2012 Detroit Auto Show

  • Volkswagen e-Bugster Concept electric car, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    At the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen rolled out an all-electric, two-seat coupe-speedster concept based on its iconic Beetle. With a powertrain borrowed from the VW Golf Blue e-Motion—including the 85-kW (114-hp) electric motor, 26.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, plus rapid-charge capability—the e-Bugster should perform quite well, without gaining much weight compared to a standard Beetle. The e-Bugster takes the Volkswagen Beetle's familiar shape, then blends in a flat windshield with a lower roofline and shallow windows, along with a close-coupled hardtop. The...

  • Volkswagen e-Bugster Concept electric car, 2012 Detroit Auto Show
    VW e-Bugster Electric Concept Live Gallery: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    There’s something special about the Volkswagen Beetle -- or VW Bug to use its more colloquial name -- that makes us think of a car that is inherently friendly to the planet. And that’s something which Volkswagen has played on with the its Volkswagen all-electric e-Bugster concept car...

  • 2011 Audi A8 L
    Audi Confirms Clean Diesel Option For 2013 A8 Luxury Sedan

    For some time, German luxury automaker Audi has been one of the few automakers to offer clean diesel cars to the U.S. market. But until Audi announced plans back in March last year to offer diesel-engined options for every new Audi sold in the U.S. by 2015, the only diesel Audis you could buy were...

  • 2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept
    Lexus LF-LC Concept: Is This The Future Of Hybrid Sports Cars?

    There are two types of concept cars unveiled at auto shows: the never-intended-for-production exercises in automotive design excellence, and the fully-working, almost-ready-for-production cars that you can expect to see at a dealer in some form or other within a few years. Unfortunately, the Lexus...

  • Amp Electric Jeep Grand Cherokee
    AMP’s Converted Electric Jeep Will Cost Same As Tesla Model S

    Got enough money to buy a 2012 Tesla Model S, but want something a little more rugged? If the answer is yes -- and you can’t wait another few years for the 2014 Tesla Model X Crossover SUV to debut -- you can now spend your hard-earned cash on an all-electric Jeep Grand Cherokee. You...

  • Acura NSX Concept, 2012 Detroit Auto Show
    Acura NSX Concept Hybrid Supercar To Be Built In U.S.

    Yesterday, we told you about Acura’s NSX Hybrid Concept Car, unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Then a few hours later, we treated you to our own photo gallery of the NSX unveiling live from the show floor, along with the news that it would reach production in 2015. Yesterday, we...

  • 2013 Buick Encore

    Buick isn’t the first brand you’d think of when it comes to fuel efficient, small cars, but next year Buick showrooms will welcome an all-new model which combines the two. Unveiled today at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the 2013 Buick Encore Crossover packages a turbocharged 1.4 liter four-cylinder engine inside a compact, five door hatchback body. Capable of seating five adults and up to 18.8 cubic feet of cargo, the compact crossover aims to compete in the U.S. auto market against smaller luxury european cars like the 2012 BMW X1 and 2012 Audi Q3. Inside, there’s the usual...

  • 2012 Acura NSX Concept
    Acura NSX Hybrid Concept: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    Ever since Acura ditched the much-loved NSX back in 2005, Honda hasn’t had an “everyday supercar” to call its own. Now the Japanese automaker has decided to let the venerable NSX be reborn: as a leaner, faster, greener version of its former self: the Acura NSX Hybrid Concept. On...

  • Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid and E300 Bluetec Hybrid live photos
    Mercedes-Benz Unveils E300 BlueTec Hybrid, E400 Hybrid At Detroit Auto Show

    Big luxury cars can be green too. That’s the message from Mercedes-Benz as it launches two new hybrid E-Class cars at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTec Hybrid and Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid were first announced back in December, and essentially cater to different...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Tru 140S Concept
    Chevrolet Code 130R & Tru 140S Concept Small Cars: Detroit Auto Show

    Chevrolet has continued its trend towards fuel-efficient small cars today with the unveiling of two new concept cars at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The two cars -- a four-seat, rear-wheel drive coupe called the Code 130R, and a four-seat, three-door, four-seat coupe hatchback called the Tru 140S --...

  • 2011 Lexus LF-LC Concept leaked
    2012 Detroit Auto Show: Green Car Preview--Concept Cars

    While the bulk of our green car coverage from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show will concentrate on production models, concept cars can be just as exciting. With wild styling, untested powertrains and flashy colors they might not seem too relevant, but many of the cars we cover today began as concepts and...

  • Tata Emo Electric Concept
    Tata Emo Electric Concept: Is It Really that Depressing?

    If you’re of a certain age, the word Emo evokes images of sulking, depressed teenagers with jet-black hair metaphorically drowning in a world of sorrow, complex poetry and dark, emotional music. So you can understand our amusement when Indian automaker Tata decided to name its latest electric...

  • Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

    Volvo might have already started production on its first plug-in hybrid wagon -- the 2012 V60 Diesel Plug-in Hybrid -- but as we’ve told you before, the Swedish automaker doesn’t think the U.S. is ready for a diesel plug-in hybrid yet. But at next week’s 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Volvo will unveil the XC60 Crossover Plug-in Hybrid concept car: a vehicle built to illustrate Volvo’s plans to bring a plug-in hybrid car to the U.S. A few weeks ago, we were given an exclusive presentation about the XC60 when we visited Volvo’s Gothenburg headquarters. Now we can tell...

  • Toyota's NS4 plug-in hybrid concept.
    Toyota NS4 Plug-In Hybrid Video: 2012 Detroit Auto Show Preview

    Even the most ardent hybrid car fan would struggle to say they're the sort of vehicle to get your pulse racing. Today, Toyota released an official video of its upcoming plug-in hybrid concept, the NS4. Last month, Toyota (via Motor Authority) previewed the NS4 concept. Due at the 2012 Detroit Auto...

  • 2011 Dodge Caliber
    RIP Caliber: Substandard Subcompact Superseded By Dodge Dart

    Ding, dong, the Caliber's dead. That news will probably come neither as a surprise nor much of a shame to many of you, as Dodge's baby hatchback hasn't exactly set the market on fire and has been representative of a time before American carmakers cared about making competitive compacts. Detroit...

  • 2012 Smart For-Us Concept
    Smart For-Us Pickup Concept: Detroit Auto Show Preview

    It's not easy being small. You go unnoticed in crowds and have to ask taller people to reach objects on high shelves for you. With cars though it's not always a bad thing, or at least that's what Smart will tell you. When your business is making small cars, you extol the virtues inherent in lack of...

  • 2012 Toyota Aqua hybrid (2012 Toyota Prius C)
    2012 Toyota Prius C Compact Hybrid: 2011 Tokyo Motor Show Debut Live Gallery

    Among the concept cars and pre-production prototypes being unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show this week, there were a handful of production-ready cars quietly making their public debut. Among them was Toyota’s 2012 Prius C hybrid hatchback. Smaller than the 2012 Prius, the 2012 Prius C...

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