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The Ariel Nomad is a new off-road buggy

Ariel Motor Company, it of the unhinged Atom sports car, has announced a new addition to its line-up. The Nomad takes all of the raw excitement of the Atom and dumps it into an off-road buggy. Like the Atom, it is said to be lightweight, high performance and reliable.  Read More

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept has a range of 200 miles (322 km) and should cost around $30...

Two of the biggest obstacles to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) have been their prohibitively high prices and limited ranges. Chevrolet's new Bolt EV concept seeks to tackle both of these factors. It is designed to go 200 miles (322 km) per charge and cost from around US$30,000.  Read More

The Lexus GS F is powered by a naturally aspirated V8

Recent months have proven prolific for makers of fast luxury sedans, with Cadillac unveiling its twin-turbocharged 185 mph ATS-V and supercharged 200 mph CTS-V. Now Lexus continues to challenge its reputation for sensible, staid cars with the announcement of the high-performance GS F.  Read More

Donkervoort has announced a special Bilster Berg Edition of its D8 GTO sports car

Dutch Automaker Donkervoort has unveiled a special edition of its D8 GTO sports car. The D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition was created to toast the firm's 2014 successes, including, it says, breaking the Bilster Berg circuit lap record for street-legal production cars. Just 14 of the cars will be made.  Read More

The Porsche 918 Spyder body shell being installed

The Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar has been called the "genetic blueprint for the Porsche sports car of the future," but the technical innovations aren't restricted to the car's two electric power systems and V8 engine punching 887 bhp. The company has also put a lot of innovation into its Porsche 918 Spyder factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The 4,000 sq/m (43,000 sq/ft) facility where the 918 is hand built employs 100 people and uses a new take on the assembly line.  Read More

We first drove the Spira4u in its first prototype form six years ago and we were mightily ...

We first drove the Spira4u in its first prototype form six years ago and we were mightily impressed. Conceived as a low cost (both to manufacture and run), hyper-economical vehicle to mitigate the world's 1.25 million road deaths each year, the Spira4u went on to become a finalist in the Automotive XPrize. It was never intended to run against the world's biggest universities and brightest minds – it was always intended for production. Now it's there and seeking to license its design across the globe.  Read More

Honda says its Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, which is set to debut in the 2015 Euro...

The emergence of adaptive cruise control in recent years has certainly been a welcome development, and now Honda is promising to take things one step further. It has today unveiled its Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC), a technology it claims is capable of predicting the chances of a car cutting into your lane up to five seconds before it occurs.  Read More

Mercedes reveals its F 015 concept at CES 2015 (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

When you choose to debut a full concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show, rather than the looming international auto show a few days later, it's gotta be a piece of forward-looking, high-tech wizardry. The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion is that and more. The car represents Mercedes' vision of a fully autonomous rolling lounge that envelops four passengers in technology and comfort.  Read More

Dr. Michio Kaku speaks at Toyota's CES 2015 press conference

Toyota is serious about hydrogen fuel cell technology. It's so serious that it's not only welcoming competition, it's helping it. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the automaker announced that it will open more than 5,500 fuel cell patents and provide royalty-free licenses to other automakers and entities.  Read More

A carbon and hemp-fiber reinforced component such as this is a cheaper, greener hybrid com...

Built in East Germany, the Trabant 601 was notorious for its many faults – not the least of which was a body made out of Duroplast, a hard plastic made of cotton waste and phenol resins that led those in the West to describe the car as being made of cardboard. However, it now looks as if the Trabant is getting the last laugh as scientists look at ways of making cars out of cotton and other botanical fibers formed into a new class of hybrid composites.  Read More

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