IPL G Convertible is a Concept in Name Only [Paris 2010]

IPL G Convertible is a Concept in Name Only [Paris 2010]
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After debuting the IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) G Coupe at Pebble Beach, Nissan’s luxury arm has unveiled the IPL G Convertible at the Paris Auto Show. Those eager to get their hands on this more attractive G Coupe will have to wait, however, as it’s technically a concept car. But don’t let the name fool… Continue Reading...

Volvo S60, V60 R-Design: Naughty Volvo Now a Hottie Too [Paris 2010]

Volvo S60, V60 R-Design: Naughty Volvo Now a Hottie Too [Paris 2010]
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Volvo is adding even more style and a touch more performance to its new S60 and V60 models thanks to an optional R-Design package. Officially unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the R-Spec package is available with any engine choice (in Europe anyway). R-Design models are easily distinguishable by their new front-end, as well as… Continue Reading...

Infiniti M35h to Get 39-MPG, Hit 60-MPH in Just 5.9 Seconds [Paris 2010]

Infiniti M35h to Get 39-MPG, Hit 60-MPH in Just 5.9 Seconds [Paris 2010]
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Infiniti still doesn’t have much of a presence in Europe, but the brand it looking to continue to grow thanks to a strong lineup of sport-oriented luxury models on one side, and an expanding hybrid and EV initiative on the other. The latest addition to the Infiniti lineup, the M35h, has plenty of potential with… Continue Reading...

Citroen Survolt Shows Us That EVs Don’t Have To Suck [Paris 2010]

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Citroen Survolt Shows Us That EVs Don’t Have To Suck [Paris 2010]
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Citroen’s Survolt electric car is pretty single-minded. While the Tesla Roadster is an electric sports car for the road, the Survolt is meant to be an outright race car. With two electric motors making 300 horsepower, the Survolt has muscle, and can hit over 160 miles per hour. 0-60 comes in just under 5 seconds,… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Orlando Debuts To Adoring Europeans And Canadians [Paris 2010]

Chevrolet Orlando Debuts To Adoring Europeans And Canadians [Paris 2010]
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Most of you are familiar with the Chevrolet Orlando, the minivan touted by Chevrolet as a game-changer that was canned at the last minute for the United States. We were lucky enough to get our first glimpse of the Orlando during its unveiling here in Paris, and it’s actually a bit larger than expected. The… Continue Reading...

Chevy Cruze Hatchback Unveiled for Europe [Paris 2010]

Chevy Cruze Hatchback Unveiled for Europe [Paris 2010]
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Looking nearly identical to the production model, Chevy has unveiled the hatchback version of the Cruze compact car at the Paris Auto Show. We say nearly identical because Chevy refers to this as a “show car”; more commonly called a concept. But like the Aveo that morphed from concept to reality with little changed, the… Continue Reading...

Chevy Aveo Sets New Course for GM’s Small Car Future [Paris 2010]

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Chevy Aveo Sets New Course for GM’s Small Car Future [Paris 2010]
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After rotting on the vine of General Motors for a few too many seasons, the Chevy Aveo has just been replaced with a new generation model sporting the same subcompact’s badge. Unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the new small car retains many of the features from the Aveo RS Concept car, including the large… Continue Reading...

Porsche GT2 RS Combines Carbon Fiber and Awesomeness [Paris 2010]

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Porsche GT2 RS Combines Carbon Fiber and Awesomeness [Paris 2010]
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News doesn’t necessarily have to be new. Sure, that goes against the age old rules of journalism… but it’s true. Case in point: the Porsche GT2 RS. Unveiled at the Moscow Auto Show, it’s still worth covering here at the Paris Motor Show – although part of the reason is that we never covered the… Continue Reading...

2011 Bentley Continental GT: Small Changes, Big Results [Paris 2010]

2011 Bentley Continental GT: Small Changes, Big Results [Paris 2010]
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Announced just a few weeks ago, Bentley chose the Paris Auto Show to debut “the new” Continental GT. We say “new” because it’s got the same chassis and engine, along with most everything else. And for the most party the body looks identical. But wait… the minor changes made to the volume Bentley model wind… Continue Reading...

The New Era of Lotus Exposed

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The New Era of Lotus Exposed
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Yesterday Lotus Cars began what the storied British automaker is calling a “New Era” launching an entire lineup of vehicles at one auto show. A total of five new models graced the Lotus stand, including the new Esprit, a second-generation Elise, the flagship Elite and even a 4-door model called Eterne. Details were scarce, but… Continue Reading...

Lotus Elite Puts Maranello on Notice [Paris 2010]

Lotus Elite Puts Maranello on Notice [Paris 2010]
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Matching the Ferrari 599 in output, Lotus has just officially debuted its first supercar, the Elite, at the Paris Auto Show. With a total of 612-hp and 531 ft-lbs of torque from a custom 5.0-liter V8 engine, there’s far more to the Elite than just a name and some numbers. This stunning grand touring exotic… Continue Reading...

Lotus Elan Concept Is Something Completely Different [Paris 2010]

Lotus Elan Concept Is Something Completely Different [Paris 2010]
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The original Lotus Elan was an icon, a two-seat, four-cylinder roadster that weighed 1,400 pounds and was the inspiration for the Mazda Miata. The new one couldn’t be more different. Styled in the same vein as the new Esprit, the supercharged 4.0L V6 makes 450 horsepower and an optional hybrid system help rocket the Elan… Continue Reading...

Ferrari 599 SA Aperta Celebrates Pininfarina’s Styling Genius [Paris 2010]

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Ferrari 599 SA Aperta Celebrates Pininfarina’s Styling Genius [Paris 2010]
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Some may say it looks a little like a Corvette Convertible, regardless, there’s no denying the Ferrari 599 SA Aperta is classically beautiful. With just 80 models being built, the SA Aperta is ultra-exclusive (they made five times as many Enzos) and celebrates 80 years of Pininfarina design. The name itself honors the design house… Continue Reading...

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale Debuts With More Power, Less Weight [Paris 2010]

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale Debuts With More Power, Less Weight [Paris 2010]
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Inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC series cars, as well as the Italian automaker’s GT4 race cars, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale brings much of the former two models’ racing capability to the street. With an extra 10-hp over the GranTurismo S model, the 4.7-liter V8 makes 450-hp and 376 ft-lbs of torque, allowing for… Continue Reading...

Fiat 500 TwinAir Debuts as a Two-Cylinder, High-MPG Urban Solution [Paris 2010]

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Fiat 500 TwinAir Debuts as a Two-Cylinder, High-MPG Urban Solution [Paris 2010]
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Sure there are lots of high-powered V8, V10 and even V12s at the Paris Auto Show, but as you likely know most Europeans put around in tiny displacement engines. Well, Fiat is hoping its home market will be receptive to a further down-sizing with the release of the new 500 TwinAir. The “twin” in the… Continue Reading...

Smart eScooter, Smart eBike Explore Small Car Brand’s Green Possibilities [Paris 2010]

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Smart eScooter, Smart eBike Explore Small Car Brand’s Green Possibilities [Paris 2010]
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Smart had already teased us with the eScooter concept ahead of its Paris Auto Show debut, but with MINI also announcing a similar concept, Smart decided to take its green initiative to a new level – bicycles. The eScooter can seat both a driver and a passenger thanks to a secondary seat that folds out,… Continue Reading...

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS World Premiere: The Evolution of the 4-Door Coupe [Paris 2010]

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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS World Premiere: The Evolution of the 4-Door Coupe [Paris 2010]
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Mercedes-Benz has just officially unveiled the second-generation CLS, that, like its predecessor, will shape a generation of Mercedes products. With a longer hood and overhangs that end more abruptly, the second-gen CLS has an even more coupe-like profile. Unveiled in a matte-beige, the CLS also sports a more unique interior with a more sporting feel… Continue Reading...

Audi Quattro Coupe Concept World Premiere [Paris 2010]

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Audi Quattro Coupe Concept World Premiere [Paris 2010]
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6 speeds. 5 cylinders. 4 wheels putting power to the ground. The Audi Quattro Concept is everything we could ever want from the 4-ringed brand, but unfortunately, it’s still a concept car at this stage. The Quattro concept weighs in at around 3,000 lbs is moved by a 5-cylinder turbo motor, producing 408 horsepower and… Continue Reading...

Range Rover Evoque Surprises With Compact Size [Paris 2010]

Range Rover Evoque Surprises With Compact Size [Paris 2010]
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Land Rover has been pushing its new Range Rover Evoque model as a new direction for the storied British SUV builder. In fact, the Evoque isn’t an SUV at all, but rather a crossover, using a lighter platform that allows for significantly improved fuel economy. Based on it’s two-door coupe design, comparisons might be made… Continue Reading...

Jaguar C-X75 to Inspire Brand’s Future Design Direction; Also Makes 780-HP [Paris 2010]

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Jaguar C-X75 to Inspire Brand’s Future Design Direction; Also Makes 780-HP [Paris 2010]
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For years under Ford, Jaguar had to play second fiddle to Aston Martin, both in terms of performance and style. With new ownership, Jag has expanded its performance capabilities in recent years with a new line of 5.0-liter V8 engines that make over 500-hp in certain applications. Now, Jag is looking to ramp-up the style… Continue Reading...

Lexus CT200h Debuts With High Hopes for Europe [Paris 2010]

Lexus CT200h Debuts With High Hopes for Europe [Paris 2010]
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Lexus has just officially debuted the production version of the CT200h hybrid hatchback at the Paris Auto Show. And while Lexus does hope to significantly expand the premium compact segment in the United States, it expects huge growth in Europe with the CT projected to double the Toyota luxury brand’s sales. The CT is the… Continue Reading...

Audi 1.4TFSI Teases Us With Hot Hatch Goodness [Paris 2010]

Audi 1.4TFSI Teases Us With Hot Hatch Goodness [Paris 2010]
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In the long line of hot hatchbacks we wont get comes another enticing product, the Audi A1 1.4TFSI. Based on the more accesible Volkswgaen Polo GTI, the A1 gets the same 1.4TFSI twincharged engine and DSG gearbox, in a much more upscale package. An S-Line bodykit and bigger wheels help set it apart from lesser… Continue Reading...

Audi E-Tron Spyder Isn’t Germany’s Tesla [Paris 2010]

Audi E-Tron Spyder Isn’t Germany’s Tesla [Paris 2010]
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Audi‘s E-Tron Spyder debuted at the Paris Auto Show today, and surprised observers by departing from the purely electric setup seen in previous E-Tron concepts. The Spyder will use a 3.0L TDI V6 and a DSG transmission to power the rear wheels, while the fronts get a pair of twin electric motors. An aluminum space… Continue Reading...

Audi R8 GT Breaks Cover At Paris Auto Show [Paris 2010]

Audi R8 GT Breaks Cover At Paris Auto Show [Paris 2010]
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Audi‘s R8 GT, the most hardcore version of its R8 sports car, got its first public premiere at the Paris Auto Show. Sporting a 40 horsepower bump from its 5.2L V10 engine (up to 560 horsepower) and a host of weight reductions thanks to the use of carbon fiber, polycarbonate windows and thinner glass, the… Continue Reading...
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