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Concepts: the Good, the Bad and the Crazy

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One of the main attractions for many to go to an auto show, is to see concept cars. Quite often, concept cars give an insight into what we might be driving in a few years time. However, just like cars you can buy, not all of them are good. So here is a look at the ‘Good’, the ‘Bad’ and the ‘Crazy’ concepts from this years Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) Continue reading

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Going green

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DETROIT, MI – Green was the unofficial theme at this year’s North American International Auto Show. Now that there are more than 20 hybrids on the market with plenty more unveiled here, pure electric power has become the hot button to come. Like a lightning bolt from the black cloud currently hanging over the industry, hybrid-electric, plug-in electric and improbable electric vehicles appeared on stands or in news releases throughout the show. Whether by design or coincidence, virtually every major manufacturer touted efforts underway to put electric vehicles on the road starting next year. Continue reading

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Hydro-Québec and TM4 at the leading-edge

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The latest sports cars and exotics are always a great attraction at any auto show, but the biggest news at this year’s Montreal International Auto Show might very well be about a tiny Indian electric car that is powered by components and technology developed by Hydro-Québec and one of its subsidiaries, a few dozen kilometres from downtown Montreal.

State-owned Hydro-Québec, the world’s largest producer of hydroelectric power, has a long history of research on electricity and its virtually infinite uses. Teams within its research institute have been working on automotive applications for almost two decades and some of this research and development work has been spun off to smaller and potentially more agile subsidiaries. Continue reading

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BlueSport concept returns VW to populist roadster roots

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One of the few genuine surprises at Detroit was the world premier of the Volkswagen Concept BlueSport, a mid-engine, minimalist roadster. BlueSport was created to forward several propositions; that a fun-to-drive car can be made in a sustainable format; that a compact roadster is equally suited to thrive in both urban and “winding road” settings; that VW’s design language will return to simple and emotional shapes. Continue reading

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Subaru Legacy Concept

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Going against the current at this year’s Detroit show, Subaru was riding the wave of an excellent year that saw a rise in sales as well as market share. Officials had stories of “honest long-term value, reliability and strong retained value” and of customers coming to the brand while moving from large SUVs to more efficient vehicles such as the Outback. Continue reading

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Kia Soul’ster

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Weeks only after launching the production version of the highly-promising, streetwise, urban-chic Soul compact at the Los Angeles auto show, Kia shows yet another concept variation on this theme in Detroit. Introduced as ‘soul-stirring’, the Soul’ster (get it?) is a fun-focused, two-door version of the Soul Continue reading

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Chrysler Electric Vehicles

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While major competitors are locked into a race to bring a single extended-range electric or even a plug-in hybrid car to market, the beleaguered Chrysler Corporation has introduced no fewer than five different electric-drive vehicle platforms in Detroit. Furthermore, the first vehicle to be spun off one of these platforms would be produced for North America in 2010 and three more by 2013. Continue reading

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Volvo S60 Concept

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If you squint just a little while gazing at the Volvo S60 Concept, you can be quite confident that you are looking at the all-new car that will soon bow as the long-awaited successor to the S60 as a 2010 model. The current model has been around since 2001. The sleek, wind-cheating lines are a clear giveaway of the upcoming car’s exterior shape, Continue reading

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Audi R8 V10 and Sportback concept

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This is a big year for Audi, as in the summer of 2009 they’ll be celebrating their 100th birthday. To start of their celebrations, they gave not one, but two World premieres at this years North American International Auto Show. First up was the R8 V10. This latest version of the R8 supercar features a 5.2-liter, 10-cylinder engine, which produces 525hp thanks to its clever FSI fuel-injection technology. Continue reading

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