Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Off-road

The Fiat 500X at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag.com)

Fiat has gone off-roading at the Paris Motor Show with the debut of its 500X compact crossover. To be available in two versions – one aimed city driving and the other for the outdoor leisure market – the new crossover comes in two-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations and features a wide choice of engines and gearboxes, including a nine-speed automatic.  Read More

The 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner in Candy Arcadian Red livery

Introduced in 2011, the Crossrunner motorcycle marked Honda's attempt to square the circle between grungy off-road machines and the exquisitely polished garage trophies of the urban market. The latest version of the premium adventure sports tourer has now been revealed at Intermot – and it warrants a closer look.  Read More

Volkswagen presents the Transporter-based TRISTAR pickup truck

If your work carries you over the rugged ground of desert, forest or tundra, a rolling office like the Brabus Business Lounge is likely to break down before getting to the job site. What you need is a mobile office built into something more rugged; something like the Volkswagen Tristar concept. In place of the luxury van typical in roadtrip-ready office spaces, the Tristar is underpinned by a specially built 4Motion pickup truck.  Read More

With the help of a few Facebook friends, Nissan developed the rugged, military-styled Proj...

If you're looking to journey across rough, rugged back roads, the average pickup truck is one of your better options. If, on the other hand, those roads will wind beyond the very edge of civilization, into one of the modern world's few remaining frontiers, you may want something a bit tougher, something like the all-new Nissan Project Titan. The custom truck is built to the exacting demands of Alaskan travel.  Read More

Are six wheels better than four?

Before Mercedes first unveiled its G 63 AMG 6x6, California-based Tyrant Motorworks converted a 2012 Jeep Wrangler to six-wheel-drive. Developed mainly as a promotional vehicle, it's now about to be replaced by a new-and-improved model ... so it can be yours, if you place the winning bid on eBay.  Read More

The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest Land Rover model

Last month, Land Rover claimed a new record for a production SUV as its 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR ran the 20.8 km (13 mile) Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in eight minutes and 14 seconds. Now the company has lifted the bonnet and revealed the specs behind how a two and a half tonne Chelsea tractor is able to do a lap time like a stabbed rat.  Read More

The HexHog will set you back from £18,000 to £25,000 (Photo: HexHog)

Though electric wheelchairs offer users increased mobility, they don't tend to perform very well in off-road conditions. British engineer Sion Pierce aims to give disabled people another option in this regard with the HexHog, a six-wheeled, electric ATV (all terrain vehicle) that, like the UNiMO is designed to take on the most difficult terrain you can throw at it.  Read More

The Fiat Panda Cross has better ground clearance than the Panda 4x4

Fiat has beefed up its 4x4 Panda city car to make it more capable and comfortable away from the urban jungle. The Panda Cross gets a tougher underbody, more grunt, more ground clearance and a more versatile all-wheel drive system.  Read More

The 2008 DKR rides on double wishbone suspension (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool)

Easily one of the toughest, meanest new vehicles of 2014, the 2008 DKR is being prepped for Peugeot's 2015 return to the Dakar Rally. We've already looked at the drastic body modifications, and now we have the details on what will be propelling the rally car up powdery hills, through fiery canyons and over rough desert floors.  Read More

The Quadski XL cranks up to 45 mph on land and water

With up to 45 mph (72.4 km/h) of speed potential on both land and water, the Gibbs Quadski is one of the most playful amphibious vehicles in the world. With a price tag of around US$40,000, buying Quadskis for the whole family is an expensive – maybe impossible – venture, however. Gibbs is now making it easier for additional riders to get in on the fun, with the new two-seat Quadski XL.  Read More

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