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Toyota to Use Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Zero Emission Trucking

The Project Portal platform is designed to provide the target performance required to support port drayage operations. The truck generates more than 670 horsepower and 1325 pound feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, in what appears to be a small battery to support class 8 loads. The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles, under normal operation. Continue reading

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Qoros Shows Model K-EV Concept at Shanghai This Week

While U.S. journalists are obsessing over the New York Auto Show this week (not a mea culpa, but AutoInformed is admittedly part of this) in the world’s largest car market – China – Qoros Automotive will reveal its Model K-EV, an electric concept car at Shanghai Auto 2017. Continue reading

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Geneva: Toyota i-TRIL Concept Car

With its One-plus-Two seating layout, the i-TRIL has odd, but potentially effective interior space. Current interior design philosophy hinges on everything being built around the driver, with rear seat passengers very much regarded as second class citizens. Continue reading

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Chrysler Portal Concept, Millennial Family Wheels, New at CES

In what it is calling the “fifth generation” of family transportation – the Chrysler Portal concept debuted today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Eschewing its home town auto show, NAIAS that opens next week, the electric-powered Portal is estimated to have more than 250 miles of range on a full charge. Continue reading

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Lexus Serves Sriracha IS – Hot and Spicy

Whether this is an early April Fool’s spoof or luxury automaker Lexus is serious about bringing a playful, potentially dangerous take to a concept IS sedan by partnering with Sriracha sauce remains to be seen. Continue reading

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Another SUV Concept Debuts in Los Angeles – Subaru VIZIV-7

“We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next 3-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever,” said Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president, of Subaru owner Fuji Heavy Industries. Continue reading

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Fast Eddy Concept – the Chevrolet Aerovette XP-882 Revisited

The design pays homage to the Chevrolet Aerovette XP-882 that had a mid-engine configuration using a V8 engine. The Aerovette was revealed in 1977 as a concept, but went no further. Continue reading

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BMW Motorrad Reveals HP4 RACE in Milan

At this year’s EICMA trade show in Milan, BMW Motorrad showed a peak at what it is calling “the most exclusive model in its history,” the BMW HP4 RACE. Continue reading

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Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Fuel Cell Ready for Army Testing

GM and TARDEC developed the Colorado ZH2 contract to concept in less than a year. Who paid for what was not specified, but it certainly wasn’t Donald Trump’s non-tax dollars. Continue reading

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Daihatsu Takes Lead from Toyota in Emerging Markets

Toyota under intense competitive pressure from global automakers (Honda comes to mind) is experimenting with a different organizational approach to getting cars to market. Continue reading

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Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept Debuts 2016 Paris Motor Show

Sitting in the seat helps steady head movement caused by vehicle motion, keeping the field of vision fixed, according to the Japanese luxury car maker. Continue reading

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Cadillac Escala – a Four-Door Hatchback?

Cadillac Escala, a four-door hatchback large sedan that GM hopes to peddle at premium prices – if and when it goes into production. Continue reading

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Renault Alpine Vision Concept to Appear at Goodwood

Production will start during 2017, and it could eventually appear in the U.S. Continue reading

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First Look: Next Volvo S40 Small Car

It appears that Volvo’s new T5 Twin Engine powertrain – which has a new 3-cylinder gasoline engine and a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission coupled to an electric motor – indicates Volvo is abandoning its existing Twin Engine all-wheel drive designs for a more efficient front-wheel drive system on its smaller cars. Continue reading

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VW T-Prime Full-Size SUV Concept Shows at Beijing

VW and all major automakers appear ready to flood the world’s largest auto market – and others – with SUVs. Continue reading

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