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The Mercedes-Maybach S-class revives the Maybach marque

In November, Mercedes Benz took the wraps off its latest go at reviving the Maybach marque and now it's handing out more details about the luxury sub-brand's S 500 and S 600. Less a car for driving than being driven in by your chauffeur, the new S-class features understated lines and is intentionally designed as a status symbol for the upper automotive crust.  Read More

The Sonata PHEV economy numbers break down to 93 MPGe combined in EV mode, based on intern...

Hyundai is rolling out a its first plug-in hybrid vehicle. Shown in Detroit, this week, the Sonata PHEV can can travel 22 miles before you even have to start burning fossil fuels.  Read More

The C-Class Plug-In Hybrid follows on from the S-Class plug-in (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.co...

Mercedes has used the 2015 Detroit Auto Show to continue the expansion of its C-Class range, offering up a plug-in hybrid model to complement the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid and existing range of petrol and diesel engines. The C350 Plug-In Hybrid retains the standard C-Class' luxurious interior, but boasts a set of frugal fuel economy figures to challenge those of small-engined city-cars.  Read More

The Verizon Vehicle Bluetooth speaker, with its one-touch controls

While you may or may not be a fan of General Motors vehicles, the automaker's OnStar roadside assistance service certainly looks like it could be useful at times. Well, US-based consumers with other makes of cars should soon be able to take advantage of a similar setup, when the just-announced Verizon Vehicle system launches.  Read More

Audi is using virtual reality headsets at dealerships to help customers configure their ca...

Only a few days ago we were mulling over what virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift might be used for other than gaming – here's another to add to the list. Audi has announced that prospective customers will be able don a VR headset and sit inside their virtual car-to-be as they configure it.  Read More

The Renovo Coupe at CES 2015 (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

California startup Renovo Motors showed off the ageless Shelby body and electric powertrain of its Renovo Coupe at last year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, but it waited until this year's CES to open up the doors to the car's high-tech interior. Now that it has, it's put together all the pieces of an authentically-bodied Shelby with 500-hp electric powertrain and cutting-edge Nvidia Tegra X1-powered infotainment system ... a strange but alluring combination if ever there was one.  Read More

Supercars, electrics, hybrids and of course big ol' trucks are the stars of this year's De...

The The 2015 Detroit NAIAS Auto Show happened at a slightly awkward time, with crashing oil prices and corresponding low fuel costs taking the edge off consumers' desire for efficient and green car options. Still, there were plenty of fuel cell, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on show, as well as a cavalcade of giant American trucks and several truly stunning sports and supercar launches. Gizmag's Scott Collie and Loz Blain were kids in an all-singing, all-dancing candy store. Enjoy our gallery of highlights from the Motor City's biggest event.  Read More

The Cross Coupe GTE concept previews the design language that will appear on next year's p...

Growing its GTE family of plug-in hybrid production cars and concepts, which includes the recently-revealed Passat GTE and Golf GTE, Volkswagen has revealed the Cross Coupe GTE concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The 355-hp concept car previews a US-market mid-size SUV that VW plans to begin production on by the end of 2016.  Read More

The new Raptor is introduced in Detroit (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag)

If you're one of those people who use pick-ups more for off-roading than for hauling, then you'll no doubt be interested in the upcoming newest version of Ford's F-150 Raptor. The automaker is billing it as "Ford's toughest, smartest, most capable truck for ultimate off-road performance."  Read More

The Shelby Cobra replica 3D-printed by ORNL is designed as a rolling automotive laboratory...

It stands to reason that if you had a big enough 3D printer, one of the first things you would do is print a replica of a vintage 1965 Shelby Cobra sportscar, and that's what the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) did for the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The result of a project that took only six weeks from conception to finished product, the vehicle not only celebrates the Shelby Cobra's 50th anniversary, but also acts as a demonstration of modern additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping technology.  Read More

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