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Categories: Auto Shows

Production-Ready Fisker Karma to Debut in Paris

On: Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 4:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Long teetering between promising luxury plug-in hybrid and vaporware, the Fisker Karma finally appears to be ready for production. Fisker announced today that it will debut a full-fledged, production version of the Karma at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, which begins in about two weeks. The car combines flowing, sporty looks with an economic hybrid powertrain delivering up to 100 mpg.

Ford To Reveal High Performance Focus at Paris Auto Show

On: Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 3:40PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Ford is introducing a new concept in compact cars—the Ford Focus high performance version. The redesigned Focus will be sold only in the United States, according to Ford Motor Co. All in all, three 2010 model production-ready vehicles will be launched at the Paris motor show later in September. The three body styles Ford plans to unveil in Paris are a Focus five-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and a wagon.

Lamborghini Shows More of Its Upcoming Car

On: Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 11:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last week, we saw the first of six teaser photos of a new Lamborghini, rumored to be the Murcielago-succeeding Jota. With under three weeks before the Paris Motor Show begins, we're expecting to see a teaser or two per week up until September 30.

Today, Lamborghini issued a second teaser photograph that indicates its latest car may include a trade-off of less cylinders for more carbon fiber/less overall weight. The teaser photo shows that the powerplant behind the new Lambo will have but 10 cylinders, a drop from the V12 standard in the Murcileago. And the information from the company demonstrates a shift in thinking from all-out grunt and speed toward thoughtful, lightened design.

Love On Wheels

On: Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 1:53PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Love almost never makes sense. By rights, one of its defining characteristics is doing the illogical, or following the seemingly poor choice despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary ... And enjoying every minute of it. It is strange why we choose to love the things we do. Around Autoshopper.com, it's no surprise cars seem to be an undeniable source of pain, pleasure, love, and lust. But why do we love something that literally does not have the power to love us in return? If you love cars the way I or the other talented writers do, then you've undoubtedly come across a few of those OTHER kind of people. The ones that don't understand. The ones that don't love cars, and then question your choice to love something that to them, is just a means of conveyance. You've probably experienced the awkwardness of trying to explain why you love all things automotive. Sometimes, you might have almost even given in to the pressure and just thought they were right. That cars are just metal, plastic, wiring, and fabric of varying sorts all thrown together in a shape for the expressed purpose of transporting one or more people from one location to the next faster than a horse or on foot. Maybe they are right.


Or are they?  


Maybe it's because we like going fast. Maybe it's because we like raw mechanical power. Maybe it's because we like moving, functional art. Whatever your own personal reason is, the fact is people love cars. I was wandering around the Lead East Auto Show this past weekend (The biggest 50s party in the NY, NJ, and PA area) with my family and couldn't help but be in awe of the history and passion that some of these men, women, and children all shared with me. It was a love that has been around for 50 or more years for some old timers, and their hearts were just as devoted as the first day they laid eyes on whatever car first raised their heart rate. It was amazing. You would never know there was a problem with the economy, or that gas prices were up about 1000% from the day some of these cars rolled off the line. Parents, grandparents, kids, and grandkids were all around enjoying the music, the shops, the shows, and, of course, the cars. Girlfriends asking boyfriends, and sons asking fathers about cars they had never seen before, or couldn't recognize with the absence of badging (This particular author/son was no exception.)


2010 Highlands Church Labor Day Car Show Pt.1

On: Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 12:27PM | By: John Welch

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Drew Christy seems to have forgotten the meaning of the Labor Day weekend. You are supposed to honor America, America's workforce, America's freedom, your right to be an American, and your right to spend Labor Day celebrating, not working. Drew didn't get the memo.

Instead of wasting away in a kiddie pool all day (ahem,) Drew strapped on his camera and ventured down Lakeland Highlands Road to the Highlands Church Labor Day Car Show. Though small by central Floridian standards, this show had several rare beauties filling its entry list.

Inside this post you will find an assortment of Drew's images, the first of a two part series. Look out later this week for the coupe de gras, the Gentry Morrison Meteor/Buick hearse. This car personifies "rolling art".

Today though, notice the exotic American machinery we have here, a late fifties Chrysler Imperial for instance. A car that proves the idea of a flat-bottomed steering wheel is nothing new. Several classic Mopars dot the gallery, as well as our usual obsession with hood ornaments. Enjoy!

The 2010 Lake Mirror Classic; Classing Up October

On: Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 10:52AM | By: John Welch

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Every October Lakeland, Florida is treated to a visual and aural spectacle named The Lake Mirror Classic. Held, oddly enough, on the shores of Lake Mirror and in the streets of historic downtown Lakeland, The Lake Mirror Classic literally has something for everybody. No kidding!

Like Mustangs? There is a Mustang specific show. Like Amphicars? Several examples will be prominently featured. Classic motorcycles? Covered. Slick restorations and untouched rolling sculpture? You will not see more LeSalles and Delahayes in one place. Priceless race cars? How about a pair of 1920s vintage Miller Indy cars? Priceless race drivers? Lyn St. James is the Honorary Chairperson.

Though not totally booked yet, Event Chairman Ford Heacock has seen a 25% increase in registration for 2010. Heacock believes that the current pace of registration will put the show at 600 vehicles, completely occupying every available inch of show space in downtown. Good thing the Classic goes on for three days!

Taking place October 15th through the 17th, most of the activities are free to the public. Inside the post we have the entire event schedule, for all three days. Our gallery features images taken by the AutoShopperBlog at the 2009 Lake Mirror Classic . . .

Lotus City Car Concepts Leak

On: Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 4:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Information and pictures about Lotus' "dawn of a new era" to commence at this year's Paris Motor Show are just seeping out all over the Web. Following Lotus' official preview of the Evora S and IPS and a report that identified the four concepts that Lotus will be showing at the show, grainy pictures of two of the concepts have leaked.

Toyota Verso-S Debuts in Upcomming Paris Auto Show

On: Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 1:54PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Toyota will be unveiling many new models at the Paris Motor Show this fall, including the Verso-S, a "small, spacious and smart" vehicle. While details are limited, the model will have iQ-inspired styling with many options for interior features. Toyota is keeping most of the specs of the Verso-S silent until the Motor Show press release on September 30th, but the company has revealed that the Verso-S is likely to go on sale in the UK early in 2011.

Measuring less than 13 feet in length, Toyota says the Verso-S will be the most compact B-segment MPV in Europe, but points out that the Verso-S has been designed and engineered with comfort and practicality in mind, offering the maximum use of the seating and cargo space that the vehicle does have. Toyota also plans to introduce many other new and refreshed models at the Paris Motor Show including a revised interior for the compact iQ, and the launch of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, and the Auris HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive). 

Other highlights of the show that Toyota is planning include the Hybrid Synergy Drive Gallery and the FT-CH concept, which originally debuted at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.

New Details On Lotus Concepts Emerge

On: Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 9:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

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We got an official sneak preview of the Lotus Evora S and Evora IPS coming to the 2010 Paris Motor Show earlier this week, and we now have a not-so-official preview of the four concepts that Lotus will be debuting at the show. The concepts are expected to showcase a new paradigm for Lotus, a shift from the smaller, lighter, cheaper ethic that has guided it for the past several years onward toward a heavier, cleaner and more performance oriented direction.

We've been hearing whispers about an Esprit revival concept and three other concepts, and a report yesterday in Autoweek shed some light on exactly what those other concepts might look like. The report cites the ever- simple "sources" as to where it derived the information.

Nissan Confirms Murano Convertible and Ellure Concept For Paris

On: Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 3:48PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, after years of speculation, renderings and all-out head scratching, Nissan has confirmed that it has a Murano convertible on the way this year. The company issued a statement this week confirming rumors that the Murano convertible will be unveiled at the 2010 LA Auto Show. The statement also indicates that the odd crossover-convertible will be joined by the Ellure, a four-door concept, and Leaf and Quest production models.

The Murano convertible will be officially named the 2012 Murano CrossCabriolet, which coincidentally or not is very similar to the Audi Cross Cabriolet concept debuted at the 2007 LA Auto Show--the closest thing to the Murano convertible that the world has seen. Nissan describes the significance of the Murano convertible in that it is the "world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible." Indeed, Nissan will break new ground (quite possibly ground that should have always remained intact) when it unveils the car.

Nissan hasn't given any more indication of the design or powertrain of the CrossCabriolet, outside of stating that it will carry a premium level interior and enough room for four adults with luggage in back. The model is expected to lose two doors along with its hard roof.

Mazda Previews Paris-Bound Shinari Concept

On: Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 9:20AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Mazda is showcasing new design language in a concept that it calls Shinari. The Japanese automaker recently previewed the new concept at a design event in Milan, and will officially debut the Shinari at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in late-September/October.

The Shinari is a curvaceous five-door hatch with an RX-8-meets-Aston-Martin look. The concept displays a shift in design language from Nagare to Kodo. Kodo translates into "soul of motion." The new language clearly drops the flowing side strakes that were such an integral part of the Nagare language, but maintains a similar flowing, kinetic style. The front-end has been tightened over the more bulbous front ends seen under Nagare, representing a move toward a more compact, focused design ethic.

Not to be confused with the nigiri of Japanese sushi houses, Nagare translates to "flow." The vehicles crafted under the mantra were designed to show “motion in vehicles, whether they’re moving or still,” with prominent lines flowing along the sides melding the front fasica seamlessly to the rear-end. Nagare first appeared on the aptly-named Nagare Concept, which debuted at the 2006 LA Motor Show.

The language appeared on several other concepts before making its full production debut on the 2011 Mazda5 at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Reports earlier this summer indicated that Mazda was unhappy with the language and was moving in a new direction.