Scion Teases Los Angeles Auto Show Concept

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It's a Scion. It's sporty. And it's coming to the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

At the moment that's all we can tell you for sure about the latest concept car from Toyota's youth-market division. Scion this morning released two remarkably unrevealing teaser photos of the iM concept's front end, opening the floor for conjecture, speculation and presumption in the weeks leading to its Nov. 19 unveiling during the auto show’s press-only days.

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The L.A. Auto Show is open to the public Nov. 21-30, preceded by media and industry events Nov. 18-20. Cars.com will provide full coverage leading up to the show and from the floor. Click here for more 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show coverage.

By Matt Schmitz | October 22, 2014 | Comments (2)

More Photos of the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept (27 Photos)

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Today's media preview of the 2014 Paris Motor Show brought the full revelation of Infinti's latest inspiration, specifically the Q80 Inspiration concept car. The Porsche Panamera-like four-door coupe — which Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays earlier described as "a sedan-meets-hatchback amalgamation with cab-rearward styling, a hybrid drivetrain and enormous wheels" — heralds a new flagship vehicle for Nissan's luxury brand, though it's anybody's guess as to when the Inspiration sees production.

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Likely to be called the Q80 if and when it hits dealerships, the concept is longer, wider and shorter in height than either its luxury-flagship or four-door coupe peers. Its aluminum exterior evokes a menacing sea creature, from its narrow-eyed stare and gaping maw to its flowing body lines directing the eye back and downward on the way to a bulbous, enlarged rear end. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Toyota C-HR Concept to Debut at 2014 Paris Motor Show

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Toyota's latest concept car, the C-HR, is a hybrid crossover that sort of resembles a kit-lifted Honda Crosstour rollin' on 20s and strutting around the neighborhood in shoulder-shrug posture like Spike the bulldog from Looney Tunes. The concept car, announced this week and set to debut next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, has a decidedly sports-coupe-like body style. Its aggressive, muscular stance is punctuated by squinting, jewel-like headlights and a gaping grille, along with a swept-back profile.

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No details were available for the hybrid powertrain, but the automaker says the crossover introduces new styling themes that hint at the future design direction of its vehicles.

By Matt Schmitz | September 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept: First Look

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Looks like: Infiniti's take on the Porsche Panamera

Defining characteristics: Svelte hatchback profile, enormous wheels

Ridiculous features: No side mirrors, teardrop roof glass

Chance of being mass-produced: All but certain

Weeks ahead of October's Paris Motor Show, Infiniti revealed more details and one full image of a four-door coupe concept that previews a future flagship. It's the second time we've heard of the Q80 Inspiration, coming weeks after Nissan's luxury brand released a teaser image earlier this month. The latest image shows a sedan-meets-hatchback amalgamation with cab-rearward styling, a hybrid drivetrain and enormous wheels.

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Absent side mirrors or door handles — substantial ones, at least — the Q80 Inspiration's lines run hollow along the sides but widen into a larger rear end with some interesting taillight visuals. Rear-hinged doors open at the B-pillars, and 22-inch wheels fill the fenders. The glass roof extends down the rear into a sort of teardrop window, and the profile magnifies Infiniti's forward C-pillar kick, which we've seen in subtler form on the Q30 concept and Q50 production cars.

By Kelsey Mays | September 23, 2014 | Comments (1)

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Previews Fastback Flagship

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Infiniti is gearing up to show off a low-slung, fastback concept car at the Paris Motor Show next month that the automaker says foreshadows an "audacious top-of-the-line model." The Q80 Inspiration isn't similar to anything in the current Infiniti lineup if it debuts looking like the sleek four-seat fastback in the above sketch. It also reminds us of the company's Essence concept car from way back in 2009. This time around, however, might be a little more significant since the Inspiration concept will be attached to a model "name," denoting firmer plans for it to become a reality.

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Little else was revealed of the Q80, but Infiniti wants the car to clearly be a high-end model at the peak of the Infiniti range with the style and technology to match. Current Infiniti Q cars include the Q50 sedan, Q60 coupe, Q60 convertible and Q70 sedan. Complete details on the Q80 Inspiration concept car will come at the 2014 Paris Motor Show on Oct. 2 when Infiniti reveals the Q80 Inspiration to the public.

By Joe Bruzek | September 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Toyota FT-1 Concept Goes Upscale (18 Photos)

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Toyota's bright red FT-1 sports car concept drew the excitable eye of everyone who attended the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit where it debuted. We haven't forgotten about the red and racy concept, and neither has Toyota, which just released a reimagined version with an upscale vibe more ready for a leisurely cruise down a coastal highway than carving corners on a racetrack.

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The pull-me-over red exterior is replaced with a graphite re-skin, and I think does a better job showing off the FT-1's curves. New interior touches are equally as minimalistic and work to great effect with saddle leather highlights and new textures providing a more Lexus-like experience than Toyota. Toyota's design team took inspiration for the interior from modern, high-tech superhero costumes and high-end leather bags.

By Joe Bruzek | August 14, 2014 | Comments (2)

Photo Gallery: Jaguar F-Type Project 7

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Jaguar has confirmed that it intends to build 250 examples of the 2013 F-Type Project 7 concept car for sale to the public, using its Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations team to handle the assembly of the custom two-seat roadster. Inspired by the 60th anniversary of the LeMans-winning Jaguar D-type race car, the F-Type Project 7 features handmade carbon- fiber aerodynamic aids and a unique suspension, as well as the most powerful engine Jaguar has ever put in a car: a 575-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 mated to an eight- speed automatic transmission. Jaguar says it will propel the Project 7 from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph, making it the fastest car Jaguar has ever produced.

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Several high-performance features will be standard on the Project 7, including carbon- ceramic brakes, a torque vectoring system and race-inspired seats. The only roof will be a stowable fabric strip that stretches from the top of the windshield and accommodates the D-type-inspired fairing behind the driver's head. It will be fully road-legal, however, and even features a trunk that holds 7 cubic feet of luggage.

The first examples of the new Project 7 will be delivered to customers in mid-2015, and it will make its public debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England on Thursday. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Check out the gallery below.

By Aaron Bragman | June 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

Ford Concept Makes Fusion As Light As a Fiesta

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Starting earlier this year with the 2015 F-150 and continuing this week with the announcement of a new concept car, Ford is working to be a heavyweight in the realm of "light-weighting." The Ford Lightweight Concept follows in the footsteps of the production version of the F-150 pickup truck, which shed 700 pounds using high-strength steel and aluminum alloy. The concept, based on the 2013 Fusion midsize sedan, drops a quarter of the sedan's body weight to tip the scales at the same level as Ford's smallest car, the Fiesta, the automaker said Tuesday.

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Ford said the concept "uses advanced materials to explore future weight-reduction solutions that could improve performance and fuel efficiency while reducing carbon dioxide emissions." The automaker said the vehicle uses many of the same lightweight materials found in today's mobile electronic devices, such as aluminum, chemically toughened glass and advanced lightweight plastics, as well as high-strength steel, magnesium and carbon fiber.

By Matt Schmitz | June 4, 2014 | Comments (3)

Google Announces New Self-Driving Car Prototype Fleet

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If you could buy one of Google's all-new cars on a dealer lot, you wouldn't have to wonder how much that optional heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel is going to set you back — because there is no steering wheel. Or gas pedal. Or foot brakes. The prototype fleet of electric-powered, entirely self-driving cars announced Tuesday by the Silicon Valley-based tech giant — which has been developing autonomous-car technology for years — is expected to begin testing by year's end.

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According to USA Today, the fleet of as many as 200 prototype two-seaters is part of Google's efforts to "reengineer transportation." In lieu of conventional human-controlled driving mechanisms, the new car instead uses sensors and software to avert danger, the newspaper reported. The prototype currently has a top speed of only 25 mph (no word on its zero-to-25 mph sprint time) and has been involved in no accidents yet, USA Today said.

By Matt Schmitz | May 28, 2014 | Comments (6)

Mini Superleggera Concept Very Un-Mini (20 Photos)

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Spectators at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2014 classic-car contest in Lake Como, Italy, received a bilingual greeting of "All right?" and "Buongiorno!" as BMW introduced the Mini Superleggera Vision. The automaker described the electric-powered roadster concept car as "modern Britishness meets Italian flair," but the first thing you'll likely notice is its minimal Mini-ness. The Superleggera easily bears the least resemblance to any previous Mini model we've seen.

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The Superleggera combines Italian body construction with Mini's iconic British visual cues on the outside, and inside uses leather, aluminum and black chrome flourishes, according to the automaker.

What do you think of this Mini concept's blending of European cultural influences? Sound off in the comment section and check out the gallery of manufacturer's photos below.

By Matt Schmitz | May 27, 2014 | Comments (2)

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