Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Automotive

Plum Quick Motors claims to have set a new record for the world's fastest golf cart

Playing a round of golf can take a good few hours, not least because of the time taken to walk between shots. Using a golf cart can speed things up, of course, especially if it goes 118 mph (190 km/h). That's the speed Plum Quick Motors says one of its high speed golf carts has hit to claim a new world record.  Read More

Rolls Royce Ghost Series II (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)

Ultra-luxury brand Rolls-Royce has updated its "entry level" model with the release of the Ghost Series II. Targeted at a younger, entrepreneurial market, and more of a driver's car than a chauffeur's, the new Ghost gets a subtle facelift, an upgraded interior and a more affordable price tag, even if you're still talking the kind of dollars that would get you a nice bit of real estate. Technology-wise, the Ghost receives a number of updates, including headlights that automatically adjust so your high beams don't dazzle oncoming drivers, and a GPS-aided transmission that reads the road ahead and pre-selects the best gear for an upcoming hill or corner. Gizmag spoke to Sven Ritter, General Manager of Asia Pacific, about the new car, the brand's record setting sales run and the reasons why only high-altitude bulls get to donate their leather to a Rolls-Royce interior.  Read More

We've assembled the list of the 100 most expensive cars ever sold at auction, all the imag...

This synopsis of the 100 most expensive cars ever sold at auction includes detailed images of all the cars, prices and links to the catalog descriptions, plus analysis of the marques and models which make up the top 100, which auctioneers sold them, when and where they sold ... a full snapshot of the hype-rare car marketplace.  Read More

The Afkar project may lead to autonomous cars that could drive themselves to owners or ren...

A team of engineers, mathematicians, and computer scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA are developing a robotic system for electric cars that can independently find its way around unknown spaces, navigating around obstacles in order to find its goal. It is hoped that it will soon be capable of finding a parking space or charging station and parking there, safely without a single scratch.  Read More

Dacia's Duster goes pickup for São Paulo

The Fiat FCC4 wasn't the only interesting utility vehicle concept to come out of the recent São Paulo Motor Show. Renault experimented with a sporty pickup version of the Dacia Duster SUV, showing how the platform could haul five people with a bed full of gear.  Read More

The Hoonicorn Mustang was on display at SEMA in Las Vegas

Rally driver Ken Block has revealed the car that he will be piloting in his upcoming Gymkhana video, and it's a big departure from those featured before. Instead of using a modern hatchback like a Subaru Impreza or Ford Fiesta, Block's new "Hoonicorn" car is a 1965 Ford Mustang with an 845 hp (630 kW) V8.  Read More

Rugged rides of SEMA Show 2014 (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

We've already looked at all the wild custom cars of the SEMA Show, but that was only half the story. For roughly every neon-lit, overpowered car on display, there was a jacked-up truck, makeshift off-road camper or heavily armored 4x4. The trucks and utility vehicles were every bit as much the story as the cars, and we tell it in this photo gallery.  Read More

Toyota packs a supercharged Tundra powertrain and tube frame inside a Camry shell

Believe it or not, the Toyota Camry was one of the most interesting debuts at the 2014 SEMA Show. Not just any Camry, this particular model features a supercharged Tundra V8 tuned to 850 hp (634 kW). It also has a full tube-frame chassis and a liftable body that shows off its race-derived build. You can pull up at a traffic light next to virtually any sports car and shock the clothes off the driver when you blow them away in the unassuming Toyota four-door.  Read More

Porsche’s Cayenne GTS SUV is powered by a new turbocharged V6 engine

Porsche’s Cayenne GTS SUV has been given a midlife upgrade, with sharper styling and a new turbocharged V6 engine, which replaces the old GTS’ naturally aspirated V8.  Read More

KTM, in partnership with Reiter Engineering, has announced a new version of its X-Bow raci...

Fans of motorbike-like specs on four wheels, strap yourselves in. KTM has announced a planned new version of its X-Bow (pronounced "Crossbow") sports car. Few details have been released, but based on past models we can expect blistering speed and glue-like road-holding.  Read More

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