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The battle for the world's sportiest front-wheel-drive pocket-rocket heats up

By - March 8, 2014 37 Pictures
If you were compiling a list of the world’s sportiest front wheel drive cars, you’d no doubt start with names like the MINI Cooper S, Volkswagen Golf GTI or Scirocco R, Ford Focus RS500 or Taurus SHO, Honda Integra Type R, Vauxhall/Opel Vectra or Astra VXR models, Peugeot 205 GTi, Alfa Romeo 147 or 156 GTA models, Nissan Altima Coupe, Mazda speed3, one of the Renaultsport Meganes, or if you’re a little older perhaps the Lotus Elan, Lancia Fulvia, Fiat Abarth or Volvo S80 T6. Now there’s a new name to put at the very top of that list and several new contenders gunning for the crown. Read More
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Inside Porsche's 919 hybrid LMP1, and a closer look at the competition

By - March 5, 2014 81 Pictures
For motorsport enthusiasts, 2014 is shaping as one of the most exciting years ever because Porsche is returning to World Championship Endurance Racing after a 16 year absence, and thanks to some intelligent reframing of the regulations, the battleground is now not just one of outright performance, but of technological excellence. Read on for Gizmag's comprehensive rundown on the new Porsche 919 Hybrid, and the new hybrids from Audi and Toyota it will face. It's a technophile's delight, with a script written in motorsport heaven. Read More
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Production version of Nissan's all-electric e-NV200 unveiled

By - March 4, 2014 43 Pictures
Nissan originally began testing of an all-electric version of its NV200 light commercial van back in mid-2010 before showcasing the e-NV200 concept at the North American International Auto Show in 2012. Now the automaker has unveiled the production version of the LEAF's bigger brother in Geneva, touting the vehicle as a practical and sustainable city delivery vehicle or people mover. Read More
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Nissan readies smart rear vision combining mirror, LCD and image processing

By - March 1, 2014 18 Pictures
Nissan has announced a new rear vision system that integrates a wide-aspect, hi-res LCD monitor with image processing into the traditional rearview mirror. The "smart" mirror provides clearer rearward visibility under adverse conditions, and enables the driver to switch between LCD and traditional mirror modes. Nissan plans to introduce the Smart rearview mirror to the Japanese market as an option over the next few months and globally in 2015. Read More
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Nissan's new 400 bhp engine fits in carry-on luggage

By - January 30, 2014 7 Pictures
It’s a common problem: You’re off to Le Mans with your new 400 bhp engine and you discover that it won’t fit in the airplane's overhead compartment. This week, Nissan showed off the answer to this traveler’s nightmare with its ultralight DIG-T R 1.5 liter, three-cylinder petrol engine that is small enough to fit in carry-on luggage and boasts a power-to-weight ratio better than the engine of a Formula 1 racer. Read More
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Nissan dazzles Detroit with concept cars

By - January 17, 2014 35 Pictures
Nissan turned some heads with its fiery-orange Sport Sedan Concept at the North American International Auto Show this week. Previewing a sporty production sedan largely thought to be the next-generation Maxima, the concept shows a bolder future for the Nissan four-door. The SSC was surrounded by several other intriguing concepts and prototypes on Nissan's podium, including two distinctive small sedans and an autonomous research vehicle. Read More
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Nissan refreshes Taxi for London design

By - January 9, 2014 8 Pictures
Nissan's vision for London’s famous black taxi cabs got a makeover this week as the company unveiled its latest Taxi for London design. Based on Nissan’s NV200 platform and redesigned by Nissan's European design center in Paddington, the updated black cabs not only sport a fresh look, they promise cleaner transport for the city, with the old diesel engines giving way to 1.6-liter petrol and all-electric drivetrains. Read More
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Top 10 green concept cars of 2013

By - December 11, 2013 50 Pictures
As we wind down toward the end of another year, it's time to take a look back at some of the innovations that helped make 2013 a big year for green car technology. Highly anticipated cars like the Porsche 918 Spyder and Cadillac ELR made their debuts, while green concept cars provided a peek at what the future holds. Our favorite eco-friendly concepts from the past 12 months rethink power technologies, aerodynamics and architecture to push fuel economies into the triple digits. Read More
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