The Chicago Auto Show is gearing up to be an exciting event this year. Not only are there a number of notable debuts already slated, but Honda just added a few of their most popular crossovers to the list of unveiling. This includes an all-new Honda Pilot, a preview of the next-generation Honda Ridgeline pickup, as well as the refreshed Acura RDX luxury crossover.
For the Pilot, now couldn’t be a better time for a new generation. The current, second-generation model arrived in 2008 and is definitely in need of a fresh start. Boxy and boasting very SUV-like styling, the current Pilot has a somewhat macho flair, despite being a great family hauler. [click to continue…]
Land Rover models currently on sale in the U.S. aren’t short on power, but they’re certainly a thirsty group. The company’s Range Rover and Range Rover Sport feature a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that won’t do drivers any favors at the pump. Still, Land Rovers have been getting more fuel efficient engine offerings, and a newer supercharged 3.0 V6 provides a little better fuel economy than previous generations.
Luckily, the automaker’s diesels, which have long been available across the pond, will finally be making their way into U.S. showrooms. These units promise gobs of low end torque–a must for towing and off-roading–as well as better fuel economy than thirsty V8 and V6 units. [click to continue…]
Each year, the editors of Popular Science honors a new technology that they believe has the most potential to change people’s lives for the better. This year, Audi’s latest in-vehicle technology satisfied that requirement and earned the magazine’s coveted “Product of the Future” award.
Audi’s virtual cockpit and MMI terminal have been dazzling the media and consumers alike on the auto show circuit. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, these technologies were again on display and won the respect of Popular Science, which viewed these technologies as having the most potential to change how we drive. [click to continue…]
Trucks got plenty of attention at the recent Detroit Auto Show, with new offerings from Ford, Nissan, and there was even a truck concept from Hyundai, all on display.
Toyota is no stranger to the truck market, so it was nice to see that the brand announced a redesigned version of its beloved–but aging–Tacoma for the 2016 model year. [click to continue…]
The flat-six engine used in the Porsche 911 may not be air-cooled anymore. However, these powerplants are still a marvel of power, performance, and precision.
These six cylinder wonders power all 911 models, including the standard Carrera, the GTS, the Turbo, and the all-powerful 911 GT3. And they all share a similar architecture to the engines that have been powering 911s for years. [click to continue…]
It didn’t take long at all before the roofless version of Alfa Romeo’s new 4C debuted to tease American enthusiasts. The nearly production-ready 4C Spider concept, or “design preview” as Alfa called it, was first shown in Geneva last year. But at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the final product finally went on display.
Luckily, there haven’t been many changes from what we saw from across the pond. The new 4C is just as good looking as its preview and boasts a manual canvas top–a bit of old world charm that owners probably won’t mind. As Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo in North America noted, the 4C has “everything serious drivers need and nothing they don’t.” [click to continue…]
The pickup truck market is beginning to heat up again, with plenty of new entries from Toyota, Nissan, and the Big Three. But soon the truck market might be getting another player from perhaps the unlikeliest source — Hyundai.
At the Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai announced its HCD-15 Santa Cruz Concept, a fresh but unusual interpretation of a pickup truck. It’s a fitting attempt by an automaker simply not known for trucks. [click to continue…]
With gas prices falling, it seems like an appropriate time for automakers to introduce new trucks and SUVs. When it comes to the latter, many are getting sportier, sleeker, and are increasingly are infused with coupe- or sedan-like qualities.
The latest to embrace this trend in Volkswagen, as the German automaker brought its sleek, all-new seven-passenger crossover concept to the Detroit Auto Show. Volkswagen’s Cross Coupe GTE is a hint of what’s to come when a similar vehicle goes intro production next year. [click to continue…]
Infiniti’s latest concept car is a preview of a new coupe that’s quickly heading toward showrooms. Their curvy Q60 Concept was unveiled this week at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, giving on lookers a glimpse of an aggressive yet elegant 2+2 coupe that will see production.
The attractive sheetmetal is clearly inspired by recently concepts like the Q80 Inspiration Concept from the 2014 Paris Motor Show, as well as the current Q50 sedan. But another important inspiration comes from Infiniti’s partnership with the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team, which led to the F1-inspired lower air dam and the subtle fin at the tip of the hood. [click to continue…]
After a decade of waiting, numerous prototypes, and plenty of teasing, the production version of the all-new Acura NSX has arrived. It was unveiled this week at the Detroit Auto Show, giving spectators the first glimpse of the brand’s halo car, which has been in the making for a very long time. Honda’s luxury arm was clearly taking their time with the NSX, for the purpose of getting the formula just right. And at first glance, it seems that Acura hit the mark.
Acura’s mid-engine supercar was a hit with consumers. While not the most powerful supercar, it was beloved for its driver-focused cockpit, superb handling, and even for its practicality as a daily driver. Where other brands might be eager to capitalize on the attention of a new supercar and rush a successor into showrooms, Acura took its sweet time, making numerous renditions to keep the anticipation high. [click to continue…]