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Categories: Auto Shows

Kia Introduces Track'ster Concept

On: Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:14PM | By: Chris Weiss

Kia Track'ster Concept test 2

After a short teaser campaign, Kia unveiled its new Track'ster concept at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show last week. The concept is a sporty version of the Soul.

The Chicago Auto Show typically isn't quite as big for new debuts and concepts as Detroit or New York, but it sounds like the Track'ster added some excitement. Kia describes the scene, "Amid the driving rhythm of heavy-metal music, smoke and blinding lights, Kia Motors America (KMA) took the wraps off a performance-oriented three-door Soul coupe concept that hints at what could possibly be the future of Kia's wildly successful Soul."

Bertone Teases New Geneva Concept

On: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 4:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bertone Teases New Geneva Concept test 2

It looks like this year's Geneva Motor Show will bring us concepts from two of Italy's most prominent design houses. We've already seen some teasing for the Pininfarina Cambiano, and now Stile Bertone has teased a concept of its own. It's named Nuccio after Nuccio Bertone.

Like the Cambiano, the Nuccio is designed as an anniversary celebration. It recognizes Bertone's 100 years of existence and is named after Nuccio Bertone, son of the company's founder and an influential past leader that split the company into Stile Bertone (for design) and Carrozzeria Bertone (for manufacturing). Nuccio passed away in 1997 and his widow Lilli Bertone heads the company today.

The Nuccio should prove to be an exciting debut. The car is a tribute to the firm's heritage and is a modern reinterpretation of its wedge-shaped styling. This wedge shape was exemplified by one of Bertone's most famous concepts - the recently sold Lancia Stratos HF Zero concept from the 1970 Turin Motor Show. Bertone has named that car among its "10 masterpieces."

Obama's All-American Auto Tour Angers Foreign Car Companies

On: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 4:55PM | By: Chris Weiss

Obama's All-American Auto Tour Angers Foreign Car Companies test 2

The Washington Auto Show is typically lost among bigger, more important shows like the Detroit Auto Show and Chicago Auto Show. This year's show made some headlines, though. It's not for crazy concepts or big debuts, but instead for an incident involving Washington's most famous resident.

According to Bloomberg, President Obama angered foreign automakers when he focused his tour of the show entirely on domestics. Despite the fact that White House staff told automakers including Honda, Kia and Mercedes-Benz that the President wanted to see green cars and planned to ask them questions, Obama focused all his attention on American automakers and took photographs with decidedly non-green models like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and Corvette ZR1.

All-New Mitsubishi Outlander To Debut At Geneva

On: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 12:23PM | By: Chris Salamone

Mitsubishi Outlander test 2

From March 6 through March 18, Mitsubishi will debut an all-new global version of the company’s much-adored Outlander model at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show. Which, as it turns out, is great news for Outlander enthusiasts and converts alike – the new model will be built with an eco-friendly focus on fuel efficiency, low CO2 emissions, and enhanced storage space functionality.

Launching this summer in Russia, the latest Outlander will then go on to markets in Europe, Japan, Oceania, China and North America.

In the same bold maneuver, Mitsubishi will also unleash an EV-based Outlander which will utilize the same charge system found in the company’s already-to-market MiEV.


Nissan Unveils 2013 370Z

On: Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 5:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Unveils 2013 370Z test 2

Nissan whipped the cloth off the all-new 2013 370Z sports coupe the day before the Chicago Auto Show. The new car isn't radically updated, but it does receive some minor styling and options changes.

The main revision to the 2013 Z is the updated front fascia defined by vertical LED daytime running lamps. A red reflector on the rear of the car replaces a black center cover on the current model. Nissan added two new color options - Magma Red and Midnight Blue.

What Truck? Ram Teases New Truck With Bikini Babe

On: Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 3:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

What Truck? Ram Teases New Truck With Bikini Babe test 2

Models have long been an everyday part of the automotive industry, helping to catch our attention on television, in print ads, on magazine covers and on auto show floors. While beautiful hard bodies work great as hood ornaments of luscious supercars, a new Ram Trucks teaser video shows why they don't work as well for more pedestrian vehicles.

Bikini supermodels are quite analogous with supercars. Both are some of the most beautiful, mesmerizing specimens in their fields (human beings and automobiles, respectively). Bikini models and trucks? Well that had better be a damn fine truck if it's going to stand out against those voluptuous curves.

Case in point: The new teaser video from Ram Trucks, which you can view below. The video is a teaser for a Ram debut at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. The debut is known simply as "The Dark Side," which we'll assume means some type of blacked-out truck.

Pininfarina Releases Teaser Video Of Cambiano Concept

On: Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 10:27AM | By: Chris Weiss

Pininfarina Releases Teaser Video Of Cambiano Concept test 2

Pininfarina has been teasing the Cambiano concept for the past several weeks. The concept will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and in anticipation of that debut, Pininfarina has provided the best look yet this week in a new teaser video.

The new video still doesn't reveal the entire Cambiano but does take us from one close up to the next, showing more clearly that the Cambiano is destined to be one of the sexier concepts of the Geneva Motor Show.

Fiat To Introduce Extended 500 At The Geneva Motor Show

On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 2:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fiat 500L test 2

Fiat hasn't exactly made big waves with its return to the US market.  Fiat sold less than 20,000 500 models - not even half of the 50,000 that it originally planned on. Sergio Marchionne tried to turn headlines from failed product to misculated goals when he called the 50,000 goal "incredibly naive," expressing that he was happy with its actual performance; but some still believe it was one of the biggest product flops of 2011.

Whatever the case, Fiat is surely hoping that a larger 500 model might win the hearts of Americans and international buyers. It will unveil a long wheelbase 500 at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

Is This The Lamborghini Crossover? We Hope Not.

On: Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 2:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

Is This The Lamborghini Crossover? test 2

Reports about the imminent debut of Lamborghini's third model have been gaining all kinds of steam over the past few months. It's largely thought that Lamborghini will debut a concept version of its third model at the Geneva Motor Show next month. A new article from Italy's Quattroruote magazine indicates Lamborghini will hold off until April to reveal the model. More importantly, some leaked images purported to be from the magazine show what the Lambo crossover will look like.

To be fair, everything we've heard about the Lamborghini crossover - particularly the bit about a crossover with supercar styling (rather than just crossover styling) - has led us to believe it would be one awkward-looking nugget. We're still not quite sure if these early pictures are better or worse than what we were expecting/fearing, but they are pretty bad.

The pictures show a small crossover with a clearly Aventador-inspired front end. And guess what? It doesn't really work very well. Who'da thought bolting a supercar face onto a small SUV body wouldn't make for the best looking piece of car? Probably millions (billions?) of people. If you thought the Porsche Cayenne was a disheartening sell-out, you're going to need some anti-depressants to make it through this one.

Top Ten Annual American Auto Shows

On: Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 11:45AM | By: David Walter

Top Ten Anual American Auto Shows test 2

The gorgeous Lexus LF-Lc 2+2 Hybrid Sports Coupe Concept (pictured above), Toyota NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept, 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, 2013 Lincoln MKZ, 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS, Chevrolet Code 130R and Tru 140S Concepts, Acura NSX Concept, 2013 Ford Fusion, Chrysler 700C, 2013 Cadillac ATS, 2013 Dodge Dart – what do all of these buzz-worthy vehicles have in common? They all debuted at the North American International Auto Show last month in Detroit.

But cheer up – Detroit isn’t only big auto show here in the States. The folks over at insurancequotes.org compiled a list of their top ten U.S. auto shows. Read on to see their list, and start planning now to attend the next big auto show in your area.

Lamborghini Has A Surprise In Store For Geneva

On: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Has A Surprise In Store For Geneva test 2

We heard last month that the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster is all ready to go and awaiting its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Ordinarily, one big debut would be more than enough for a small exotic-car maker like Lamborghini, but rumor has it that Lamborghini may have a second big debut in mind for the Swiss show.

According to some rumors originating on the Teamspeed forums - the same place where we heard that the Aventador is ready to go - Lamborghini has "another surprise" planned for Geneva. Outside of some ensuing speculation, there aren't any specifics as to what the surprise is. But here's what we know:

Lamborghini is planning a third model and spent the second half of last year testing SUV and sedan prototypes. CEO Stephan Winkelmann told the media that the Bull will make an announcement on that third model by early this year. More interestingly, he said that when Lamborghini is ready to make the announcement, it will be prepared to show some version of the vehicle.