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NAIAS 2011


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Johnson Controls shows off ie:3 demonstrator car at Detroit Auto Show

By - January 17, 2011 12 Pictures
Of the various vehicles that were displayed at this month’s Detroit Auto Show, undoubtedly the biggest crowds were drawn to the cars with the most striking exteriors – witness the Porsche 918 RSR, for instance. Given that we drive our cars from the inside, however, isn’t the interior what’s most important? That’s what Johnson Controls seems to believe, as its ie:3 demonstrator vehicle showcased a number of the company’s innovations for vehicle interiors. According to Michael Warsaw, Johnson’s VP of Industrial Design and Marketing for North America, “Everything that you’ll see in this vehicle is ready for the next generation of automobiles.” Read More
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MINI Paceman Concept gets production nod

By - January 13, 2011 3 Pictures
MINI’s track record of producing near production-ready concept vehicles is set to pay dividends again with the MINI Paceman Concept vehicle. The concept car, which made its world debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, will be used as the basis for the seventh production model in MINI’s lineup. Described by MINI as the first crossover coupe in the premium small car segment, the Paceman Concept is based on the same platform as the MINI Countryman but with the styling of a coupe. Read More
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Toyota Prius spawns a full range of hybrids

By - January 13, 2011 89 Pictures
Toyota celebrated 10 years in the U.S. for the Prius at the Detroit Auto Show 2011 this week, introducing three new additions to the eco-friendly range. In addition to the announcement of the Prius v which will be available in 2011 and Prius c Concept which is expected to go into production in 2012, the company also unveiled plans for Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) technology which will allow the next-gen hybrid vehicles from Toyota to be recharged using grid power. While the new Prius v offers a midsize hybrid-electric vehicle aimed at young families the Prius c Concept vehicle will fill the city compact niche when released. Read More
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Volvo to enter the EV market with all-electric C30

By - January 13, 2011 8 Pictures
Volvo is set to enter the electric vehicle (EV) market with the production of an all-electric version of their C30 three-door compact. An electric concept based on the C30 was first seen in 2007 and last year the C30 Electric was taken to the Paris and Los Angeles Motor Shows. Now Volvo has announced its plans to begin production of the EV with the first ten cars off the production line heading to Swedish energy provider Göteborg Energi in the coming months. Read More
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X Prize Winner Li-ion Motors begins commercialization with Wave II and Inizio EVs

By - January 11, 2011 34 Pictures
The Automotive X PRIZE’s aim of inspiring a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles may be realized this year with one of the winning vehicles set to go into production. At the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, North Carolina’s Li-ion Motors, which took out the prize in the Alternative Side-by-Side sub-class of the competition with the Wave II, announced its intention to bring that electric car to the public this year alongside the Inizio, the world’s first all-American all-electric supercar. Read More
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Ford unveils Vertrek compact SUV concept at NAIAS

By - January 11, 2011 19 Pictures
This Monday at the Detroit Auto Show 2011, Ford introduced the public to its Vertrek compact SUV concept. The vehicle is built on Ford’s new global C-segment platform, which the company states will replace three platforms currently in use, and underpin more than 2 million automobiles (including the ubiquitous Focus) by 2012. Ford describes the Vertrek as its “vision for a utility vehicle that will appeal to customers around the globe; it signals the direction Ford will take in developing a new global utility vehicle.” Read More
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Hyundai unveils 3-door coupe Veloster, Curb concept and telematics system in Detroit

By - January 10, 2011 46 Pictures
Hyundai has unveiled its new 3-door coupe Veloster and Curb concept vehicle at Detroit Auto Show 2011. The Veloster combines the style of a coupe and the functionality of a hatchback with a single driver-side door, two passenger-side doors and a hatch, while the Curb concept is a compact crossover that is also intended as a test bed for Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system. Read More
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Porsche 918 RSR – 767 hp hybrid racecar unveiled in Detroit

By - January 10, 2011 39 Pictures
When Porsche promises a world premiere you expect something very special and as the curtain went up on the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this morning, it delivered. The company has taken the drivetrain of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and spliced it together with the silky lines of the 918 Spyder Concept to create the Porsche 918 RSR – a mid-engine coupé that puts out a remarkable 767 hp at peak using the combined forces of its direct injection V8 engine and electric motors on each of the front wheels. Read More
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Hyundai to reveal Veloster, HCD-12 Curb Concept in Detroit

By - January 9, 2011 3 Pictures
A last minute addition to our list of automotive-goodness to watch out for when the Detroit Motor Show kicks-off tomorrow – this time from Hyundai. The Korean automaker will rip the covers off its HCD-12 Curb Concept as well as presenting the world debut of its 2012 Veloster sports coupe, a vehicle that's immediately notable for it's three forward-hinged doors (two on the passenger side, one on the driver’s side). Read More
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