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BMW “Blue” Diesels to Bow in Detroit
BMW “Blue” Diesels to Bow in Detroit

BMW’s latest green-car gambit arrives at the Detroit auto show in two weeks, as the German automaker plans to show off two new diesels that it will sell in all 50 states starting later this year. The two new models are the X5 xDrive35d and the 335d. Both are powered by twin-turbo, 3.0-liter...Read More»

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
Chrysler’s ’08 Detroit Concepts Go Hybrid

Chrysler has provided an advance preview of its three concept cars for theDetroit show, about seven weeks in advance of the preview days when they’ll be formally revealed to the press. But we can understand why they’re quick on the trigger; if these concepts are any indication, the automaker...Read More»

2007 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Concept
2007 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Concept

Two months ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche announced its plans for building a hybrid version of theCayenne sport-utility vehicle. Now, at the L.A. Auto Show, Porsche showed the concept for the vehicle, which is due to arrive before the end of this decade. To give the public an idea of what...Read More»

2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt
2007 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

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2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Concept
2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Blue Concept

Volkswagen’s Up! and Space Up! concepts have a triplet sibling — and the new Space Up! Blue concept, shown for the first time at theLos Angeles auto show, promises a cleaner driving experience in a package that hints strongly at VW’s Microbus past. The hints weren’t just coming from...Read More»

2007 Nissan RD/BX Concept
2007 Nissan RD/BX Concept

It would appear, by definition, to be a rolling oxymoron. But Nissan’s RD/BX, or “round box,” is an intriguing take on the compact convertible design concept. The overall look is somewhere between a Dustbuster and a smart fortwo, with an angular nose that appears to be sucking itself forward...Read More»

2007 Suzuki PIXY Concept
2007 Suzuki PIXY and SSC Concept

The Ministry of Economy and Trade is working with the auto industry in Japan on what’s called the next generation vehicle and fuel economy initiative, designed to make a “more enjoyable world for drivers and non-drivers alike,” says Suzuki. Part one is the PIXY, a single-person machine that...Read More»

2007 Toyota 1/X Concept
2007 Toyota 1/X Concept

by Ken Zino Toyota says the 1/X (say “one-Xth”) provides the same interior space of the Prius at only 926 pounds, or roughly one-third the weight of the world’s first mass production and best-selling hybrid vehicle. With the reduction in mass, only a 0.5-liter flex-fuel gasoline/ethanol...Read More»

2007 Nissan Intima Concept
2007 Nissan Intima Concept

With its “modern living” theme, Nissan’s Intima appears to be the most production ready concept car in the automaker’s ’07 Tokyo Motor Show lineup. The concept’s “sharp-edged lines and organic panel surfaces” offer a fresh but not entirely unfamiliar take on Nissan’s existing...Read More»

2007 Mazda Premacy HRE Concept
2007 Mazda Premacy HRE Concept

Call it “sustainable Zoom-Zoom.” Mazda has turned the advertising slogan, “Zoom-Zoom,” into more than just a cliché. It’s become the design and performance theme for its product lineup. But can it survive the transition to more environmentally-friendly powertrain technology? That’s the...Read More»

2007 Mazda Taiki Concept
2007 Mazda Taiki Concept

Adding to its string of exotically flavored concept cars rotating on the world’s auto-show stages in 2007, Mazda promises their new Taiki concept, shown at the Tokyo show, will be the logical successor to the likes of the Nagare. In Japanese, its name means “a large, shining radiance.” In...Read More»

2009 Nissan GT-R
2007 Tokyo Motor Show Coverage

The 40th edition of the Tokyo Motor Show opens Saturday, October 27 for the public and runs through Sunday, November 11. But as is custom, the world’s automotive press will get their own preview starting next week – and TheCarConnection.com will be reporting live from the show floor. The Car...Read More»

2007 Honda CR-Z Concept
2007 Honda CR-Z Concept

Like many Tokyo Motor Show concept vehicles, the Honda CR-Z is meant to give viewers a sense of what’s to come. In this case, the sleek little coupe – reminiscent of Honda’s classic CRX – provides a hint of “the new direction for our next-generation sports car,” suggested CEO Takeo...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept, Frankfurt Auto Show
Small is Beautiful in Frankfurt

When it comes to this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, UP! is down. Downsized that is, in the form of Volkswagen’s pint-sized prototype car. Dubbed the UP!, it makes the automaker’s original Beetle look positively huge. For the moment, the UP! is little more than a concept vehicle, but you likely...Read More»

2007 Hyundai i-Blue Concept
2007 Hyundai i-Blue Concept

As far as we know, Hyundai doesn't have a deal with Apple, but the automaker's latest concept from the Frankfurt show sounds very user-friendly, even if it's hydrogen-powered. The i-Blue concept was conceived at Hyundai's Design and Technical Center in Chiba , Japan and is claimed to be the...Read More»

2007 Volvo ReCharge Concept
2007 Volvo ReCharge Concept

Fredrik Arp, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, emphasized environmental and safety initiatives in its Frankfurt auto show press conference, highlighted by the company's recently revealed ReCharge plug-in hybrid, which was shown at the center of the Swedish automaker's stand for the first time in...Read More»

2007 Mercedes-Benz F700 Concept
2007 Mercedes-Benz F700 Concept

Mercedes-Benz’ display at this week’s Frankfurt auto show will include the F700, a dazzling and dizzying collection of technology bundled into a concept-car body that could be an early preview of the next S-Class sedan. But the emphasis is distinctly on low consumption and low environmental...Read More»

2007 Toyota IQ Concept
2007 Toyota IQ Concept

While Daimler continues to plug money into the never-profitable smart project, its very dogged determination has attracted at least two wannabes to the Frankfurt auto show this year: Volkswagen’s UP! Concept is one, and Toyota ’s IQ city car is the other. The Toyota concept, the company says...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept, Frankfurt Auto Show
2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept

Is this the shape of things to come, or a return to Volkswagen’s roots? The UP! concept is a bit of both. The minicar prototype “is what the Volkswagen brand has stood for since it started,” declared the automaker’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, “affordable mobility for everybody.” Though the...Read More»

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