Euro-spec autos paraded the showroom floor. However, one vehicle among the masses stood out as a potential game changer. For too long vans have become something entirely other than cool, often relying on a customer base of peewee baseball Moms and commercial HVAC businesses. But Ford’s newest Tourneo Custom Concept, which debuted during Geneva, looks to change all that. Suddenly band groupies and adventure-seeking road warriors might have a van that is distinctly exciting.

Unfortunately, this newest Ford people mover won’t be sold in North America.


Nissan Shows Its Hi-Cross Concept, A Big SUV In A Compact Package

On: Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss


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One of the true kings of the crossover, Nissan debuted yet another crossover at the Geneva Motor Show. This one is a high-riding concept car that Nissan calls the Hi-Cross.

There's a lot of disagreement as to what the new Nissan Hi-Cross concept really is. Nissan calls it both 'one member of the next generation of crossovers and a 'possible expansion of the current Juke-Qashqai-Murano portfolio,' indicating it could be a brand new model. But with the Juke, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, X-Trail and Qashqai already establishing a pretty large footprint in the crossover space, it's questionable whether yet another crossover makes any sense.

Nissan also says the Hi-Cross shows a possible new design direction and new design language, so it could just preview some styling coming to the likes of the Murano and Rogue. If so, we like the direction that Nissan is taking.


 

Bugatti Provides The Specs On Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

On: Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 5:34PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Bugatti revealed the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse well before the Geneva Motor Show, but it had to save a couple secrets for the big show debut. We knew from the beginning the car pairs the 1,200-hp powertrain of the fastest car in the world - Veyron Super Sport - with the convertible design of the traditional Grand Sport. What we didn't know until this week (and were quite curious about) was how fast the car was. Bugatti has satiated that curiosity.

As you'd expect from a sibling of the fastest car in the world, the Grand Sport Vitesse is outrageously fast. In fact, its numbers are bigger than nearly any hard top, so they're doubly impressive when you consider the open-top nature of the Grand Vitesse.


Jaguar Close To Giving The C-X16 Hybrid The Thumbs Up

On: Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 10:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Jaguar already has one sporty hybrid on the way in the C-X75. But that model will be way out of the price range of most car owners. For those looking for a sporty, sexy hybrid with a little more of an affordable price, they may get it in the way of a production C-X16.

Inside Line reports that Jaguar is close to a decision on the C-X16, which it showed in concept form at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. If it gets the green light, the C-X16 could go on sale in 2014. Jaguar has done several months’ worth of market research on the model, and it sounds as though Jaguar is already making production plans, with the green light a mere formality.


The GTA Spano Supercar

On: Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 9:38AM | By: Chris Weiss


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We'll say it again: We love the Geneva Motor Show. It's THE place for seeing supercar brands that we've frankly never or rarely heard talk of. Here in the United States, GTA colloquially stands for the popular video game series "Grand Theft Auto." Over in Geneva, it stands for an exotic car company that builds cars worth stealing.

The GTA Spano is Spain's supercar. The car is powered by an engine rivaled in displacement by a very few, an 8.3-liter V-10 engine that heaves 820 hp. Two transmission options are available to buyers: a seven-speed sequential paddle shift and seven-speed sequential manual.

The Spano rests on an exotic monocoque chassis crafted from carbon fiber, titanium and Kevlar. It weighs just 123 lbs. and keeps the car's overall weight down to 2,970 lbs.

The Spano hits 62 mph in under 3 seconds and tops out over 217 mph.


Mitsubishi's Smart, Connected MiEV House

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 3:45PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Geneva Motor Show is packed full of plug-in vehicles of all kinds - from sexy smart cars to ultra-efficient city cars. Thing is, though, the world really doesn't need any new electric vehicles or concepts unless they happen to travel 400 miles on a charge and cost under $30,000. There's hardly much interest in the electric vehicles we do have.

What the world needs is a better charging infrastructure to support electric vehicles. That may not make for as sexy an auto-show concept, but it would certainly help grow the industry more than a one-off electric sports car with a sub-4-second 0-to-60 time. Mitsubishi trudged through that unsexy terrain to present its MiEV house, a concept that gives one take on the future of home charging.


Lamborghini Drops One-Off Aventador J

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The terms "one off" and "Lamborghini" marry better than perhaps any others in the automotive world - except perhaps for "most uncompromising super sports car of its entire history" and "Automobili Lamborghini." Luckily for us, both sets of terms describe the same car: the all-new Aventador J roadster.

If those superlatives weren't enough to get your attention, here are a few more: "utterly indescribable experience of power and dynamics," "force of nature on wheels," and "supremely powerful and supremely open." Somehow Lambo manages to pack all those phrases into the opening paragraph of its press release. Needless to say, the Bull is excited about this one.


More Pictures Of The MILA Coupic Pickup-Crossover-Convertible

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 10:34AM | By: Chris Weiss


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As a writer, I really don't like to admit that the whole adage about a picture and 1,000 words is correct. But in some cases, it definitely is. We covered the MILA Coupic concept last week when it was first announced, but without more pictures of the concept in its various configurations, the article was incomplete. With a few new pictures, we're able to complete the story.

The MILA Coupic is a concept built by Austrian engineering and manufacturing firm Magna Steyr. While it's not exactly a household name, Magna Steyr is a prominent force in the automotive industry and provides services to many well-known brands.


Bertone Celebrates 100 Years With Nuccio Concept

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 3:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Sometimes the past should remain in the past. Like when bands that were good 30 years ago get back together for no good reason. Or when an Italian design house..say Bertone... decides to recreate one of its most famous designs 40 years later.

In teasing the Nuccio, Bertone promised to reimagine the iconic wedge shape that underpinned some of its most famous concepts from the past. We were actually excited to see what modern day, ultra-low wedge styling looked like. Then we saw it. We're not excited anymore.