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 |  Feb 10 2011, 12:52 PM

One of the big advantages of an electric car is the lack of routine servicing they require. With only the battery and electric motor present, consumables like fluids, filters, belts and the like are obsolete.

Ford is making this a big selling point for their upcoming Focus Electric, as it released a list of 25 items that will never require replacement or repair for the first 150,000 miles. Of course, we normally shy away from blatantly running press releases, but the document gives a cool insight into one of the big differences between EVs and gasoline powered cars.

Of course, that’s assuming that the battery technology is all sorted, and it lasts through the 150,000 mile mark…

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 |  Feb 10 2011, 12:11 PM

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, is expected to have a base price of $47,000 when it launches in February, 2012. While it undercuts its chief rival, the Ford Shelby GT500 by about $2,495, a base Corvette, which has a 0-60 time of under 4 seconds, but only 430 horsepower, retails for $48,950. The Corvette also avoids the gas guzzler tax, which will likely plague the Camaro ZL1 and bring the effective price up to $48,500.

Of course, this begs the question as to why one would buy a ZL1. Obviously, the potential customer is heavily invested in the idea of a Camaro, and the Magnetic Ride Control and 550-horsepower supercharged V8 are a big draw. But with the Corvette being significantly lighter than the Camaro, and designed from the ground up as a sports car, the two are effectively within spitting distance of one another, and we can’t wait for the inevitable performance shootout.

[Source: Car and Driver]

 |  Feb 10 2011, 8:17 AM


Lexus is a brand desperate to grow its appeal among younger buyers and while the new CT200h hybrid hatchback might be more of a European-targeted vehicle, apart from the IS series, it’s easily the most attractive car to the Gen-X and Gen-Y crowd from the Toyota luxury brand here in North America.

To help convey that message and to draw attention to the fact that Lexus does offer something to suit the interests, lifestyle and budget of younger buyers, the Lexus commissioned tuner and design studio Five Axis to build what is being called the Five Axis Project CT. Unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show the car gets a custom widebody with an aggressive rear end complete with a massive diffuser. The ‘Dark Passage’ paint helps convey the car’s ‘Darker Side of Green’ marketing slogan, while under the hood the factory powerplant remains untouched, delivering 42-mpg average.

Inside there’s everything from custom seat inserts to an impressive looking touch-screen interface that looks perfectly suited to the CT and could easily be passed off as factory equipment.

GALLERY: Five Axis Project CT


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 |  Feb 09 2011, 7:44 PM


A day ahead of an expected announcement by Audi that it will offer the TT-RS in the U.S., the German automaker is showcasing the sports car at the Chicago Auto Show.

Later this month, Audi Canada will be showing the same car at the Canadian International Auto Show and company representatives have confirmed it will go on sale in that country. That being said, it’s a near certainty that the TT-RS will hit U.S. dealers some time this year – in limited quantity.

What makes the TT-RS so special is that unlike the TT-S which uses a pumped-up version of the automaker’s 2.0T engine, the TT-RS get’s a new turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder. The result is 335-hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. With a six-speed manual it can hit 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

We’ll await official word from Audi tomorrow and expect the TT-RS to come with an equally high-performance price tag.

GALLERY: 2012 Audi TT-RS


 |  Feb 09 2011, 7:29 PM


For 2012 Hyundai has announced several updates to the Genesis luxury sedan, including the addition of an 8-speed automatic transmission and direct-injection for the V6 model, taking horsepower up 43 ticks to 333-hp.

But the big news is the addition of a new 5.0 R-Spec model with the same 8-speed transmission, but with that extra displacement and the addition of direct-injection helping to pump out 429-hp at 6400 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. An increase of 44-hp and 43 lb-ft of torque over the standard 4.6-liter unit, fuel economy is only down slightly to 16/25-mpg.

The 5.0 R-Spec models also get 19-inch wheels, dark chrome headlight inserts as well as specific tuning for the transmission, suspension and steering.

As for the rest of the lineup, along with some updated bodywork, 3.8-liter models get a larger rear sway bar to improve handling and all models get upgraded brakes.

Pricing for the R-Spec model has yet to be announced.

GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec


 |  Feb 09 2011, 5:11 PM

It’s pretty hard to make the Dodge Challenger even more eye-catching, but a new color, dubbed “Green With Envy”, should help it attract the attention of bystanders and the ire of other motorists.

Available on the R/T Classic (white black or white stripes) or the SRT8 392 (black stripes only), the new getup is supposed to recall the glory days of Mopar muscle, when V8 bruisers were available in every hue of the Hi-Liter rainbow. For our money, it’s hard to beat the all-American white/blue stripes combo, but someone suffering from a bad mid-life crisis is bound to go for the green.

 |  Feb 09 2011, 4:53 PM


Chrysler’s new Ram brand is looking to get on top in the truck segment, announcing today at the Chicago Auto Show a new high-output Cummins diesel engine that will deliver best-in-class torque. The new 6.7-liter diesel engine will also deliver several other class-topping statistics, which Ram will exploit under a new ‘strength in numbers’ marketing campaign.

With a total of 800 lb-ft of torque on tap, the new Ram 2500 and 3500 diesel models get a 23 percent boost in power. The result is a 30,000 lb gross combined vehicle weight rating, as well as a 22,700 max trailer tow rating. And to help get everything down a hill safely, the truck features a beefed-up exhaust brake which is touted to be the most powerful in the business.

Perhaps more important than all these big numbers is one very small number. Actually, it’s so small it’s nonexistent. Yup: zero. That’s how much ‘urea’ or Diesel Exhaust Fluid is required by the Cummins powerplant to meet increasingly strict emissions standards. Unlike both the Chevy and Ford, the Cummins diesel engine doesn’t require owners to worry about filling up yet another tank.

Full details of the engine aren’t yet available, but at the press conference company execs claimed the new Ram HD will be competitive in all aspects, from reliability to fuel economy. The new trucks are set to go on sale in the second quarter of this year.



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 |  Feb 09 2011, 4:21 PM


Acura is cognizant of the fact that their current design language isn’t going over well with consumers, and is at least doing something about it. Truth be told, the Acura TL is a good car. Equipped with SH-AWD it’s even better, and with the 6-speed manual transmission, it’s fantastic. Unfortunately it looks like a child’s attempt at an oragami hippo, which has prevented a lot of people from giving it a fair shake.

For 2012, the Acura TL will get a new schnoz, and although the changes are sublte, they do help make the car’s awkward front end look a little less jarring to the naked eye. Look closely and you’ll see that the chrome trim around the front is smoother and smaller, while the overhangs have been reduced in size.

Other changes, announced at the new car’s unveiling at the Chicago Auto Show, include a much-needed 6-speed automatic, an available blind-spot warning system, ventilated seats that offer heating and cooling, and finally, an available 60 GB hard-drive based navigation system.

GALLERY: 2011 Acura TL


 |  Feb 09 2011, 2:36 PM


To help promote the new Veloster to the Gen-Y and under crowd, Hyundai has decided to bolster the coupe’s credentials by taking it racing. And in keeping with the car’s demographic, it’s won’t be racing in the more mainstream World Challenge or Grand Am series, but in an arena where the Red Bull-drinking youth of today will actually pay attention – Rallycross.

Presented today at the Chicago Auto Show, the new Veloster rally car has been built by Hyundai motorsports partner Rhys Millen Racing and will be piloted by rally racer and Drift champ Rhys Millen himself in the 2011 U.S. Rallycross Championship and in the increasingly popular X Games.

Build by RMR, the Veloster race car makes 500-hp and 600 lb-ft of torque from a seriously reworked 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. A true rally car in every way, it includes expected items like a full roll cage and custom off-road suspension, plus all the body panels are made of light weight carbon-Kevlar.

Rhys Millen himself will race the car in the 2011 Rallycross series, while a second vehicle will be piloted by both rally champ Marcus Dodd and freestyle motorbike racer Robbie Maddison. A third car will then be built to complete in a 2WD class, more closely representing the car’s factory capabilities.

Prepped and ready to go, Rhys Millen and the Veloster Rallycross car will make their debut March 26 at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, Calif.

GALLERY: Hyundai RMR Veloster Rallycross Racer


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 |  Feb 09 2011, 2:14 PM

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Making damn-near everything on the road look as cute as a Smart car by comparison Dodge has just unveiled the new 2012 Charger SRT8 at the Chicago Auto Show. Revealed by Dodge brand CEO Ralph Gilles, he described the new front-end treatment as having the sort of look that, “will make those people who hog the left hand lane get out of the way.”

The rest of the body has been redesigned as well with a big rear diffuser, rear spoiler and functional hood scoop that actually helps reduce lift on the front of the car and increase the top speed to 175-mph. The changes aren’t limited to bolt-ons either with new styling for the doors that runs along the side of the car. Plus, there are new 20-inch brushed aluminum wheels.

Based on the newly redesigned Charger, the SRT8 model gets a new 6.4-liter V8 that creates 465-hp, with a big bump in torque to 465 lb-ft. That added torque is also available much sooner (always a plus in a big sedan), with as much as 80 lb-ft more on tap at just 2900 rpm. No official 0-60 mph times are available yet but Gilles remarked that it will be “well under” the 5.0 second mark.

Fuel economy is also much-improved with the big V8 now able to run on 4-cylinders under certain conditions, resulting in a 15 percent improvement in city mileage and a 25 percent improvement on the highway.

New for 2012 is an adaptive suspension that constantly monitors the road and driver inputs and changes the shocks accordingly. Drivers can also choose between an Auto and Sport setting. Also assisting in delivering a more enthusiastic ride is an improved steering system, 20-inch wheels and paddle-shifters. And to slow this big sedan down are four-piston Brembo calipers.

Inside there’s an optional red interior (awesome!) plus upgraded trim materials. The standard 8.4-inch touch screen even has some fun displays to go with the on-board telemetry that lets you track your own 0-60 and quarter-mile times as well as G-forces. Sounds dangerously tempting!

GALLERY: 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

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 |  Feb 09 2011, 1:16 PM


Releasing all the details late last night, Volkswagen officially revealed the new 2012 Jetta GLI today at the Chicago Auto Show. While the new 2011 Jetta was created with the U.S. market in mind, with a larger interior, less sophisticated suspension and lower base price, the 2012 GLI brings over from Europe all that Volkswagen is known for, including a proper independent rear suspension and, of course, VW’s 2.0T engine.

With 200-hp and an impressive 207 lb-ft of torque at 1700 rpm, VW has also included the XDS electronic limited slip differential that debuted on the 2010 GTI. It uses the factory stability control system to ad brake on the inside wheel in a corner to prevent tire slip and improve cornering and grip.

Paired with either a 6-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch automatic, the GLI will also get an impressive 31-mpg highway (manual) or 32-mpg (automatic).

Considering all the content upgrades, it’s no surprise that the GLI does not follow VW’s new bargain pricing strategy. Instead, this car is stickered more traditionally, starting at $23,495 and jumping to $25,545 for the Autobahn model with 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, faux leather seats, dual-zone climate control and a high-end audio system. So equipped, it could easily be mistaken for a luxury car. An Autobahn Navigation model adds Nav, plus keyless access and a push-button ignition and starts at $26,445.

GALLERY: 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI


 |  Feb 09 2011, 12:18 PM

The Dodge Journey R/T is the kind of vehicle we really can’t see a point for, but it’s here to stay and could end up in the hands of an eccentric few customers.

Under the hood is a 283 horsepower 3.6L Pentastar V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission, that will at least give the R/T badging, aggressive wheels and new body kit something to stand behind. Dodge says the suspension geometry has been completely overhauled, and the steering system revised – changes that, if you ask us, should be carried over to the rest of the lineup. Chrysler’s ubiquitous UConnect system, featuring satellite radio, an integrated Garmin navigation system and Bluetooth integration is also standard.

The Journey R/T will set you back $28,995 for the front drive model, or $30,695 for the all-wheel-drive version, plus a $750 destination charge.

 |  Feb 09 2011, 11:50 AM


To help celebrate 100 years of Chevrolet, the brand has just unveiled “the most technically advanced Camaro ever,” the ZL1. The name might not sound quite as retro-cool as ZR1 (the rumored badge for this beast), but it does have a noted history in the Camaro ranks.

Bringing the muscle car into the sports car realm is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Cadillac CTS-V, making 550-hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. But that’s not even close to the extent of the modifications made to the Camaro, however, with Magnetic Ride Control shocks, a beefed up rear end, massive new brakes, a more aggressive look and upgraded interior trim.

Designed to be completely streetable, the ZL1 is also a true track-capable machine says Chevy with built-in coolers for the engine, transmission and the limited slip differential. Along with a stronger rear end to put up with the extra power, the ZL1 gets a short throw shifter and a dual-mode exhaust system to really let the engine howl.

The look of the car is highlighted by a new front end, rear diffuser and spoiler (all functional aerodynamic parts), as well as a raised hood to make room for the big engine. That hood also features carbon fiber air vents to help keep the supercharged beast operating at max power. New 20-inch wheels look great and make room for larger Goodyear Supercar F2 tires that at 245 mm in the front almost don’t fit inside the fenders.

Helping stop the beast are six-piston Brembo front brakes and 4-piston rears.

Inside there are optional suede seat inserts new pedals, a heads-up display and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Oh, and those 4-pack gauges now include one for boost.

GALLERY: 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1


GALLERY: 2012 Camaro ZL1 Official Images


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 |  Feb 09 2011, 10:44 AM


After restyling the Charger for 2011, Dodge has just unveiled what might just be the brand’s best looking car ever, the Charger SRT8. With a gaping front opening, the Charger has plenty of muscle to back up the look thanks to a 6.4-liter V8 that pumps out 465-hp and an equally awesome 465 lb-ft of torque – an increase of 80 lb ft over the old 6.1-liter V8.

Dodge claims a high four second 0-60 mph time and a quarter mile time in the 12s.

New for 2012 is an adaptive suspension that constantly monitors the road as well as driving inputs and changes the shocks accordingly. Drivers can also choose between an Auto and Sport setting.

Also assisting in delivering a more enthusiastic ride is an improved steering system, 20-inch wheels and paddle-shifters. And to slow this big sedan down are four-piston Brembo calipers.

Featuring a more aggressive take on the much-improved interior from the 2011 model, the Charger SRT8 even gets a stereo to match that powerful V8 with 19-speakers and 900-watts of power.

GALLERY: 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8


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 |  Feb 09 2011, 10:04 AM

After having released revamped versions of all its models for 2011, Dodge has announced a strong followup today at the Chicago Auto Show, debuting a total of five R/T performance models. Among the list are expected vehicles like the Charger and Challenger, while less conventional R/T vehicles include the Journey, Durango and yes, even the Grand Caravan.

The Durango R/T gets a unique exterior treatment, while performance comes from the company’s 360-hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8. But it’s not just about horsepower, and the Durango R/T gets tighter steering, a tuned exhaust system, 20-inch wheels and a modified suspension with load-leveling rear shocks and a 20mm lower ride height. A custom interior is also a part of the package and pricing starts at $35,465.

As for the Grand Caravan R/T it relies on the standard 283-hp V6 engine, but gains a modified exterior with paint-matched body moldings and grille, plus 17-inch wheels, a rear spoiler and a 12mm lower ride height. Black leather seats with red stitching carry the ‘Man Van’ theme to the inside, while a 9-speaker 506-watt audio system can seriously damage your child’s ears. Pricing will start at $30,595.

Like the Grand Caravan, the Journey R/T keeps the standard V6 engine, with similar exterior treatments and interior, plus 19-inch wheels with a “satin carbon finish.” Pricing starts at $28,995 for front-drive models and $30,695 for AWD.

Challenger R/T and Charger R/T models put a higher focus on performance and both get the 360-hp V8 delivering a sub-6.0 second 0-60 mph time, with pricing starting at $29,670 and $30,170 respectively.

GALLERY: 2012 Dodge R/T Models


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 |  Feb 09 2011, 8:46 AM


The fastest growing brand in America last year, Buick is looking to expand its offerings with a new eAssist mild-hybrid version of its new Regal model. Introduced just prior to the Chicago Auto Show the car will sit at the opposite end of the spectrum from the 255-hp Regal GS when it comes to fuel consumption. It will not, however, sit completely opposite in the lineup from the priciest model.

While Buick is making eAssist standard in the new LaCrosse, the Buick team made the decision to continue to offer a base 4-cylinder version of the Regal. That being said, the Regal will now be offered as a 4-cylinder, eAssist 4-cylinder, Turbo and high-performance GS model.

Shying away from the built-in assumptions of calling it a hybrid, the eAssist system is being marketed as simply describing what it does, with an electric assist to help improve fuel economy. The results are impressive with a 26/37-mpg rating for the car, thanks to the compact electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Compared to the old mild-hybrid system GM used in vehicles like the Malibu, this unit is 40 percent lighter, 30 percent smaller and 25 percent more powerful.

Inside the car gets a new 7-inch touch-screen display to help the driver monitor their driving habits. That screen will also now be standard equipment on all Regal models starting in 2012.

GALLERY: 2012 Buick Regal eAssist


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 |  Feb 09 2011, 12:59 AM

Dodge will unwrap the ‘Man Van’ tomorrow at the Chicago Auto Show, a testosterone-infused version of its Grand Caravan family hauler. Officially billed as the Grand Caravan R/T, the new model is scheduled to arrive at dealers this Spring and is designed with a more masculine approach.

The actual goal of the vehicle isn’t entirely clear with Chrysler claiming the styling is being used to attract men to the segment, while it’s possible those more masculine traits could be just the thing to attract women, which are leaving the minivan segment behind for SUVs. Even Dodge boss Ralf Gilles admits, “it’s an experiment.”

No pricing has been released for the Man Van, but it will get a black interior with red stitching, a more sport-tuned suspension and a 506-watt, 9-speaker audio system.

The Grand Caravan’s Chrysler sibling, the Town & Country, is the current top seller in the minivan segment, which has seen notable growth over the past year. Chrysler van sales spiked in 2010 by 33 percent, while the Dodge increased 14 percent. Honda also managed an 8 percent gain with the minivan segment showing a resurgence after dropping to less than 500,000 units last year from a high of 1.3 million units in 2000.

[Source: Bloomberg]

 |  Feb 09 2011, 12:28 AM


After crafting a larger, lower-dollar, more basic and less impressive Jetta for the U.S. market, Volkswagen has just revealed a car that clearly states the company’s simultaneous mission to maintain a focus on performance. Yup, Vee-Dub fan boys, your car has arrived.

The 2012 Jetta GLI comes with the sort of equipment you’d expect from VW, including a proper independent rear suspension and a 200-hp 2.0T 4-cylinder. Torque is an impressive 207 lb-ft at 1700 rpm. Plus, to help improve handling and make the GLI more driveable, it gains the XDS electronic limited slip differential that debuted on the 2010 GTI.

Paired with either a 6-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch automatic, the GLI will also get an impressive 31-mpg highway (manual) or 32-mpg (automatic).

Considering all the content upgrades, it’s no surprise that the GLI does not follow VW’s new bargain pricing strategy. Instead, this car is stickered more traditionally, starting at $23,495 and jumping to $25,545 for the Autobahn model with 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, faux leather seats, dual-zone climate control and a high-end audio system. An Autobahn Navigation model adds Nav, plus keyless access and a push-button ignition and starts at $26,445.

Look for more photos soon with the first live shots from the car’s 2011 Chicago Auto Show debut on Wednesday, February 9th.

GALLERY: 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI


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 |  Feb 08 2011, 2:05 PM


While GM’s announcement of a new car based on the Camaro platform being shown at the Chicago Auto Show stole the spotlight in the automotive press, the Buick Regal eAssist represents a product far more relevant to the average consumer, even if it’s less glamorous.

With an eAssist hybrid system from the Buick Lacrosse, the Regal delivers excellent mileage for a mid-size sedan, returning 26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. A 15 horsepower electric motor helps to assist during acceleration and also allows for regenerative braking, and a start/stop system.

On the aesthetic front, lightweight 17″ wheels, a 7-inch screen for keeping track of fuel economy and other data, as well as an eco model for the air conditioning all make an appearance only on the eAssist. While the Lacrosse eAssist will be positioned as an entry level trim within the range, the Regal variant will simply complement the other versions, including the Regal Turbo and Regal GS.

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 |  Feb 08 2011, 12:54 PM

To celebrate the 900,000th Mazda MX-5 sold (as well as the 20th anniversary of Mazda’s most famous product), the company is introducing a Special Edition model for the North American market, set to debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Wednesday.

Based on the Grand Touring trim level, chrome accents adorn the interior, as well as gray leather trim and aluminum pedals. Every special edition will have a retractable hardtop, with the choice of gray or black exterior paint. Prices start at $30,925 for the 6-speed manual and $31,525 for the automatic.

 |  Feb 07 2011, 12:42 PM

The Chrysler Group of brands is set to unveil several new models at the Chicago Auto Show later this week, with rumors pointing towards a new commercial vehicle for the Ram truck brand. According to Automotive News, the vehicle will be, “a truck aimed at carpenters, plumbers and other tradesmen.”

Ram (formerly Dodge trucks) already offers the large Sprinter, although it may look to get into the smaller side of the commercial vehicle segment to challenge Ford’s Transit Connect. Chrysler has reportedly been looking at ways to introduce a version of the Fiat Doblo (above) to the U.S. market.

At this point it’s all speculation, as are reports of a new high-performance Dodge model for Chicago. All that is certain is that Chrysler will show-off the re-engineered 200 Convertible.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Feb 07 2011, 10:13 AM

Later this week Hyundai will debut a mid-cycle update for the Genesis Sedan at the Chicago Auto Show with some major powertrain upgrades.

Along with the usual face-lift and trim changes, the 2012 Genesis will get a larger 5.0-liter V8 engine that could make as much as 429-hp and 379 lb-ft of torque – an increase of 44-hp and 45 lb-ft.

Mated to that new V8 engine will be an 8-speed automatic transmission, a big step forward compared to the current 6-speed unit.

Together, this package should help deliver improved performance and fuel economy. The current model achieves 17/25-mpg and can hit 60-mph in just 5.6 seconds.

[Source: Automotive News]

See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Chicago Auto Show preview here.

 |  Feb 04 2011, 3:27 PM

Having just debuted its new Veloster model in Detroit, Hyundai has now announced it is preparing to take the car racing.

Rumored for track-duty, judging from the pics its easy to see that the car will instead head off-road to do a little rally racing.

No more details have been released, but Hyundai has promised to divulge all during their Chicago Auto Show press conference, Wednesday, February 9th.

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 |  Feb 02 2011, 9:47 AM

Lexus will use the upcoming Chicago Auto Show to keep the focus on its new CT200h hybrid luxury hatchback.

To do so Lexus will have on display a new concept version of the car build by tuning-house and design studio Five Axis. A single teaser sketch of the car has been released, with the CT sporting some custom aero work, a Tein suspension, 19-inch wheels, Stoptech brakes and a custom touch-screen interface.

Five Axis has a long-standing relationship with Lexus and Toyota, having build numerous SEMA vehicle for them over the years.

Targeted at younger buyers, Lexus has already shown an F-Sport styling and handling package for the CT and company execs have admitted they are looking at delivering a more potent version of the car. Could this wild concept preview such a model? We can only hope.

In addition, Lexus will show off two of this year’s SEMA vehicles, the VIP Auto Salon LS600hL and the Paul Tolson, EST Styling RX450h.

[Source: MotorAuthority]

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