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2007 Mitsubishi Concept ZT
2007 Mitsubishi Concept ZT

Mitsubishi may have walked away from its Diamante sedan and wagon in the U.S., but that’s not stopping the company from showing a concept at this year’s Tokyo show patterned very much after the departed four-door. The Concept ZT sports the dimensions of a big front-drive sedan, like the old...Read More»

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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 Subaru Exiga Concept
2007 Subaru Exiga Concept

The Tokyo Motor Show is known for its outlandish and often excessive designs, but look closely and you may catch a glimmer of what’s really in store from manufacturers like Subaru. The maker’s Exiga is being billed as a concept, but it has the look of a production-ready model, perhaps a...Read More»

2007 Honda Puyo Concept
2007 Honda Puyo Concept

The name is not quite lost in translation. Honda’s Puyo is an onomatopoeia that the automaker says, “expresses the sensation of touching the vehicle’s soft body.” Don’t worry. We don’t know of any laws you might break by stroking the Puyo’s soft gel body, though we think it may be an...Read More»

2007 Audi Metroproject Quattro Concept
2007 Audi Metroproject Quattro Concept

Think of this as the face of the future for Audi, the future of the A1, anyway, the new minicar program that will reach market late in 2009. “The final design for the production car has not yet been signed off,” reveals Thomas Krauter, project leader from the German automaker’s Concept...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»

2006 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge
2007 L.A. Show Design Challenge

For the fourth year, the Los Angeles Auto Show is hosting Design Los Angeles, a world conference for designers, along with the Design Challenge, a design contest that garners entries from some of the brightest rising stars at top North American design studios. We’ve come to expect the Design...Read More»

2007 Lexus LF-Xh Concept
2007 Lexus LF-Xh Hybrid Concept

by Ken Zino There are concepts ahead of their time, and there are concepts appearing after production designs are done. This hybrid SUV looks like a teaser to prepare buyers for a more angular and expressive RX. If Lexus holds to its usual cycle, a replacement RX will appear in a little more than...Read More»

2008 Saab Turbo X
Saab Turbo X Bows in Frankfurt

Saab had gripping news forFrankfurt, where it officially revealed the latest spin-off of its newly-redesigned 9-3 line. The 9-3 Turbo X will be the first model to make use of the automaker’s all-new, all-wheel-drive technology, or as Saab prefers to call it, Cross-Wheel-Drive. (Saab will now take...Read More»

2007 Ford  Verve Concept
2007 Ford Verve Concept

Say hello to Verve. Oops, sorry, that was the tag line for somebody else’s small car, but there’s little denying Ford’s need for a small, fuel-efficient and affordable alternative, something that could go up against the likes of the Toyota Yaris or Honda Fit. And from the hints theU.S...Read More»

2007 Mitsubishi cX Concept
2007 Mitsubishi Concept cX

Mitsubishi’s stand at the Frankfurt show featured traditional Japanese drummers and dancers, but the concept that pulled onto the stand after the show was anything but traditional. The cX concept is Mitsubishi’s idea of what urban drivers would want in a compact utility vehicle — while...Read More»

2007 Seat Tribu Concept
2007 Seat Tribu Concept

It may look like a typo, but Seat’s Tribu show car is spelled correctly. It’s Spanish for “tribe,” we’re told, or, if you prefer, “heritage,” and if one reads between the lines, it seems all but certain this crossover/SUV is on tap to join the Volkswagen division’s lineup in the...Read More»

2007 Nissan Mixim Concept
2007 Nissan Mixim Concept

Nissan’s new Mixim concept shows what a future electric-powered city car might look and act like, the Japanese automaker said as it previewed its concept prior to a Frankfurt auto show introduction. The Mixim is powered by a “Super Motor” electric powertrain, which Nissan promises will give...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen GTI W12 concept
VW Golf GTI – Twelve Cylinder?

What’s the best way to pay tribute to enthusiasts who love one ofEurope’s most enduring motoring icons? Give them something new. That’s what Volkswagen is doing at the Annual Golf GTI Festival in Worthersee, Austria, later this month. The German firm is to unveil a unique design study called...Read More»

2007 Audi TT clubsport quattro concept
Audi Clubsports the TT

Audi continues its quest to grab a headline every few weeks with the new TT clubsport quattro concept, a sporty rendition of the new roadster now on sale in theU.S. The concept strips down the TT roadster to an essential racing form, most obviously by cutting away the car’s windshield and...Read More»

2007 Buick Riviera Concept (China)
2007 Buick Riviera Concept

One of the most celebrated names in the history of General Motors’ Buick brand is back – at least in concept form. Company officials aren’t ready to say whether a production version of the prototypeRiviera is coming, but they acknowledge that some of the key design elements of the show car...Read More»

2007 Audi Cross Coupe Concept
2007 Audi Cross Coupe Concept

Audi’s big news for this week’s Shanghai auto show comes in the form of the Cross Coupé quattro, which it dubs a blend of sports car and crossover. The four-seat concept clearly tells you what it is capable of and whose engineering matches this standard — on all roads, under all...Read More»

2007 Callaway C16 Cabrio
Callaway Spins C16 Cabrio Into Javits

Reeves Callaway is letting his hair down — along with the roof of the new C16 Corvette, first shown in Los Angeles , last December. Heading cross-country, the well-known tuner rolled out the C16 Cabrio at the ’07 New York Auto Show. The tuner transformation that is the C16 starts with Corvette...Read More»

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