Honda Civic Hatchback Tailor-Made for Europe: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

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Honda Civic Hatchback Tailor-Made for Europe: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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  Honda unveiled a new five-door Civic designed specifically for Europe at the Frankfurt Auto Show. According to Takanobu Ito, Honda Motor president and chief executive officer, the new Civic was tested on European roads more than any other Honda model produced. The hatchback Honda Civic will arrive in European showrooms in early 2012 with… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Miray Concept is Like a Korean Batmobile: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

Chevrolet Miray Concept is Like a Korean Batmobile: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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When I first laid eyes on the Chevrolet Miray concept, I thought: this is what the Batmobile would look like if it was small, silver, and Korean. A product of GM Korea, the Miray (Korean for “future” first debuted at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year but made its European debut at the Frankfurt… Continue Reading...

Volvo Concept You Has a Very Chinese Feel: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

Volvo Concept You Has a Very Chinese Feel: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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There’s something really Chinese about the Volvo Concept You but I just can’t quite put my finger on it. And I’m actually Chinese. That there is an oriental feel shouldn’t be a surprise. The Concept You is an evolution of the Concept Universe revealed earlier this year at Auto Shanghai earlier this year. Volvo sought… Continue Reading...

2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class and B-Class E-Cell Plus Concept: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

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2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class and B-Class E-Cell Plus Concept: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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Mercedes-Benz unveiled its second-generation B-Class at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show along with a concept for an E-Cell version of the front-wheel drive compact sport tourer. The new B-Class is almost two inches shorter than the previous version yet has more leg room thanks to a lowered floor. The seats are also more upright but… Continue Reading...

Smart Forvision Concept Highlights Energy-Efficient Technologies: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

Smart Forvision Concept Highlights Energy-Efficient Technologies: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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Daimler and German chemical company BASF have teamed up to produce the electric Smart Forvision concept vehicle which premiered at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.  The result is a futuristic-looking Smart car with several innovations designed to maximize energy efficiency from the electric drivetrain. The Smart Forvision concept uses five new technologies designed to conserve… Continue Reading...

Mercedes-Benz F 125! a Look Ahead to the Year 2025: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

Mercedes-Benz F 125! a Look Ahead to the Year 2025: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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Mercedes-Benz revealed its hydrogen-powered gullwing F 125! luxury car concept, offering a glimpse at what the company’s vehicles will look like in the year 2025. The F 125! – named for Mercedes-Benz’s 125th anniversary – illustrates the company’s styling direction for the next decade and beyond while also highlighting Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to developing hydrogen-powered technology…. Continue Reading...

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept – Coming to North America in 2013 … We Hope: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept – Coming to North America in 2013 … We Hope: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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Alfa Romeo debuted another version of its 4C sports car concept and announced it will be available worldwide, including North America. In 2013. That’s a year later than we previous thought. We had previously reported Alfa Romeo would offer the 4C in North America in 2012 with other models to follow in 2013. Continue Reading...

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Swaps Gullwings for Soft Top: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Swaps Gullwings for Soft Top: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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Two years after debuting the SLS AMG at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz has followed up with a convertible version. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster swaps its predecessor’s splashy gullwing doors for conventional doors and a soft top roof that closes in 11 seconds and can be operated while moving at speeds up to… Continue Reading...

Ford Fiesta ST Concept : Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

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Ford Fiesta ST Concept : Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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Ford presented a concept model showing what a future Fiesta ST might look like when it joins the Focus ST in the company’s high-performance small car offerings. The Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch has a silhouette inspired by Ford’s rally racing Fiesta RS WRC. The lowered stance with 17-inch alloy wheels and full ST body… Continue Reading...

Covers Come Off Ferrari 458 Spider [Frankfurt Auto Show 2011]

Covers Come Off Ferrari 458 Spider [Frankfurt Auto Show 2011]
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Ferrari lifted the covers off the new 458 Spider featuring an aluminum retractable roof that opens and closes in 14 seconeds. The Ferrari 458 Spider is powered by the same 4.5 liter V8 engine as the 458 Italia, which means 562 hp at 9000 rpm. Top speed is rated at 198.8 mph with a 0-62… Continue Reading...

7th-Gen Porsche 911 Carrera Breaks Cover: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

7th-Gen Porsche 911 Carrera Breaks Cover: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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Porsche pulled the covers off its seventh generation 911 Carrera with nearly 90% newly redesigned or redeveloped components including a 7-speed manual transmission. The new 911 has a longer wheelbase by 100mm yet the body is only 56mm longer. The new 911 is also about 7mm shorter than the previous version. At just under 176.91… Continue Reading...

Five-Door Accent Will Kick Fiesta’s Butt Says Hyundai CEO

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Five-Door Accent Will Kick Fiesta’s Butt Says Hyundai CEO
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Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik announced a five-door Hyundai Accent is coming to the U.S., boldly saying it will “kick the Fiesta’s butt.” The announcement came in a Q&A session with readers on Jalopnik after one reader asked if Hyundai will introduce a five-door Accent. Such bold talk is rare from a manufacturer, especially… Continue Reading...

Detroit 2011: Kia KV7 Concept the Mystery Machine for the 21st Century Scooby-Doo

Detroit 2011: Kia KV7 Concept the Mystery Machine for the 21st Century Scooby-Doo
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If any other automaker announced they wanted to bring back the van, we would have expected something practical and utilitarian. We’d picture a family-friendly minivan or perhaps a commercial vehicle for small businesses. But when a company like Kia says it, we expect something entirely different. After all, this is the company that gave us… Continue Reading...

Detroit 2011: Audi A6 and A6 Hybrid Unveiled

Detroit 2011: Audi A6 and A6 Hybrid Unveiled
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Audi pulled the wraps off its redesigned executive class A6 and its hybrid variant at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The Audi A6 will be available in a choice of two gasoline and three TDI engines with power output said to range from 177 hp to 300 hp. Meanwhile, Audi engineers managed to make the… Continue Reading...

Detroit 2011: 2012 Volkswagen Passat Takes the Stage [Video]

Detroit 2011: 2012 Volkswagen Passat Takes the Stage [Video]
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Volkswagen revealed the new 2012 Passat the night before the 2011 Detroit Auto Show but we’ve now got the first live photos of the Tennessee-produced mid-sized sedan. As reported yesterday, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat will be available with three drivetrains, a 170 hp 2.5l five-cylinder engine (with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, a 140… Continue Reading...

Detroit 2011: Chrysler Channels Eminem for Debut of Re-designed 300C [Video]

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Detroit 2011: Chrysler Channels Eminem for Debut of Re-designed 300C [Video]
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Chrysler President and CEO Olivier Francois cast his company as the underdog about to fight back after being knocked down. Francois opened Chrysler’s 2011 Detroit Auto Show press conference by reciting lyrics from Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”. After not introducing anything new last year, Chrysler is bouncing back, unveiling the final piece of its completely revamped… Continue Reading...

Detroit 2011: Mopar Chrysler 200 Super S a Work in Progress

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Detroit 2011: Mopar Chrysler 200 Super S a Work in Progress
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Chrysler displayed a sportier Mopar-tuned version of its new 200 mid-sized sedan at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed the Chrysler 200 Super S, the concept provides a look at what a future sport-oriented version of the 200 may look like. Mopar lowered the car by three inches and added a number of accessories including… Continue Reading...

Detroit 2011: Fiat 500 Gets a Mopar Makeover

Detroit 2011: Fiat 500 Gets a Mopar Makeover
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Chrysler set its Mopar division on the Fiat 500 for the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and the Italian runabout emerged with a matte black makeover and a number of other upgrades. Double blue stripes stand out sharply against the black paint while chrome accents provide some added flair. Other accessories include gloss black wheels, a… Continue Reading...

New York 2010: Audi R8 V10 Wins 2010 World Performance Car Award

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New York 2010: Audi R8 V10 Wins 2010 World Performance Car Award
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The Audi R8 V10 was selected from a field of 16 vehicles as the 2010 World Performance Car. The winner was chosen by a jury of 59 journalists for its overall sports performance. The Audi R8 V10 was chosen above the other finalists, the Ferrari California and the Porsche 911 GT3. “We’re honored that the… Continue Reading...

New York 2010: Forte Five-Door Unveiled in New York

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New York 2010: Forte Five-Door Unveiled in New York
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Kia pulled the covers off a new hatchback version of the Forte at the New York Auto Show but oddly chose not to let the media see any of the five doors actually open. It’s especially strange when the car is called the Forte Five-Door. Joining the Forte sedan and Forte Koup, the Five-Door will… Continue Reading...

New York 2010: Chevrolet Camaro Wins 2010 World Car Design Award

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New York 2010: Chevrolet Camaro Wins 2010 World Car Design Award
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The Chevrolet Camaro won the World Car Design of the Year award at the New York Auto Show, beating the other two finalists, the Kia Soul and the Citroen C3 Picasso. The finalists were chosen by an international panel of five design experts and a jury of 59 automotive journalists selected the Camaro above the… Continue Reading...

New York 2010: Volkswagen Polo Named 2010 World Car of the Year

New York 2010: Volkswagen Polo Named 2010 World Car of the Year
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The Volkswagen Polo was named the 2010 World Car of the Year, beating out the other finalists, the Toyota Prius and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The VW Polo was selected by a jury of 59 international journalists from an overall field of 30 vehicles. “We’re honored that the Volkswagen Polo was chosen by this distinguished group of… Continue Reading...

New York 2010: Chevrolet Cruze Eco Promises Hybrid-like Efficiency

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New York 2010: Chevrolet Cruze Eco Promises Hybrid-like Efficiency
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Chevy unveiled a high-efficiency version of its new Cruze compact at the New York Auto Show, saying it provides “hybrid-like” fuel economy. The Chevrolet Cruze Eco is powered by an Ecotec 1.4l turbocharged engine with variable valve timing connected to a six-speed manual transmission. According to Chevy, the Cruze Eco has a 0-60 time in… Continue Reading...

New York 2010: Acura TSX Sport Wagon Debuts in New York

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New York 2010: Acura TSX Sport Wagon Debuts in New York
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The new Acura TSX Sport Wagon was unveiled today at the New York Auto Show. Acura is positioning the TSX Sport Wagon as an entry level luxury utility vehicle, targeting the under-30 demographic, the same crowd that makes up a bulk of the TSX sedan’s sales. The TSX Wagon is powered by a 2.4l i-VTEC… Continue Reading...
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