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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 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 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»

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»

2007 Opel Flextreme Concept
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»

2007 Maserati Quattroporte GT S
2007 Maserati Quattroporte GT S

2007 Frankfurt Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (9/4/2007) The ultimate expression of Maserati’s sedan sportiness — that’s how the Italian car maker is describing the new Quattroporte Sport GT S. The car sits 0.4 inches lower at the front and 0.98 inches lower at the rear compared to 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 Nissan Micra Colour + Concept
2007 Nissan Micra Colour Concept

Nissan has spiced up its European subcompact, the Micra, in time for theFrankfurt auto show next week. But since teensy city cars tend to pale against the likes of Jaguar XFs and Maserati GTs, Nissan’s slathering the Micra with special paint to come up with the Micra Colour + Concept, a two-toner...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 Subaru WRC Concept
Subaru WRC Car Coming to Frankfurt

The biggest new model blitz in company history – that’s how Subaru is describing what will be on its stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show. One of the biggest draws will be the new Impreza WRX-based WRC Concept car. Described as an indication of future styling trends for a world rally car, it will...Read More»

Rinspeed 911 Turbo
Rinspeed Dubs Up the 911 Turbo

The next Geneva Motor Show is the better part of a year away, yet there’s a new model from Swiss tuner Rinspeed. This one’s fairly sensible though – an exclusive accessories program calledLe Mans for the Porsche 997 Turbo. The front skirt with integrated carbon splitters produces greater...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 Maserati Gran Turismo
Maserati Gran Turismo Wows Geneva

PHOTO GALLERY: The new Maserati GranTurismo made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, peering out from behind the unwelcoming walls of the Maserati stand, stunning show crowds with its daring shape. Styled by Pininfarina, the car is a four-seater and will fit into the Italian firm’s range...Read More»

2007 Dodge Demon concept
Will Dodge Deliver the Demon?

MANY MORE PHOTOS: It’s just a concept car. Just keep saying that – for now, anyway, but Chrysler officials couldn’t disguise their interest in bringing the distinctive little Dodge Demon roadster into showrooms. And with the U.S. automaker desperate to enhance its global appeal, a strong...Read More»

2007 Tramontana
Geneva Microbrands: Gumpert, Tramontana

Two high-performance sports cars that made their debuts at last year’s Geneva Motor Show are back. First up is the exotic single-seat Tramontana, described by the Spanish manufacturer as “half Formula One car, half fighter jet.” Last year it was a prototype but now it’s in full production...Read More»

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