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An aluminum piston (left) and one of the new steel pistons (right)

In 1936, Mercedes-Benz became the first company in the world to launch a diesel passenger car – the 260D. Over the years, diesel automobiles became renowned for their efficiency and fuel economy. Now, the manufacturer is building on that success with the introduction of high-tech steel pistons.  Read More

The FourSixteen is claimed faster through initial acceleration than a Model S thanks to a ...

On the road and stylistically, the Tesla Model S is simply outstanding. But If you’re Saleen Automotive founder and performance mod-guru Steve Saleen, you see room for improvement. I spoke to him on the concept lawn at Pebble Beach's Concours d’Elegance about his vision of a better Tesla, which is realized in the FourSixteen.  Read More

The new FT-1 in Pebble Beach (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)

Toyota opened up 2014 by revealing one of the most radical concept sports cars in recent memory: the FT-1. Now, the Japanese automaker has revived our senses with a second FT-1 featuring an all-new graphite paint job and leather interior. The updated concept car helps Toyota celebrate the introduction of an even more extreme FT-1 that exists in virtual form only: the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo.  Read More

The P1 GTR design concept unveiled at Pebble Beach gives a preview of the forthcoming prod...

McLaren wasn't holding back at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. As well as showcasing two of its latest models with a couple of one-off vehicles, it took the wraps off the 650S Sprint. But for most the highlight was likely the unveiling of the British automaker's track-focused McLaren P1 GTR design concept that provides a preview of the final model that is set to enter production in just under a year.  Read More

Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture will spread across the Swedish manufacturer's range

Many of the world's car manufacturers have decided that flexible, modular platforms are the way of the future. Volkswagen's MQB underpins everything from the VW Golf to Audi's TT coupe, and there are more MQB-based cars to come. Volvo is keen to get in on the action with its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will debut in the upcoming XC90 SUV and then extend across the Swedish manufacturer's range.  Read More

The Seven 480 headed for the US market

American devotees of the Caterham brand got a little love this week as the car maker presented two new models for the US market at Monterey Car Week. The Seven 480 and 360 are the latest variant on the classic, minimalist Caterham Seven sportscar introduced four decades ago, and are available to US customers directly through Caterham’s US distributor.  Read More

Two years ago, a Ferrari 250 GTO sold privately for US$32 million becoming the most expens...

It was the 26th anniversary of the death of Enzo Ferrari on Thursday (August 14), and "Il Commendatore" continues to cast a shadow over the automotive industry that is perhaps now more influential than ever. On Thursday one of his creations recaptured Ferrari's "most valuable car sold at auction record" when a 250 GTO sold for US$38,115,000. Perhaps even more importantly, by Sunday evening (August 17), we expect Ferraris will populate more than half the top 100 most valuable cars ever sold at auction, confirming Maranello is more dominant than ever in the automotive investment marketplace.  Read More

The Renovo Coupe is a new electric supercar

Electric vehicles and high performance aren't two concepts that naturally spring to mind together. One firm that wants to show that the concepts can be perfectly good bedfellows, however, is US startup Renovo. The company says its newly-announced Coupe is the "first all-electric American supercar."  Read More

The continuation Lightweight E-Type will complete the production run suspended half a cent...

In May, Jaguar announced that it was making up for lost time by building the remaining six of the 18 Lightweight or Special GT E-Types that were originally planned in 1963 but never built. That turns out to be more than just talk, because the newly-completed prototype Car Zero of the new run is having its public début at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.  Read More

Navigation, audio, phone and car-info is all displayed on Audi's virtual cockpit

The rise of in-car infotainment systems has seen electronic displays vying with traditional instrumentation, such as the speedometer, odometer and tachometer, for dashboard space and driver attention. Audi's solution that will be featured in its new third-generation TT is to combine the old with the new in its "virtual cockpit."  Read More

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