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Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights Innovation
2/1/2013

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BMW's hybrid electric i8, which is expected to hit the streets in 2014, will use two distinct drive systems. The front axle will employ the i3's 170HP electric motor, while a 220HP, three-cylinder internal combustion engine will drive the rear. Using that arrangement, all four wheels of the i8 will be driven at the same time, in a manner similar to that of an all-wheel-drive vehicle. (Source: Design News)
BMW's hybrid electric i8, which is expected to hit the streets in 2014, will use two distinct drive systems. The front axle will employ the i3's 170HP electric motor, while a 220HP, three-cylinder internal combustion engine will drive the rear. Using that arrangement, all four wheels of the i8 will be driven at the same time, in a manner similar to that of an all-wheel-drive vehicle.
(Source: Design News)

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Charles Murray
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Re: Great photos
Charles Murray   2/20/2013 9:15:23 PM
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Cabe, a few years ago, Consumer Reports had a media day where they displayed electric cars, hybrids and other alternative power sources for autos. The biggest crowd of reporters -- by far -- was around a guy who had converted a single DeLorean from a gasoline- to a battery-powered drivetrain.

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Cabe Atwell   2/14/2013 11:31:29 PM
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Awesome coverage. If I had the money I would buy a De Lorean. The body made out stainless steel (“Stains less”) would make for a better lifetime usage. Plus it is a classic, timeless body shape in my opinion. Anyone with one is sure to be a hit everywhere they go. C

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   2/6/2013 10:19:47 PM
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We did a story on it in 2011, Cabe. but I haven't heard much since.

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1366&doc_id=234956

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Re: Great photos
Cabe Atwell   2/6/2013 5:20:09 PM
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Model X with De Lorean doors eh? Sounds fantastic. I wonder why that style door is not a standard. Too much work? Maybe it's like pulling a garage door down all the time.

Speaking of the DeLorean, there is an EV model due out in 2013 with a 100+ mile battery range. Now we are talking!

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Charles Murray   2/5/2013 5:33:46 PM
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I don't know who keeps the concept cars. I just know it isn't me. A few years ago (okay, maybe more than a few years ago), I had the opportunity to drive a concept vehicle at a Pontiac longlead event, and I hit a speed bump a little too fast. I thought the engineer was going to throttle me. It might be my imagination, but I don't think they want to me to get close to the concept cars anymore.

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Charles Murray   2/4/2013 7:00:34 PM
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The automakers do have some good technical innovations, tmash. Unfortunately, the Auto Show isn't a great place to do a deep technical dive. There were some pretty good innovations in engines, and we'll be covering those over the next couple of weeks for the engineers like yourself who are looking for a little more meat.

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GTOlover   2/4/2013 11:30:15 AM
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Have to agree. Concept vehicles used to be visionary (like the BMW "Gina"). Now they are pre-production advertisements for the marketing guys to gauge responses. If something is deemed 'ugly' or 'weird' then the vision is scrapped and the dull lines of the contemporary are used.

Where are the rocket cars, fusion powered autos, and the transforming vehicles? When gull wing doors on an SUV wow people, then we have not really seen anything new!

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tmash   2/4/2013 9:35:33 AM
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Not very impressed........technical innovation 4/10 , design 6/10......just at par!!

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Charles Murray   2/1/2013 7:01:06 PM
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Actually, Al, I do have a technology that I thought was most interesting. This year, it's the engines. In the Silverado slide, you might note that I mentioned three new engines from GM (one of which is also in the Corvette). I think we'll be seeing a face-off between Ford and GM in this arena: Ford with its turbocharged EcoBoost engines and GM with its small block engines. The fuel efficiency numbers aren't in yet, but I find it interesting that the big automakers are investing in engine technology as we begin to glimpse the 54.5-mpg mandate on the horizon.

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Charles Murray   2/1/2013 6:52:36 PM
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Some concept cars reach production, some don't. But even the ones that reach production seldom look as good as they do in concept form.

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