Mini Clubman Concept: First Look


The saying goes that you can never have enough money or chocolate, but it seems that you can also add "kinds of Mini Cooper " to that list as well, as the brand continues to come out with variants on the original three-door subcompact.

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The latest, the Mini Clubman Concept, is distinctly different than the current production Clubman. It's longer than the new Mini Cooper Hardtop, but unlike the last Clubman, it has four full doors and room for five passengers, essentially making it a four-door Mini Cooper.

By Aaron Bragman | February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Where To Find the Concept Cars at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show


Some of the most exciting, intriguing and unique vehicles you'll see at auto shows are, without a doubt, concept cars. However, automakers aren't churning out the wild concepts of old much these days, and you'll have to look hard to find any at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. We scoured McCormick Place's show floor during the press days, leading up to the public opening on Saturday, and found seven concept cars. Yes, only seven even though there are 41 automotive brands with their own distinct booths.

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Here is a list of the seven concepts and where they are located within their various brand booths:

By Robby DeGraff | February 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

What You Can't Miss at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

First, let's start off with what won't be missed — those not coming to town for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show get to skip Chicago's latest bout of wet-blanket weather, a seemingly endless merry-go-round of heavy snow and subzero temps. Those who do brave the elements are in for a treat — several of them, actually. There's plenty to see at this year's show, from hot concepts to significant production vehicles.

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The 2014 Chicago Auto Show opens to the public on Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 17 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Be sure to check out the redesigned for 2015 Subaru Legacy and Kia's futuristic hybrid crossover concept, the Niro. Continue below to check out the editorial team's list of 2014 Chicago Auto Show must-sees.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 7, 2014 | Comments (4)

Kia Niro Concept Photo Gallery (31 Photos)


We hope Kia was aiming for an insect look with its new crossover concept, because the Niro's bug-like nose, beetle-ish headlights and what the automaker calls "butterfly doors" that open toward the roof make it look ready to take flight. 

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The automaker focused on hybrid and electric vehicles at this year's 2014 Chicago Auto Show, and its electric crossover concept joined the Optima Hybrid and Soul EV on the stage. Check out the gallery photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

Kia Niro Concept at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show


Looks like: A bug (of the insect variety, not Volkswagen)
Defining characteristics: Hybrid crossover with butterfly doors
Ridiculous features: Several cameras are mounted inside and out, allowing the driver to view a live feed of the car's surroundings on a dash-mounted screen
Chance of being mass-produced: No concrete plans, but Kia says the concept "hints at a possible future B-segment contender"

Kia is no stranger to sleek, futuristic-looking crossover concepts, and the automaker delivered again with the Niro concept unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The "urban hybrid vehicle" is the third hybrid or electric vehicle on Kia's Chicago stage, joining the 2015 Soul EV and 2014 Optima Hybrid.

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The beetle-like futuristic concept, which was designed in Kia's Frankfurt, Germany studio, is about 165 inches long and 72.8 inches wide. It rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels and wears Nightfall Black exterior paint with a brushed, stainless-steel roof. Two exterior design elements combine to give the concept a bug-like face, including running-board-type blades above the lower side sill and headlights that Kia describes as having an "ice-cube" arrangement; a strip of daylight running lights ring the headlight housing, surrounding four tiny square spotlights.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept: Up Close


Infiniti wants a pure-bred, high-performance car in its lineup. If the Q50 Eau Rouge concept is any indication, the automaker is on the right track and ready to slap a mean engine between the fenders of the Formula One-inspired Q50 Eau Rouge. The currently unnamed engine could be a high-powered V-8 or twin-turbocharged V-6 with 500-plus horsepower, said Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen, who also stated at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that a high-performance Q50 is destined for production.

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What the Q50 Eau Rouge does reveal, however, is the solid foundation already laid in creating a higher-performance sport sedan with the wider, lower, carbon-fiber-infused Eau Rogue.

By Joe Bruzek | January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Detroit Auto Show: Concept Cars Winners and Losers


Though the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit isn't flush with new concept vehicles, we managed to find a few — some full-blown concepts, a near-production prototype and one that claims to be one but isn't even a concept. Here our editors pick the winners and losers from this show.

2014 Detroit Auto Show: Production Cars Winners and Losers

Acura TLX Prototype (above)

Joe Wiesenfelder: Loser

Sorry, kids, but this isn't a prototype. It doesn't have an interior, which means it's barely a concept car. To my way of thinking, we can't judge a replacement for the TSX and TL — two different-sized current models — without getting inside.

Aaron Bragman: Loser

C'mon already, Acura, get rid of the damned beak. That metal prow up front that makes the thing look like it needs an orthodontist has to go. The rest of the car looks tepid but inoffensive, like an ILX XL. It might keep Acura fans happy, but it isn't likely to draw in anyone new to the brand, not when you've seen the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

By David Thomas | January 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

Nissan Sports Sedan Concept: Up Close


For a concept with a nondescript name, the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept has loads of definition and realistic dimensions close to the current-day Maxima, only it's longer, lower and wider. The ground-scraping stance, sleek roof and bulging fenders are more than appropriate for a production sports sedan.

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The concept's large presence and substantial size is a stark contrast to the small, minimalist IDx sporty coupe concepts that Nissan debuted overseas and that flank the sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It's a bold look for Nissan on a car that's not only a sedan concept but supposedly the design you'll see in future Nissan products. This particular sedan is an aggressive approach with angular V-shaped front styling and gaping front grilles not unlike Nissan's own GT-R.

By Joe Bruzek | January 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Acura TLX Prototype Photo Gallery (20 Photos)


The 2015 Acura TLX Prototype sports a cleaner, tamer look with a shorter nose than its predecessor’s beaklike styling; it falls between the compact ILX and the full-size RLX in size and seats five. Acura is only showing us the midsize luxury sedan’s exterior this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, so we’ll have to wait until closer to its summer launch to show you what’s in the cabin.

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We do, however, know what’s under the hood: a direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission or a 3.5-liter V-6, also direct-injected. Moreover, a new body construction is said to reduce interior noise. Safety equipment includes collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and a low-speed follow feature, and a blind spot warning system. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 15, 2014 | Comments (5)

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Photo Gallery (20 photos)


One of the most interesting concepts to show its face at this year's 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is Nissan's Sport Sedan Concept. Painted in bright orange, this unique four-door sport sedan executes Nissan's new styling direction. Up front you’ll see the V-Motion look followed by a short roofline and sloped-back windshield.

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Wide fenders, interesting boomerang headlights, an all-glass roof and big, 21-inch wheels accompany the Sport Sedan Concept's futuristic appearance. Inside you'll find four diamond-stitched leather seats and a cool, intuitive multimedia system. Under the hood you'll find a surprisingly familiar Nissan powertrain: front-wheel drive, a continuously variable automatic transmission and a 300-plus-horsepower V-6.

By Robby DeGraff | January 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

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