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Scenes from North American International Auto Show
  In Detroit

Detroit was the world stage and global reveals were the star power as the second day of Press Preview unfolded with the introduction of trucks, crossovers and coupes as well brand-defining concepts and prototypes. Honda Accord, Volvo XC60 and Lincoln Navigator were winners of the 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck (NACTOY) awards. Products, power and politics all took center stage on Day 3 as IndyCar also took the wraps off their new car for 2018.

Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept
  Power Beyond Convention
Previewing a new generation of INFINITI vehicles, the Q Inspiration Concept proposes how an innovative VC-Turbo powertrain, next-level autonomous drive technologies, and a unique human-centric interior could enrich the experience of drivers in the mid-size sedan segment. The Q Inspiration Concept is meant to demonstrate future technologies and will not be available for sale.
Kia Niro EV prototype with 238-mile range debuts
  Kia to offer 16 electrified vehicles by '25 with hybrid, EV & FCEV power
Kia Motors today presented its future mobility vision at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Under its new ‘Boundless for all’ vision, Kia will bring a future in which opportunities for mobility and transportation are limitless. To broaden horizons with its mobility services, Kia is also demonstrating a range of new technologies as part of its new ‘ACE’ strategy to make its cars more Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric.
Fisker unveils all-new electric car at CES
  solid-state battery promises 500-mile range, 1-minute charging

After months of teasing, Fisker officially launched its new EMotion all-electric vehicle at CES in Las Vegas last night. While the car is impressive, what's coming in 2020 is even more exciting. Fisker last fall announced it had filed patents for solid-state battery technology that could enable a range of 500 miles and a charging time of just one minute. The company on Tuesday gave us a better look at the technology at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.

Porsche Designing for the Future
  The Mission E proves Porsche's design team is top notch
When it’s time to assess the results, Michael Mauer relies on his gut feelings

The main difference between a Porsche and other brands will always be that, with us, the driver has a choice.” Chief Designer, Michael Mauer, pauses briefly to underscore the point he’s about to make: “Whether they want to enjoy a computer-assisted ride or drive themselves, there will always be a choice. That’s why Porsche will always have a steering wheel.”

Expert doesn't see race cars becoming all-electric
  Chris Aylett

The British government announcement that ‘by 2040 all vehicles shall be electric’ and petrol and diesel cars will be banned, has prompted many questions as to the effect on motorsport. Industry expert and Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) CEO Chris Aylett shares his views on this hot topic. “Ever since this announcement some question whether this will be the end of motorsport, but I simply don’t believe this will prove to be the case. The announcement didn’t clarify that petrol or diesel simply can’t be the ‘sole’ source of propulsion from 2040, so Hybrid vehicles, with internal combustion engines, may be fine.”

Scenes from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
  Tesla wasn't there, but it's presence was felt eveywhere
There were many cars in the building but really only one story, Tesla. In the space of a decade, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has effectively reinvented the automobile, from propulsion to user interface, and helped kick-start the age of autonomy. The company’s influence, its ideas, can be seen in every corner of the L.A. Convention Center with many cars now fully electric our electrified hybrids. And sure there was the occasional race car or two.
The McLaren Senna: The Ultimate Road-Legal Track Car
  Over $1 million supercar

New Ultimate Series is the most extreme McLaren road car yet. It bears the name of legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, honoring its status as the ultimate McLaren track car, legalized for the road. At 1,198kg (2,641lbs), it is the lightest McLaren road car since the iconic McLaren F1. The 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 pumps out 789bhp and 590 lb ft of torque. Priced at over an insane $1 million the production is limited to 500 units, all hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England from Q3 2018.

Volkswagen I.D. Crozz EV coming to America in 2020
  I.D. CROZZ-based SUV will be the first next-gen VW EV on USA roads

Volkswagen Group of America revealed today it will introduce an all-new electric compact sport-utility vehicle in 2020 based on the I.D. CROZZ concept vehicle, which made its North American debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-electric compact SUV is expected to precede the revival of the iconic Volkswagen Bus in 2022, with a vehicle based on the I.D. BUZZ concept.

2019 BMW i8 Roadster and new 2019 BMW i8 Coupe
  BMW i8 Roadster: two-seater with full electric convertible top
-The BMW i8 Roadster: two-seater with full electric convertible top that opens in under 16 seconds.
-Optimized BMW eDrive technology: more power– total output increased to 369 hp.
-The BMW i8 Roadster: emotion-stirring design promises an intense driving experience.
-New exterior colors E-Copper and Donnington Grey.
-New Tera World Copper with E-Copper upholstery.
-Carbon Fiber Interior Trim.
First Modern-Era Corvette ZR1 Convertible Makes Debut
  At LA Auto Show

Chevrolet today dropped the top on the 755-HP 2019 Corvette ZR1 with the global introduction of the ZR1 convertible, the first ZR1 drop-top since the original 1970 model-year ZR1. On sale next spring alongside the Corvette ZR1 coupe, the ZR1 convertible emphasizes Corvette’s iconic proportions and functional sculpture, highlighting the seamless transition between the exterior and interior. The ZR1 coupe will carry a suggested retail price of $119,995, while the ZR1 convertible will start at $123,995 (prices include destination charge, but exclude tax, title and other dealer fees).

The new Ferrari Portofino launched in China
  New front-engine Ferrari Portofino V8 GT
Ferrari China is delighted to announce the China launch of Ferrari Portofino today, continuing its relentless pursuit of building on its success by introducing this new car that has been highly anticipated ever since its global debut in Frankfurt in September 2017. Thanks to its perfect combination of sportiness, elegance and on-board comfort, the new Ferrari Portofino V8 GT is set to dominate its segment.
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