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  • Chrysler Portal concept, 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

    It was widely rumored that Chrysler would reveal an all-electric minivan at this week's Consumer Electronics Show—and now we have the details. But the Chrysler Portal concept that will debut at CES won't be showing up at your local dealer any time soon. Far from it, in fact: the Portal is Fiat Chrysler's idea of a future in which we'll travel in electric cars that drive themselves. DON'T MISS: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: first drive of plug-in hybrid minivan And apparently we'll be sharing everything about our trips on social media, since the the Portal will let its occupants "turn...

  • Utopia sedan concept by designer Brooks Stevens, 1960  [image courtesy Milwaukee Art Museum]
    Fuel-cell concepts from 50 years ago: famed designer Brooks Stevens

    Most car buyers would be hard-pressed to name a single automobile designer working today. But it wasn't always that way: names like Raymond Loewy and Harley Earl were known well outside the design studios where they created the "cars of tomorrow." A half-century-old concept from designer Brooks...

  • Toyota C-HR Concept (2nd version), 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Toyota C-HR Small SUV To Offer Hybrid; Production Debut At Geneva Show

    The Toyota C-HR will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

  • Rendering of 'Tesla Model M' electric motorcycle, created by Jans Slapins, Silodrome website
    No, Tesla Won't Make A 'Model M' Electric Motorcycle (Despite That Rendering)

    Over the last few days, images of a “Tesla Model M” have made the rounds online, sparking excited discussions among electric-bike enthusiasts and others. Those who only read headlines may well think that electric-car maker Tesla Motors is actually considering making an electric...

  • Gordon Murray
    Shell Project M Concept City Car: Huge Efficiency Gains Possible, Designer Gordon Murray Says

    Famed car designer Gordon Murray will team up with former Honda engine specialist Osamu Goto and oil company Shell to develop a concept for "an ultra-compact, efficient car for city use based around the internal combustion engine." It's not intended for production. Instead, the project's ambitions...

  • Aston Martin DBX Concept
    All-Electric Aston Martin DBX Crossover Concept: Geneva Surprise

    James Bond would probably like this one, for its silent speed and rough-terrain capability. And it's even an Aston Martin. At today's Geneva Motor Show, the British sports-car maker unveiled a surprise concept: a sporty crossover utility vehicle with an all-electric powertrain. DON'T MISS: Lagonda...

  • Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV

    At today's Chicago Auto Show, Mitsubishi showed off a new concept for a full-size SUV with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Called the Concept GC-PHEV, the large and angular design exercise had previously been seen at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show last fall, but its appearance in Chicago represented its North American debut. DON'T MISS: Mitsubishi Concepts At Tokyo Motor Show: GC-PHEV, XR-PHEV, AR (Nov 2013) The big GC-PHEV follows on the heels of another Mitsubishi concept also shown 18 months ago in Tokyo, the XR-PHEV that appeared at last fall's Los Angeles Auto Show. The Chicago vehicle--its name...

  • Honda N-Truck and N-Camp travel trailer concept, Japanese Camping Car Show, Feb 2015
    Honda N-Truck Kei Concept: World's Tiniest Travel Trailer, Too Cute For Words

    Sometimes there are cars that just make you grin. So how can you not love a tiny Japanese kei car, their minier-than-minicar class, converted into a pickup truck with its own matched travel trailer behind it? DON'T MISS: Japan's Government Clamps Down On Tiny Kei Cars, Fearing Irrelevance Kei cars...

  • Renault Eolab Concept for future plug-in hybrid vehicle, 2014 Paris Motor Show
    Renault Eolab: Preview Of Nissan Plug-In Hybrid At Smaller Scale?

    French carmaker Renault hasn't sold cars in North America in almost 30 years, But as half of the global Renault-Nissan Alliance--and Europe's earliest volume electric-car maker--its cars and concepts are important to watch for clues to future Nissan offerings. So the Renault Eolab Concept that will...

  • BMW DesignworksUSA solar carport
    BMW Designs Custom Solar Charging Station For i3, i8

    Solar charging is indisputably one of the best ways of running an electric vehicle. It certainly mitigates any lingering worries about fueling your car with a smoke-belching coal-fired power plant. BMW is backing solar too, commissioning its BMW DesignworksUSA arm to design a stylish solar carport...

  • Bentley Mulsanne Hybrid Concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show
    Bentley Hybrid Concept: Preview Of 2017 SUV Plug-In Hybrid System

    As Bentley has been promising for more than two years now, it will introduce a plug-in hybrid powertrain in a future product. Now we know that the first plug-in Bentley ever will come in 2017, in a dedicated version of its upcoming sport-utilty vehicle. That confirmation came as the British marque...

  • 2015 Lexus NX allegedly shown in presentation slide
    2015 Lexus NX Compact Crossover Model Revealed: Accident Or Not?

    Remember the Lexus LF-NX, the jaw-dropping concept for a new compact crossover from Toyota's luxury brand? It's been making the rounds at auto shows since last fall, scaring small children in many cities. Well, looks like Lexus will dial down the styling considerably when it hits the showrooms...

  • Lexus LF-NX Turbo concept  -  2013 Tokyo Motor Show live photos

    The startling Lexus LF-NX Concept, launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, appeared with a new powertrain at the Tokyo Motor Show. And this one's not the hybrid system it was shown with previously The LF-NX Concept that Lexus has been showing this year previews a production model that will debut next year, perhaps as early as January's Detroit Auto Show. We've known for a long time that Lexus would offer a premium compact crossover, smaller than the RX mid-size model, which really defined the luxury crossover niche three generations ago. But Lexus was slower to the game with a...

  • Toyota Aqua Cross Concept (Prius C) at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
    Toyota Prius C Concepts: Tokyo Motor Show Photo Gallery

    The car we know as the Toyota Prius C, the smallest and least expensive member of the Prius hybrid family, has a different name in Japan: Aqua. And the Aqua has been a roaring sales success in Japan, which led Toyota to produce no fewer than four Aqua concept cars showing additional models and trim...

  • Trio of Mitsubishi concepts headed to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
    Mitsubishi Doubles Down On Plug-In Hybrids: 2 Tokyo Motor Show Concepts

    Mitsubishi will debut large and small plug-in hybrid SUV concepts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

  • Toyota i-Road concept car
    Toyota i-Road Electric Urban Minicar Swarms The Roads (Video)

    There's a lot to like about auto shows. Seeing new production models can be truly exciting, and chatting with industry insiders offers new perspectives on the automotive world. But for many folks, the best part of any auto show is the abundance of concept cars. Like haute couture clothing, concept...

  • Audi's 'Coasting Hybrid' iHEV system
    Audi Builds ‘Coasting Hybrid’, Saves Gas With Gravity

    Over the past few years, using the term ‘hybrid’ when describing a car makes it appear instantly greener to an increasingly gas-mileage obsessed public. In fact, in some situations, using that particular word can even make a high-performance luxury car seem more desirable, even sexier...

  • BMW i3 Concept MkII
    BMW Experimenting With Infrared Heating For Electric Cars

    Just how do you keep occupants of an electric car warm? That’s the question that automakers have been tackling for many years, as they bring mass-produced plug-in cars to market. Now BMW thinks it has the solution to keeping occupants warm in the middle of winter: infrared heating. The use of...

  • Nissan Terra SUV concept

    The Renault Nissan alliance might be known for all-electric cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf, 2012 Renault Fluence Z.E. and quirky Renault Twizy, but that doesn’t mean the two automakers aren’t interested in other forms of zero emissions cars. At this year’s Paris Motor Show, Nissan will prove that point with the world premiere of its Terra Fuel Cell Crossover SUV Concept. Due to make its debut on September 27, the Terra crossover SUV promises to combine Nissan’s existing production electric car technology with hydrogen fuel cells to give what it says is proof that...

  • 2011 MINI Paceman concept
    2013 Mini Paceman Crossover Coupe Confirmed, More Models Coming

    Earlier this month, BMW confirmed that the Mini Paceman two-door coupe concept car we saw at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show would go on sale in the U.S. early next year. But according to Automotive news (subscription required), the new car -- essentially a coupe version of the existing Mini Countryman...

  • Audi A6 L e-tron concept
    Audi Unveils A6 L e-tron Plug-in Hybrid: 2012 Beijing Auto Show

    Earlier today, German automaker Audi unveiled the latest in its e-tron plug-in concept cars at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. Based upon the A6 L, a highly-popular Chinese-only variant of the A6 sedan, the A6 L e-tron plug-in hybrid concept combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct injected gasoline...

  • Rinspeed Dock+Go Concept live photos
    Rinspeed Dock+Go Live Gallery: 2012 Geneva Motor Show

    When the automotive world descends on Switzerland for its annual motor show, there’s one thing that we can be certain of: another imaginative automotive creation from Swiss firm Rinspeed. Unlike previous creations, like the world’s first underwater electric car or its...

  • 2012 Nissan Invitation Concept
    Nissan Invitation Concept Is Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta Competitor

    Although Nissan already has a subcompact, fuel efficient hatchback in the U.S. market in the form of the 2012 Versa hatchback, the Japanese automaker has just released details on an inviting new subcompact concept car it plans to unveil at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Called the Nissan Invitation...

  • 2011 Honda EV-STER Concept live photos
    Honda EV-STER Electric Concept Car Could Make It To Production

    Two weeks ago, Honda unveiled the EV-STER Electric Sports Convertible Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, along with its new Earth Dreams range of eco-friendly engines, drivetrains and advanced drive technology. Now we learn that Honda could be about to use the EV-STER as the basis for a...

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