Detroit Auto Show 2015

Grunt versus Green: Detroit shows an auto industry torn

Grunt versus Green: Detroit shows an auto industry torn

Not everything on four wheels is created equal, and while the Detroit Auto Show had its fair share of eco-mindful cars this week, the industry still couldn’t resist some heavy duty muscle. Cars like the new Chevrolet Volt and its baby - and currently only conceptual - brother, the Bolt, showed GM isn’t giving up on plug-in hybrid and range-extended cars. Its efforts were arguably overshadowed with the reveals of Ford’s GT and Acura’s NSX, however, along with a brace of new, luxury vehicles that gave only minor nods to the environment, if at all.

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Toyota, Oculus bringing VR driving simulator for teens

Toyota, Oculus bringing VR driving simulator for teens

Toyota and Oculus are teaming up to make driving safer — for teens. The joint venture bring a Toyota-branded driving simulator for Toyota’s TeenDrive365 program to the VR headset, which puts those learning to drive behind the wheel of a real car (stationary, of course), but uses VR to immerse them in a driving environment. In being behind the wheel of a real car with virtual distractions and difficult situations, the hope is that teens will be more comfortable behind the wheel when they do venture onto the real road.

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Honda FCV Concept debuts along with plans for Advanced Powertrains

Honda FCV Concept debuts along with plans for Advanced Powertrains

Honda made some big announcements at the Detroit Auto Show this week. Not only did the automaker roll out a new concept vehicle that uses an advanced powertrain, it also talked about its plans for more vehicles using advanced powertrians slated to come to market by 2018. The new concept car unveiled at the show is the Honda FCV Concept.

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Tesla’s Musk talks gigafactories, profit at NAIAS

Tesla’s Musk talks gigafactories, profit at NAIAS

Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Elon Musk sat down to talk all things Tesla. The CEO, who has a contentious relationship with both the auto industry and state of Michigan, opened up about the state of the union at Tesla. He answered questions, and gave a prospectus on where the auto maker was going. As stock fell roughly 6%, Musk explained it away, and further detailed their plans for world domination. Or, just being allowed to sell cars.

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Lincoln courts SUV luxe-lovers with 2016 MKX

Lincoln courts SUV luxe-lovers with 2016 MKX

Luxury crossovers and SUVs are booming, and Lincoln is wading back in with a new model, the 2016 MKX, targeting not only the US but China too. Revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this morning, the MKX joins the Lincoln MKT and is, so the company claims, its most powerful and best handling version so far, not to mention the quietest inside. It's also an opportunity for Lincoln to throw tech at its high-end SUV, with a range of semi-autonomous parking aids, pop-out cameras, and more.

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Verizon Vehicle promises aftermarket OnStar in 2015

Verizon Vehicle promises aftermarket OnStar in 2015

Connected cars may be gradually increasing on dealership forecourts, but Verizon is aiming to get the millions of 4G-free models online this year too. Verizon Vehicle is in effect OnStar as an upgrade, and not limited to GM vehicles: a dongle that plugs into the car's diagnostics port, a companion smartphone app, and the promise of remote fault identification, roadside assistance, and emergency rescue.

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Infiniti’s Q60 Concept is gorgeous, arrives in 2016

Infiniti’s Q60 Concept is gorgeous, arrives in 2016

Are you a lusty driver? If you are, Infiniti has just the ride for you. Their new Q60 concept is for those with a “lust for driving”, according to Infiniti’s Executive Director of Design, Alfonso Albaisa. He’s clearly enamored with it, describing it as “sultry”, and “ready to pounce”. That’s all wonderful praise, but here’s the issue: concept cars rarely see the road as we find them at these kinds of car shows. They end up as posters on a wall in an office, but not this time.

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The Cadillac CTS-V is a 200mph slap at BMW

The Cadillac CTS-V is a 200mph slap at BMW

What's been holding Cadillac back, president Johan de Nysschen said today, is its absence of a small crossover and an entry-level luxury model, then proceeding to reveal a 200 mph super-sedan. The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V may not fill either of the increasingly obvious gaps in the GM luxe-marque's line-up - though cars to address both needs, among others, will come before 2020 the company insists - but it does do something arguably more interesting from a driving perspective, in taking the power fight directly to BMW's M and Mercedes-Benz's AMG ranges.

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2016 Lexus GS F pairs luxe and lunatic

2016 Lexus GS F pairs luxe and lunatic

Lexus had already spilled the beans on its 467 HP surprise for the Detroit Auto Show, the 2016 Lexus GS F, but there's no denying it's an intriguing beast in the metal. Latest to the Japanese company's F SPORT line-up, and spiritual successor to the IS F, the midsized sedan sticks with Lexus' controversial design language - including a vast "spindle" grill, angular LED headlamps, and splashes of carbon fiber to emphasize its sporting ambitions. Those ambitions aren't just on paper, mind: with 389 lb-ft and a 7,300 rpm redline, this Lexus should shift.

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Nissan unveils new Titan XD truck in Detroit with Cummins diesel option

Nissan unveils new Titan XD truck in Detroit with Cummins diesel option

Trucks are huge sellers in the US and Nissan is tired of its original Titan not being part of the sales crowd. The original Titan carried on with no changes at all since its introduction, until now. At the North American International Auto Show Nissan has unveiled its new Titan XD. The full-size truck has an all-new front end and looks much the same from the side angle.

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Ten new Ford GT details we love

Ten new Ford GT details we love

Ford dropped jaws and set supercar fans twittering when it revealed the new Ford GT at the Detroit Auto Show today, a classic name reborn for a 600+ horsepower monster. While we'll have to wait until next year for Ford to actually put the 2017 GT into production, what particularly impresses is just how how detailed the car is today. Incredible aerodynamic contouring, lamps like precious jewels, and a level of finish that we're simply not used to seeing from concepts and prototypes, we couldn't help but whip out the zoom lens to share some of the more delicious details from the new GT.

Update: If you want to see the full car in all its glory, our original Ford GT article has plenty of live images. Past the cut, we're going to focus in on some of our favorite details.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider ditches roof, cranks up exhaust

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider ditches roof, cranks up exhaust

Chopping the top off an existing car is one of the easiest ways to expand your range, but when you're starting with the Alfa Romeo 4C, a Spider version is still plenty interesting. The Italian marque brought a bright, custardy-yellow 4C Spider along to Detroit today, giving the convertible its first showing (and, perhaps ironically, with snow and sleet figuring significantly outside in Wintery Michigan) as well as its carbon fiber trimmings, ahead of its arrival at US dealerships this coming summer.

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