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NAIAS 2013

Volkswagen's CrossBlue hybrid SUV concept on show at the North American International Auto...

Volkswagen has used the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to premiere an interesting mid-size diesel plug-in hybrid SUV concept designed specifically for the American and Canadian markets – the CrossBlue. The concept's powertrain combines a turbocharged 4-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine, two electric motors (40 kW in the front and 85 kW in the rear), a dual-clutch transmission and an almost baffling number of driving modes to deliver a combined city/highway fuel economy of 89 MPGe (2.6 l/100km equivalent) when driven in hybrid mode, or 35 MPG (6.7 l/100km) in diesel-only.  Read More

Honda's 'Urban SUV Concept' at the North American International Auto Show

Honda’s CR-V compact SUV is going to be getting a baby brother. The automaker had previously provided some teaser images of the vehicle, but officially unveiled it yesterday at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.  Read More

The Infiniti Q50 sedan

Fly-by-wire systems are the sort of thing we associate with aircraft and space shuttles, but they’re now moving into the automotive world. This week at a press conference at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Infiniti unveiled its Q50 luxury sports sedan. Based on the Infiniti Essence concept, this is the first production car to feature drive-by-wire steering instead of conventional mechanical and hydraulic linkages.  Read More

smart forstars takes the stage at the Detroit Auto Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)

One of the oddest concept cars doing the auto show rounds at present makes its North American debut in Detroit this week. First shown in Paris last year, the smart forstars concept has a video projector mounted in the hood, turning the pint-sized EV into mobile drive-in.  Read More

The Grand Cherokee SRT on the street

Today at the North American International Auto Show, Jeep announced a new version of its Grand Cherokee SRT. The company has made some key improvements to its performance SUV – everything from the interior to the towing capacity of the 2014 model has been tweaked and improved.  Read More

The Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible that will debut at NAIAS 2013

On January 14, the Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible makes its international debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Boasting a six-liter twin-turbocharged 48-valve W12 engine, improved suspension, all-wheel drive and a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h), Bentley claims it is the world’s fastest four-seat convertible.  Read More

Cadillac's ELR plug-in hybrid is coming to Detroit (Photo: General Motors)

Cadillac announced this week that it will debut the ELR plug-in hybrid at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) next month. Based on the 2009 Converj concept, the ELR 2+2 coupe will re-purpose Chevy Volt technology in a sportier, more upscale package.  Read More

The John Cooper Works Paceman will debut at the Detroit Auto Show

After giving the Paceman Concept the production nod early last year, MINI debuted the 2013 Paceman just a few months ago in September. That vehicle will go on sale in the United States next year, but before it does MINI wants to show what's possible when the Paceman beefs up. The John Cooper Works Paceman will make its official world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January, but MINI decided to pull the covers off a month early for internet gawkers.  Read More

BMW's best selling 3-Series has seen six generations in five body styles over four decades...

BMW's best selling 3-Series has for nearly four decades been the brand's introductory model – the first taste of a BMW for prospective aficionados. As the BMW range has grown, the larger 5-Series and 7-Series have found more sporty, more stylish and more upmarket coupe derivatives in the 6-Series and 8-Series respectively. Now, the pattern is set to continue with the 4-series, to be shown as a concept at the NAIAS (Detroit Motor Show) in January, but one already slated for production within 12 months.  Read More

The car has several styling changes, including the headlamps and character line

Maserati has revealed the first pictures and details of the all-new sixth-generation Quattroporte sedan ahead of a world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. The new Quattroporte maintains those Maserati staples that would be missed if they were to disappear, but does take some definite strides away from the old model in terms of design, as well as offering new engines including a new V8.  Read More

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