New Acura NSX Type R rendering

With the all-new second generation Acura NSX now more-or-less fully revealed you might expect the speculation around the car to stop. Or at least slow up. But already the company’s chief engineer has kickstarted another flurry of rumor and conjecture by hinting at a higher-spec Type R version of the car which might hit the showrooms in another two to three years.

Like the first generation NSX Type R, the new car will most likely include a number of chassis, drivetrain and aerodynamic enhancements designed to improve performance and handling. In anticipation of the new car, Hungarian automotive photoshopper X-Tomi has created a realistic rendering of the future car.
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Facelifted 2015 BMW 1 Series

BMW has finally realised what everyone else noticed from the first day it was introduced, the BMW 1 Series has an incredibley ugly face. But thanks to a major facelift, the car now looks much better. It’s still not beautiful. But it’s now not such an embarassment for the company.

The whole front end has been redesigned and now features bigger air intakes, a revised apron and a different kidney grille with a more sculpted frame and chrome accents. But perhaps most importantly, the 2015 BMW 1 Series now has new headlights. As standard the car comes with twin circular configuration headlights with with LED daytime running lights. Optionally, the 1-Series can be bought with full LED headlights (including the indicators) as well as adaptive LED headlights with High Beam Assistant function and LED fog lights with cornering.
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2016 Ford GTX1 Spider rendering

Before the gorgeous blue paintwork of the all-new Ford GT pre-production prototype is fully cured, already people are speculating on what other versions of the car might become available. Racing liverys of both the iconic Gulf blue and orange, as well as the retro-fantastic Martini colors have been done, as have various convertible models.

While it’s almost certain the new Ford GT will go racing, it’s less certain whether Ford will go to the trouble of engineering an open top targa or Spider model. They did give it a shot with the previous GT, commissioning the building of the Ford GTX1 SEMA show car, which eventually led to an aftermarket conversion being offered by the show car’s builder. But it was never an official Ford model you could buy in one of their dealerships.
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Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

The extensive 911 range got a little bigger at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, thanks to the introduction of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS. The car is aimed at buyers who want more performance and better handling from their 911 but don’t want to go all the way and dip into the domain of the hardcore 911 GT3.

Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, the Targa 4 GTS features a sportier front bumper, wider rear fenders and tinted bi-xenon headlights. The model also has aerodynamic mirrors, a sports exhaust system and gloss black 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels.
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Video: Wild elephant destroys cars in Thailand

Video has emerged of a wild male elephant in Thailand inadvertently destroying several cars at the Khao Yai National Park on January 11, 2015.

The elephant doesn’t look like he’s actively trying to wreck the cars. It appears that he’s using them more as a scratching post. But when you can weigh up to 5 tons, accidents are going to happen.
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2015 Ram 1500 Rebel off-road package

The new-for-2015 Ram 1500 Rebel brings a off-road design to the full-size truck segment. The Ram 1500 Rebel is a truck aimed at buyers who like to take their pickups on off-road trails, and the vehicle benefits from an exclusive air suspension system that increases ride height.

The Ram 1500 Rebel also features an all-new grille with prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge instead of the usual “cross-hair” grille. The blacked-out Rebel grille works nicely with the new off-road front bumper design with a durable powder-coated surface, which incorporates a powder coated, billet silver skid plate, new front tow hooks and new LED fog lamps. Other changes include the black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights and the aluminum, twin-snorkel hood.
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Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept

Hyundai’s show stopper at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show was this little number. An extremely sporty looking pickup truck, which looks extremely appealing. The Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept is aimed at a younger generation of buyers – those born in the early ’80s or later.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept is designed to act as a multi-purpose vehicle, just as good at the daily commute as it is at  hauling cargo or friends and luggage. Hyundai call their prospective buyers for the concept “Urban Adventurers”, and they see them as active people who have a busy work life and an even busier social life.

Stylewise, Hyundai’s designers have knocked this one out of the park. Even people who aren’t normally drawn to pickups can’t argue that the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck isn’t a looker. The front view features an upright, hexagonal grille with cascading lines framing the sides, dual lens-free, honeycombed headlamp projectors, and prominent LED fog lamps. The side profile is highlighted by oversized wheels, Michelin tires with a special tread design, center-locking hubs and yellow Brembo brake calipers.
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Shelby GT350R Mustang – most track-capable Mustang ever

Hot on the heels of the Shelby GT350 Mustang, which was unveiled in November 2014, Ford has unveiled the even higher performance Shelby GT350R Mustang. Ford are making some big noises about the GT350R, calling it the more track-capable production Mustang ever built.

“The Shelby GT350R Mustang is a no-compromise car in the pursuit of maximum track capability,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “It is a thoroughbred street car making use of technology and ingenuity to deliver performance few enthusiasts have ever experienced.”
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Bentley Bentayga SUV announced

Bentley has finally revealed what their upcoming all-new SUV will be called. It’s going to be called the Bentley Bentayga. In explaining the name Bentley’s Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer,said: “Bentayga is a name that reflects what we know our SUV will do better than any other car in the world – combine the best automotive luxury with outstanding performance to take the Bentley experience to new environments.”

It is also the name of one of the rugged mountain peaks in the Canary Islands, which are located off the east coast of Africa.
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Chevrolet Bolt EV previews an affordable all-electric vehicle

At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet pulled the covers off a concept vehicle designed to preview a future production all-electric affordable electric car. Called the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the five-door hatchback has similar proportions to the BMW i3 with short front and rear overhangs. To improve efficiency, and also counteract the added weight penalty of the heavy batteries, the Bolt EV is constructed using lightweight materials such as aluminium, magnesium and carbon fiber.

GM’s CEO Mary Barra stated that the production Chevrolet Bolt EV will have a range of more than 200 miles on a single charge, and a starting price of around $30,000, although she didn’t mention if the latter is with or without state and federal tax incentives.
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