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Categories: Auto Shows

Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival 2010, The Lost Roll

On: Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 5:18PM | By: John Welch

Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival 2010, The Lost Roll test 1-1

I can hear it already . . . "The 'lost roll'?! What does that mean?" I am of course referring to film, something we don't use all that often in 2010. Instead we carry digital celluloid with us to car shows, and we squeeze every last megabyte out of our CF treasure chests. Because space is limited and time is short, we aren't always able to present the full battery of images taken at each event. We can make up for it later though, ressurecting images that weren't used in the original posts but probably should have been.

This gallery contains the usual mix of shiny paint and even more shiny chrome, as well as a few avant garde shots. The images were snapped by either myself, Drew Christy, or Drew's wife, Stephanie. We have a boat-load of shots left; look for another "Lost Roll" post before the end of the month . . .

Alleged Specs For Lamborghini Jota Leak

On: Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 3:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

Alleged Specs For Lamborghini Jota Leak  test 1-1

The Paris Motor Show came and went. It left quite an impression. But if there was one little thing missing it was the Lamborghini Jota. Originally thought to be Lamborghini's big trick for the Paris show, the Jota didn't make it on stage with the Sesto Elemento. Yes, the Sesto was impressive. It was ultralight and super hot in a minimalistic, function-over-form way. But it wasn't real. It was but a proof of concept. And having heard a rumor about both the Jota and Sesto debuting together at Paris, there was a little disappointment about not seeing the Jota.

Well, according to new rumors out of a secret prototype showing in Singapore it will only be a couple months. The car will debut in Geneva, and to keep us hungry, a few key specs have leaked.

Honda Committed To EV Technology

On: Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 10:54AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Over the past year, Honda has been doing a slow U-turn in terms of developing and committing to electric vehicles. Plug-ins were considered a waste of resources by previous CEO Takeo Fukui, but CEO Takanobu Ito, who took over last summer, seems to view them a little less skeptically. Last week, Honda announced a new electric vehicle concept that will debut at the LA Auto Show, and Ito said of the future of EVs and Honda: "...we have been researching [batteries] all along. Since I became president, that was accelerated quite a bit." Ito recently provided some further insight into Honda's EV plans in a discussion with Reuters.

Toyota Drops the Ultimate Swagger Wagon at SEMA

On: Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 10:19AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Toyota has been striving to bring back one of the most mocked cliches of the late 20th century: the minivan. Like it or not (not), we're all too familiar with the rhyme-spitting, image-obsessed Sienna family of Swagger Wagon fame. Toyota's family of four has been trying to make its Sienna minivan cool for a while now.

This week, Toyota pulled out some bigger tricks in its mission to give some street cred to the Sienna mini. They basically threw out the "mini," exaggerated the utility of the minivan beyond belief and destroyed any practicality that this particular mode of transportation has. What is left is known as the Swagger Wagon Supreme.


Commercial To Concept: Kia Soul Hamstar

On: Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Usually a new car begets a commercial, not the other way around. But in the case of a new Kia SEMA concept, the Korean automaker pulls inspiration from its commercials for a modified Soul. The Hamstar debuted this week in Las Vegas.

At this point everyone's seen at least one version of Kia's hamsters. Those cute little urbanized rodents that drive around in their Kia pumping bass like white suburban teenagers with a chip on their shoulder. Kia seems to have the right idea with those commercials: regardless of our views on the Soul, we certainly love hamsters more than the annoying Sienna family or "earnest" GM executives that appear in other automaker commercials.

Subaru Teases Concept For LA Auto Show

On: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 4:24PM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru Teases Concept For LA Auto Show test 1-1

There are still a handful of concepts promised but not detailed by the LA Auto Show last month. This week, Subaru announced that one of those concepts will hail from its stables and will be used to demonstrate a new philosophy to appear across future vehicles. The concept appears to be a rather sporty, muscular coupe and is designed to exude "Confidence in Motion." That sounds to me like the type of meaningless auto babble that only makes sense to Subaru's marketing team and maybe a handful of engineers. I mean, what car isn't supposed to incorporate some type of "confidence in motion." Driving would be pretty scary if the manufacturer that made your car had no confidence in your motion . . .

Pint-Sized Fiat Mio Concept Designed By Team of 17,000

On: Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 2:42PM | By: Chris Weiss

Pint-Sized Fiat Mio Concept Designed By Team of 17,000 test 1-1

The Sao Paulo Auto Show isn't as world-renowned as the Paris and LA shows that it's sandwiched between, so there aren't many huge debuts coming out of Brazil. But Fiat did use the show to introduce a tiny subcompact that's not only an interesting concept but also an interesting concept in the auto design process.

The Mio concept was created with help from a team of no less than 17,000. Fiat opened the design process up to online collaborators who worked through the company's website to design the concept. Those contributors offered up some 10,000 different ideas about the overall design, components and materials, and input came from countries around the world. The inspiration behind the design was to create a car that emphasized futuristic mobility and sustainability.

Lotus Esprit Will Be The First of Paris Concepts To Production

On: Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 11:44AM | By: Chris Weiss

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At the Paris Motor Show last month, Lotus provided one of the big highlights of the show when it displayed five new concepts designed to outline its intended plans for the future. Of course, the most exciting one of those debuts was the new Lotus Esprit, a car that is much more powerful than past iterations of the Esprit. Lotus confirmed this week, that the Esprit is the first to-do item on its new agenda.

According to Autocar, Lotus insiders say that the company has focused all its attention squarely on Esprit development. The new Lotus halo car is the only one of Lotus Paris concepts to have undergone a significant amount of engineering. The model is being planned for a 2013 launch.

Honda To Introduce EV Concept and Hybrid Platform in LA

On: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 4:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda To Introduce EV Concept and Hybrid Platform in LA test 1-1

In addition to the concepts and electric vehicles detailed by the LA Auto Show last week, Honda will be bringing a brand new electric vehicle concept to the show. The automaker will also detail a new plug-in hybrid platform that will guide the future of Honda hybrids. Both initiatives will help to flesh out the future of green vehicles under CEO Takanobu Ito.

New Details On 50 LA Show Debuts

On: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 10:20AM | By: Chris Weiss

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In an effort to gain more prominence in the auto show circuit, the LA Auto Show, which originally took place in early January pushed its dates back several years ago. This move separated it from other major shows like the North American International Auto Show that takes place in mid-January in Detroit, as well as from the holiday season. Beginning with the 2007 show, LA found a new slot in mid-November/early-December of each year.

The move back the calendar is paying off for LA in that more automakers are using the City of Angels as a backdrop for big unveils and North American debuts. In July, the show provided an initial look at some of the 20 world debuts that are coming to the show, and yesterday it issued some more details on what we'll see.

Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster Snapped In The Wild

On: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 9:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster Snapped In The Wild test 1-1

The famously gullwinged Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG launched last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Featuring a 563-hp 6.3-liter V8, 3.7-second 0 to 60 mph time and 197 mph top speed, the SLS has given Mercedes a place in the high-end sports car market. And that place will get a little bigger sometime in the future when Mercedes launches the roadster version of the SLS at next year's Frankfurt Motor Show or possibly Geneva show. That model was recently spotted out testing.