Maserati Shows Alfieri Concept, Makes Us Excited for Next GranTurismo

Maseraticoncept500

The 2014 Geneva International Motor Show is in full swing, and one of the highlights is the sexy concept coupe from Maserati, the Alfieri. Built on the occasion of Maserati's 100th anniversary, it's meant to point the direction of future Maserati sports cars. The company's only coupe is currently the GranTurismo, which is starting to get a little long in the tooth, and always has been considered more of a boulevardier than a sports car.

By Aaron Bragman | March 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

560 Horsepower Means Infiniti is Serious About Eau Rouge

560hpEauRouge

There are sport sedans and then there are sport sedans. For years BMW has played in this arena with the M3, Mercedes-Benz with the C63 AMG and Audi with the RS 4 and RS 5. Now it seems Infiniti wants a piece of the super-high-performance segment with its Q50 in the skin of the Eau Rouge concept that we first saw at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January.

The problem then was Infiniti didn't reveal the engine that would be under the hood.

Related: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rogue Concept Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

Today, its proudly announcing that there's a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 under the hood good for 560 horsepower. Sound familiar?

It's the same engine that powers Nissan's GT-R supercar, which in its latest incarnation takes the engine's total output to 600 horses.

Like the GT-R, the engine is teamed to an all-wheel-drive system and mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission for a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 4 seconds.

There's no confirmation that this uber Q will make it to production, but it'd be hard for Infiniti to back down from challenging the likes of its above-mentioned competitors along with Cadillac's powerful V models after this announcement.

By David Thomas | March 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

Mazda Reveals Hazumi Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Mazda-concept

Mazda is on a styling roll these days with the beautiful Mazda6 sedan and appealing Mazda3 compact making waves for their swoopy looks. That leaves the small Mazda2 next in line for a revision. We may have just gotten a look at its future with the unveiling of the new Hazumi concept at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

More Geneva Motor Show News

Featuring the latest version of Mazda's "Kodo" design language, the company likes to draw comparisons to animals for the look of the subcompact five-door hatchback. Phrases such as "cheetah-like face" with the "look of an animal on the prowl" are not inappropriate. However, the Hazumi does have a dynamic, sculpted look that wouldn't be out of place in Mazda showrooms as the next Mazda2. The lines almost evoke an Alfa Romeo feel to the car, with elements of Mazda's other vehicles thrown in.

By Aaron Bragman | March 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

Subaru VIZIV 2 Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

12929474193_8b10895c67

Looks like: Yet another dynamic-looking concept from Subaru

Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid powertrain

Ridiculous features: Scissor-like front doors; they're hinged at the front corners and open upward

Chance of being mass-produced: Subaru has announced plans to replace the Tribeca, its largest SUV; could the concept be a preview of the Tribeca’s replacement? 

Subaru spells "vision for innovation" VIZIV with its new crossover concept. Versions of the hybrid concept were shown at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show as well as the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, but this iteration, called VIZIV 2, has four doors and room for four adult passengers, according to Subaru.

More Concept Cars

Part of the VIZIV 2 concept's front end should ring some bells; it wears a large hexagon-shaped grille that's similar to the redesigned-for-2015 Legacy. The slitlike headlights that flank it are reminiscent of those on the 2015 WRX. The striking circular LED fog lamps, however, don't really share the Subaru family resemblance. 

By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mini Clubman Concept Photo Gallery (17 Photos)

MiniClubmanConcept

The Mini Clubman Concept could herald some big changes to the current three-door subcompact. First and foremost, the Clubman Concept is substantially longer than the Mini Cooper Hardtop and has four full doors and room for five passengers. Check out the photo gallery below and read our First Look at the concept car here.

By Matt Schmitz | February 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

Mini Clubman Concept: First Look

Clubman1

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.

Mini Clubman Concept Photo Gallery

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

6a00d83451b3c669e201a73d724b4a970d-800wi

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.

More 2014 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

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

12370718434_ae118a4106
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.

More 2014 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

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 Cars.com 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)

Kia-niro-concept

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. 

More 2014 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

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 below.Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

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

Kia Niro Concept at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

Kia-niro-concept

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.

More 2014 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

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)

Search Results

KickingTires Search Results for

Search Kicking Tires

KickingTires iPhone App
Ask.cars.com