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The Toyota FT-1 premieres at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Easily one of the wildest concept cars at the North American International Auto Show, the Toyota FT-1 bridges Toyota's sporty past with what the company promises will be a daring and aggressive future. The "spiritual pace car for a changing, evolving Toyota" previews what Toyota hopes is its most exciting generation of vehicles ever. Put simply, the FT-1 is the Future of Toyota, example Number 1.  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

The Honda UNI-CUB β has no conventional accelerator, brake or steering mechanism, yet it i...

“It has a top speed of 6 km/h, it balances itself, and you couldn’t crash it if you tried. How can you possibly see that as one of the biggest thrills of your life?” That was the response from an automotive journalist colleague at the Tokyo Motor Show after I eulogized riding Honda’s UNI-CUB β personal mobility device. After a lifetime of journalism covering every form of technology, cars, motorcycles and "boys toys,” from driving and riding exotica worth a decade's wages, this was one the greatest thrills I had experienced – being one of the first to ride a landmark personal transportation device as important as Henry Ford’s Model T.  Read More

Highlights from the floor of the 30th Thailand International Motor Expo

Thailand has two major auto shows on its calender – the Bangkok Auto Show in March and the Thailand International Auto Expo in early December – and as Thailand continues its rise as a consumer and producer of automobiles, these shows grow in importance. The 30th Thailand International Motor Expo opened this week and Gizmag was on the show floor to capture the highlights.  Read More

Mercedes shows the AMG Vision Gran Turismo at the 2013 LA Auto Show

Whereas the concepts of the Frankfurt Motor Show were largely about flash styling and new packaging, the concepts and cars of this month's Los Angeles Auto Show were more focused on forward-thinking technology and green design. Fuel cells, hybrid powertrains and self-driving systems were themes across several models. Of course, there was still plenty of flash and hot styling, too.  Read More

The pick of the best concept cars at TMS 2013 at different, arrestingly beautiful, more ef...

If you love cars and motorcycles, the Tokyo Motor Show is one of those events which is always worth attending. It's home ground for 15 automakers, hundreds of automotive component manufacturers, and the highest concentration of R&D for every facet of public and personal transport in the world.  Read More

Toyota showcased its new torque servo module in a pair of compliant robot arms (Photo: Mik...

In the first decade of the new millennium, Toyota's Partner Robot program was known for its truly incredible humanoid robot band that could play the trumpet, trombone, tuba, drums, and even the violin. Gradually these projects, which were designed to entertain while demonstrating the deftness with which Toyota's robot hands could manipulate objects, gave way to more practical applications. The automotive giant was on hand at the International Robot Exhibition (IREX) 2013 to showcase its latest robotic innovations, including the Winglet, the Human Support Robot, and a new compliant robot arm.  Read More

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe riding in an autonomous drive Nissan Leaf  (Image: Nissan)

Autonomous cars took to the roads of Tokyo for the first time on Saturday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a passenger. The Prime Minister rode on the public roads in the National Diet Front Garden in a Nissan Leaf and autonomous cars built by Honda and Toyota. According to Nissan, Saturday’s drive was meant to show the Japanese government’s support for the development of autonomous cars, as was symbolized by the venue located between Japan's parliament and the Imperial Palace.  Read More

The DC Tacoma concept plows, hauls, sleeps and parties

The DC Shoes Toyota Tacoma SEMA concept may not have been eligible for the Dream Build Challenge, but it's as fully equipped as any of the actual participants. This truck is like a rolling ski lodge, packing a road-clearing plow, gear racks, snowmobile carrier and rooftop tent. If every truck looked like this, there would be little need for ski resorts.  Read More

The Let's Go Moto Tundra took home first place in Toyota's Dream Build Challenge

Instead of limiting its SEMA fleet to specialty vehicles it built itself, Toyota opened up the garage to professional Toyota Team athletes. The athletes worked with sponsors and aftermarket specialists to develop dream vehicles for their sports, with Toyota picking the winner this week. The tailgate-ready, portable bike repair center known as the Let's Go Moto Tundra proved victorious.  Read More

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