Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

C.C. Weiss

The Ponam-31 is Toyota's latest boat

As the world's largest automaker, Toyota is quite well-known for land vehicles, including SUVs like the 4Runner and Land Cruiser. Lesser known is the corporation's marine arm, which sells several car-inspired boats in the Japanese market. The latest is the Ponam-31, a "sports utility cruiser" that puts a rather elegant cabin atop a hull that skips across the water by way of dual Land Cruiser engines.  Read More

The 121-hp Can-Am Maverick X ds Turbo

Can-Am has launched what it's calling the market's first factory turbocharged side-by-side. The forced air on the mid-mounted Rotax V-Twin of the company's latest Maverick side-by-side lets the off-roader put more power and torque to work on dirt and sand, while a revised frame and suspension ensure stable, nimble riding follows from that boosted power.  Read More

Offpiste designers say the triangular shape provides freeing performance helpful in action...

Over the years, the backpack has evolved slowly. It's gained new and improved features, but it's remained essentially the same: a dual-strapped sack. But a host of more substantial backpack redesigns over recent years, such as multifunctional jacket backpacks and restructured strap systems, suggest that evolution might be accelerating. The Offpiste UltraPack leaps forward a few evolutionary stages, strapping a gear-hauling triangle to your torso via a single strap for new-found athleticism.  Read More

Kia believes the T-Hybrid powertrain will raise performance and fuel economy (Photo: C.C. ...

The Paris Motor Show was stuffed so full of dazzling concept and production cars we had to split our photo round-up into separate galleries showcasing French design, adventure vehicles and general highlights. At such a show, it would have been quite easy to overlook a a plain white Kia Optima tucked away in a far corner. However, that low-key car was the base of one of the more interesting technological concepts in Paris: a 48-volt hybrid with electric supercharging.  Read More

Sunreef says its new hydrofoil system will allow for speeds up to 80 mph (70 kn/130 km/h)

For just over a decade, Sunreef has been building super yacht catamarans, including last year's 80 Carbon Line and the One Fifty, which was billed as the world's biggest luxury catamaran when we covered it in 2008. While large and luxurious, its line of seagoing vessels isn't necessarily the pinnacle of speed. Sunreef is set on changing that, injecting a serious mph upgrade by pulling its dual hulls out of the water with a new retractable hydrofoil system.  Read More

Adventure in Paris

In addition to being a world fashion capital, a theme seen throughout the Paris Motor Show was that France is a breeding ground for adventure. The French Alps have served as an incubator for some of today's craziest sports, such as wingsuit flying and speed flying. Perhaps that's why the Paris show had the largest serving of adventure vehicles that we've seen since Overland Expo. Special edition 4x4s, burlified mini SUVs and concepts straight-out named "Adventure" were seen throughout the show's various halls.  Read More

French automakers in Paris (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

With introductions like the Renault EOLAB and Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow in the days leading up to the 2014 Paris Motor Show, it became obvious that the French had big plans for their home show. French automakers, big and small, didn't disappoint, showing a multitude of highly stylized, tech-heavy concepts and vehicles during the show. They had such a strong showing, in fact, that we thought it appropriate to give them a dedicated space separate from our main Paris wrap-up. Here's what the French have to say about modern vehicle design.  Read More

The Q80 showcases new design language destined for future production vehicles (Photo: C.C....

Infiniti is using this year's Paris Motor Show to share its vision for the "upper echelons of the premium sedan category." That vision is the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration, a concept car that pushes Infiniti styling, drive and technology into the future, providing an early look at a potential answer to the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series.  Read More

In pictures: 2014 Paris Motor Show (Photos: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Gizmag spent a busy two days zipping through the halls of the Paris Motor Show to check out the latest automobiles from manufacturers around the world. From cutting edge concept cars, to exotic sports cars, to classic four-wheeled fashion, our Paris gallery takes you beyond the turnstiles and inside one of this year's most important auto shows.  Read More

The 2014 Venturi America concept buggy in Paris (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

We don't hear from boutique automotive manufacturer Venturi very often, but when we do, it's always interesting news. The creator of the world's first production electric sports car revealed an updated version of its 2010 America electric dune buggy at this year's Paris Motor Show. The new concept car combines the high performance and handling of a sports car with the ever-fun design of a sand-hungry dune buggy.  Read More

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