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Initially designed for as an electrical generator, Namikoshi realized that its 4-in-1 engi...

One of the many challenges facing engine designers is the need to increase power output while simultaneously retaining or improving efficiency. Although a four-cylinder engine is still an engineering marvel, there remain many friction points that reduce energy output. Namikoshi Electronics of Japan believes its unorthodox 4-in-1 concept engine could provide an alternative powerplant to the automobile industry.  Read More

Kia believes the T-Hybrid powertrain will raise performance and fuel economy (Photo: C.C. ...

The Paris Motor Show was stuffed so full of dazzling concept and production cars we had to split our photo round-up into separate galleries showcasing French design, adventure vehicles and general highlights. At such a show, it would have been quite easy to overlook a a plain white Kia Optima tucked away in a far corner. However, that low-key car was the base of one of the more interesting technological concepts in Paris: a 48-volt hybrid with electric supercharging.  Read More

French automakers in Paris (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

With introductions like the Renault EOLAB and Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow in the days leading up to the 2014 Paris Motor Show, it became obvious that the French had big plans for their home show. French automakers, big and small, didn't disappoint, showing a multitude of highly stylized, tech-heavy concepts and vehicles during the show. They had such a strong showing, in fact, that we thought it appropriate to give them a dedicated space separate from our main Paris wrap-up. Here's what the French have to say about modern vehicle design.  Read More

The Q80 showcases new design language destined for future production vehicles (Photo: C.C....

Infiniti is using this year's Paris Motor Show to share its vision for the "upper echelons of the premium sedan category." That vision is the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration, a concept car that pushes Infiniti styling, drive and technology into the future, providing an early look at a potential answer to the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series.  Read More

The unnamed Vaio hybrid is targeted at high-end professional users

Vaio has provided a look at its first hybrid system to be announced since the company’s split from Sony earlier this year. The prototype, which has yet to receive a name, would be targeted specifically at creative professionals, and carry a hefty price tag.  Read More

Toyota's C-HR on display in Paris (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Last month, Toyota provided us with some teaser renderings of its C-HR hybrid crossover concept. At the time, although we got a quick look at its outward appearance, it was a little difficult to really get a sense of the thing. Well, now we've had a chance to see it for ourselves at its Paris Motor Show world debut, and can tell you a bit more about it.  Read More

The Lamborghini Asterion in Paris (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Lamborghini has long been on the cutting edge of auto technology in terms of potent powertrains and lightweight materials. However, its colleagues over at McLaren and Ferrari have it beat when it comes to electrification, each having introduced a hybrid flagship at last year's Geneva Motor Show. In Paris, Lamborghini officially surpassed those marques, presenting its very first hybrid, a 910-hp plug-in with more than 30 miles (50 km) of all-electric driving range.  Read More

VW's Passat GTE will make its debut in Paris

The 2014 Paris Motor Show is shaping up to be a showcase of fuel saving technologies. Citroen and Peugeot are showcasing compressed-air hybrids, while Volkswagen will reveal a "GTE" plug-in hybrid version of its eighth-generation Passat that boasts economy figures of 141 mpg (2.0 l/100km).  Read More

Featuring an advanced adaptive suspension system and a strong, light chassis, the Q80 also...

Infiniti has released a sneak preview of its Q80 Inspiration hybrid concept ahead of its world debut at the Paris Auto show next week. The four-door concept is set to provide a glimpse into Infiniti’s future models and powertrain offerings.  Read More

The quick charge system can operate 24/7, is compatible with Opbrid’s existing truck and b...

Transport solutions like Volvo’s Electric Hybrid bus present ripe opportunities for cities to reduce their carbon footprint. But while buses are a natural target for quick charging solutions, Spanish company Opbrid wants to see the reach of its Ultra-High Power charging stations extended to other types of commercial vehicles.  Read More

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