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In order to achieve significant improvements in thermal efficiency, the Atkinson Cycle eng...
Toyota has announced the development of two hyper-fuel-efficient small-displacement petrol Atkinson cycle engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-liter and four-cylinder 1.3-liter which will be introduced across the range from next year in 14 different variations. The smaller engine will deliver 78 mpg (US) in the Toyota Aygo, an improvement of 30 percent.  Read More
The Transparent Bonnet in action
Land Rover teased its new Discovery Vision concept last week in the run-up to its début at 2014 New York International Auto Show on April 16, and now the car maker reveals a bit more about the Vision – or rather, less. That’s because the latest tease demonstrates a new technology that uses cameras and heads-up displays to make the front of the car “invisible” to the driver.  Read More
Ford has unveiled the Transit Skyliner Concept luxury van
The Ford Transit Van is an automotive classic, having been on sale since since 1965. Despite that, its popular image is one of a battered old van lugging kit around. Now though, a new concept has given the Transit an "ultra-premium" makeover befitting of its 50th birthday next year.  Read More
The three-section folding metal roof is capable of opening or closing in 20 seconds
With the New York Auto Show just around the corner, manufacturers are beginning to leak details of some of their new offerings. BMW will be on hand next week with not one, but two models making their global debut: the M4 Convertible, with its 425 hp twin-turbo engine, and the mid-range crossover in the form of the X4.  Read More
Peugeot shows the EXALT concept before its debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show
Picking up where it left off with the Onyx Concept, one of our choices for best concepts of 2012, Peugeot has revealed another sporty concept car that gets creative in the materials department. Like the Onyx, the EXALT concept catches the eye with a multi-material body that includes a healthy portion of bare metal.  Read More
The Bentley Hybrid Concept is the first step in Bentley's plan of offering hybrid powertra...
Bentley has been talking casually about adding a hybrid for years now, dropping the green buzzword into the occasional interview or press release. It's now moving on to showing previews. The Bentley Hybrid Concept, which will debut later this month, is the first official look at Bentley's plug-in hybrid future.  Read More
Users can replay their real-life drives in the game and race against friends
Toyota is blending the worlds of virtual and real-life car racing with a new accessory for its 86 (also known as the GT86 and Scion FR-S in other markets) sports car. Drivers can record their lap times and data with the new Sports Drive Logger, then upload the information to the Gran Turismo 6 video game, going head to head against friends and professional drivers.  Read More
Last month's auction at Amelia Island, Florida, certainly turned up its fair share of eye-...
Around a dozen times a year, RM Auctions draws classic car enthusiasts from around the globe to examine, gawk at and bid for rare automotive gems. Last month's auction at Amelia Island, Florida, certainly turned up its fair share of stunning vehicles, with over US$35 million splashed on 91 cars and motorcycles spanning almost a century of production. Join Gizmag as we cast our eye over some of the highlights from the sale.  Read More
Teaser profile of the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept
Land Rover has released a teaser video and image of its new Discover Vision Concept ahead of the 2014 New York International Auto Show, promising that "pioneering technology from Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Research will be previewed for the first time," in the new vehicle, which also showcases the design and technology direction for a new family of SUVs under the Land Rover badge.  Read More
TRW's roof-mounted airbag in testing
Three years ago, we first heard about TRW Automotive's new roof-mounted airbag system. At the time, the company claimed that it had a "significant production contract" with an unnamed auto manufacturer, that might see the technology appearing on production vehicles. Now, TRW has announced that the airbags will be standard on the new Citroen C4 Cactus.  Read More

Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge high-performance sedan prototype runs the GT-R 568PS (560hp) engi...
Infiniti has released details and video of the company's new 560 hp Q50 Eau Rouge high-performance vehicle ahead of the Beijing Auto Show. Announced at the NAIAS (Detroit) Auto Show in January, the Eau Rouge promised at the time to be a competitor to the Audi, BMW M, and Mercedes AMG gentleman's performance car offerings. Now the news that the car will produce 560 hp plus engine details and video of F1 Champ Sebastian Vettel testing the prototype leave little doubt as to its nature. The Eau Rouge is a brute.  Read More

Johammer's unique looking electro-cruiser motorcycle
The Johammer is one of the first production electric motorcycles to break the 200 km (124 mi) range mark. It's also pretty much the strangest looking two-wheeler we've ever come across. With hub-center steering and the dash built into its bug-eyed mirrors, it's an absolute rolling oddity. All hail the snail!  Read More
One of BRD's existing electric off-road motorbikes
An elite team of commandos zip across rough enemy terrain, on motorcycles that produce no engine noise, yet that also have more range than pure electric bikes ... That's a scenario that DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) would like to make real. To that end, it recently gave a small business innovation research grant to Logos Technologies, to develop the bikes.  Read More
The Honda NM4-1 on display at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show(Photo: Stephen Clemenger)
Honda, the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, has announced a new motorcycle – the 750 cc NM4 Vultus – and it's a bold departure from tradition with anime/manga styling, a "fighter pilot" feet-forward riding position, an ultra-low seat and advanced electronic rider assistance to make it easier to ride. This is a motorcycle aimed at the next generation of motorcycle enthusiast raised on video games and a different visual vocabulary. If you are a traditionalist, you'll probably hate it.  Read More
Spitzlift's miniature cranes make lifting a bike into a truck easy
SpitzLift has updated its miniature crane, cutting the weight to 30 lb (13.6 kg), while retaining the ability to lift up to 900 lb (408 kg). It mounts just about anywhere, including on a truck, in a van, or on a pier.  Read More
Yamaha's Tricity 3-wheeler
Regular readers will know that we’re big fans of the tilting 3-wheeler platform here at Gizmag. Narrow track vehicles are evolving and sprouting up all over the place, but Yamaha’s brand new Tricity represents the first production effort by a major motorcycle company – and it seems to be focused in all the right areas to make it a huge success.  Read More
Ducati's Multistrada D-Air, with wireless airbag jackets.
Ducati has announced a new version of its stunning Multistrada 1200 sports-tourer (check out our video review) that wirelessly inflates airbag jackets for both rider and passenger in the event of a crash. A step forward from the motorcycle airbag Honda showcased in its Goldwing series, the Ducati system can protect the rider and passenger even once they’ve separated from the bike.  Read More
The Diavel was a surprise unveiling at last week's Geneva Motor Show
Ducati has upgraded its devilishly photogenic Diavel supercruiser with a new 1198cc Testastretta engine, new exhaust, full-LED headlight, reduced emissions, better fuel consumption and more mid-range grunt ... as if it needed it.  Read More
Some of the hundreds of behind-the-scenes faces that contribute to a successful World Supe...
Round One of the World Superbike Championship, like all major sporting events, is a giant production. There might be a few dozen top level competitors getting all the media attention, but the event couldn't happen at all without the expertise and energy of hundreds and hundreds of support staff, volunteers and of course, the fans that are the lifeblood of any sport. So with Mike Hanlon and Fabian Fitzgerald busy checking out the latest in motorcycle technology, I thought I'd turn my back to the track and speak to a few of the lesser known characters that add life to the World Superbike paddock – and as it turned out, I met a few doozies. Here's their WSBK experiences in their own words.  Read More
PICTORIAL: Round 1 World Superbike Championships - Phillip Island
The first round of the World Superbike Championships was held at Phillip Island on the weekend with strong indications that the 2014 championship will be won on one of five bikes: an Aprilia RSV4 1000, a Kawasaki ZX-10R, a Ducati Panigale, a Suzuki GSX-R1000 or a Honda CBR1000RR.  Read More
Wearing one of the most revered names in motorsport, the Lotus C-01 certainly looks the pa...
Lotus Motorcycles has released the first images of its new lightweight C-01 superbike, produced by a collaboration of motorsport veterans led by Dr Colin Kolles of Kodewa, with support from the Holzer Group, all under license from Group Lotus plc. The bodywork has been crafted by Daniel Simon while the bike's geometry and construction is the work of Holzer, a company that has had a hand in designing several Moto One and Moto Two world championship motorcycles, not to mention F1 and LMP2 cars. So apart from the name that carries so much gravitas, the team behind it comes with serious credibility too. The 180 kg Lotus C-01 is powered by a 200 hp, 75 degree v-twin Rotax motor similar to that used in the KTM RC8R superbike.  Read More
 
The Rallye Monte-Carlo ZENN, short for Zero Emission, No Noise is the 'greenest' portion o...
Although not quite as prestigious on the electric racing scale as the upcoming Formula-e series, the relatively new "Zero Emission, No Noise" (ZENN) series does give manufacturers a venue in which to put their electrics up against competing teams. Held in the rainy hills in and around Monte-Carlo last month, the race saw Renault’s ZOE dominate in not one, but all categories, essentially sweeping the series.  Read More
Arrinera says this rendering represents the finalized Hussarya design
Automotive start-up Arrinera seems determined to bring a supercar to its home country of Poland. It revealed its first design in 2011 and immediately took criticism for putting out what looked like a Lamborghini with a different hood emblem. It went through a few redesigns, and this week it's pulled back the cloth on the final one: a 650-hp coupe it calls the Hussarya.  Read More
Illustration of Honda's driving support system functions
In addition to freeing up time and creating lounge-like cabins, one of the big selling points of semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles is in creating safer, more efficient roadways. Toward that end, Honda is beginning to test a driving support system that uses car-to-infrastructure communications to create freer flowing, more efficient roadways.  Read More
 

Rear view cameras to be mandatory in all new cars in the US by 2018

April 3, 2014
Rearview camera systems will be mandatory on new vehicles in the US from May 2018  (Photo:...
Most of the safety features made mandatory by lawmakers, such as seat-belts and airbags, provide protection to those inside the vehicle. But in a move to protect those outside the vehicle, specifically, in the blind spot behind the vehicle, the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposed rule requiring rearview cameras to be installed in all new vehicles under 10,000 lb (4,536 kg) in the US from May, 2018.  Read More
British drivers will soon face 'zero tolerance' drug driving laws (Photo: Shutterstock)
The UK has put in place some of the strictest drug driving laws on the planet in an effort to get drug-impaired drivers off the roads. Breath screening and blood tests will be used to detect eight illicit drugs at "zero tolerance" levels, and eight further prescription drugs at levels that would begin to impair driving. Naturally, since the British government can’t be seen to encourage recreational drug use, these limits haven’t been put into a practical context. So we contacted several drug testing experts and a forensic pharmacologist to try to work out what they mean. And as it turns out, some drugs will make you illegal to drive long after their physical effects have worn off.  Read More
The Nemesis reminds us of the McLaren P1, especially when painted in orange
Ultra-powerful, world-speed-record supercars are earning a lot of attention lately. Hot on the heels of Hennessey's 270.49-mph (435.31 km/h) speed record and Koenigsegg's 1-megawatt One:1, we have an all-new contender from a young American start-up. Trion Supercars' Nemesis is an angry, 2,000-hp beast that has its eyes on the world record territory north of 270 mph (435 km/h).  Read More
The R/C car that was able to hit 188.87 mph
Everyone loves seeing a world record broken, especially when it involves exceedingly fast things. Nic Case recently set out to break his own world record for fastest R/C car, and he succeeded, pushing his Bullet car to a whopping 188.87 mph (304 km/h) – and no, that's not scaled down to the size of the car.  Read More
The David Brown Speedback works off a Jaguar XK chassis and 5.0-liter engine
Unveiled at a private event in London last week, the first design from newly founded David Brown Automotive was made available to a select few. The Speedback from this new automotive enterprise, though not associated with Aston Martin’s founder Sir David Brown (the DB in DB5), takes more than a little artistic license with its interpretation of the James Bond classic.  Read More
The Venom GT WFE has a new livery that incorporates the colors of the American flag
Last month, the Hennessey Performance (HPE) Venom GT skidded into the record books when it hit over 270 mph at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. To commemorate this event, as well as snatching a Guinness World Record by doing 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 13.63 seconds, HPE is rolling out its very limited-run World’s Fastest Edition (WFE) Venom GT with a special livery.  Read More
The four world record breakers at the National Motor Museum
Records are made to be broken, and the British have a habit of breaking World Land Speed Records more than anyone else. Last week, Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell, opened a new multimedia exhibit entitled “Britain & For The Hell Of It” at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire. Celebrating the golden age of British record breaking from the 1920s through the 1960s, it features four famous record-breaking cars as well as souvenirs and memorabilia, trophies and personal items belonging to the drivers.  Read More
Specially designed platforms, featuring key vehicle information and details and vintage Fe...
The re-worked red brick house in Modena is no different than most other 19th century residences in the Italian motoring villa. That the unassuming space was the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari was previously only communicated to persons on the street by a simple sign reading, “Officina Meccanica Alfredo Ferrari.” But now a new contemporary gallery dedicated to Ferrari’s founder has reopened to the public and showcases some of his company's finest vintage works.  Read More
PSA Peugeot Citroen has teamed up with EPFL to develop an emotion detection system designe...
Ever experienced road rage? Someone cuts you off while you’re trying to merge and next thing you know you’re tailgating them like a NASCAR driver at Fontana trying to get a slingshot off the bank. Then they hit the brakes … "screech-crash-bang" … there goes your platinum rating with the insurance company. What if an on-board emotion detection system could tell that you were getting annoyed and intervene? PSA Peugeot Citroen has teamed up with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology to develop an emotion detection system designed to recognize signs of irritation and fatigue in a driver’s facial expressions.  Read More
Real-time data about slippery patches on the road is used to warn nearby vehicles nearby
Volvo has a history of shaping many safety features we take for granted today, regardless of what brand of car we drive. From the first introduction of the safety cage in 1944 and pioneering laminated windshields that same year, Volvo has always prided itself as a safety trailblazer. Now the Swedish automotive company is further developing its cloud-based infotainment system as part of a safety-focused pilot project.  Read More

The S65 AMG Coupé from Mercedes-Benz
Now that the Geneva Auto Show is over, one has to wonder what the manufacturers will do to keep our attention. Mercedes-Benz has unleashed the new S63 AMG Coupé featuring a new tightened dynamic design, increased power output, all-wheel-drive, a lighter fighting-weight and world first suspension system.  Read More
Futuristic autonomous car design studies at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show
We've heard a lot of chatter about autonomous vehicles over the past several years and seen a variety of hardware. So far, most autonomous cars are rough, experimental versions of current models, with all kinds of added sensor hardware. The recent Geneva Motor Show flipped the autonomous vehicle inside out, showcasing several futuristic design studies that peeked inside the car cabin of the future.  Read More
Bentley teases its upcoming production SUV
Last year, Bentley announced that it was moving ahead with its first SUV. Now it's given the world a glimpse of the ultra-premium utility vehicle in the form of a teaser picture.  Read More
The 207 hp 1.6-litre turbo delivers 30% more power and 15% more torque than the standard T...
Citroën's DS3 Cabrio Racing is a potent combination of value, practicality and performance. Developed from the double world-championship-winning DS3 WRC (arguably the most relevant motorsport to sporty cars driven on public roads), it also has Citroën's unique and practical Cabrio roof, offering several sporty cars in one for £29,300 (US$46,600).  Read More
Volvo Driver State Estimation uses a dash-mounted infrared sensor
Back in the days of black-and-white newsreels, an inventor came up with a bell on a collar that rang whenever a motorist wearing it nodded off. Since this is the 21st century, Volvo is developing a high-tech version of this gadget. It uses face recognition technology to let a car know when the driver is tired or inattentive, so appropriate action can be taken.  Read More

 
Arash shows the all-new AF8 that debuted before the Geneva Motor Show
Thanks to the Geneva Motor Show, "supercars," including the Koenigsegg One:1 and Pagani Zonda Revolucion, have been a major focus of automotive news this month. But one supercar that debuted just prior to the show and didn't make an appearance in Geneva is the Arash AF8 – a light, lithe British exotic sports car with a big 7.0-liter engine.  Read More
Ten teams, with two drivers, will drive fully-electric Formula E racers at speeds in exces...
As Nico Rossberg and Mercedes celebrate the first win of the 2014 Formula One season, another group of racers is preparing for a new electric race series. All-electric Formula E racers will hold their own Grand Prix for the first time this September at the iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing.  Read More
The Audi traffic light system uses icon prompts
One of life's small but satisfying pleasures is hitting the sweet spot while driving across town and catching all the green lights. At the moment, having that happen is a matter of luck, but Audi is developing a system that will make never getting caught by a red light an everyday thing as a way of speeding up traffic while improving fuel efficiency and cutting emissions.  Read More
New Jersey is the latest state in the USA to outlaw sales of Tesla
Electric car manufacturer Tesla has been in discussions for some time with the New Jersey Government and Motor Vehicle Commission about the implementation of its direct dealership model. This week the Administration, following suit with Texas and Arizona, moved to block Tesla from selling cars in its own stores. So what's all the fuss about?  Read More
The 2014 Volkswagen Multivan Alltrack concept is a van for 'any task and every route'
We've grown quite accustomed to rugged, 4WD trucks and SUVs over the years. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen was determined to show a few different looks for all-wheel-powered vehicles with off-road intentions. It revealed a utility convertible in the T-ROC concept and also debuted the Multivan Alltrack concept, an AWD van for "all roads and any track."  Read More

New green designs at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show
In addition to the sporty and strange, the Geneva Motor Show hosts its fair share of green cars and concepts. This year, everyone from mainstream manufacturers to university teams showed designs built from ultralight components, powered by alternative fuels and otherwise designed around fuel- and emissions-frugal commuting.  Read More
An electric car hire scheme has been announced in London, similar to Autolib in Paris (Pho...
London's "Boris Bike" cycle hire scheme has been a huge success since its launch in 2010. Now, a French billionaire has announced plans to roll out a hire scheme for electric cars in the capital.  Read More
AeroVironment's TurboCord works with 120-volt and 240-volt outlets
With the increasing popularity of electric and hybrid electric vehicles, some employers have come to the party and installed charging stations for their employees. Now AeroVironment has released its TurboCord, which allows businesses to provide faster EV charging by simply installing NEMA 6-20R 240-volt outlets, rather than going to the expense of providing dedicated charging units.  Read More
Gumpert debuted the Explosion at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show
We don't usually expect to see niche hypercar marques like Gumpert come back from the near-dead to offer "entry level" models, but that's exactly what the German manufacturer has done. At the Geneva Motor Show, it introduced the Explosion, a more humbly styled and powered sports car than its past offerings, with a price just a touch north of €100,000. Despite drawing power from a modest 2.0-liter engine, the Explosion still shoots off the line to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a mere three seconds.  Read More
For the 2014 season, Audi's R18 e-tron will be running a mid-engine V6 TDI with not one bu...
First introduced into rally racing in 1980, Audi’s AWD Quattro system has become synonymous with all wheel drive performance. Its AWD activities have since shifted from that of a rally-only diet to the arena endurance racing in the form of the championship winning R18 e-tron Quattro. For 2014, the Le Mans champion is back to defend its title packing more than just new laser headlights – it has a completely redesigned dual-hybrid system in hand.  Read More
Alfa Romeo reveals the 4C Spider Design Preview at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show
Ever since we first laid eyes on the Alfa Romeo 4C, we've been thinking that the top just needs to come down. The ultralight two-seater seems made to drive with the air rushing through your hair, and a convertible version is finally on the way. Alfa Romeo revealed the 4C Spider last week at the Geneva Motor Show, and while it called it a "Design Preview" on paper, it looks awfully production ready.  Read More
Volvo has completed a research project testing the use of magnets in the roadway to help s...
Volvo is continuing its work on autonomous vehicle technology with a research project that involves the use of magnets to keep self-driving cars on the road. As well as preventing cars from running off the road, the Swedish automaker says the technology could help improve road maintenance and allow for lanes to be narrowed.  Read More
The Tomahawk kit-car features various items like dihedral doors, a T6 aluminum monocoque c...
While most of Canada seems content to let the rest of the world worry about designing exotic vehicles, some in Quebec see things slightly differently. Recently the francophone province has brought us such automotive morsels as the Felino cb7 and the MK5 track racer, and now Dubuc SLC’s Tomahawk, a multi-talented 2-seater kit-car, capable of supporting an electric drive train, or one pilfered from a gas-powered car or motorcycle, can be added to the list of boutique Quebecois offerings.  Read More
The Italdesign Giugiaro Clipper is all electric
It’s easy for a car that’s all sharp lines and flaring wings to catch the eye, but sometimes it’s the ones with the deceptively conservative styling that catch you by surprise. A case in point is Italdesign Giugiaro’s Clipper MPV concept car, which was unveiled last week at the Geneva Motor Show. The four-wheel drive, six-seater with fully independent all-electric drive sports a design that's based on a study of future cities, and is billed by the maker as a “veritable automotive research design lab.”  Read More
The front-wheel-drive pocket rocket market is likely to become all four-wheel-drive in the...
If you were compiling a list of the world’s sportiest front wheel drive cars, you’d no doubt start with names like the MINI Cooper S, Volkswagen Golf GTI or Scirocco R, Ford Focus RS500 or Taurus SHO, Honda Integra Type R, Vauxhall/Opel Vectra or Astra VXR models, Peugeot 205 GTi, Alfa Romeo 147 or 156 GTA models, Nissan Altima Coupe, Mazda speed3, one of the Renaultsport Meganes, or if you’re a little older perhaps the Lotus Elan, Lancia Fulvia, Fiat Abarth or Volvo S80 T6. Now there’s a new name to put at the very top of that list and several new contenders gunning for the crown.  Read More


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The Geneva Motor Show serves as one of the world's hot beds for high-tech cars and concept...
Each year, the Geneva Motor Show serves as one of the world's hot beds for high-tech cars and concepts. Global manufacturers, world-famous design houses, students and hopeful start-ups reveal their latest efforts here. We've gathered some of the biggest, most interesting showings from this year's show into one bulging gallery ripe for your viewing pleasure. Step inside a world of freshly buffed carbon, crazy experimental body styling, extreme supercars pushed to further extremes, and brands you may have never heard of and may never hear from again.  Read More
The Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show (Photo: CC Weis...
Last month Range Rover flagged its intention to bring the performance-focused Evoque yet to Geneva, and we've now had the opportunity to see it in the flesh. Meet the Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic.  Read More
Car of the future or vaporware?
One of the wildest cars at the Geneva Motor Show, the Nanoflowcell Quant e-Sportlimousine is a research prototype that's powered by salt water. More accurately, it's powered by a flow battery that uses a special formula of ionic charge-carrying salt water as its storage medium. Not content to just electrify an average powertrain, Nanoflowcell uses its technology to send 912 horses into an all-out frenzy of spinning, smoking rubber.  Read More
The new Audi TT at the Geneva Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag)
Since 1998 Audi’s enigmatic sports coupe, the TT, has been one of the German firm's more unique offerings. With the unveiling of its third generation models at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, Audi has chosen to blend elements of the original TT with those of more current designs.  Read More
The Ferrari California T flipping its top
Last month, Ferrari gave us a glimpse at its new mid-front-engine, retractable hard top berlinetta California T. Now at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, the legendary Italian car maker has taken the cover off the new grand tourer, which the Ferrari Styling Center, in collaboration with Pininfarina, has completely redesigned to both reflect Ferrari’s heritage and to get the most out of its new turbocharged engine by Maranello.  Read More
In addition to the HAZUMI concept, Mazda revealed a newly developed 1.5 liter clean diesel...
Mazda has provided a bit of a surprise at the Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of its new HAZUMI concept. This latest sub-compact from the Mazda is reported to be the successor to the company’s highly rated “2” series hatchback.  Read More
Every part of the Revolucion is designed to increase track times while reducing weight and...
The Geneva Auto Show has a reputation for being the place for auto designers to display their most exotic work. In the case of Italy’s Pagani, known for its less than subtle approach to extreme automobiles, that means the 800 hp Zonda Revolucion.  Read More
The 919 Hybrid is the result of a carefully balanced overall concept: from the combustion ...
For motorsport enthusiasts, 2014 is shaping as one of the most exciting years ever because Porsche is returning to World Championship Endurance Racing after a 16 year absence, and thanks to some intelligent reframing of the regulations, the battleground is now not just one of outright performance, but of technological excellence. Read on for Gizmag's comprehensive rundown on the new Porsche 919 Hybrid, and the new hybrids from Audi and Toyota it will face. It's a technophile's delight, with a script written in motorsport heaven.  Read More
The One:1 breaks cover at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag.com)
Take note of these numbers: 1,341 hp to 1,360 kg. It's a ratio that gives the latest hypercar from Sweden's Koenigsegg the potential to be the fastest car on Earth, with a listed 273-mph (440 km/h) top speed. It also gives the car its name: One:1. That's one horse for every kilo, or close enough to round up without thinking twice. Starting with the already ultra powerful, lightweight Agera, Koenigsegg reached deep into its bag of tricks to strip more weight, add more downforce and create one of the world's most extreme machines.  Read More
Subaru's Viziv 2 Concept, on display at the Geneva Motor Show
After providing a sneak peek of the vehicle last month, Subaru has now fully revealed its Viziv 2 Concept, at the Geneva Motor Show. The four-door crossover hatchback hybrid builds upon ideas previously presented in the Viziv Concept, which debuted at last year's event. Taking its name from an amalgamation of the words "Vision for Innovation," it's intended to combine eco-friendliness with spirited performance.  Read More

 
The Alfieri’s long, low nose, the vertically-divided grille, twin concave sections and the...
Maserati has brought a stunning concept model to Geneva in the form of a dynamic new two-door concept. Sharing the same 460 hp engine with the GT, the 2+2 Alfieri Concept just might offer a glimpse of the Italian manufacturer’s future design language.  Read More
The 2015 Ford Focus enjoys Ford new global design strategy
Ford hasn't done too bad with its Focus line. In 2012, it surpassed the Toyota Corolla as the world's best selling car model and, according to Ford, it still holds the crown with 12 million sold worldwide. The economical all-round commuter car enjoys a good reputation with reviewers and drivers, so it's not surprising that Ford doesn't go in for radical redesigns, but the company does tweak a bit now and then. This year at the Geneva Motor Show, Ford is unveiling its latest Focus with a slightly sleeker design package containing some new engine and other technologies for the European market.  Read More
The world's auto media looks on as tgh eMcLaren 650S Spider is revealed in Geneva (Photo: ...
McLaren has taken the wraps off an open-aired version of its new 650S supercar. Officially unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show today, the 650S Spider may well have stolen a bit of the limelight from its hard topped sibling.  Read More
Volkswagen's T-ROC concept mini-SUV, at the Geneva Motor Show
Volkswagen may already be experiencing some success with its Tiguan and Touareg SUVs, but that doesn't mean that the automaker has no interest in introducing other models. One of those might very well be based on the T-ROC concept, which was just introduced at the Geneva Motor Show.  Read More
The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, on the road
According to a report in Truck News, Walmart plans on doubling the fuel efficiency of its trucking fleet by next year. In order to show that it's not kidding around, the retailer has collaborated with Peterbilt, Great Dane Trailers, and Capstone Turbine to create a concept "truck of tomorrow" known as the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience – or WAVE.  Read More
The Honda Civic Type R Concept at the Geneva Motor Show
If you're a fan of all things Honda, then you're probably already aware of the Civic Type R, the fastest version of popular Civic. Well, today at the Geneva Motor Show, the automaker revealed a sneak peek of its vision for the 2015 model of the car, in the form of the Honda Civic Type R Concept.  Read More
Nissan's e-NV200 borrow heavily from the Nissan LEAF
Nissan originally began testing of an all-electric version of its NV200 light commercial van back in mid-2010 before showcasing the e-NV200 concept at the North American International Auto Show in 2012. Now the automaker has unveiled the production version of the LEAF's bigger brother in Geneva, touting the vehicle as a practical and sustainable city delivery vehicle or people mover.  Read More
Aston Martin Vantage N430
Aston Martin has been around for 101 years and to mark the occasion the car maker is debuting two new special editions at this year’s Geneva Motor Show: the Vantage N430 and the DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White. Highlighting styling and a power boost for the Vantage N430, Aston Martin says both are intended to combine sport-focused style elements with an air of elegance.  Read More
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Of all the technologies to have emerged from the digital renaissance, additive manufacturing (3D printing) has the potential to be the most disruptive. A perfect example of the way 3DP will change the way we make things will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show this week when EDAG, the world’s largest independent engineering partner to the mobility industry, displays an example of a printed automobile. The Genesis is more a conceptual sculpture than an automobile, but it will give you a taste of what the world's leading manufacturers might be producing a decade or two from now.  Read More
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Back in August, Sweden’s polite, pragmatic auto manufacturer Volvo made waves with its somewhat uncharacteristic Concept Coupé. The Concept XC Coupé followed at the Detroit Motor Show in January and now the company is set to reveal a third un-Volvo like concept in the form of the Concept Estate wagon.  Read More

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