Colin Chapman’s simple and chilling definition of a Formula One race…

To see the most interesting document at the Frankfurt Motor Show, one had to get a particular stool at Lotus then not sit down on it. Beneath a layer of glass was a page from Colin Chapman’s notebook from the summer of 1975 which contains many of his iconic quotes about Formula One cars. Some are simple, some are… » 9/16/11 1:30pm 9/16/11 1:30pm

The Peugeot HX1 is a conspicuously attractive luxury concept MPV

The French upper crust once lived so luxuriously the masses decided to chop their heads off, perhaps hoping to find gold inside the aristocratic piñatas. Yet the dour, simple Germans have owned the luxury market. Can an MPV place the French back atop the throne of conspicuous consumption? Sadly, no, because it's just a… » 9/14/11 2:30pm 9/14/11 2:30pm

Yo-Auto's sliding door concept wants you to free your mind

It seems we were just a few days premature with our question about the coolest car doors, thanks to Russian upstart Yo-Autos's Yo-Concept, whose doors Yo-slide out the back hatch of this plug-in hybrid. Yes, like caviar, Russian crazy has its own very special flavor. » 9/14/11 1:20pm 9/14/11 1:20pm

How the iPad ate the auto show display

Two years ago, video displays at auto shows were beginning to look like iPhone interfaces. This year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the transformation is complete. Gone are the custom video panels and touchscreen PC’s: pretty much every manufacturer has ditched them for a line of iPads. » 9/14/11 12:00pm 9/14/11 12:00pm

Volkswagen Nils concept: When you ride alone, you ride more…

The Volkswagen Nils concept isn't the first time Volkswagen's threatened to change the automotive paradigm. It isn't even the second time. But it is the first time they've also threatened to turn conventional wisdom on fuel efficiency since World War II on its head. » 9/13/11 11:45am 9/13/11 11:45am

Maserati Kubang SUV is imported from Detroit

Turns out Europe's Photoshopping prognosticators didn't need to create a mockup of the upcoming Maserati SUV concept — the brand's first ever — from scratch. They could have simply dusted off an old Giugiaro design. Because that's what Maserati did — even giving it the same name of that 2003 SUV concept — the Kubang. » 9/13/11 11:00am 9/13/11 11:00am