Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
 
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Honda has been able to afford to give a glimpse of its upcoming ninth-generation Accord Coupe via a concept previewed in Detroit. But while many of their fans might be dazzled by the large chrome wheels, a well chiseled front bumper with an LED-crowned air intake, and topped-off with dual exhausts integrated into the rear bumper, well, don’t be deceived so easily. 
 
The basic lines from current eight-generation Accord are still present albeit with a few nips and tucks here are there. Honda’s conservative design approach is not that surprising as the Accord is selling relatively well; so why mess with a tried and proven formula? Still, we would need to wait for the final production version to be able to judge it properly. 
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Remember back when Chevrolet unveiled the Beat, Groove, and Trax concepts at the 2007 New York Auto Show to let consumers pick the styling for what we know as the Spark today? Yeah, I was bummed when the Trax lost, too. Now Chevrolet is going one step further, bringing two radically new concepts to Detroit and asking the people to help the bow tie brand "co-create" its next sporty vehicle. Take your pick: Tru 140S or the Code 130R?
 
The Tru 140S Concept is a sleek, exotic piece of sheet metal built on the same platform that underpins the Chevrolet Cruze and the Volt hybrid. It straddles the technology gap between the two, featuring the Cruze's turbocharged 1.4 liter engine settled with direct injection and start-stop technology. This front-wheel drive sports coupe boosts power to 150 hp and allows it to boast highway economy in excess of 17 km/l.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
 
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It’s been five years since Acura first revealed the Advanced Sports Car Concept (ASCC) - a front-engined V10 NSX. And though plans to revamp the concept were made, they were cancelled just a year later due to “poor economic conditions,” killing all hopes of an NSX successor with it. But against all odds, we're glad to announce that hope has been restored when Acura revealed a new NSX Concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the best part is that they've gone back to the legendary mid-engine V6 formula. And did we mention that it's a hybrid?
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For a brand that has big ambitions, Ford is cleverly taking on the world with small cars. And the latest vehicle to be added to its continent-conquering line-up is the all-new EcoSport. Get ready because while this mini SUV just made its world debut at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo, we wouldn't be surprised if it lands on our shores in just two years’ time or less. 
 
Based on Ford's B-platform, the EcoSport technically is a Fiesta fitted with bigger wheels, which means that it's actually a shy smaller than the Escape. It is the freshest concoction to come out of the One Ford global strategy. The nameplate EcoSport, however, is not anything new and has been around in South America since 2003. But this new version coming out is about to tackle new territories in North America, Europe, and Asia.
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If you think the name “Advance Tourer Concept” is a bit stale, the confidence-inspiring lines on Subaru's latest five-door hybrid might change your mind. Unveiled at the recent 42nd Tokyo International Motorshow, this is their take on the fun-to- drive sporty hybrid concept. 
 
The Advance Tourer Concept looks somewhat like a 2012 Impreza on steroids with its aggressive lines, acute angles, and a couple trapezoids thrown here and there. And if the bold wheel arches, sculpted rear spoiler, and huge diffuser leave you downright dumbfounded, wait til' you see the front butterfly and rear suicide doors.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Mazda Motor Corporation 
 
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When the Mazda Takeri made its debut at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, it came with a complete spec-sheet, which hints that this concept is just about ready to hit production. And considering its size and time of launch, we're beginning to speculate that this could be the 2013 Mazda 6 in disguise. 
 
Would you believe it - this four-door saloon actually runs on Mazda's Skyactiv 2.2L diesel engine, the same engine found in the CX-5. Bundled with i-STOP technology, it shuts off the engine during idle moments and re-ignites with a single compression, thus eliminating the load on the battery and starter motor. The Takeri also benefits from Mazda's unique regenerative system called i-ELOOP that should improve diving performance and fuel economy according to the brochure. Wouldn’t this imply that the Takeri's also a hybrid of some sort?
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co.
 
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Honda's taking a bold step as they're ditching hybrid technology and going all-electric for their next-generation small electric sports concept. Launched at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, the EV-STER is an open-top roadster that has seats for two and gets its propulsion from the rear wheels. Sounds good? Well, it breaks my heart to tell you that this sportscar is not a successor to the S2000 or the NSX, but is in fact closer to the proportions of the Honda Beat kei car. 
 
A low-slung body with short front and rear overhangs are the tell tale signs of a sports coupe, while the split trunk cover, though functional, mostly serves as eye candy. The hexagonal LED front and rear lamps may look swell, but you'll have to agree that the blue back-lit grill and accents are a bit out of place.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
 
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Even before Subaru's front-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-door coupe hits production, the chaps at Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is already stabbing the BRZ concept with some STI goodness. By tapping into Subaru's tuning arm, they've turned what was a sexy sports car into a track weapon that has gotten us lusting for it even more. 
 
First on the list of any performance upgrade typically has something do with what goes under the hood. Surprisingly, the chaps at STI left the 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine untouched and had no mention of its power output. It does, however, makes full use of Toyota's D-4S direct injection technology and designed with a square bore and stroke of 86 x 86 mm, which should push the numbers close to or higher than 200 hp.
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