Based in Melbourne, Australia, Scott grew up with a passion for cars and a love of writing. He now combines the two by covering all things automotive for Gizmag. When he’s got a spare moment, you can usually find him freezing himself silly in search of fresh powder to ski.
When people think of Kei-cars, they tend to think of boxy wagons and quirky hatchbacks designed only for the Japanese market. With tiny 660 cc engines that qualify them for cheap tax and insurance, the Kei-car platform doesn't seem like a natural place to start when designing a sports car. That didn't deter Honda from creating a mid-engine, rear-drive sports car to fit the strict yellow-plate rules. Gizmag spent some time behind the wheel of the fantastic Honda S660 during our recent trip to Tokyo.
In the world of tuning, there's no such thing as too much power. BMW's 560-hp (418-kW) M5 is already an absolute powerhouse, but Alpina has decided that there's a market for a more powerful and luxurious 5 Series in the form of the B5 Biturbo.
Having become the world's largest market back in 2009, China is an established superpower in the automotive world. BMW is chasing the growth potential for premium compacts in this market with its Concept Compact Sedan.
Mazda might have stolen the show in Tokyo with its gorgeous RX-Vision Coupe, but it's back to business as usual for the Japanese brand in Los Angeles. Instead of launching a slinky rotary concept, Mazda has taken the covers off its new CX-9 SUV. Designed to ferry the kids to school in style, the CX-9 will be powered by a 2.5-liter engine debuting new turbo technology that cuts down on lag.
In the world of roadsters, none are quite as well-known as the Mercedes SL. The nameplate has been around since 1954, and has graced the flanks of brilliant coupes and convertibles across the 61 years since its foundation. For the latest update, Mercedes hasn't messed with the formula too much. Instead, the German brand has tidied up the design of its current model, and packed in suspension technology that tilts the car into bends.
Historically, Subaru hasn't been a brand known for its sharp styling, but its designers seem to be on a bit of a roll at the moment. Tokyo played host to two fine looking Subaru concepts and the trend has continued at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the unveiling of the Impreza Sedan Concept.
The VW Beetle might have started life as low-cost transport for the masses, but its modern reinvention has been all about style. The latest addition to the stable is no different, taking inspiration from modified "Baja Bugs" to create the rugged-looking Beetle Dune.
With the huge range of hot-hatches on the market, you could be forgiven for not taking much notice of Ford's upcoming Focus RS. After all, on the surface it looks like just another four-cylinder, four-wheel drive turbo tearaway lining up to tackle the Audi RS3 or A45 AMG. But taking a closer look reveals that the RS has the potential to be something seriously special, thanks to the tech crammed into the car's hot-rod bodywork.
Cadillac has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. It's gone from building heavy, soggy barges for Florida retirees to creating exciting sedans and coupes that can compete with the best Germany has to offer. But super-sedans don't make big money – SUVs do, which is why Cadillac's new lightweight XT5 is so important for the American brand.
As electric cars come towards the end of their life, they create a set of problems that you simply don't get with petrol cars - namely, getting rid of the batteries. Automotive giant Daimler is doing its bit to tackle the problem by partnering with The Mobility House, GETEC and Remondis to create a 13-MWh battery storage unit out of second-life battery systems from electric and plug-in hybrid cars.