With the massive range of compact four-wheel drives out there, you could be forgiven for thinking that every possible niche had already been filled. But you'd be wrong, because little known Russian brand UAZ is out there filling a gaping hole in the market: Soviet-style stripped back design with the Hunter.
We're all familiar with cars telling us how to get somewhere, but what about telling us how to do so efficiently? That's the idea behind the Drive Efficient app, which triumphed in Ford's SYNC AppLink Developer Challenge Dublin. The software provides visual and audio advice to drivers for frugal fuel use.
Kia isn't known for rough, tough trucks or athletic sports cars, but it's showing its fun side at this year's SEMA show. It's revealed four heavily modified cars that celebrate the spirit of the American road trip. Its open-top A1A Optima helps drivers experience the open road, while the other three concepts veer off that road for dirt, rock, mud and views.
The latest Camaro might have been built with a new focus on handling and light weight, but that doesn’t mean Chevy has forgotten about the drag racing crowd. Debuting at SEMA, the Camaro COPO is a hand-built racer designed to tackle NHRA Stock and Super Stock Eliminator drag-racing classes.
The Fiat 500X Chicane debuting at SEMA features some very LA-style street cred changes thanks to Mopar, with a new fascia, some body cladding, and oversized 20-inch (51cm) two-tone wheels getting things started.
Few things can elicit the kind of drooling amongst American muscle car fans that a Dodge Challenger GT with all-wheel drive can. We’re talking Mississippi River-scale mouth water followed, inevitably, by the Noah-sized flood of tears once it’s realized that this is only a concept. Sorry, Mopar lovers, the Challenger GT AWD being shown at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas is just such a concept.
Arizona-based Local Motors is aiming to become the first to bring a 3D-printed electric car to market. The LM3D Swim is a demonstration of the speed at which additive manufacture can bring ideas into reality, as well as showing off Local Motors' production ethos of "form over function." The functional chassis of the car is able to be "skinned" with any number of body concepts to give it all sorts of visual character – and since the car is 3D-printed, one-off body shapes are not a problem.
Mazda is showcasing two new MX-5 Miata concepts at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The concepts, based on the 2016 MX-5, are the MX-5 Spyder and the MX-5 Speedster, both aimed towards the core of the lightweight, open-air basis of the Miata.
Detroit Electric has announced that the first SP:01 battery-electric sports roadster has rolled off the assembly line, now located nowhere near Detroit. Today, the company is based in the United Kingdom and is aiming for sales in the European and Asian markets. It's taken pre-orders and is soon to begin shipping to fill those.