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Empa ceramics specialist Jakob Kübler, with some of the materials used in the brake rotor ...

When it comes to making cars more energy-efficient – whether they're battery- or gas-powered – getting their weight down is one of the best things you can do. Unfortunately, the cast iron brake rotors currently used in most vehicles are quite heavy. Lighter ceramic rotors certainly do exist, although their high price mostly limits their application to expensive sports cars. Soon, however, ceramic-coated aluminum rotors may be a cost-effective lightweight alternative for economy cars.  Read More

The 2016 AMG GT S at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Mercedes says that its new AMG GT and GT S coupes signal a move into a new, top-class sports car segment for the company. Both cars are on display at the Paris Motor Show, which opened to the public on Saturday, and Gizmag stopped by for a closer look.  Read More

Nissan has given the Pulsar Nismo a more aggressive stance (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Nissan's Nismo department has been busy lately. After giving the legendary GT-R the Nismo treatment, Nissan's motorsport and performance division has taken to the Pulsar hatch. The result is the Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept, which is on display at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.  Read More

The Fiat 500X at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag.com)

Fiat has gone off-roading at the Paris Motor Show with the debut of its 500X compact crossover. To be available in two versions – one aimed city driving and the other for the outdoor leisure market – the new crossover comes in two-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations and features a wide choice of engines and gearboxes, including a nine-speed automatic.  Read More

The Audi TT Sportback is a four door take on Audi's stylish coupe (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizma...

Having already rolled out the standard TT Coupe and Roadster, Audi has used the Paris Motor Show to unveil its TT Sportback concept, which wraps a powerful 2.0-liter TFSI engine and quattro all-wheel drive in a stretched, four-door coupe body.  Read More

Toyota's C-HR on display in Paris (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Last month, Toyota provided us with some teaser renderings of its C-HR hybrid crossover concept. At the time, although we got a quick look at its outward appearance, it was a little difficult to really get a sense of the thing. Well, now we've had a chance to see it for ourselves at its Paris Motor Show world debut, and can tell you a bit more about it.  Read More

The Lamborghini Asterion in Paris (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Lamborghini has long been on the cutting edge of auto technology in terms of potent powertrains and lightweight materials. However, its colleagues over at McLaren and Ferrari have it beat when it comes to electrification, each having introduced a hybrid flagship at last year's Geneva Motor Show. In Paris, Lamborghini officially surpassed those marques, presenting its very first hybrid, a 910-hp plug-in with more than 30 miles (50 km) of all-electric driving range.  Read More

The new infotainment systems are powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor

Honda has announced plans to put 7-inch Android-powered infotainment systems in a number of its 2015 cars. So far only announced for Europe, the new systems are known as Honda Connect, and will have access to a purpose-built app store.  Read More

The VW XL Sport's aerodynamics help it achieve a high top speed from a relatively small en...

Volkswagen's XL1 is a fascinating study in fuel economy. The combination of its low-drag shape, light weight and plug-in hybrid system allow it to sip fuel at just 0.9 l/100km (261 mpg), but a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 11.9 seconds isn't what you'd call lightning quick. To rectify this VW has given the XL1 a sports makeover, with the help of a Ducati engine.  Read More

Local motor has unveiled a new crowd-sourced sports car

Local Motors recently ran a design challenge for an exploratory sports car. The challenge asked participants to focus on aesthetics, performance, affordability and the connection between driver and machine. Over 200 submission were received and the winning design was announced last week.  Read More

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