Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Cars

The A1 Sportback has been updated for 2015

Audi has sold over half a million of its A1 hatchbacks since the model's launch in 2010, so when it came to updating the small hatch, the German manufacturer hasn't messed with its winning formula. The updated A1 and A1 Sportback take their predecessors' sharp styling and add a pair of new three-cylinder engines into the mix.  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

Detroit Electric has released final exterior designs of its upcoming SP:01 sportscar

Detroit Electric has released the final exterior design of its upcoming two-seater sports car, the SP:01. The company says it will be the world's fastest production electric sports car. The revised design features include a fastback rear, an added rear wing and reshaped air ducts.  Read More

The Drivebot is a simple dongle device that plugs into the car’s On Board Diagnostic (OBD-...

For many drivers, a vehicle’s inner workings are akin to magic. When something goes wrong with the car, we take it to the mechanic and trust them to provide an accurate, honest resolution recommendation. But what if there was an app that could provide us vehicular simpletons with ongoing monitoring and recommend a non-biased solution when a problem is identified? That’s exactly what five Thai engineers thought when they set about developing the Drivebot, a device described as a Fitbit for your car.  Read More

The Pioneer rearview mirror telematics unit installs over the existing rearview mirror

Digital gadgetry for cars is progressing by leaps and bounds, which is great – except when they your car doesn't have them. Japan's Pioneer Corporation has developed one way to keep up with the high-tech motoring Joneses in the form of its rearview mirror telematics unit – a wireless information module that fits over a car's original rearview mirror.  Read More

Porsche has announced four new 911 Carrera GTS models

Porsche has announced four new 911 Carrera GTS rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive Coupe and Cabriolet models. Porsche says the vehicles fall somewhere between the 911 Carrera S and the 911 GT3.  Read More

BMW has announced details for its new M6 GT3 racer

BMW has announced a new addition to its line-up of GT racing models. The BMW M6 GT3 will replace the BMW Z4 GT3 from 2016. Development of the car is underway, with initial tests planned for the first quarter of 2015.  Read More

A tri-level alert system notifies drivers of a tire's condition and informs if the tire be...

The days of guessing how much air is in that one leaky tire may be over. Paired up with an Android or iOS device, Fobo’s new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) uses Bluetooth 4.0 and individual tire sensors to actively monitor pressures and provide real time data to user’s smartphones on a 24/7 basis.  Read More

London's Salon Privé motor show includes rare gems and eye-catching supercars from around ...

Since its inauguration nine years ago, Salon Privé has evolved into a boutique motor show, wowing automotive enthusiasts with its unique mix of classic vehicles and premium supercars from around the world. Following the first day's Concours d’Elegance, collectors have the chance to snap up rare gems by way of the Salon Privé Sale, with the British Supercar Show rounding out the event on the third and final day. Join Gizmag as we cast our eye over the assortment of stunning automobiles on display last week at London's Syon Park.  Read More

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