Concept Cars

Dodge Resurrects HEMI Hi-Po, Retro Colors, Street Cred for SEMA
Dodge Resurrects HEMI Hi-Po, Retro Colors, Street Cred for SEMA

Despite a sick economy, days ago rumors of a merger with GM, and the tenuous scenario of being owned by Cerberus Capital Management, the Mopar folks at Dodge intend to put on one heck of a show at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association humongo gathering (aka SEMA). We reported to you...Read More»

Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept
Viper V-10 Debuts in Dodge Challenger Concept

In what promises to be a bragging-rights, smoky burnout extravaganza, Chrysler today announces an all-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 under the hood of its '09 Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept headed to this year's SEMA. The engine is the same enthusiastic motivator for the brute-force Viper, and in...Read More»

CAR McLaren P11 Spy Shot
McLaren P11 Spy Shots Released by U.K.'s CAR

Saying "we can’t reveal our sources, for obvious reasons," U.K. publication CAR yesterday released what it claims are accurate pictures of an early clay model of McLaren's next supercar, the P11. The new vehicle is purported to continue the tradition of the legendary F1 (fastest production car...Read More»

Podcar
Podcars: Death to the Automobile?

If a group of urban planners, activists, and students has its way, the college town of Ithaca in upstate New York could be the first  community in the United States to ditch cars in favor of automatically controlled "podcars." As reported by CNN, podcars are "driverless, computer-guided" cars...Read More»

Aston Martin Project One-77
Forgetting Its Past, Aston Plans Brash New Lagonda

Aston Martin teased a select audience at the recent Paris Auto Show with its latest concept, the "one 77." With a carbon-fiber chassis, a handcrafted aluminum body, and a 7.0-liter V-12, the one 77 will "deliver exhilarating performance for a strictly limited number of discerning [read: mega-rich]...Read More»

2008 Hyundai Genesis RKSport Concept
Hyundai Genesis Sedan Gets Bling for SEMA

As Buick and Toyota will tell you, purveyors of vanilla soft-serv cars love partnering with design shops to give their posh rides some visual edge. And indeed, just like Toyota's Venza and Buick's Lucerne, Hyundai's new Genesis sedan does little to offend, with smooth, clean lines and a pleasant...Read More»

2009 Honda S2000
Honda to Resurrect S2000...As the S3000?

Auto enthusiasts the world over still lament the demise of the Honda (Acura) NSX. And legions of import tuners are still tweaking and lowering their second-gen CRXs, another Honda that was embraced by enthusiasts and promptly left a huge void when it departed in the early 1990s. Enter the rumored...Read More»

2008 MINI Cooper Hardtop S
MINI EV, 7 Series Hybrid, Diesels Coming to L.A. Show

BMW confirms it will be showing off a new all-electric MINI Cooper at the L.A. Auto Show in November. At the worldwide launch of the 2009 BMW 7 Series, company officials said that the new version of the hip, hot hatch will show up at the Los Angeles Show in advance of a plan to ship 500 to 550...Read More»

Carbon Motors
'E7' Police Cruiser Unveiled October 14

Your City's Finest will be driving around in stealthy, biodiesel-burning, custom-tailored RoboCop mean machines if Carbon Motors has anything to say about the future of police service vehicles. Carbon is critical of current police cars that it feels are little more than cobbled-together civilian...Read More»

2005 Mazda RX-8 Shinka Special Edition
Mazda to Release Hydrogen Rotary, Eventually

Autocar claims that Mazda has confirmed that it will put a hydrogen-powered rotary engine into production, though Mazda Europe CEO James Muir said "it won't be in production for at least five years." Currently, Mazda is testing 30 hydrogen-powered RX-8s with a Norwegian company, HyNor. Muir still...Read More»

Pininfarina B0
Pininfarina and Bollore Give Birth to B0

Styling house Pininfarina and battery/supercapacitor manufacturer Bolloré have teamed up to bring B0, an all-electric vehicle, to market by the "end of 2009." Pininfarina-Bolloré, as the joint venture is called, will use Bolloré's "proprietary LMP technology," which is corporate-speak for the...Read More»

2008 Kia Soul Hybrid Concept
Kia Soul Hybrid: 48 mpg, 0-62 in 12.3

We already told you about the Kia Soul Hybrid's "transparent acrylic bonnet and floor," all the better to show off its gas/electric propulsion system and battery packs. But the official view from Paris also shows a panoramic powered folding fabric roof, a rare-but-cool feature seen on the likes of...Read More»

2008 BMW 7-Series Active Hybrid Concept
BMW 7 Series Goes ActiveHybrid at Paris Show

BMW's 7 Series ActiveHybrid Concept is on display this week at the Paris auto show. The ActiveHybrid relies on a 20-horsepower, 155 pound-foot electric motor integrated with an automatic transmission to enable fuel efficiency gains of up to 15 percent over a new nonhybrid 750i. Motivated primarily...Read More»

2008 Renault Ondelios Concept
Renault Ondelios: The Land of the Lost Has New Wheels

A long time ago, on a network far, far away, there was a land where Will and Holly Marshall fought the Sleestak, fiddled with a weather matrix, and lost their father to a Dick York-style identity swap. All along, the Marshalls were looking for a way to get out of the Land of the Lost--and Renault...Read More»

2008 Renault Z.E. Concept
Renault Z.E.: The French Go Electric, Too

Renault joins the ranks of carmakers thinking about electric vehicles here at the Paris auto show with the Z.E., a Honda Element-like concept that draws power from batteries and its greenhouse, apparently, from a crate full of those inexpensive levels you find at the Home Depot. Renault actually...Read More»

2009 Audi A4
"Near-Production" A4 TDI Concept e Boasts 58.95 mpg

In another "near-production" study (read: soon to be released) from VW/Audi, the firm makes an economical splash at the Paris Auto Show with its A4 TDI concept e. Using an efficiency-tuned version of the 2.0-liter diesel engine found in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI clean diesel that's been wowing...Read More»

2008 Mercedes-Benz concept FASCINATION
2008 Mercedes-Benz Concept FASCINATION Hits Paris

Long the purveyor of impossibly elegant hardtop coupes like the CL550, Mercedes takes "sense and sensuousness"--Jane Austen is surely rolling in her grave--to a new level in its concept FASCINATION coupe, an early predictor of the next E-Class lineup due in 2010. The mechanicals are based on a...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI
2010 Volkswagen GTI Is, Laughably, a Paris Show "Study"

VW is calling the new GTI a "study," but what's left to study when all the GTI's usual goodness is applied to the latest and greatest Golf/Rabbit? That sixth-gen Golf platform will be getting a workout in its new GTI edition. Ringing in with 210 hp from its 2.0-liter TFSI four, the direct-injected...Read More»

2010 Lamborghini Estoque Concept (2008 Paris auto show)
2010 Lamborghini Estoque: Live Pics, Video, and Release

The 2008 Lamborghini Estoque four-door concept: here for your comments, haters and Lambo lovers. The first four-door Lamborghini has been confirmed by the Italian automaker (and Volkswagen Group brand) in advance of the show later today in the City of Lights. The sedan is 202.8 inches long. The...Read More»

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