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2011 New York Auto Show Buzz

On: Sat, Apr 23, 2011 at 11:15AM | By: Tim Healey

Scion FR-S Concept test 2

Your humble author spent most of the past week at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, and here's a look back at the proceedings.

The biggest buzz surrounded the Scion FR-S Concept. This front-engine, rear-drive sports coupe will likely reach production, although specs are sparse. Toyota did reveal that there will be a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed "boxer" engine and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The FR-S drew raves both for its looks and for the fact that Toyota is taking a chance on a sporty car (even if it might be branded a Scion).

Scion Debuts Its FT-86: The FR-S Sports Coupe

On: Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 3:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Scion FR-S Sports Coupe  test 2

The New York Auto Show is officially underway and Scion has made one of the more interesting debuts of the week. It's called the FR-S and it's basically a Toyota FT-86 sports coupe with a few Scion badges on it. But it's also a little more than that, with its own unique styling elements.

The first thing I noticed when looking at the FR-S is that the front-end has straight lines along the sides rather than the curved ones that were on the Toyota FT-86 II that debuted last month. The LEDs that adorned the FT-86 have also been eliminated in Scion's version of the coupe to make room for air inlets. The car also has some pretty defined fenders, side skirts, and streamlined side mirrors.

Two Suzuki Kizashi Concepts In New York

On: Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 11:13AM | By: Chris Weiss

Suzuki Kizashi Concepts In New York test 2

Suzuki has launched two new concepts based on its Kizashi sedan at the 2011 New York Auto Show. As was rumored, the first concept is a gas-electric hybrid version of the Kizashi. The second is a suped-up, motorcycle-inspired Kizashi fittingly named "Apex."

The EcoCharge Concept is powered by a combination of 2.0-liter I-4 engine and small, 20-hp electric motor. The motor derives its power from a lithium-ion pack. The car puts out 144-hp and 127 lb-ft while delivering a 25 percent boost in highway fuel economy. Other technologies like start-stop and regenerative braking maximize the EcoCharge's efficiency.

Toyota FT86 II Gets Hard Figures

On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 12:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota FT86 II Gets Hard Figures test 1-1

The Toyota FT86 II has been around for a year and a half, but has been a rather loose, conceptual shell of an eventual production car. We've seen two separate iterations of the concept, but Toyota still has much work to do before releasing the final design later this year. During that year and a half since the first FT 86 debuted at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has been silent on hard figures like the car's output and weight.

However, that all changed this week; Autocar gleaned a number of key details from Toyota sources, providing us with a much fuller picture of what the FT86 can do.


Scion Teases U.S.-Spec FT-86 II

On: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Scion Teases U.S.-Spec FT-86 II  test 2

No, the FT-86 II hasn't been downgraded from Toyota to Scion. But the sports coupe will be offered under the Scion brand here in the U.S. So, Scion is officially taking the reigns of the rear-driven coupe developed with the help of Subaru. It will show a North American concept version of the coupe at the 2011 New York Auto Show next week.

Scion didn't actually mention the FT-86 II specifically, but looking at the bold curves on either side of the hood is enough to tell us that is indeed what we're looking at. From what we see breaking through the shadow cover, the FT-86 II's front-end will look similar to what Toyota showed at last month's Geneva Motor Show. The side mirrors appear to be redesigned, but it's difficult to tell given that they're mostly obscured. Instead of the black used in the Geneva concept, the Scion New York model appears deep red.

Another Spicy Porsche SUV On The Way!

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:24AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Another Spicy Porsche SUV On The Way! test 1-1

A little over a year from now we could be witness to the birth of a rarity:  A new Porsche model line. With the success of the Cayenne in its own stable, Porsche suits, specifically new president Mathias Mueller, have decided not to let BMW run away with the small luxury SUV segment dominated recently by the redesigned X3. Porsche also is not comfortable watching the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, Infiniti EX, or Mercedes GLK eat up the rest of the market, nor are they thrilled about BMW ramping up for a new X4 model, so production has been green-lit and Mueller promises a final design will be in place by year’s end. 

Audi Quattro Concept Moving Toward Production

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 10:48AM | By: Chris Weiss

Audi Quattro Concept test 2

It looks like the Audi Quattro concept debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show is on its way toward production. While it has yet to be officially confirmed, Autocar reports that Audi is quite close to giving the go-ahead. Launch is expected as early as 2013.

Essentially an ultra-light RS5, the Quattro uses an aluminum space frame, aluminum body panels, and a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic hood and trunk to tear out 660 lbs. In its Paris form, the model used a 408-hp 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai Blue2 Fuel-Cell Concept

On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 1:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai Blue2 Fuel-Cell Concept  test 2

Not to be outdone by its country-mate, Kia, Hyundai used the 2011 Seoul Motor Show to introduce a green concept all its own. Hyundai's concept, called the Blue2, uses hydrogen fuel cells paired with an electric motor.

Hyundai packages its fuel-cell-powered electric in sedan form. The concept has a 120-hp electric motor that provides around 82 mpg with the help of the hydrogen fuel cells. The car exemplifies Hyundai's "New Thinking—New Possibilities" tagline.

BMW Unveils World's Fastest Pickup [Car]

On: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 3:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

World's Fastest Pickup test 2

As promised, BMW unveiled its M3 pickup at an event in Munich on Friday. BMW calls the model the "world's fastest pickup." If you don't mind the odd mash-up of M3 front fascia, chopped off cab and pickup bed, one could also make the case that it's the world's sexiest pickup. I'd definitely call it the world's sexiest pickup car, if for no other reason than its sheer, against-all-logic originality.

The pickup car first surfaced two weeks ago when a photog snapped some spy shots of it testing on Nurburgring. Speculation pointed to various possibilities as to what BMW was thinking, but eventually the company came clean and admitted the M3 pickup was an April Fool's prank one-off with no hope of production. Yeah, Friday was April Fool's Day if you hadn't realized, so take any weird news you read then with a big, heaping serving of salt.

Volkswagen To Show New Beetle This Month

On: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 8:32AM | By: Tim Healey

New Beetle Concept Teaser test 2

No one outside of Volkswagen has seen the actual 2012 Volkswagen New Beetle yet, but that hasn't stopped the company from teasing it incessantly, including an ad during this year's Super Bowl. Television talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey even gave away the car to some members of her audience, never mind that it doesn't exist yet, at least not in production form.

The big tease is about to end. Volkswagen plans to reveal the 2012 New Beetle on April 18th, in three locations spanning the globe: Shanghai, New York City, and Berlin.

Seoul Motor Show: Kia Naimo EV Concept

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Seoul Motor Show: Kia Naimo EV Concept  test 1-1

Kia debuted a new electric concept called Naimo at the Seoul Motor Show. That's pronounced the same as everyone's favorite animated fish—Nemo. The Naimo bests the Nissan Leaf in terms of driving range and offers a series of new technologies.

The Naimo is powered by a 107-hp permanent magnet synchronous motor and a lithium-ion polymer twin-pack battery, the Naimo offers up to 124 miles of zero emissions range and 93 mph of speed.