Among the plethora of alternative fuels being put forth to replace oil, the most odd might seem simple: air. But MDI International, based in Luxembourg, showed off a car at the 2009 Geneva auto show that runs on just that. What motivates the little AirPod concept is the energy from compressed air stored in a tank at 5,000 pounds per square inch (PSI).
The AirPod vehicle is small, holding just three passengers, with a single seat facing front for the driver and a bench facing backward for two more people. MDI claims a range of more than 112 miles … Read more
The Bugatti Veyron is a car you rarely see, if ever, but we came across three at the 2009 Geneva auto show. Each of these cars was a special edition variant of the original Veyron launched in 2005.
Swedish company Koenigsegg, with its CCX supercar, was in contention for fastest production car in the world before it was bested by the Bugatti Veyron. But at the Geneva auto show, the company showed off a different side by launching the Koenigsegg Quant concept, a four-seater electric car. However, the company didn't stray too far from its supercar legacy, as the Quant is expected to hit 62 miles per hour in just 5.2 seconds and hit a top speed of over 170 mph.
Koenigsegg teamed up with NLV Solar AG to build the Quant, using a technology called … Read more
Here's a good way to build a cheap car: take out the airbags, power steering, rear seat belts, antilock brakes, and most cylinders, all frills, and other standard safety equipment. Do that and you'll end up with a four-door, four-seater, 33-hp two-cylinder car that you can sell to a hungry market with decidedly low expectations for about 100,000 rupees ($1,988). This still seems kind of expensive when you consider that you can buy a new Kia Rio for $10,000.
Often called the Model T of the 21st century, the Tata Nano is expected to go into production for the growing Indian automotive market on March 23, with orders being accepted in April.… Read more
After shopping around the prototype at car shows around the world last year, Dutch automaker Spyker is ready to unveil the production model of the C8 Aileron at the Geneva auto show in March. A topless version of the C8 Aileron has also been promised at the same time.
This video on YouTube.com shows the interior and exterior of the C8 Aileron prototype, but details on the final products are scarce. A Spyker representative said, the vehicle will look similar, but will be a bit more refined and with slightly different packaging. But how much more refined can you … Read more
We had our first look at the "too hot for America" Alfa Romeo MiTo compact at the 2008 British International Motor Show and were impressed, if not a little disappointed that we'd never get to drive one. Now that Fiat Group is looking to seriously bring the Alfa Romeo brand to the colonies, we feel it's time for a second look at a hot variant of this hatch.
The Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerito) goes on a carbon fiber diet, reducing weight and boosting the power-to-weight ratio. The ultra-light carbon fiber is used in … Read more
What do you get when you take the Audi TT, yank out the 2.0-liter turbo-four, and drop in a 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder? Audi is going to show us when it unveils the Audi TT RS at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.
The TT RS will also feature Audi's quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, chassis and suspension upgrades, and better brakes to balance out the extra power.
Make the jump for more details and photos of the Audi TT RS.
Saab will debut the 2010 Saab 9-3x, a more rugged-looking wagon for buyers who are honest enough to admit that they really don't need the off-roading capabilities of an SUV, want more driving comfort than a crossover, yet still desire all-wheel drive and bit more ground clearance.
The 9-3x is equipped with a 2.0 turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 210 horsepower that is paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The promotional video floating around YouTube.com shows the 9-3x riding a little higher (1.4 inches higher) than the 9-3 SportCombi, with dark gray front and … Read more