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Inside the Infiniti Q Inspiration: The Future Looks Fantastic

Inside the Infiniti Q Inspiration: The Future Looks Fantastic
Rarely do I get all antsy in my pantsy over a concept car, but when Infiniti rolled out its “Q Inspiration” creation at the 2018 NAIAS in Detroit, I was flat-out floored. Packing more smarts and sex appeal than Jennifer Lawrence at a wine tasting, and rolling out on stage under its own power, the sensationally shaped 2+2 sedan is exactly the kind of creativity many of us wish to see in the brand moving forward. In order to get a better grasp of what all of this futuristic foreplay means for the luxury Nissan offshoot, I sat down with the new Executive Design Director for the brand, Karim Habib, and came away with a healthy cache of key insights.
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2019 Ford Ranger Revealed: Return of the Badass Half-pint Pickup

2019 Ford Ranger Revealed: Return of the Badass Half-pint Pickup
Remember the step-side Splash edition of the Ford Ranger, with its bright yellow paint scheme and vibrant 90s era “splashed” decal accents? Yeah, forget that noise. None of that crap will be getting brought back on the reborn 2019 version of the pickup, and in their place buyers are sure to find a far more focused machine.
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Concepts from Future Past: 1981 Ford Bronco Montana Lobo

Concepts from Future Past: 1981 Ford Bronco Montana Lobo
Ford truck fans in the U.S. have been clamoring for the return of the Bronco for many years. Sadly, we’ve yet to get a new model, or even a concept design to drool over. To tide you over, check out this unusual concept variant of the Bronco, which turned up back in the early 1980s at the Chicago Auto Show. The 1981 Ford Bronco Montana Lobo concept was an updated take on the compact pickup, doing away with the fully-covered bed, and going with an open-air seating area, complete with foam-filled seating benches on the sides of the bed.
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Concepts from Future Past: Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coupe

Concepts from Future Past: Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coupe
During it partnership in the ’50s, Chrysler teamed up with famed Italian design firm Carrozzeria Ghia to create a unique concept car, and the results were quite spectacular. Ghia’s Giovanni Savonuzzi created the Streamline X to fulfill Chrysler design boss Virgil Exner wishes for a space age future car that incorporated elements of jet planes and rocket ships into its styling. Nicknamed “Gilda” after the 1946 Rita Hayworth classic film, the Streamline X really did look like a rocketship on wheels.
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Toyota FT-AC Concept: The Rugged RAV4 We’ve Always Wanted

Toyota FT-AC Concept: The Rugged RAV4 We’ve Always Wanted
In all honesty, there weren’t a whole lot of interesting new vehicles at the LA Auto Show this week. Too much of what we saw were just different sizes of crossovers to fill in automaker’s lineups.
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Lamborghini Terzo Millennio is an Electric Hypercar from the Future

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio is an Electric Hypercar from the Future
We all know that electric drivetrains are going to be a big part of our automotive future. Between concerns about the environmental impact of fossil fuels, the improvements in battery and motor tech, and the proliferation of recharging infrastructure, it’s only a matter of time before electric motors are in virtually every new car, either as a primary or secondary mode of propulsion.
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Concepts from Future Past: Toyota EX-III

Concepts from Future Past: Toyota EX-III
Shown for the first time at the 1969 Tokyo Motor Show, the EX-III was a sleek and hypermodern sports coupe. The car was designed in-house by Toyota, rather than by the typical European design firms used for concept cars at the time. The EX-III featured a low-slung, aerodynamic body with a pointed front end, sculpted headlamps and no bumper.
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Mazda KAI Concept: Please Let the Next Mazda3 Look This Good

Mazda KAI Concept: Please Let the Next Mazda3 Look This Good
For the last few years, Mazda has been pushing its entire line into their muscular and dynamic “KODO” design language with great success. If you ask me, it’s the most distinctive, consistent, and identifiable look that any automaker has on the road today.
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Honda Sports EV Concept Has Retro-Modern Appeal

Honda Sports EV Concept Has Retro-Modern Appeal
Tokyo Motor Show 2018 kicked off this week, and like most years, each of the major Japanese automakers turned up with some cool new concept designs. One of the more compelling vehicles on display this year is the Honda Sports EV.
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Concepts from Future Past: 2001 Ford EX

Concepts from Future Past: 2001 Ford EX
Usually, when an OEM shows up at an auto show with a concept car, it’s a vision of a future design direction, new technologies, or a preview of an actual production vehicle. But on occasion, a concept car is simply a flight of fancy to attract attention and media buzz. Back at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show, Ford turned up with just that sort of concept car – the Ford EX.
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Toyota Teases Two Very Different Concepts for Tokyo 2017

Toyota Teases Two Very Different Concepts for Tokyo 2017
Toyota is heading to the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show with a couple of really interesting new concept cars, including an eco-friendly sports coupe, and a rugged, boxy crossover. First up is the Toyota GR HV SPORTS Concept, a 2-seater that’s designed to offer performance, while taking advantage of a modern hybrid drivetrain. The GR HV SPORTS looks like a highly modified Toyota 86, but packs a hybrid racing system which inherits tech from the one in Toyota’s LMP1 TS050 hybrid race car.
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Suzuki e-Survivor Concept Looks Like Fun, But We’ll Never See It Stateside

Suzuki e-Survivor Concept Looks Like Fun, But We’ll Never See It Stateside
Suzuki hasn’t sold its cars in the US since 2012, but their vehicles are still quite popular in Asia and other parts of the world. One car they still sell a lot of is the Suzuki Jimny, a series of compact 2-door mini SUVs they’ve been making since way back in 1970.
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Kia Proceed Wagon Concept Looks Fantastic

Kia Proceed Wagon Concept Looks Fantastic
The Kia Cee’d is one of those average compact daily drivers that those of us here in the States have only heard about because of its numerous appearances on Top Gear. But Kia is showing off a new concept car that could point to a spectacular future for the Cee’d, and have us here in the states green with envy if we don’t get it. The Proceed Concept is a very different car from the Cee’d – a truly modern station wagon with an exceptionally long wheelbase, low, sloping roofline – with a slick illuminated outline, and curves everywhere.
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Mercedes-AMG Project ONE Concept Revealed

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE Concept Revealed
After teasing us for months on end, Mercedes-AMG has finally revealed the concept design for its Project ONE hypercar. For those of you who don’t know, the Project ONE leverages Formula 1 hybrid technology, but is designed to be a street-legal car – at least in Europe. The Project ONE’s drivetrain produces over 1000 total system horsepower, using a combination of gas and electric motors.
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MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is a MINI Badass

MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is a MINI Badass
MINI just revealed a sweet custom variant of its popular subcompact car, designed to pay homage to the brand’s racing heritage, as well as to show off some ultra-modern production techniques, like 3D printing and 3D knitting of materials.
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