Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Toyota

The Toyota ME.WE concept

The auto world's attention may still be tied up in China, but Toyota is hoping to pull it westward. Debuted earlier today at the Le Rendez-vous Toyota, Toyota’s brand experience center on the Champs Elysées in Paris, the ultralight ME.WE is a concept car that strips the automobile down to its basic core in an attempt to reframe consumer expectations.  Read More

Toyota FT-HT Yuejia on show at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show (Photo: Gizmag.com)

Toyota is certainly looking to make an impact at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. More than 50 production models and concept cars are on display in the company's massive 4,600 square meter booth and among them is the FT-HT Yuejia, a six-seater concept aimed at young Chinese consumers that's making its world premiere at the show.  Read More

The range of Yikebikes now ranges from US$2000 to US$4000

With big changes likely in the global transport infrastructure, the race is on to create the missing link – the smallest, lightest man-packable form of motorized transport yet known. Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, BMW and Nissan have all shown vehicles in this area, but none have yet hit the market. The best-of-breed is currently the Yikebike and it announced today that it has further extended its lead, lightening its US$4,000 Carbon model from 11.5 kg to 11.2 kg and extending its range to 15 km (9.3 miles). There's also now a choice of Yikebikes with two cheaper versions at 12.7 kg ($3,000) and 14 kg ($2000).  Read More

Off-roading in style?

Does anyone really need to be chauffeured around in a stretched out off-road rambler? Probably not, but if society ever collapses into a loose collection of post-apocalyptic outposts strung together with rock and rubble, we expect that the truck-based Devolro limousine will be the vehicle of choice for new-era one-percenters.  Read More

The show's influence can't be measured solely in visitors, exhibitors and floor space – th...

The presence of the head of Ford Motor Company at the Bangkok Auto Show was no accident – the New York Motor Show was on at the same time. The Detroit of the East produced 2.45 million cars last year (up 68% on 2011), sold 1.43 million locally (up 80%), and became a global top 10 auto producer. It was already the world's second largest producer of trucks, behind only the United States. With just 18 vehicles per 100 population (America has 76), the Thai domestic market offers promise. The world's auto makers are focusing their quest for growth on Asia and Bangkok is now key to the Asian automotive market.  Read More

The Toyota FT-86 Open Concept

We've been following Toyota’s FT-86 from its concept days to its production debut as the GT86. Now it's gone topless, with Toyota unveiling the FT-86 Open Concept Geneva Motor Show.  Read More

Toyota's i-ROAD is a fully-enclosed, two-seater, three-wheeled, fully-electric, Personal M...

Toyota rocked the automotive world a few hours ago with full details of a new form of transport it will exhibit at the Geneva Motor Show which begins tomorrow. Toyota's i-ROAD is a fully-enclosed, two-seater, three-wheeled, fully-electric, Personal Mobility Vehicle (PMV) which looks to be more a competitor for the motorcycle than anything we have seen before from the world's largest automotive manufacturer.  Read More

Kibo the Japanese communication robot floats in zero gravity aboard an airplane with its c...

The Japanese communication robot destined to join the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) this summer recently underwent some zero gravity testing. The Kibo Robot Project, organized by Dentsu Inc. in response to a proposal made by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, unveiled the final design of its diminutive humanoid robot and its Earthbound counterpart. Watch the cutest robot-related video of the year after the break.  Read More

Toyota's intriguing i-Road concept EV

An intriguing overhead image released by Toyota last Thursday suggests the motor company may unveil an unusual electric concept vehicle, dubbed i-Road, at the 83rd Geneva Motor Show in March.  Read More

2013 SRT Viper in 'Mopar Garage' at NAIAS 2013

This year's North American International Auto Show was full of compelling auto stories, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Mercedes CLA among the most intriguing. In addition to the big debuts, the show was stocked with plenty of other glistening fiberglass and aluminum conveyances that, while they didn't quite make our best of Detroit coverage, did smile brightly in front of the camera.  Read More

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