Toyota will finally resurrect the Supra in 2018

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HYPEBEAST/DesignBoom (by T.S. Fox):

Originally released as a Celica offshoot with 2000GT roots back in 1978, the Supra grew to become one of Toyota’s most beloved vehicles before it was unceremoniously discontinued back in 2002. Thankfully, Toyota righted that wrong in 2014, taking to the Detroit Auto Show to showcase the FT-1 — a Calty Design Research-crafted spiritual successor of sorts to the old fastback coupe and one that fans hoped signaled a sign of things to come for the much loved front-engine, rear-wheel drive setup. Now it looks like those Supra hopes may become a reality: Toyota has confirmed that it’s resurrecting the car for a return in just a few short years.

Said to build upon the aforementioned FT-1, the brand new Supra will be positioned above the 86 in the manufacturer’s lineup and will likely be decidedly more complex, powerful and high-tech than the rebadged Scion FR-S. And if the FT-1′s design language is any indication, the new and improved Supra will come with an aggressive, track-inspired exterior marked by airflow management systems and aerodynamic curves; it may even employ the FT-1′s sleek retractable rear wing for added downforce.

Stay tuned for updates on the Supra’s welcome return and mark your calendars: the fan-favorite Toyota returns to the road in 2018.

Hyundai unveils first Korean-made plug-in hybrid

The new Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is displayed next to Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun of Hyundai Motor Co. at the media preview of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 12, 2015. (photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Co.)

Korea Times: 

South Korea’s top carmaker Hyundai Motor Co. took the wraps off of its Sonata plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) at a motor show in the U.S. on Monday (local time), its first-ever car that can be recharged to run on both gasoline and electricity.

The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is a first of its kind engineered and built by a South Korean company, and will be a symbol of our outstanding green vehicle technology,” said Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun of Hyundai Motor.

The company released the details of the unveiling in Seoul.

The new hybrid midsize sedan, shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is estimated to travel up to 22 miles, or 35.4 kilometers, solely on electric power with its 9.8 kilowatt-hour battery pack, according to Hyundai Motor.

The powertrain incorporates a 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine coupled with a 50-kilowatt electric motor so that the vehicle can continue to operate with the likes of the more conventional hybrid cars even when the battery runs out.

Standard safety features include a tire pressure monitoring system and electronic stability control, which helps to avoid crashes by reducing the dangers of skidding. The plug-in model also comes with vehicle stability management for directional steadiness when driving on slippery roads.

The Sonata PHEV, to be produced in South Korea, will be launched in the carmaker’s home market and in the United States later this year, Hyundai said. Pricing of the new hybrid was not disclosed.

Hyundai Motor will strengthen its competitiveness in overall eco-friendly car lineups, including fuel cell, hybrid and electric vehicles, so as to emerge as an industry leader in the business,” Chung said.

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors Corp., flagships of the world’s No. 5 automotive conglomerate Hyundai Motor Group, plan to become the world’s second-largest manufacturers of fuel-efficient cars by 2020, up from fifth place they claimed last year. Toyota is currently the industry leader in the green car sector.

Industry analysts anticipate that demand for eco-friendly vehicles will soar to 6.4 million units in 2020 from last year’s 2.2 million.

The woman behind the new Acura NSX design

As Acura unveils its newest 2016 Acura NSX model, we now take a look at the woman behind the sportscar’s head-turning design. Automobile designer Michelle Christensen is Acura’s first female exterior designer and is responsible for styling the latest supercharged NSX model.

Inspired by her father’s interest in tinkering with muscle cars in their San Jose home garage as a teen, Christensen developed a passion for mechanics and attended Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design for automotive design. Her penchant for car design became apparent in design school as Hyundai, Honda, and Chrysler each recruited her heavily during her studies. The NSX was Christensen’s first project she spearheaded, and represented the challenging task of combining sleek supercar detailing with practical performance functions.

The result is the new 2016 Acura NSX, which was unveiled yesterday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

For more on Christensen and the NSX’s design, check out her interview with the Los Angeles Times here.

Infiniti Q60 Concept

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Infiniti Q60 Concept Preview

In this teaser released ahead of its official debut at the 2015 North American International Auto ShowInfiniti‘s distinctive sleek visual language remains strong with its Q60 Concept.

While technical details are still under wraps, the most notable aesthetic features include the new nose (which is heavily inspired by Infiniti’s partnership with the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team),the slim headlights, aggressive kink in the beltline behind the B-pillar, strong character line and the air-curtain-like element behind the front wheel arch.

Stay tuned for more information on this new vehicle when it debuts on January 11 In Detroit.

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Nissan Maxima Sport Sedan Concept

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Nissan recently revealed its new Maxima Sport Sedan Concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Larger than the current Maxima in most respects except for height, other visual features include the floating roof, 21-inch rims, V-shaped grille, sharp grooves cut into the body and Nissan’s trademark boomerang-shaped headlights. On the performance side, the 4-door sedan packs a 3.5-liter V6 that generates over 300 horsepower to a front wheel drive via a Continuously Variable Transmission.

The production edition of the sedan is expected to debut later this Spring at the New York Auto Show in April.

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Nissan Maxima Sport Sedan Concept

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