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Categories: Concept Cars

Acura Unveils Its New NSX

On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 5:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Acura NSX has long stood as the ultimate Honda vehicle. Unfortunately, for over half a decade, it's stood as but a memory because Honda stopped building it in 2005.

As of today, the NSX is back. Or at least a concept version previewing what should become a production model brings the NSX nameplate back to Acura. As anticipated, Acura unveiled an NSX concept on the first day of the North American International Auto Show.

GM Showcases New Technologies At CES

On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

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GM has used this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to showcase the latest OnStar technologies being developed in its labs. These technologies include third-party apps, in-vehicle computer streaming, and video chat.

GM equipped a Chevy Volt research vehicle with many of the latest OnStar functions. The car is powered by Verizon's 4G LTE mobile network that enables a variety of cutting edge information, entertainment and safety functions. The car follows the original Buick Verizon-OnStar research vehicle, which was introduced at last year's CES show.

Nissan Confirms Juke R Performance Specs

On: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 1:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

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A Juke R body with the soul of a GT-R sports coupe--that's the recipe for the much publicized Juke R crossover that executives at Nissan weren't too fond of until it became the darling of the auto media. Despite its bulky body, we knew that a 485-bhp powertrain wouldn't be for naught. Nissan has released the specs for its "supercar crossover concept," and they look every bit as good as we expected.

According to Nissan's UK test numbers, the Juke R can hit 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. That's a little slower than the Hennessey Jeep Grand Cherokee HPE800, but given that the Juke has some 315 less horses, it's pretty close. The Juke R tops out at 160 mph.

Toyota NS4 Plug-In Concept Teaser Video

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

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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.

Kia GT May Spawn A Family

On: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 10:29AM | By: Chris Weiss

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We've long heard that the sporty Kia GT concept introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show is likely to see production in one form or another. Now rumors are indicating that the GT may move well beyond a standalone model and may form the basis of a full family of sporty cars.

According to Inside Line, Kia is considering producing several different GT variants. In addition to the original four-door fastback, Kia is also thinking of a wagon and a two-door coupe. The two-door coupe seems like a natural addition, but I'm not sure that I can quite envision a GT wagon.

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

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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 I Want For Christmas Is A Mini Rocketman!

On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 2:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

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I'm about the farthest thing from a Mini fan as there ever was, but even I appreciated the interesting, true-to-form nature of the Rocketman concept. Bucking the not-so-mini trend of other current Mini cars like the Countryman, the Rocketman was a refreshing return to small, a return to Mini's roots. The concept car, which debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, also included a number of interesting design elements. The car hasn't been officially green-lighted just yet, but if one Mini designer gets his Christmas wish, it will be.

In a dinner conversation with Inside Line, Mini design chief Anders Warming called the Rocketman a car that could "claim the true heritage of the brand," and went on to say that the car is "on my Christmas list."

Euro-Spec Up! Headed For Production

On: Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 9:58AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Back in 2007, VW unveiled the Up! concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Americans giggled condescendingly in delight, unable to appreciate the benefits of minicar ownership. Well, now we’re waste deep in a global recession and stuck paying gasoline bills on cars which rarely summit 25 miles per gallon.

Who’s laughing now? Although currently slotted for a European production run, VW’s Up! will officially go on sale in February of 2012. The company has yet to specify whether not the Up! will drive under the good ole’ red, white, and blue, but microcar fans can at least wait with some level of enthusiasm in knowing this production vehicle looks good…really good.

Lexus Reveals LF-LC Concept Ahead of Detroit

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

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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.