Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

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French automakers in Paris (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

With introductions like the Renault EOLAB and Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow in the days leading up to the 2014 Paris Motor Show, it became obvious that the French had big plans for their home show. French automakers, big and small, didn't disappoint, showing a multitude of highly stylized, tech-heavy concepts and vehicles during the show. They had such a strong showing, in fact, that we thought it appropriate to give them a dedicated space separate from our main Paris wrap-up. Here's what the French have to say about modern vehicle design.  Read More

Renault says its all-new EOLAB concept boasts fuel efficiency of 1 L/100km (235 mpg)

A few days after Peugeot weighed in with its latest eco-friendly hybrid concept, French countrymate Renault followed suit. Its all-new EOLAB Concept slashes fuel consumption in half when compared to the already efficient Peugeot 208 Hybrid 2L, requiring just 1 liter for 100 km of driving (235 mpg) while puffing out just 22 g/km of CO2 (NEDC cycle).  Read More

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class shown during a frontal crash test (Photo: Euro NCAP)

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA was the only vehicle to achieve the maximum 5 stars in Euro NCAP's latest safety ratings, scoring an impressive 96 percent for adult occupant protection, 88 percent for child occupant protection and 70 percent for safety assist.  Read More

Renault has unveiled the third-generation model Twingo aimed at city drivers

Renault is taking aim at the urban car market with a major redesign for its third-generation Twingo, with the goal of recapturing the spirit of the original release in 1992. Based on last year’s Twin’Z and Twin’Run concept cars, the new Twingo was developed jointly with Daimler and is manufactured at the Novo Mesto plant in Slovenia as what Renault calls a fun, ultra-maneuverable city car.  Read More

Renault has unveiled the Renault Sport RS 01

After a couple of teasers, Renault has finally unveiled its Renault Sport RS 01. The GT Racer packs 500 hp under the bonnet and tops out at 300 km/h (186 mph). It will compete in its own single-model championship called the Renault Sport Trophy as part of the World Series by Renault.  Read More

Renault's Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R set a new Nurburgring lap record for front drive cars

Renault is king of the hot hatches once again, after its Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R shaved four seconds from the Nürburgring lap record for two wheel-drive production vehicles previously held by the Seat Leon Cupra 280. Renault achieved its record north loop lap time of 7:54.36 by putting the Megane R.S. on a strict diet, and bumping up its power output.  Read More

The Rallye Monte-Carlo ZENN, short for Zero Emission, No Noise is the 'greenest' portion o...

Although not quite as prestigious on the electric racing scale as the upcoming Formula-e series, the relatively new "Zero Emission, No Noise" (ZENN) series does give manufacturers a venue in which to put their electrics up against competing teams. Held in the rainy hills in and around Monte-Carlo last month, the race saw Renault’s ZOE dominate in not one, but all categories, essentially sweeping the series.  Read More

'I think the circumstance in big cities is the main problem and it's not necessarily the p...

Gannet Design founder Ulfert Janssen is one of the few automotive and transportation designers in the world who works in both the two- and four-wheeled domains. Stints at Samsung Motors in Korea, Nissan in Japan and a decade at Renault’s Barcelona studio involved in advanced concept design have given him a unique perspective on future transportation design.  Read More

The front-wheel-drive pocket rocket market is likely to become all four-wheel-drive in the...

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

KWID's Flying Companion acts like a recon drone in auto mode or can be manipulated from in...

Looking like a cross between a full-scale toy and a lunar buggy, Renault’s new KWID Concept features a twist that could either be a flight of fancy or a glimpse of the future – the world’s first built-in quadcopter.  Read More

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