Mitsubishi is going hybrid concept crazy for the Tokyo show later this month. The Japanese manufacturer will show three concepts at its home show, all offering different takes on the combustion-engine-plus-electric theme debuted in its Outlander PHEV.
Audi has released some actual real life footage of its 700bhp Quattro concept - last seen lurking ominously on a show stand at the Frankfurt show - to (a) thank its growing legion of internet fans, and (b) prove that it works.
Until a few weeks ago, the last bat-squeak we'd heard from the rarefied world of convertible kei cars was the 2002 Daihatsu Copen. Then the Honda S660 concept came along. Followed shortly (geddit?) by the Suzuki X-Lander. Now there's this follow-up to the '02 model, the Daihatsu Kopen.
Maybe it's mere coincidence. We suspect not. Earlier this year, Aston Martin released its uprated Rapide S, pushing the power of its V12 four-door from 500bhp to 550bhp. Which was just a few more horsepowers than the Porsche Panamera Turbo S.
WARNING: the following images of the latest Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe may contain sacrilege. This is the 'Goodwood edition' Phant, the latest offering from the company's bespoke department built to celebrate the spirit of Rolls' local circuit.
Is it us, or are the concepts that come out of Japanese design studios completely, uniquely mad? Like they've been drawn by aliens that've learned human car design through some sort of intergalactic training course and are trying to hold down earth jobs under the radar? Just look at this. And this. And these.
News has reached TG that our good friend Tom Cruise - the same man who got our little Cee'd up onto two wheels - will play the late, great Carroll Shelby in a movie adaption of A.J. Baime's book Go Like Hell.
This is good news, and we're going to shamelessly take the credit for Cruise's return to car racing movies. For while he's not made one since 1990's Days of Thunder, it was clearly his time spent with Mr Stig on TG telly (above) that reignited his desire to don the racing overalls. Ahem.
Anyway, the book documents Ford's entrance into the European car racing scene in the 1960s when Shelby, along with Henry Ford II and Lee Lacocca did the unthinkable and took on Enzo on his own terms.
Obviously, you'll remember the legend: Ford was on the brink of buying Ferrari back in the 1960s when unexpectedly and in the 11th hour, Enzo pulled out of the deal. Ford, enraged, vowed revenge on the racetrack - that most hallowed of turf for Enzo - and enlisted the help of Shelby to reconfigure the mighty GT40 and win at Le Mans.
Shelby himself was no stranger to the circuit either, taking the overall crown at La Sarthe in 1959 behind the wheel of the gorgeous Aston Martin DBR1 alongside Roy Salvadori, and he brought with him years of racing pedigree.
The movie will reteam Cruise with the director of his most recent film Oblivion, produced by Fox, who have been reportedly trying to get this movie off the ground since 2011; back then, Heat director Michael Mann was attached with Brad Pitt as a potential lead.
Unless you’re, say, an especially tall giraffe or Jeremy Clarkson, it’s unlikely you’ll find the standard Range Rover too tight for space in the back.