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Categories: Auto Shows

Toyota NS4 Plug-In Concept Teaser Video

On: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 10:27AM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota NS4 Plug-In Concept Teaser Video test 2

Toyota announced last month that it will be bringing a new plug-in hybrid concept to the Detroit Motor Show. While the automaker has left most of the details for the show, it has released a new minute-long teaser video of what it calls the NS4 concept.

The NS4 will showcase the latest green conceptual goings on at Toyota while simultaneously displaying the latest sporty design language. Toyota has called the car an "advanced plug-in hybrid concept" but has not gotten into any details of its powertrain.

Pathfinder Emerges On Detroit Floor

On: Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Although Nissan is still calling this particular Pathfinder a ‘concept’ model, the company – optimistically – still intends to produce and sell a fourth generation remake later this year. But perhaps the company’s use of a concept moniker is actually an encouraging sign. Perhaps all is not lost.

Because no one wants a Nissan Murano XL, mislabeled in some kind of cruel homage to Nissan’s trail-blazing heritage.

To be fair, the all-new Pathfinder will undoubtedly have a long list of intriguing and revolutionary features – including an anticipated 25 percent increase in combined city and highway fuel efficiency. Almost prophetically, Nissan has predicted a mixed media response and dropped a mouthful of excitement in a recent company press release.

Chrysler To Bring Detroit Thunder, Mopar Style

On: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 4:20PM | By: Chris Salamone

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With so much media coverage on the upcoming Dodge Dart, Chrysler has decided to diversify their new offerings in the form of true blue American muscle. And with these two latest additions to the Chrysler lineup consumers can’t possibly confuse the company’s brand image as a watered-down Italian carmaker. Instead, Chrysler is going back to its roots.

Queue Aaron Copland’s Rodeo, a throaty engine, screeching, and drifting tire smoke. Chrysler has announced plans to introduce a 200 Super S and Dodge Charger Redline by Mopar.

Nissan To Launch New Pathfinder Concept And E-Van In Detroit

On: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 2:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan To Launch New Pathfinder Concept And E-Van In Detroit test 2

In a run-up to the holidays, automakers 'round the world were in a frenzy to make all their announcements before the holidays rendered the public indifferent to all but the biggest news headlines. Nissan teased its North American International Auto Show plans when it revealed that it will show a Pathfinder Concept and new electric van in Detroit. It also said that it will pick up where it left off in LA, serving show-goers food from an NV food truck.

Nissan has been absent from the Detroit Auto Show for the past two years, choosing to focus its attention on other major US shows around the same time (LA, New York and Chicago). This year it will be back and it will bring some buzz.


All Electric Jeep Grand Cherokee By AMP

On: Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Auto tuning must be among the least green endeavors on Earth. These tuners take gas-powered cars that are often among the least efficient and dirtiest on the planet and make them even more powerful (and more dirty). But not every single tuner thrives on increasing displacement and adding pressure charging toward outrageous output figures. Ohio-based tuner Amp actually makes cars cleaner. The tuner's latest endeavor is a fully electric Jeep Grand Cherokee.

I'd love to enjoy the efficiency of an electric vehicle, especially since I don't drive often or far. Problem is, I live in the mountains and the winter gets cold and snowy. A compact, FWD electric car isn't going to cut it. The Toyota Rav4 EV, which will launch in the next couple of years, looks promising, but what I'd really like to see is a fully capable all-electric SUV. And I can't think of a better model than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

OnStar To Showcase 4G Technologies Like Video Chat

On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 5:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

OnStar To Showcase 4G Technologies Like Video Chat test 2

At last year's Consumer Electronics Show, GM's OnStar unveiled a new level of in-vehicle technologies developed in cooperation with Verizon. The platform, which was equipped to a Buick LaCrosse research vehicle, utilized Verizon's 4G LTE mobile network to deliver all kinds of advanced technological in-vehicle functions like remote monitoring, home monitoring and video chat. At this year's CES show, OnStar will show the latest evolution of its system.

Lexus Reveals LF-LC Concept Ahead of Detroit

On: Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 10:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lexus Reveals LF-LC test 2

It looks like Toyota's new focus on sporty cars will extend right up to its luxury brand. At least that's what we gather if the LF-LC concept is any indication of the future plans at Lexus. Shortly after the car leaked earlier this week, Lexus provided an official preview.

Lexus hasn't provided much hard information on the car, but did give us a pretty thorough look with a variety of pictures. The car is very sporty and aggressive, featuring a heavily raked, slung back cabin that flows into a rear lip spoiler. The LF-LC also features a panoramic glass roof. If produced, this car would easily rank among Lexus' sexiest, sportiest offerings.

Chevy Sonic Gets Sporty

On: Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 5:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Sonic Gets Sporty test 2

Sporty isn't a word that naturally comes to mind when related to subcompact hatchbacks, but Chevy will soon launch what amounts to a sporty version of its Sonic subcompact. Chevy announced earlier this week that it will introduce the Sonic RS at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ward's Picks 10 Best Engines, Direct Injection Dominates

On: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 4:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ward's Picks 10 Best Engines, Direct Injection Dominates test 2

There are all kinds of factors that go into a car-buying decision, but perhaps none so elemental as the car's engine. What good is a car if its engine is unreliable, clunky, inefficient, prone to breakdown, etc.? Ward's recognizes the key importance of a vehicle's engine and annually releases a list of its 10 Best picks. On the surface, consumers would probably be more interested in a list of best cars, but given the importance of the engine, it's quite informative to identify what the experts consider the elite of the elite.

This year's list represents the 18th annual best-engine list from Ward's. The list awards engines that are affordable for most consumers (vehicle priced below $55,000), integrate well into their respective vehicles, boost horsepower and torque, and offer a good sound.

North American Car Of The Year Finalists Announced

On: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 11:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The panel of 50 journalists that has a say in such things has released its finalists for the North American Car of the Year. The Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat are all vying for the award on the car side. Over in the truck department, the BMW X3, the Honda CR-V and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque are the three finalists.

The finalists represent all of the major auto manufacturing regions: Asia, Europe and North America. Past winners have represented this global affiliation, with 10 having come from North America, four from Europe, three from Japan and one from Korea. On the truck side, North American vehicles have won 12 awards, Japanese vehicles four and Europeans two.

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Coming To Geneva

On: Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 9:54AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Coming To Geneva test 2

With the Tokyo Motor Show complete, the major auto shows are officially over this year. That means that attention has turned to the auto shows of 2012, particularly the big winter shows like Detroit and Geneva. One of the latest 2012 auto-show rumors is that Lamborghini will unveil a convertible version of the new Aventador LP700-4 at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

A post on the Teamspeed forums indicates that the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster is officially ready and will make its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the press on March 6. According to the poster, the actual car looks even better than any of the renderings that have been floating around the Web.