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Citroen and Ines de La Fressange Paris show off two new concepts

Filed under: Concept Cars, Convertible, Europe, Paris Motor Show, Hatchback, Citroën, Design/Style Citroën is taking some inspiration from the famous Parisian style with two new, chic concepts based on the DS3 (above) and DS3 Cabrio (right) with input from the fashion house Ines de La Fressange Paris. There aren’t any actual mechanical tweaks to them; [...]

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata design walkaround

Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Videos, Design/Style By now, you’ve likely read what we think of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s new looks both inside and out, and you’ve probably poured over the available photos and started to make up your own mind about the roadster’s radically more aggressive new appearance. More than likely, however, you [...]

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No carbon fiber was harmed in the making of new 2015 GMC Sierra Carbon Edition

Filed under: Truck, GMC, Design/Style Carbon fiber is known for its properties of combining amazing strength with extremely low weight, and its frequent use in high performance vehicles gives the material a somewhat aggressive air. GMC is hoping to play on some of that mean reputation with its upcoming trio of Sierra Carbon Editions. However, [...]

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Custom Tesla Model S features incredible light-up paint

Filed under: Aftermarket, Sedan, Etc., Technology, Videos, Tesla, Design/Style, Electric One of the most fascinating things about documentaries which examine the bizarre creatures populating our Earth’s oceans is the concept of bioluminescence. Deep down in the drink, there are jellyfish and other creatures able to emit their own light – often in beautiful, strobing patterns. [...]

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Matchless Model X Reloaded brings old brand back from the grave

Filed under: Misc. Auto Shows, Motorcycle, Design/Style Digging up an old well-known brand name, or reviving a specific well-loved model name with modern-day components and marketing it based on past successes has turned into a tried-and-true business model in the motorcycle world. And sometimes – Triumph most notably springs to mind, and things are looking [...]

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Mazda Miata ‘fathers’ Hall and Case offer a tour through the roadster’s history

Filed under: Classics, Convertible, Performance, Videos, Mazda, Design/Style The original Mazda Miata broke onto the automotive scene in 1989 and was a huge success. However, the convertible’s genesis goes all the way back to the early ’80s. Bob Hall and Dean Case were among the inside men of the program on the US side, and [...]

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Toyota U-squared urban utility concept inspired by Maker Faire [w/video]

Filed under: Concept Cars, Minivan/Van, Technology, Work, Toyota, Design/Style There’s a quiet revolution happening in US cities. People want to mix an urban lifestyle with a connection to nature and appreciation for craftsmanship. The result of all of this is folks pursuing things as varied as urban farming, home brewing and the whole maker movement. [...]

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Chinese university patents crazy single-track rescue motorcycle

Filed under: China, Technology, Police/Emergency, Motorcycle, Design/Style, Off-Road Students at China’s Chang’an University have applied for a patent on the bizarre creation seen above, according to Visor Down. It’s clearly based on a motorcycle, and this oddity appears to be an attempt at a conversion to remove the wheels and replace them with a single, [...]

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Yamaha considering electric leaning trike?

Filed under: Motorcycle, Design/Style, Electric Recent patent filings appear to indicate that Yamaha might be thinking about bringing a leaning, three-wheeled electric scooter to the US. While the idea of a trike cycle is hardly new – after all Yamaha already has its own Tricity – this one would have its dual wheels in the [...]

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Zagato reveals custom Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake

Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Wagon, Aston Martin, Misc. Auto Shows, Design/Style, Luxury Of all the pan-European collaborations, the decades-old partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato is among our favorites. It’s a tie-in that dates back to the DB4 GT from 1960 and has materialized in numerous forms over the years since. What you [...]

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Honda reveals XR-V crossover in Chengdu

Filed under: Crossover, Hatchback, Honda, Misc. Auto Shows, Design/Style Global automakers have been moving largely towards global products, but that doesn’t mean it can’t tweak them for local tastes. Take Honda, for example, and its new compact crossover. Unveiled late last year as the Vezel, the crossover is expected to arrive in Europe and North [...]

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata firsthand impressions and notebook scribblings

Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Technology, Mazda, Design/Style In a temporarily repurposed airport hanger in Monterey, CA, the world caught its first glimpse of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata tonight, and I was fortunate enough to attend in person along with my fellow auto media colleagues, Mazda execs, a couple hundred Miata devotees and, oddly, a [...]

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Cadillac toned down ATS Coupe design due to customer feedback [w/poll]

Filed under: Coupe, Cadillac, Design/Style, Luxury Automakers always face a difficult decision when it comes to styling their cars. Design them too blandly and nobody will get excited about them. But style them too aggressively and they’ll often end up turning off potential buyers. Cadillac, for its part, is no stranger to aggressive design, but [...]

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Challenger A/T Unlimited Concept could be your next Hellcat-powered ORV

Filed under: Aftermarket, Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Dodge, Design/Style, Off-Road, Autoblog Black This past June I spent an excellent day hanging out with Joey Ruiter, driving and discussing his Reboot Buggy project. Before heading home, I let him know that he was more than welcome to keep me abreast of whichever new automotive project he’d [...]

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Online Find Of The Day: Custom 2005 Chevy SSR is late for Shark Week

Filed under: Aftermarket, Car Buying, Convertible, Performance, Truck, Marketing/Advertising, Chevrolet, Design/Style Even when brand new, the Chevrolet SSR wasn’t the most beloved car on the market. Its attempt to mix a pickup, convertible sports car and retro styling caused to be a love-it-or-hate-it design. With most people falling deeply into the latter camp, production only [...]

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Buick Envision spied fully disrobed in China

Filed under: Spy Photos, China, Crossover, Buick, Design/Style The Buick Envision crossover is supposed to have its big reveal on August 28 and be on display at the Chengdu Motor Show, but apparently the new midsize crossover just can’t wait to meet its public. Car News China caught a completely undisguised example parking outside of [...]

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Ford GT designer Camilo Pardo wins Motor City Masters

Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Etc., Videos, Chevrolet, Design/Style, TV/Movies Motor City Masters pulled off its concept of Project Runway for cars rather well. In the end, the TruTV reality series came down to former Ford designer Camilo Pardo and multi-disciplined designer Bryan Thompson, but Pardo was always kind of the show’s ringer as [...]

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