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Jan
18
200 MPH Bentley

2014 Continental GTC Speed

At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Bentley showed off its 2014 Continental GTC Speed, the high-performance version of its popular Continental GTC exotic convertible.

Jan
16

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai used an opportunity at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show to show off an ultra-premium car called HCD-14 Genesis Concept.

Jan
16

Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay reveals the Corolla Furia Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota showed off the Corolla Furia Concept, a vehicle that forecasts the look of the company’s next Corolla compact car.

The Furia Concept is a compact-size vehicle. The concept is about 2 inches longer than the current Corolla, and the wheelbase is about 4 inches longer. To achieve that wheelbase, the wheels were pushed to the corners.

Jan
15
Detroit Auto Show

Honda Urban SUV Concept

At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Honda pulled the wraps off a new concept vehicle that the company says forecasts a new upcoming small SUV.

The Honda Urban SUV Concept is nine inches shorter than the company’s popular CR-V compact SUV. Honda states that the Urban SUV Concept previews a vehicle that will go on sale in 2014.

Jan
14

Mini John Cooper Works Paceman

At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Mini pulled the wraps off the high-performance John Cooper Works-branded version of its recently debuted Paceman crossover vehicle.

Jan
14
2014 Audi RS 7

2014 Audi RS 7

At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Audi pulled the wraps off the souped-up version of its A7 premium-midsize liftback sedan.

Jan
14

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

After much publicity regarding the brand’s change of nomenclature, Infiniti revealed the first model to carry the “Q” designation, the 2014 Q50 sedan, at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Dec
21

Auto-Dimming Mirrors

In some four and a half years with Consumer Guide Automotive, I have driven many different vehicles. Every time I get into a test car equipped with a rearview auto-dimming  mirror, I cringe a little. These devices are intended to free the driver from the oh-so-difficult task of flipping a little latch on the bottom of the rearview mirror to save his or her eyes from the blinding effects of the headlights of the car trailing behind. However, these automatic devices (which are supposed to be smarter than the driver and save a tiny bit of effort) sometimes work poorly.

Dec
18
Ralph Gilles Bio

Ralph Gilles with a Dodge Charger SRT8

From an early age, Ralph Gilles, Senior Vice President of Product Design at Chrysler, dreamed of becoming a car designer. “I’ve always loved cars,” he said. “I played with them. I didn’t have video games, we didn’t have iPhones, we didn’t have Macs. That was my thing. I would make model cars.”

Nov
29
BMW i8 Concept

BMW i8 Concept

At the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW showed the latest iterations of its i8 Concept plug-in hybrid sports car and the i3 Concept electric city car.

BMW has shown off several examples of these two electric cars at past auto shows. This time, the company insists that the two vehicles on display here are very close to the final designs of the upcoming production versions.