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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 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»

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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 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 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»

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»

2007 Citroen Airscape Concept
Citroen Bringing C5 to Frankfurt

In the recent past Citroën’s expertise with convertibles has been limited to the likes of the slow-selling Pluriel supermini. So this stunning car with a folding carbon-fiber roof should prove something of a show-stopper when it’s unveiled at next month’sFrankfurt auto show. It’s a class...Read More»

2007 Ford Interceptor Concept
We Drive Ford’s Interceptor, Airstream, MKR

You hear it well before you see it; the deep, throttling burble of a big V-8, barely at idle, like a startled stallion ready to run. The metaphor is fitting for the Ford Interceptor, the striking, four-door concept vehicle that has been called “the four-door Mustang.” First unveiled at the...Read More»

2006 Chevrolet Sequel
Chevy Sequel Fuel-Cell Goes 300 Miles

General Motors claims to have the first electrically driven fuel-cell vehicle capable of going 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen — on public roads. Sequel’s 300-mile route acrossNew York State began at GM’s Fuel Cell Activity Center in Honeoye Falls, near Rochester, and finished in...Read More»

2007 Buick Riviera Concept (China)
GM Wows China – But Still Fixing America

“Our goal isn’t to survive another ten years and keep winnowing down,” General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner told TheCarConnection.com at an appearance at the Shanghai Motor Show, on Friday. The CEO of the world’s largest automaker said his top priority remains fixing GM’s troubled North...Read More»

2007 New York Auto Show logo
2007 New York Auto Show Index

New York’s auto show — this year, designated an International outing — opens to the media on April 4 with an increasing lineup of new production and concept vehicles. Among the cars, trucks, SUVs, and concepts we’ve previewed for you already here at TheCarConnection, the list includes: The...Read More»

2007 Fiat Abarth
Fiat Abarth Returns at Geneva

One of European motoring’s most famous high-performance auto brands has been relaunched at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The scorpion badge of Fiat’s Abarth cars will live again on a new sporty version of the Grande Punto compact hatchback. The Italian company has already said it’s the first...Read More»

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