Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.
After a short teaser campaign, Honda has pulled the cloth off its wicked little Project 2&4. Honda's own answer to track roadsters like the Ariel Atom and BAC Mono, the road-legal 2&4 employs an RC213V four-cylinder competition motorcycle engine in opening up the freedom of a motorcycle with the handling and stability of a car.
Honda will highlight the cargo space of its Civic Tourer estate at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Civic Tourer Active Life Concept is a true bicycle shuttle, accommodating two bicycles in back and keeping cyclists prepared with integrated equipment like a pump, bicycle repair arm and toolbox.
Volkswagen is celebrating the upcoming 40th anniversary of its Golf GTI
with the all-new GTI Clubsport. It's no surprise party, since VW also
released special editions in recognition of the GTI's 20th, 25th, 30th
and 35th birthdays. With a power-cranking boost function, improved
aerodynamics and a heritage design package, the Clubsport promises to be
a potent, stylish little ride.
For the better part of two decades, the Toyota Prius has been a pioneering force in hybrid driving and the green automobile movement at large. With the all-new fourth-generation Prius, Toyota focuses a little less on the car's established eco-conscious drive technology and a little more on its newly developed personality. The 2016 Prius features a thorough makeover and enhanced driving dynamics aimed at kicking off a "new hybrid era."
One of the issues with vans designed for hauling gear is that they often have so much room dedicated to said equipment that they leave precious little room for the most important cargo of all – people. What good is gear if no one's there to use it? The Opel Vivaro Surf Concept takes a different approach, hauling 141 cu ft of cargo in back while still providing seating for five or six people.
Renault isn't wasting time working its way into the pickup truck market. A few months after showing its first pickup truck, it's previewing a one-tonne global pickup that it will launch in the first half of next year. The sporty Alaskan concept is ready for work, recreation and everyday driving.
Fat bikes and electric bikes have been two of the biggest trends in bicycles over the past few years, and they've even mated to create a new category. Electric fat bikes like the Defiant Big Easy and Pedego Trail Tracker blend the advantages of big, floaty oversized tires and electric muscle. Italian motorcycle manufacturer Fantic is getting in the game, using its knowledge of powered, fat-tired motorbikes in launching both off-road and urban fat e-bikes.
Bugatti has been teasing its Vision Gran Turismo video game car for several days now, inspiring some hope that the automaker would finally break from its decade-old Veyron styling and show something fresh. Sadly, its Vision Gran Turismo is less new design and more made-over Veyron. Still, when you start off with the level of performance the Veyron brings, you don't need to go too crazy to compete with 2,600-hp SRTs and laser-projected Chevys.
We've just seen one Düsseldorf-debuted camper of the future work its way into the present, and now the Triaca Concept 230 presents another futuristic vision born at the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. Designed by Italy's Roller Team, the new study is an experimentation with a smarter, more eco-friendly breed of motorhome.
The Volkswagen Transporter may have a richer, more nostalgic history, but when it comes to modern-day camper vans, the Fiat Ducato is the reigning king of base vehicles. Fiat goes so far as to call it "the only base created to be a camper." For this year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, Fiat Professional teamed with the 4x4 specialists at Dangel to give the Ducato a bit more capability. The Ducato 4x4 Expedition Camper Show Van opens up new possibilities, letting the Ducato driver stake his overnight claim well off the beaten, paved track.