Good news for North American fans of the Ford Focus ST – unlike its predecessors, the newest iteration of the turbo-charged hatchback will make its way to our shores… but not until 2012.Read more
Lotus engineer Colin Chapman achieved near-immortality with his legacy of small, light-over-power sports cars. But one wonders if the Prince of Lightness rolled over in his grave at the recent Paris auto show’s unveiling of the Lotus Elite.Read more
Subtlety has never been Lamborghini’s claim to fame. But the Sesto Elemento concept unveiled at the Paris auto show lifts the Italian automaker’s look of lethal aggression to new heights.Read more
In today’s News Brake, Audi considers producing the quattro concept, Ray LaHood thinks the car is a no-phone zone, and there will be plenty of Fiestas at SEMA . . . But Wait, There’s More!Read more
The quattro lives!Read more
Unveiling the Ibe all-electric sports coupe at the Paris Auto Show took little-known manufacturer Seat from obscure to red-hot with one sweep of the drop-cloth. Until now, the Spanish car maker has largely been known for nondescript VW-based hatchbacks. But the candy-apple coupe should ensure that the public not only remembers the Seat name… but pronounces it correctly (it’s SAY-at).Read more
BMW’s striking Vision EfficientDynamics concept is headed for production.
BMW’s striking Vision EfficientDynamics concept is headed for production in late 2012 or early 2013 as a 450-hp, twin-turbocharged halo for the company’s new environmental initiative. Theoretically at least, the production car, which may be badged M100 (shown here as an artist’s interpretation based on spy photos), has what it takes to eclipse its most serious rivals. Extensive computer simulation suggests that it will outpace the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the Audi R8 5.2, and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Power will likely come from the twin-turbo in-line six that’s being cooked up for the next M3 and will be transmitted to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Photo Gallery: BMW M100 – Deep Dive – Automobile Magazine
Renault says they’re committed to building more emotionally-styled vehicles, and their latest concept, the DeZir, is a look at how they might go about do it.Read more
At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, British manufacturer Lotus turned the establishment on its head by unveiling nothing less than an entire range of new vehicles. Yes, the wraps were taken off five performance coupes and sedans that the Hethel automaker will soon be producing. And, in true Lotus tradition, each one sports a moniker starting with the letter E: Esprit, Elan, Elite, Elise and Eterne.Read more
Tata Motors will launch the Aria, said to be the first Indian-designed, developed and built crossover, on 11 October. First shown as a concept at the Geneva motor show in 2005 and at the New Delhi show in 2006, the production Aria was finally unveiled in New Delhi last January.Read more
Even Lotus wants a piece of the urban runabout market.
Lotus unveiled a lot of future products at the 2010 Paris auto show, but the City Car concept is the most puzzling. This tiny plug-in hybrid or full electric vehicle is slightly larger than a Toyota iQ and uses the powertrain we first saw in the EMAS concept at this year’s Geneva auto show.
Photo Gallery: Lotus City Car Concept – First Look – Automobile Magazine
Road-ready electric vehicles and other eco-friendly cars were the dominant theme of the 2010 Paris motor show.Read more
Taking just about everyone by surprise, Lotus unveiled a veritable onslaught of cars at the Paris Auto Show today. Five new models, two updated versions of an existing model and a concept car are on display.Read more
Paris 2010: Nissan’s Townpod Blurs Lines Between Compact, SUV, and Van
Is it a car? Is it a van? Is it an SUV? According to Nissan, its Townpod concept, which debuted this morning at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, is a little of everything.
Paris 2010: Renault DeZir Swoops in to the Show
To state the obvious, one of the reasons the Paris auto show is unique is because the French automakers are on their home turf. We see Renault, Citroen, and Peugeot at the Geneva show each year, but their most exciting cars always debut in Paris. DeZir is the latest Renault EV concept and it looks pretty cool.
ForOne? Smart Unwraps Electric Escooter Concept Before Paris Show
Two automakers have promised electric scooter concepts for the 2010 Paris Motor Show, but only Smart has shown the finished project — the Escooter — ahead of its official debut.
A preview of both the R5 and Audi’s hybrid strategy.
At first glance, the Audi e-tron Spyder unveiled in Paris might appear to be just a topless version of the e-tron Coupe shown in Detroit. The most significant difference concerns the drivetrain. Whereas the e-tron Coupe was a pure EV, with an electric motor driving the rear wheels, this latest e-tron concept is a plug-in hybrid that sends power to all four corners in a system that Audi calls e-quattro.
Tata Ltd, the wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons Ltd in the UK, is to acquire a minority stake in Bladon Jets which helped Tata group company Jaguar Land Rover develop micro gas turbines for the C-X75 concept electric supercar unveiled in Paris this week.Read more