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Lexus RCF GT Concept Debuts


The RC F GT Concept is a race prepped street car which is slotted between the production RC F and the RC F GT3 race car. The GT Concept will be powered by the 5.0L V8 that’s currently in the RC F, but will be slightly tuned with a performance exhaust and a modified lubricating and cooling system to keep things in check.

The RC F GT Concept will also go on a healthy diet shedding almost 800 pounds thanks to the use of carbon and composite materials throughout. According to Jeff Bracken, VP of Lexus, “The GT Concept shows the opportunities of the platform and powertrain that underpins our F models”

Genesis Launches Hybrid New York Concept


At its first auto show since Hyundai split out their luxury brand Genesis as its own entity, we’re seeing for the first time a preview of the automaker’s answer to the BMW 3-series. Genesis’ first vehicle is the aptly named New York Concept, a hybrid concept that will likely enter production as the G70. The New York Concept sports a 2.0L gas engine coupled with a electric motor that produces a total system output of about 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The massive trapezoid grille up front and the super short (and wide) headlights create a menancing look that I can picture looking somewhat Audi like when it gets toned down for the production version. Large air intakes on the edges complete the front fascia. Out back are a set of concept looking LED taillights, and quad exhaust pipes wrapped up in the rear diffuser.

Stepping inside, the driver’s seat resembles a fighter jet cockpit. The split steering wheel and the large floating 21″ screen which replaces the instrument cluster are the main features. The center console extends throughout the entire cabin resulting in a 2 + 2 seating configuration. I look forward to seeing how this concept translates into a production vehicle and await the first production vehicle unveiling from Genesis, maybe in Detroit next year?

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Lincoln Navigator Concept Unveiled in New York


Last year in New York Lincoln stole the show with its Continental Concept and this year they’ve lived up to the hype and unveiled a Navigator Concept complete with a set of powered gull-wing doors and steps. While the overly dramatic gull-wing doors likely won’t make it to production (or maybe they will with Tesla’s Model X coming to market?), the Navigator Concept does give us a taste of what is to come in the production version including the most spacious interior in the nameplate’s history.

“The all-new Navigator Concept reinforces our commitment to give every Lincoln client what we call quiet luxury – vehicles and experiences that are elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “This kind of quiet luxury sets Lincoln apart. Now, we’re showing fans of large SUVs how we can exceed their expectations, without being the loudest statement on the road.” – See more at:

As they step inside through the large opening provided by the gull-wing doors and step inside via the powered steps that deploy, passengers are greeted with 6 “perfect-position” seats with 30-way adjustability. The driver’s seat adds independently adjustable thigh supports. There are a total of 5 large screens, 1 in the center console for access to vehicle setup and navigation and one on each of the seat backs so all passengers will be entertained on trips.

Under the hood lies a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 pumping out over 400 horsepower. Driver’s can select various drive modes which adjust the suspension, steering and noise levels.

Take a peek at a gallery for more shots of the Lincoln Navigator Concept!

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Buick Shows Off Avista Concept In Detroit


If you haven’t noticed, Buick has been trying to reinvent itself as of late going after the younger market. In Detroit, they not only introduced us to the Envision crossover, but they also brought out a really great looking coupe concept they are calling the Avista.

It is a rear-wheel drive with a 3.0L twin turbo V6 with 400 horsepower and is built on the same platform as the Camaro/ATS/CTS. The Avista Concept features GM’s magnetic ride control suspension and cabin sound isolation technology. We weren’t able to get any shots of the interior but there is nary a button in there with every surface covered in touchscreens and infotainment displays. Not that it matters, since its a concept none of this stuff would make it into production.

The last time Buick had a sporty rear wheel drive coupe was the Buick Grand National, could the Avista Concept be a return to those glory days? I guess we’ll see.

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Titan Warrior Concept. Ready to fight some Raptors!


Last year, I wrote about the new Titan XD that was unveiled here at the Detroit Autoshow. For this years show, Nissan showed off its off-road concept called the Titan Warrior. It’s pretty clear that this is aimed directly at the very successful Ford F150 Raptor.

It’s a mini monster truck. Lifted 3 inches and running 37s. Its 6 inches wider and uses a long travel suspension. Everything has been tweaked to make the Warrior look super aggressive. The color is called “Thunder” and the orange highlights, “Magma.”

A diesel engine powers the Warrior and is mated to the same 6-speed Aisin transmission in the normal Titan XD. No word on power specs.

Enjoy our live pics straight from Detroit.

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Subaru Unveils Another Impreza Concept


Fresh off the unveiling of the Impreza 5-door Concept in Tokyo, Subaru is taking the wraps off of the Impreza Sedan Concept. I’ve been wrong about this in the past, but I’m going to do it again and say that the next Impreza, and other vehicles based on this concept will look pretty good. I say this because the concept doesn’t look overly conceptual and looks pretty production-ready. Throw on some normal door handles, properly sized side mirrors, raise it up a bit, put on some standard wheels and smooth out the taillights and you’ve got yourself a great looking vehicle. It’s quite the departure from this great looking WRX concept that unfortunately never materialized. Hopefully this more sedate looking Impreza concept sees the light of day.

One big announcement Subaru did make is that the next-generation Impreza will be manufactured in the United States instead of in Japan. Plant upgrades that were scheduled have been moved forward by 6 months as well. This is a bit surprising to me as the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement being worked on right now was supposed to benefit Japanese auto manufacturers the most. The move will add about 1200 jobs in the USA.

Subaru says to look out for more news regarding the development of the next generation Impreza next year in New York.

Volvo’s Concept 26: Better Autonomous Driving


While they had nothing new in terms of new vehicles or any concept vehicles to show, Volvo still had something to show us. In their booth was a white tarp covering something really small. They had fans blowing air under the tarp to keep it inflated to look bigger but it was obvious there was no vehicle under there. What they ended up unveiling was a concept interior that Volvo’s Monitoring and Concept Center was working on.

Tisha Johnson, Senior Design Director introduced us to what Volvo sees as the driver’s console of the future–one where autonomous driving will be the norm. In modern day vehicles with autonomous driving capability, the interiors are not quite optimized for non-driving activities. With the steering wheel in the way, and the small infotainment screens there is not much room to be productive.

Enter the Volvo Time Machine Concept. By holding down both shift paddles for a few seconds, the driver engages the autonomous driving mode, or rather, disengages from driving. The steering wheel retracts, the seat moves back and reclines and a 26″ screen unfolds on the passenger side of the dash. All the while the control tablet in the center console remains within reach.

Volvo is so confident in their non-existent autonomous driving system that they claim they will take on full liability when the vehicle is in this mode. This sounds great, but all this tells me is that there probably won’t be an autonomous driving capable Volvo for many years.

Something that will be available earlier is the child seat concept interior they showed off of the XC90. With this option, the front passenger seat is removed, replaced by a base that a child car seat can attach to. The front passenger airbag is also removed along with the seat. This seems like a great option for those with just 1 child that requires a child seat as it allows the parent to drive and check on their child. For a parent sitting in the back with their child they can now interact with them much more comfortably. Look for this to become an option in the XC90, and possibly other vehicles in Volvo’s line up.

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Scion C-HR Concept Was Designed By Thirteen Year Old Me


Scion’s C-HR (Compact – High Ride height) concept gives us a look at how teenage me would design a competitor to the Fiat 500X and MINI EntireLine-upOfVehicles. I still haven’t figured out whether or not that’s a good thing. I love me some 90s concepts, they’re ridiculous in all the right ways, but something about this one just doesn’t do it for me.

If you’re sick of Hellaflush, don’t worry, Scion’s got you covered with Nothingflush. The taillights protrude from the rear end, the wheels overlap the tire sidewalls and the entire vehicle looks like a strange growth on top of the even-guys-with-300Cs-are-like-whoa oversized wheels. But whatever, it’s a concept and concepts are supposed to be silly. Not even fun-loving Scion is immune to taming their vehicles prior to production.

I’m not sure when we’ll be seeing the production variant of this thing, but I’m not confident I’ll have figured out whether or not I like the concept by then.

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Dodge, Fiat, Jeep And Chrysler At SEMA 2015


Headlining the Mopar booth at the 2015 SEMA Show was definitely the Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept with its wide fender flares to fit the massive 20×11 and 20×10 wheels, and yeah you read that right. The GT AWD Concept combines raw muscle car power with the confidence and traction of all-wheel-drive proving that yes, you can have your cake and eat it too. That extra traction is needed to as the 5.7L HEMI V8 under the hood has been upgraded with the Scat Pack 3 Performance Pack which adds 75 horsepower and 44 lb-ft of torque.

While not quite as well rounded as last year’s SEMA booth there were still a few cars worth a look in the booth. The Chrysler 300 Super S dropped on a set of factory coilovers and Chrysler 200 S Mopar showed off the customization options available for Chrysler vehicles. In addition, a pair of Fiat 500 concepts, the Chicane and Mobe show off the personalization options available to Fiat owners. Rounding out our coverage is the Dodge Ram Rebel X which appears to be a Dodge Ram with the entire Dodge parts catalog bolted on covered in a paint job they call Copper.

Check out the pictures of the Mopar Booth in our gallery.

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Honda Brings New Civic Concept to New York


Many Honda fanboys were anticipating a Honda Civic Type-R unveiling today in New York but having covered many auto shows in the past, I knew not to have false hopes for vehicles especially when it comes to Honda. They were after all the company that first announced the HR-V by showing a picture of one on the screen and then followed up at the next show after that with Asimo and a motorized self balancing bar stool (haha, not really). Today, they actually brought a vehicle to unveil at their press conference and while it wasn’t the Civic Type-R it was still good news for Honda fans.

They revealed a new Civic Concept that previews what is to come from Honda for the 2016 model year. It had long been rumored that Honda would be expanding the market for the Civic that is available overseas. While Honda hasn’t confirmed that the “euro civic” is in fact coming to North America, they have confirmed that the Civic would now be exported to key markets around the world so we’re just going to assume that means the Civic will now be a global model and that the neutered North American Civic will be no longer. Honda is looking to boost production of their UK plant that churns out these Civic models and they won’t be able to do that without significantly expanding the market that these vehicles ship to. Many are also holding out on the possibility that this means the hot Type-R model will be available in North America.

Now before you get all excited, what you see here is still just a concept of what the next generation Civic coupe will look like when it does arrive here. That means the aggressive front and rear bumpers will be gone. That flattened center exhaust? Gone. Wraparound LED taillights? Gone. The LED matrix headlights? Probably gone. How else will they differentiate the Acura ILX? All this will be moot because the only thing anyone and everyone cares about is that the Civic Type-R is coming to North America! The next year will be an interesting one for Honda fans as Honda is now back in the hot hatch game in North America joining the likes of the GLA, Focus RS, and Golf R. We took a ton of pictures so check out the gallery after the break.

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