2015 Detroit NAIAS Auto Show

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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

Buick's Avenir is designed to show the brand's design direction (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag)

Alongside the multitude of expensive, extravagant product launches for high-performance hypercars (we're looking at youFord GT), Buick has used the 2015 North American International Auto Show to quietly launch a beautiful design concept that points to where the brand is headed. Launched with no big press conference or fanfare, the Avenir's classic proportions and carefully-sculpted details have it sitting near the top of Gizmag's list for best-looking car of Detroit 2015.  Read More

The Q60 Concept being revealed in Detroit (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag)

Should you be wondering what Infiniti's next sports coupe will look like, then look no farther than its recently-revealed Q60 Concept. According to the automaker, the 2+2 coupe is "very close" in design to a production-model coupe, to be made next year. A car based on the earlier-announced Q30 Concept will likewise be heading into production.  Read More

Chevy shows the 2016 Volt at NAIAS 2015 (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)

GM is using the 2015 North American International Auto Show to reaffirm its commitment to electric power. Not only did it reveal the all-electric Bolt concept car, it rolled the second-generation Volt out under the lights. In designing the 2016 Volt, GM relied heavily on feedback from first-generation Volt owners, developing a sportier, higher performance plug-in with an all-electric range boost of more than 30 percent.  Read More

The production spec Acura NSX Version 2.0

The Acura NSX finally made it into production specification today in Detroit and, as expected, the wait has been worthwhile. The internal combustion engine is now hyperventilating with twin-turbos instead of the naturally-aspirated version we saw previously, it boasts three electric motors and pushes more than 550 hp through a nine-speed dual clutch transmission, while the price tag will be in the vicinity of US$150,000 when it lands later this year.  Read More

The pact will produce a zero-emissions vehicle (Image: Nissan)

It may seem akin to an alliance between a railway and a submarine manufacturer, but Japanese automaker Nissan has signed a pact with US space agency NASA to develop self-driving cars. The five-year agreement announced last week covers a partnership on research and development of autonomous vehicle systems and their commercial applications.  Read More

The XD's designers were aiming for something a little more 'grown-up' and imposing than th...

Unveiled in Detroit today, Nissan's muscular new Titan XD is powered by a 310 hp Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel that delivers 555 lb-ft of torque and has a towing capacity of 12,000 pounds.  Read More

Hyundai's Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept unveiled at the North American International ...

Hyundai is targeting what it calls "Urban Adventurers" with the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept unveiled at the North American International Motor Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Designed to be small and maneuverable enough to navigate city streets and cramped parking lots during the week, but big and versatile enough to ferry cargo on the weekends, Hyundai calls the concept a re-imagining of the truck utility for the Millennial generation.  Read More

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider just made its debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show (Photo: Loz Bl...

Alfa Romeo has used the North American International Motor Show (NAIAS) to launch the convertible version of its 4C sportscar. The 4C Spider retains the coupe's lightweight carbon fiber construction while allowing drivers to get closer to nature or, if you'd prefer, to the car's heavily turbocharged four-cylinder engine.  Read More

Designed as a showcase for its next-generation EcoBoost engine and lightweight constructio...

Ford has redefined its sportiest ever model (the GT) for a second time, vastly improving aerodynamics, stripping weight through the use of lightweight composites, and delivering a mid-mounted, next-generation, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower. The car will be on sale next year.  Read More

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