Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Automotive

The Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code concept car has multi-voltaic silver paint that harvests s...

Hydrogen-powered cars are a greener alternative to those powered by petrol. One new Mercedes-Benz concept car is not only powered by hydrogen, but by its paint job as well. The Vision G-Code SUV is finished in "multi-voltaic silver" paint that harvests solar and wind energy.  Read More

Grimsel has claimed a new world record for acceleration in electric cars: 0 to 100 km/h (6...

Students from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts have claimed a new world record for electric car acceleration. Piloting their EV dubbed "Grimsel" from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 1.785 seconds in less than 30 meters, the students smashed the previous record of 2.134 seconds set by the Delft University of Technology in 2013.  Read More

From tip to tail the Impala stretches 16.7 ft (5.1 m), making it as long or longer than mo...

The long-tailed classic that is Chevrolet’s Impala has gone through many iterations since it was introduced in the late 1950s – some good, some excessively bland. The redesigned 2015 Impala LTZ is in the former camp and after 10 days of driving I was pleasantly surprised at how well Chevy has executed the overall package.  Read More

The new X5 M and X6 M are powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine

Set to debut at next month's LA auto show, BMW's new X5 M and X6 M both powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 423 kW (575 hp) between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. The engine also produces 750 Nm (553 ft lb) of torque from just 2,200 rpm, which is 70 Nm more than BMW’s previous generation of SUVs produced.  Read More

Hideo Tsurumaki CEO of FOMM, with his  first creation, Concept One (Photo: Stephen Clemeng...

A city car with a semi-amphibious ability sounds like a bit of a misnomer, but for the residents of Bangkok in recent years, it could have been a true lifesaver. Created by a small Japanese company called FOMM (First One Mile Mobility), the Concept One vehicle is designed for Thailand's high flood risk areas. Gizmag has been following Concept One's progress since it was announced earlier this year and we were recently invited to take a closer look.  Read More

Visteon's HMeye 'cockpit of the future'

We've already seen eye-tracking systems being used to control things like laptops and TVs, but ... cars? Well, the Visteon Corporation isn't suggesting that we use our eyes to steer our cars. At least, not yet. Its HMeye cockpit concept, however, is designed to show how such technology could be used to help drivers keep their attention on the road.  Read More

HALOsonic constantly adapts to the changes in vibrations coming from the tires against the...

As automakers attempt to make vehicles more energy-efficient, they're increasingly turning to lighter building materials. While doing so may indeed result in lightweight cars, these materials generally lack the sound-damping qualities of their heavier counterparts. That's why Harman and Lotus Engineering have developed the HALOsonic system, which cancels out road noise by making noise of its own.  Read More

The Crazy Cart XL is a larger and more powerful version of the original Crazy Cart

Sometimes you can buy a toy for yourself and pretend you bought it for a child. That won't be the case with the Crazy Cart XL. It's a new version of Razor's original Crazy Cart that was released last year. It's been made bigger and more powerful, especially for grown-ups who should know better.  Read More

This 1966 Ferrari 275 Gran Turismo Berlinetta Competizione Scaglietti won its class at the...

Ferrari dominates the rare car market with 53 percent of the most valuable cars ever sold at auction, 30 cars in the top 50, 14 cars in the top 20 and nine of the top ten. This 1966 Ferrari 275 Gran Turismo Berlinetta Competizione Scaglietti won its class at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km and 1969 Imola 500 km. It has since won concours events and is likely to become one the most expensive cars ever sold when it crosses the auction block next January in Scottsdale.  Read More

Motorclassica 2014 featured a stunning collection of rare and classic vehicles  (Photo: Ni...

Thousands of auto enthusiasts flocked to the Royal Exhibition building in Melbourne, Australia, over the weekend for Motorclassica 2014. Adding to the drawing power of the event was the celebration of Maserati's 100th anniversary, which saw the display of iconic gems plucked from the Italian automaker's famed history. Gizmag was among those keen to feast their eyes on the collection of rare and classic vehicles on show.  Read More

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