Buick Avenir Concept Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

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Buick's new concept surprised for its stunning styling. The Avenir, French for future, is a full-size, all-wheel-drive sedan with a giant face, upswept LED headlights, 21-inch wheels and a sculpted body.

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Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (9)

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept: First Look

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Looks like: Chevy Spark EV meets Nissan Leaf

Defining characteristics: Compact all-electric car with a range of 200 miles and a price around $30,000

Ridiculous features: The automatic park-and-retrieval system; the driver can exit the vehicle and tell the Bolt to park itself, and when needed, the concept can be summoned to return to the owner's location.

Chance of being mass-produced: It's likely GM will offer a compact all-electric production car in the near future. "The Bolt EV concept demonstrates General Motors' commitment to electrification and the capabilities of our advanced EV technology," the automaker said in a statement.

The new Volt isn't the only electric news coming off the Chevrolet stage at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year; GM also unveiled a new concept that looks like it's aimed straight at the Nissan Leaf. Chevrolet says the Bolt EV concept embodies the brand's vision for an affordable, long-range electric vehicle; it's designed to go more than 200 miles on a charge and starts around $30,000.

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The tall hatchback's styling screams electric car with its aerodynamic-optimized wedge shape and vented rear fenders; it also uses materials like aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and woven mesh to reduce weight and maximize range. Other exterior highlights include a full-length frosted glass roof, wraparound rear window and jewel-like high-intensity LED head- and taillights.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

Buick Avenir Concept: First Look

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Looks like: Buick acquired some French style along with its new concept's French name.

Defining characteristics: The all-wheel-drive, four-passenger full-size sedan has a bold face, broad shoulders and chiseled lines.

Ridiculous features: It's gorgeous … and it's a Buick.

Chance of being mass-produced: It's doubtful that it will see the showroom in a version even remotely close to the concept: "It demonstrates the growing international reach of Buick and offers an exciting vision of where it can go," the automaker said in a statement.

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Buick is bringing some European flair to this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit; on the heels of announcing its new Opel-based convertible, the Cascada, GM's upscale brand also took the wraps off the Avenir concept, which is French for future.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 11, 2015 | Comments (6)

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept: First Look

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Looks like: The new face of Volkswagen SUVs, probably

Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid drivetrain, chiseled exterior styling, Bauhaus-inspired interior

Ridiculous features: Multimedia system's gesture controls, joystick-like shifter

Chance of being mass-produced: The production SUV arriving by the end of 2016 should look a lot like this

If you want to know what Volkswagen's upcoming seven-seat SUV will look like then take a look at this. It's the five-seat Cross Coupe GTE concept, and Volkswagen says its front-end styling foreshadows the new SUV. That model is slated to be built at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., by the end of next year.

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The Cross Coupe GTE is the third concept SUV Volkswagen has shown in recent years, but it looks a lot like the second one: the CrossBlue Coupe concept . The Cross Coupe GTE has more muscular wheel arches and more traditional taillights, but the overall shape and size of the two concepts are similar.

By Mike Hanley | January 11, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Detroit Auto Show: What to Expect

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The countdown is on to one of the most anticipated auto shows of the year. Hot concepts and fresh production cars should help thaw what will likely be a frigid 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. 

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Show organizers have announced that 40 to 50 vehicles will make their global or North American debuts, including a redesigned Volt from Chevrolet, Mercedes' sleek GLE Coupe and a fresh Tacoma from Toyota, to name just a few.

Press days are Monday and Tuesday, followed by industry and charity preview dates. The show opens to the public on Jan. 17 at Cobo Center in Detroit; click here for ticket info and show times, and continue below for a preliminary list of what we'll be covering from the event floor:

By Jennifer Geiger | January 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

Honda, Acura Announce Auto Show Reveals

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The 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is less than a month away, and the planned reveals are starting to trickle out. Acura just announced it will unveil the production version of its NSX super car and Honda will show off a new fuel-cell concept, the FCV.

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Although Acura only released veiled teaser images, the NSX should look somewhat familiar. The concept version debuted in Detroit in 2012 and then showed up again at the 2013 show. Acura says the one at the 2015 show is the real deal. The production version of the mid-engine supercar will use a three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit and go on sale in 2015. It will meet the press on Jan. 12. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld should be happy.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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Mitsubishi says the plug-in electric hybrid crossover concept it unveiled this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show hints at the future stylistic direction its vehicles could take. If that's the case, designers must have been watching a lot of Mexican wrestling when they dreamed up the XR-PHEV judging by its intimidating countenance, which makes the vehicle look like its wearing a lucha libre mask, while the sweptback and downward-sloping look of its profile suggests the masked grappler has just launched himself off the top rope and is sailing through the air, about to drop an elbow on his opponent on the floor of the ring.

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According to Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive Vice President Don Swearingen, the XR-PHEV had another objective besides showing off a bold new design. "We also brought it to L.A. to reinforce the message that Mitsubishi is here to stay in the United States," he said in a statement. "As we regrow the brand, we will introduce new models while updating existing ones, creating a new look and a new value proposition for the brand."

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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The Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept debuting this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is part track toy, part tribute to the German automaker's racing history. As such, the hot hatch's exterior design drives the point home quickly. The body is widened, and bumper and rear fenders flared for maximum aggressiveness. Further flourishes include 19-inch wheels, a wraparound carbon-fiber splitter on the lower side, a rear roof spoiler and abounding glossy black carbon and faux-carbon-fiber trim along with LED accents.

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The track theme extends to the interior, with sport bucket seats embroidered with "R" badging, glossy carbon and yellow contrast stitching, and white ambient lighting around the door accents and stainless-steel doorsill plates. Oh, and lest you think it's all for show, under the hood is a 394-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that rockets the R 400 from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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We first saw photos of Infiniti's newest concept at the Paris Motor Show, but they don't do it justice. In person at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Q80 Inspiration Concept is stunning.  

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The "four-door coupe" concept previews a future Infiniti flagship sedan, but there's nothing production about the Q80 Inspiration. Its cab-rearward styling, wavelike grille insert, fanned-out headlights, bulging rear end, V-shaped roofline and rear-hinged doors look straight out of a sci-fi movie.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evans Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

What You Can't Miss at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Although technically at the end of the 2014 calendar year, the Los Angeles Auto Show marks the unofficial opening of the 2015 auto show season, and like last year, the automakers spared no drama with their reveals.

This year's show is open to the public from Nov. 21-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. in downtown Los Angeles, and there's almost too much to see — your senses will be on overload.

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There are plenty of distractions going on at the show, but several out-there concept cars, over-the-top exhibits and just plain weird displays can't be missed. Check out the Cars.com editorial team's list of L.A. must-sees:

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

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