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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»

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2008 Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK FREESIDE Concept

After months of spy photos and speculation, Mercedes-Benz will unveil its new compact SUV at the Detroit auto show. Dubbed the GLK, the new ute will get its world debut as a thinly disguised concept wearing the “Freeside” badge. The GLK slots beneath the classic G-Class Benz ute, the large...Read More»

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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»

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2007 Kia KND-4 Concept

Kia’s newest concept car is kinda this, kinda that. Or as chief designer Peter Schreyer would prefer, it “eliminates the boundary between the indoors and outdoors,” and the lines between SUVs and sports cars — a surprisingly common theme at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. This is...Read More»

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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 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»

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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»

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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»

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2007 VW Space Up! Concept

Just a few weeks ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Volkswagen Up! was described as a concept car. Now, with the debut of the Space Up!, the pair are being talked of by VW as a small-car family. There seems little doubt these cars – or something very like them – will become production...Read More»

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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»

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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»

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Hyundai Veloster For Real?

The Hyundai Veloster is one of the Frankfurt Motor Show’s more striking concept cars. But according to the company it’s not as outlandish as you might think and is a real production possibility. A spokesman for the Korea firm explained: “The Hyundai Tiburon will be replaced next year with a...Read More»

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2007 Opel Flextreme Concept

While there are more than enough muscle cars to go around at this year’s Frankfurt show, “green machines” are everywhere, as well. Nowhere was that more apparent than at the General Motors stand, where virtually every new product had an environmental spin, ranging from flex-fuel vehicles to a...Read More»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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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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»

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Frankfurt Green: Citroen C-Cactus

You’ve seen the Airscape, the executive convertible that points the way to the new Citroën C5 sedan and estate car. Now the French firm has revealed another element of its Frankfurt Motor Show offerings – the C-Cactus. It’s described as “an imaginative and ingenious eco-friendly concept...Read More»

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