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The Sport Quattro Laserlight concept has laser headlamps

Following on from the Sport Quattro Concept that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, Audi has continued the evolution of the classic Sport Quattro of the early 80s. The new Sport Quattro Laserlight concept, which will be unveiled at this week's CES, borrows from the R18 e-tron Quattro LMP1 race car unveiled last month and sticks lasers where the headlamps used to be.  Read More

The C-Max Solar Energi Concept uses solar panels on its top for charging

A plug-in hybrid car sounds like an excellent way of squaring the circle between the green cred of an electric car and the range and reliability of one that runs on petrol, but what if you live somewhere that’s a bit off the grid? Ford’s answer is its C-Max Solar Energi Concept, which makes its debut at CES next week. The car uses a combination of high-efficiency solar panels and a separate frame roofed with a Fresnel lens to concentrate sunlight on the panels to give it a proper charge without using the engine or plugging into the electrical mains.  Read More

Gizmag takes a look at our favorite eco-friendly concept cars from the past 12 months

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

Porsche shows the 918 Spyder at the LA Auto Show (Photo: CC Weiss)

Ever since the Porsche 918 Spyder debuted as a might-never-be concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, we knew it was quick. But we didn't know just how quick. In preparation of the first 918 deliveries, Porsche has announced that the hybrid supercar outperforms the company's previous, already-impressive performance estimates.  Read More

The ELR debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show

A journey that began in 2009 with the Converj concept will reach its peak this upcoming January. That's when Cadillac plans to launch the ELR plug-in hybrid in major cities around the US. The luxury Volt will cost well more than expected, with a base price just under US$76,000.  Read More

Mitsubishi teases three new concepts

We didn't hear a peep from Mitsubishi at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, but the company plans a louder, bolder presence at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show and has already announced a series of three green SUV concepts that it will reveal there.  Read More

Body-builder in an Armani suit? Volvo's latest concept design aims to marry power and refi...

Volvo has previewed its latest concept ahead of a launch at the Frankfurt Motor show next month. The plug-in hybrid Concept Coupe aims to provide a window into the company's future direction with a "naturally powerful" design that hints at a certain hidden brutality while still retaining a sense of refinement.  Read More

The S 500 Plug-In Hybrid has a 3.0-liter turbo V6 and 107-hp electric motor

Mercedes-Benz's range-topping S-Class now has a "3 liters per 100 km" car. Hot on the heels of the all-electric SLS AMG supercar, the S 500 Plug-In Hybrid packs an electric motor powered by an externally charged lithium-ion battery. The plug-in combines up to 19 miles (30 km) of emissions-free commuting with the acceleration and performance expected of an S-Class.  Read More

Pure Tension Volvo Pavilion

"How am I going to prevent that battery from dying on my trip?" It's a sentiment that's been echoed again and again, even by the most ardent EV early adopters, and certainly by the auto consuming public at large. With only 100 miles (161 km) of battery power on a good day, and few charging stations along most routes, the fear of sputtering out on the highway is real and pervasive. With help from a collaborative of designers and architects, Volvo shows one possible solution – a collapsible, carport-sized solar charging pavilion named Pure Tension.  Read More

The bike carrier's pivoting arm makes for easy assembly

Just because the average crossover sees more time on mall parking lot asphalt than on dirt doesn't mean that manufacturers have abandoned the great outdoors completely. It just means that crossovers designed to actually venture into the outdoors are mostly concept cars and limited editions. BMW hasn't been shy about releasing such concepts, including last year's X1 Concept K2 Powder Ride and the all-new Concept Active Tourer Outdoor.  Read More

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