Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

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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

QUT sees cars powered by their body panels a reality within five years (Photo: Shutterstoc...

Imagine opening up an electric car and finding no batteries. An absent-minded factory worker or magic? Perhaps neither. If nanotechnology scientists led by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are on the right track, it may one day be a reality as cars are powered not by batteries, but their body panels – inside which are sandwiched a new breed of supercapacitors.  Read More

SEMA Show 2014 boasted plenty of automotive variety

Gizmag spent the better part of last week touring the halls of the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. A bit of a change from your typical Paris or New York auto show, SEMA focuses in on components and accessories ... and the wild automobiles they create. It's a jungle of the flashy and impractical, with everything from pristine classics preparing for the auction block to outrageous one-offs that will never be seen again.  Read More

Drive responds to the user's finger movements, but only if their hands are where they shou...

When it comes to safe driving tips, taking your hands off the steering wheel to make or receive calls doesn't rate way up there. Many people instead use hands-free voice prompt systems, although these can also be be distracting, as they require users to think of the correct prompts and then speak them very clearly. Drive offers an alternative – it's a device that's controlled using finger movements, and it won't work unless the user's hands are on the wheel.  Read More

The Lexus RC 350 F Sport by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus RC F hasn’t been around for long, but tuners are already beginning to use it as a blank canvas for their crazy creations. This year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas played host to three tuned coupes, each with its own take on Lexus’ latest creation.  Read More

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