Toyota is hoping to tap into the creative juices that will be flowing at this year's Maker Faire by sponsoring an "interactive art car build." The auto maker is providing a Toyota Matrix to attendees at the Austin, Texas, event, who are invited to transform the car into a "music-themed piece of art celebrating musical heroes." As well as being a thinly veiled marketing stunt, the art car will give music fans a chance to deck out the Matrix with their music memorabilia. Some of Toyota's suggestions for car decorations include wigs, 8-track tapes, … Read more
As part of the LA Auto Show this November, leading automakers were asked to submit ideas for a design challenge.
This year's theme was the "RoboCar of 2057" and the submissions are as far out as that date.
The concepts take into consideration environmental concerns and safety as well as imagination. General Motors based its car on the ant; Mazda has you thinking like a samurai; and Nissan wants to give you a pet that does the grocery shopping.
Jaguar announced Friday that it will be offering a diesel engine with automatic transmission option for the 2008 Jaguar X-Type.
The 2.2-liter diesel engine will come with a six-speed automatic transmission, as well as the Jaguar Sequential Shift.
The car, which is available in both left and right hand drive, will be available in the U.K. in March 2008 and in Europe in April 2008. No word yet on a U.S. release.
A popular vision of the hydrogen future often includes swoopy, silvery cars, waterfalls, and majestic Icelandic landscapes. Chances are that the reality of hydrogen mobility may be a little more prosaic--a fact evidenced by the hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered Hyundai Tucson that we took for a ride yesterday. Aside from its obligatory hydrogen-themed badging, the Tucson--which runs on an electric motors powered by two 40kW UTC fuel cells--looked from the inside and outside like any other workaday SUV. This particular car had taken time off from its regular day job as an internal mail carrier for AC Transit, in which capacity it has … Read more
Audi's cutaway restoration of the 1925 Audi Type M is complete, Audi announced Thursday.
The unusual restoration of Audi's first six-cylinder car, which Audi commissioned the German company Fahrzeugrestaurierung Rosenow to turn into a cutaway model, took about 4,500 hours to complete over an almost four-year period.
"Half the car is double the work," Peter Spillner, the owner of Fahrzeugrestaurierung Rosenow, said in a statement.
The car's transformation is significant because it's highly unusual for a car as rare as this one--with only four known surviving models left in the world--to be offered … Read more
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OAKLAND, Calif.--Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, in a long-scheduled presentation Tuesday night as part of a Bay Area lecture series, made no specific mention of her political aspirations.
For me, however, the indicator she's considering a future run for office was the way she kept qualifying her assertions with "this isn't a political statement," even if they were arguably political in nature.
Fiorina's speech, which took place the same day News Corp. announced she'd be an on-air commentator for its upcoming Fox Business Network, focused on the importance of change as it … Read more
Subaru, one of the more popular car companies with the green set, is going to show off an electric car prototype at the Tokyo Auto Show later this month in what could be a prelude to coming out with a car commercially.
The G4e concept is a triangular-shaped thing, but it has four wheels (unlike the triangular three-wheeled Xebra from Zap.) The G4e will accommodate five passengers, and the batteries will be stored in the floor.
The lithium-ion batteries in the car will carry it for 200 kilometers, or 125 miles. That puts it in the same sort of range … Read more
Shelby SuperCars' (SSC) Ultimate Aero was officially named the Fastest Production Car today by the Guinness Book of World Records. It's the first American-made car to hold the title since the Ford GT40 in 1967.
The 71-year-old driver of the Ultimate Aero, Chuck Bigelow, reached an average top speed of 256.19 miles per hour on two passes--one in each direction--on a two-lane road in rural Washington state. It broke the current official record held by the Koenigsegg CCR by 15.09 miles per hour, and the Bugatti Veyron's unofficial speed by 3.63 miles per hour. And … Read more