Styling

First Photos of 2010 Toyota Prius Hit the Web
First Photos of 2010 Toyota Prius Hit the Web

It was speculation yesterday, but as of this morning, Autoblog and Jalopnik confirm that the new Prius photos that jumped from PriusChat to those sites are indeed accurate representations of the exterior and interior of Toyota's third-generation Prius. While the general shape and greenhouse are...Read More»

Aston Martin Project One-77
Forgetting Its Past, Aston Plans Brash New Lagonda

Aston Martin teased a select audience at the recent Paris Auto Show with its latest concept, the "one 77." With a carbon-fiber chassis, a handcrafted aluminum body, and a 7.0-liter V-12, the one 77 will "deliver exhilarating performance for a strictly limited number of discerning [read: mega-rich]...Read More»

2009 Honda S2000
Honda to Resurrect S2000...As the S3000?

Auto enthusiasts the world over still lament the demise of the Honda (Acura) NSX. And legions of import tuners are still tweaking and lowering their second-gen CRXs, another Honda that was embraced by enthusiasts and promptly left a huge void when it departed in the early 1990s. Enter the rumored...Read More»

2008 Audi A1 Sportback Concept (2008 Paris Auto Show)
First Pics: Audi A1 Sportback Concept

The engineers and designers in Ingolstadt are still trying different permutations of the A1 Metroproject Quattro concept they released at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show. We reported on the A1 as well as Audi's proposed electric minicar recently, and the five-door A1, to be seen at the 2008 Paris Auto...Read More»

2008 Bentley Arnage Final Series
Pie-in-the-Sky Press Release of the Day: Bentley Couture

As October's bright blue weather approaches, Bentley wants you to know that its "new and expanded Bentley Collection range" is "perfect for the holiday period." Having recently released its Ego Lifestyle laptop computer to the tune of nearly $20,000, Bentley's custom-made wares are clearly not...Read More»

Isetta
Awkward Designs: GEM Peapod vs. Isetta vs. BMW 600

This isn't the first year that pinched pocketbooks and a faltering economy have forced automakers to re-invent and downsize. After WWII, according to Wikipedia, short-distance, economically minded transportation was a huge need in Europe. Enter the Isetta, designed originally in Italy, and...Read More»

2008 Chevrolet Malibu
And the Best Interior Is...

Ward's Automotive has picked its best interiors of 2008--and Chevrolet, Jaguar, Suzuki, Chrysler, Mazda, and Audi will be bringing home trophies. The "Interior of the Year" awards for this year were chosen from a field of 36 vehicles and 13 manufacturers by the editorial staff over at Ward's...Read More»

2008 Hyundai HE-5 Concept
2008 Hyundai HE-5 Concept

Hyundai will launch a new compact minivan in the near future, and the Korean firm’s Geneva Motor Show concept hints at the styling and functionality. Bizarrely it has two names, either HED-5 — because it’s the fifth production the from Hyundai European Design center — or the i-mode. The...Read More»

Pop Quiz: The Best Vehicle Interior Is...

In the past week, I've driven new vehicles with the best and worst interiors in the business. The worst one? You can guess for yourself, but think lots of black plastic, nylon carpeting that would make Cher's wardrobe point and laugh, and plastic controls that snick and snap like an overachieving...Read More»

Detroit Designs: Picks and Pans

At the North American International Auto Show there's a bewildering number of new designs — including quite a mix of production premieres, production-bound 'concept' prototypes, and even a few unhindered, let-the-designers-loose concepts. To our untrained eyes, it's often hard to judge them...Read More»

2007 Toyota Hi-CT Concept
2007 Toyota Hi-CT Concept

Car makers could dramatically simplify the dynamics of an urban runabout car if it’s never going to do more than 30 mph. It’s an interesting scenario, and one put forward by Toyota with its Hi-CT concept car. Conventional vehicle styling could also go out of the window if that was the case, and...Read More»

2007 Suzuki Kizashi 2 Concept
2007 Suzuki Kizashi 2 Concept

with Ken Zino Hollywood and Tom Clancy aren’t the exclusive owners of sequels — Suzuki, for one, brought the second of two Kizashi concepts to the Tokyo Motor Show. The first Kizashi, shown earlier in the year at Frankfurt, was an exotic concept said to be an influence on the new Suzuki large...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»

2007 Renault Clio
Renault Wagons Up the Clio

The Renault Clio has been a massively popular supermini inEurope ever since its launch in 1991. It’s grown larger over the years too, with the current Clio III the biggest yet. But the French supermini is about to get an extra dose of space and practicality with the first-ever estate (wagon)...Read More»

2007 Peugeot 308 RC Z concept
Peugeot RC Z Coming to Frankfurt

French manufacturer Peugeot will have two wildly different versions of the 308 on its Frankfurt Motor Show stand. The first will be the standard compact hatchback – replacing the popular 307 – but the second will be something else entirely. And this is the first official picture. Called the 308...Read More»

2007 Mitsubishi cX Concept
Mitsubishi Concept cX Frankfurt-Bound

Is Mitsubishi hinting at plans to build another all-new compact SUV? If the Japanese firm’s styling study for September’s Frankfurt Motor Show is to be believed, the answer is yes. Called the Concept-cX, it’s described as an accessible, affordable, sustainable, and realistic solution to the...Read More»

Which Concept Cars Should Be Built?

Over at the main site, we're talking about concept cars. Rex Roy chose ten from the remote and near past that for whatever reason, weren't built. Chrysler's Norsemen never even made it to an auto show, while the bastardized Pontiac Aztek we did finally get was so far from the concept design as to...Read More»

GM Makes Trax for City Cars?

There’s no doubt that we’re more interested in subcompacts, here in the days of $2.50 a gallon gas. But can Chevrolet make it happen where Toyota, Honda, even smart, have such a head start? The brand will test the waters at the New York auto show with a trio of 1.0-liter concept...Read More»

2007 Mazda Hakaze concept
2007 Mazda Hakaze Concept

MORE PHOTOS: The third in a string of “nagare” design studies from Mazda has had its premiere at the Geneva show. The new Hakaze concept, Mazda says, is a four-seat compact crossover. Designed at the company’s European design center, the concept is aimed at middle-agers with active...Read More»

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