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Categories: Auto Shows

Lamborghini Has A Surprise In Store For Geneva

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

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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.

UP Design Unveils Vittoria Concept

On: Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Umberto Palermo (UP) Design has unveiled its Vittoria concept at the Qatar Motor Show. The concept, which was announced and teased last month, is a sporty coupe with some really flamboyant design elements. It gets some things right but goes awry in other ways.

Little has been published about the Vittoria, though it's rumored to have a hybrid powertrain with V-8 engine. If that's the case, it should drive as sporty as it looks. The only other hard numbers we've seen are its measurements: 4,750 mm long, 1,960 mm wide and 1,250 mm tall.

Pininfarina Teases Cambiano Concept

On: Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

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I've seen enough sexy-headlight-teasers-turned-horrible-cars to maintain a healthy skepticism about how the car behind an attractive teaser angle will look in full, uncovered form. The latest example was the Detroit-debuted Toyota NS4, which looked great from headlight-only view, promised to provide a look at the latest, sportiest design language at Toyota, but looked pretty awkward when fully revealed.

Prevailing wisdom aside, there's a substantive difference between a teaser from a mainstream automaker and a teaser from an Italian design house. Given the track record of the latter, a sexy headlight teaser should indeed equate to a thing of beauty. So I'm officially excited to see what the Pininfarina Cambiano is all about.

AMG To Get Its Own Sports Car

On: Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 4:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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As the high-performance, in-house tuner for Mercedes-Benz, AMG is already known for its high-end sports cars flagshipped by the SLS AMG. Apparently, Mercedes feels that AMG has done pretty well for itself in branding--well enough to leave the coop and fly on its own. Rumors point to the introduction of an AMG-branded sports car within the next few years.

Motor Trend reports that a sports car currently being called the SLV will debut at an auto show later this year. Unlike on the SLS AMG and other existing AMG-tuned vehicles, the AMG badge will make a move to the left, replacing the "Mercedes-Benz" in the "make" column.


Land Rover DC100 Sport Goes Red

On: Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 2:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Land Rover and Jaguar skipped this year's Detroit Auto Show in favor of India's New Delhi Auto Expo in order to showcase their concepts and models in the market. Land Rover unveiled newly-colored DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts at the show.

The DC100's design stays the same as it was in Frankfurt and LA, but the model gains a new look with Firenze Red exterior. Inside, the models get white leather with plenty of Firenze Red accents that make for a smooth, seamless transition from the exterior. The hard-top DC100 gets a white roof, and the concepts are also upgraded with off-road-optimized 20-inch alloy wheels shod in Cooper all-terrain tires.

The Defender Concept 100 has served as a first look at a Defender replacement that Land Rover hopes to get to market by the middle of the decade. Not only will the model return to the United States, where it's been missing for nearly 20 years, but Land Rover is also building it with a global focus and wants it to be rough and rugged enough for all areas of the globe.

Toyota Reveals NS4 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

On: Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 5:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

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After a few separate teasers, Toyota staged the introduction of its NS4 plug-in hybrid concept. The concept displays both a new plug-in system and an interesting take on sporty design language.

Toyota didn't issue details of the hybrid system in its press release, choosing to state simply that the NS4 uses a next-generation application of the Hybrid Synergy Drive plug-in system that underpins the upcoming Prius Plug-In. The NS4 is envisioned as a unique model, however, and not simply a member of the growing Prius family. Toyota calls it a "new mid-sized concept for potential global market introduction by 2015."

More than a look at the future of plug-in mobility, the car is a look at the styling direction that Toyota will take with upcoming models. Toyota hopes this direction makes an "emotional connection with consumers." It is defined by the forward-tilting cabin, which almost looks like a reverse sportback, and open trapezoid grille accented by a floating lower spoiler.

Nissan Introduces Nismo Micra Concept

On: Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 12:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Look quickly at the car above and you might think you're looking at the Juke Nismo concept from last month's Tokyo Motor Show. However, it's January not December; it's the Tokyo Auto Salon not the Tokyo Motor Show; and it's a new Nismo Micra concept not the Nismo Juke.

Nissan appears to be quite serious about putting that new headquarters to work and letting Nismo build more models. Within a little over a month, we've seen a Juke Nismo, Leaf Nismo and now a Micra Nismo. Soon, we'll stop asking which Nissan models will get Nismo versions and start asking which Nissan models won't be wrung through Nismo's Yokohama plant.

2013 Viper Will Go On Sale To Viper Owners First

On: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 2:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

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We're still not all that excited about the Viper nameplate being moved from Dodge to SRT, but we are very excited for the dawn of a new snake. Rumors have been running wild on the 2013 Viper for years, and in a few months, we'll finally get to see it. "See" is the operative word there because only preexisting Viper owners will be invited to buy the model upon launch.

MSNBC reports that only Viper owners will have the chance to buy one of the first models to launch. If you don't already have a Viper, you'll have to wait until the loyalists get first pickings. The report doesn't have any details in terms of launch time frames, so we'll have to wait and see exactly what Dodge..er SRT has in mind.

2013 Scion FR-S Debuts In Detroit

On: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 10:47AM | By: Chris Weiss

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We've long known that the Toyota GT 86 would be branded as a Scion here in the United States. At last year's Detroit Show, Toyota introduced the Scion FR-S concept, and at this year's show, it introduced the production model. Unlike the Toyota version of the sports car, the Scion model carries its concept name into production.

Outside of the subtle color change from orange to orange-red, the FR-S is nearly identical to the GT 86 debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show. The only obvious change that I can spot up front is the removal of the fog lights that were equipped to the GT 86. Instead, the FR-S features uninterrupted air inlets on both sides of the bumper. Out back, the FR-S uses a more modest spoiler than the Tokyo GT 86.

Other than that, the cars are one and the same. Both use Subaru's horizontally opposed 2.0-liter boxer engine driving the rear wheels for a total of 200 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque. Both give buyers the option of six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions.

Nissan CEO Depicts Saga Of Resilience

On: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 12:07PM | By: Chris Salamone

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It’s not too often we feel compelled to redistribute the full text of an auto exec’s speech, but Carlos Ghosn’s opening comments, delivered during the Automotive News World Congress at the North American International Auto Show, were enough to inspire folks for generations to come.

Beginning with the recent set of crises to face Japanese automakers, Ghosn depicted a story of preparedness and dogged determination which culminated in a 14.4 sales increase over 2010 – despite all odds. Taking things a step further, the CEO then went on to outline how automotive companies of the future are not only going to survive, but thrive.

In a time where Japanese automakers are turning to Nissan for business guidance, Ghosn’s commentary was all the more relevant – he’s partly responsible for the company’s ability to bounce back.

North American Car And Truck Of The Year

On: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 10:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The North American International Auto Show was last week, and the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards were announced at the show. The awards haven't been given out just yet, but the winners have been selected.

Out of the pool of six finalists, judges chose the Hyundai Elantra and the Range Rover Evoque as the respective car and truck winners. The Elantra beat out the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat for the honors and the Evoque beat out the BMW X3 and Honda CR-V.

The Land Rover crushed the competition with a score of 254 compared to 142 points for the CR-V and 94 points for the X3. The race was a little closer in the car segment, with the Elantra getting 174 points, the Passat 161 and the Focus 155.