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Concept Cars

Mercedes shows the AMG Vision Gran Turismo at the 2013 LA Auto Show

Whereas the concepts of the Frankfurt Motor Show were largely about flash styling and new packaging, the concepts and cars of this month's Los Angeles Auto Show were more focused on forward-thinking technology and green design. Fuel cells, hybrid powertrains and self-driving systems were themes across several models. Of course, there was still plenty of flash and hot styling, too.  Read More

Ken Okuyama's new vehicles on display at the Tokyo Motor Show

While you might not know who Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama is, you've no doubt seen his creations. The Japanese auto designer has worked with Pininfarina and General Motors, overseeing the design of cars such as the Ferrari Enzo and P4/5, the Honda NSX, and the C5 Corvette. He was also employed at Porsche, where he helped design the 996 and Boxster. At this year's Tokyo Motor Show, he's showing four vehicles that he created as part of his own Ken Okuyama Design brand. Three of them are intended for the road and/or track, while the other is made for the field.  Read More

Yamaha's exciting new Motiv.e two-seater may find many different forms, but no firm date h...

Yamaha Motor Corporation moved into the automotive business this afternoon in one of the shock announcements of the Tokyo Motor Show. Yamaha’s partner in the four-wheeled endeavor is none other than Gordon Murray Design. The new four-wheeled Yamaha MOTIV.e range of four-wheelers will be based on Gordon Murray’s much-vaunted City Car design, and will include a range of bodies, and a range of engines, including a 25 kW electric vehicle, and a one liter, three-cylinder engine likely to produce well over 100 bhp.  Read More

Honda FCEV teaser

Honda plans to hit the Tokyo Motor Show hard with concepts. Creating a multi-theater concept attack, the automaker will save at least one reveal for the LA Auto Show, which runs at the same time. The fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) Concept previews the styling direction of its next fuel cell vehicle, which will launch in 2015.  Read More

The DC Tacoma concept plows, hauls, sleeps and parties

The DC Shoes Toyota Tacoma SEMA concept may not have been eligible for the Dream Build Challenge, but it's as fully equipped as any of the actual participants. This truck is like a rolling ski lodge, packing a road-clearing plow, gear racks, snowmobile carrier and rooftop tent. If every truck looked like this, there would be little need for ski resorts.  Read More

The Let's Go Moto Tundra took home first place in Toyota's Dream Build Challenge

Instead of limiting its SEMA fleet to specialty vehicles it built itself, Toyota opened up the garage to professional Toyota Team athletes. The athletes worked with sponsors and aftermarket specialists to develop dream vehicles for their sports, with Toyota picking the winner this week. The tailgate-ready, portable bike repair center known as the Let's Go Moto Tundra proved victorious.  Read More

Toyota's JPN Taxi Concept that will premiere at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Alongside its FV2 personal transportation vehicle concept, Toyota will also be premiering a next-generation taxi concept at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show. Although it bears more than a passing resemblance to London's iconic black cabs, Toyota says the JPN Taxi Concept has been created with Japanese hospitality in mind.  Read More

Toyota's FV2 Concept – part robot, part computer-human interface, part motorcycle, part ca...

Toyota has released details of its most futuristic concept car yet. More robot than car, the tilting 4-wheel FV2 is designed to explore the physical and emotional interface between humans and machines with elements like an augmented reality windshield, an exterior that's one big display and a steering system controlled by body movement.  Read More

EcoTrek adds serious mileage to the Ford F-350

Ford is planning on hitting this week's SEMA Show with a full slate of pimped-out vehicles. Its fleet of customized trucks includes a long-range, overland survivalist shelter, several tamer, outdoor-specific F150s, and a Super Duty "High Roller" that would fit naturally in any valet parking lot.  Read More

The BASF MySetta project includes foam, paint and interior lining pulled from the company'...

It must get boring and lonely spending your days in a lab, mixing up slightly different plastics, epoxies and composites. Perhaps that's why BASF is making a push to get out in front of the world and show what these materials can really do. Prior to the Concept 1865 plastic bike, the German company updated a 1958 BMW Isetta "bubble car" with some of its materials and coatings. The car, which makes the Smart ForTwo look rather roomy, also gets a unique home entertainment system.  Read More

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